Luxembourg, a multifaceted country
Many non-European (and even some European) are not able to locate Luxembourg on the map. This tiny country locked between Belgium, France and Germany is unknown for many of you and you have no idea what you are missing.
When we moved to Luxembourg, 11 years ago, I was desperate. I though I would only find banks, European Institutes, cheap alcohol and cigarettes. I must admit I was shocked and happy to find out all the different landscapes this little country contains.
It is true that in the capital, Luxembourg City, you will find a street with roughly 150 banks. But this is also the case for any other city, anywhere you may go, you will have a financial district. If you go to the City Center, you'll discover the old town and its fortifications (Casemates) which are UNESCO protected. The city is split by the River Alzette and the Petrusse valley into the Upper Town and the Lower Town. There is no best way to discover the city than walking down the narrow streets and get lost
Best hotels in the city Center: Le Royal (Leading Hotels of the World), Le Place d'Armes (Relais & Château), Sofitel Grand Ducal
The North (Mullerthal; The Little Switzerland & the Ardennes)
Let's leave the City and go North-East. The hilly landscape of Mullerthal, its forests and unspoiled nature make it an ideal region for bicycle riders and hikers.
In terms of Culture and visits this region has also a lot to offer such as old castles (Beaufort, Larochette, Bourglinster) and if you go to Clervaux you should not miss the Family of Man Exhibition (created by Edward Steichen for the New York Museum of Modern Art).
Best hotels in the Region: Le Clervaux Boutique & Design Hotel (4* sup) and Le Château d'Urspelt (used to be a Relais & Château)
The Moselle Valley
This time we are going South, on the banks of the Moselle River. This region is well known for its vineyards. In Luxembourg you'll find 9 varieties of grapes: Riesling, Pinot noir, Pinot blanc, Gewürztraminer, Auxerrois, Rivaner, Elbling and Chardonnay. It is of course possible to visit some cellars and make (sparkling) wines tasting.
But it is also the birthplace of Europe without borders because it is here, in Schengen, that the treaty was signed in 1985. You should then take the time to visit the European Museum.
Best hotel in the region: Mondorf Domaine Thermal
The Land of the Red Rocks
Located in the South-West of the country, this region is characterized by its industrial heritage. Some venues and activities still recall the steel industry (The Fond-de-Gras, the old mines of Rumelange). But at the same time, it manages to combine modernity and technology since it is also the heart of the Luxembourg University and the region where you find the Rockhal (Concert Hall).
If you like beers then you must pay a visit at the Bofferding Brewery, in Differdange. It is the National Brewery active since 1754. Guided tours are organised in the brewery, the museum and of course you'll end with a beer tasting.
Best hotel in the region: The Seven Hotel in Esch-sur Alzette
Are you convinced now that Luxembourg is not only banks? If you wish to come and visit this beautiful country, just let us know we will be happy to help!