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Welcome to Luxembourg

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

The tiny country of Luxembourg is situated in a completely landlocked location in Western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium, Germany and France and is just under 1000 square miles in size, with a population size that only slightly exceeds half a million people. This makes it one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it’s the small ones you’ve got to watch and Luxembourg certainly has plenty to offer to tourists. This tiny country has only two large cities, the largest being its capital and namesake, Luxembourg city. The other city is Esch-sur-Alzette, with most of the population living in more rural areas. This makes for a picturesque country dotted with Mediaeval castles, vineyards, rivers and farms. It is a beautiful, relaxing place to take a holiday so here are a few recommendations of the things you won’t want to miss on your trip.
The capital city is a must-see for tourists, since it is packed full of both history and attractions. It is well worth staying here for at least a few days, because a whistle-stop tour just won’t do it justice. Just a few of the things that the city offers when you are choosing JiveHippo for your holiday in Luxembourg include; 
A visit to the American Cemetery Memorial is a great way to pay tribute to those that lost their lives here during the Second World War. To learn more about the country’s history, it is worth heading to the Luxembourg City History Museum, where you will find a series of houses hidden inside, along with a beautiful garden and terrace. The Philharmonie Luxembourg is well worth a visit, both to admire the architecture and to take in one of the amazing concerts that takes place there. You will need to book in advance though, as it is not a huge place and tickets will quickly sell out.
Whilst perhaps not as well known for its wine as neighbouring France, Luxembourg’s climate allows for the production of some fantastic wine. As well as wine tasting, the friendly staff will be happy to show you around both the vineyards and the cellars, although this is often by appointment only so do book in advance. The Caves at Cremant Poll-Fabaire are particularly sought after for tours, tasting and of course the associated tipple.
This beautiful country is a fabulous place to explore on foot. There are numerous trails available to suit all abilities. More than a third of the country is covered in trees and the vast network of hiking trails throughout the country allow tourists to enjoy both extended walking holidays and hiking days out for all the family. If you are looking for a challenge and have a few days to spend walking, The Mullerthal Trail is 112 kilometres long, with three different routes and takes both stunning countryside and fascinating cities.
As with much of Western Europe, Luxembourg has numerous historic castles, many of which are well preserved and offer a great insight as to how people lived in the country in the past. A lovely example is Larochette Castle, which has a very reasonably priced entrance fee, but is very much for the fitter historian, since it is a long walk up hill to the entrance. It boasts breath-taking panoramic views and a highly recommended bakery!
As you would probably expect, there are some fabulous restaurants in Luxembourg, both in the cities and in the smaller towns. The cuisine tends to be fresh, well made and reasonably priced. It is similar to cuisine from France and Germany, using its position between the two to select the best food and delicacies from each country. Of course, when you eat out, the excellent food is paired with only the finest local wines. One particularly indulgent restaurant is La Cristallerie in the Place d’Armes Hotel, where you can have a nine course taster menu with accompanying wine. All dietary requirements are catered for but it is always best to let them know in advance. 

Climate

The climate in Luxembourg is somewhat warmer than that in the UK, but it models the same seasons with warm summers and mild winters. 

Getting Around

Luxembourgs public transport bus network is normally spilt into four different sub networks. The city bus, which is a regular timetabled bus line. Night time transport, a number of public transport services that can take you outfor the evening on request. School transport, a free service to take the children to school and lastly the bus networks. This is the only network with national coverage.

Health

Before visiting Luxembourg you should get yourself the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The card entitles you to have state provided medical treatment. 

If you do not have your EHIC, you must have travel insurance and accessible funds to cover any treatment that you may have to have.

Language

The Luxembourgish language is a relatively new dialect that wasn’t taught in schools until 1912. It incorporates both French and German words. Both the French and German languages are also widely spoken, and are in fact recognised as the official languages of the country. Interestingly, all legislation in Luxembourg must be written in French. Many people speaking English as a second language. 

Money

The Euro is used in Luxembourg, along with much of the rest of Western Europe. This makes it a great place to incorporate into a wider tour of Europe as well as being a fantastic holiday destination in its own right.

Safety

The crime rates in Luxembourg are low. Pickpockets and petty theft is still reported however, mainly in the train and bus stations. 

You should be aware of bogus, plain clothed policemen who stop you and ask to see your ID. If for any reason you are stopped by a policeman and you want to check their identity you can call 113 to check.

Time

Luxembourg are under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)

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