Capital of a small country, Luxembourg City is nevertheless a lively and bustling town. A real cultural platform, it abounds in venues for artistic expression, such as museums, theatres and concert halls. The centre of the country is also home to no less than 150 different nationalities that have chosen to live in a city at the heart of action. The cultural program that makes up Luxembourg is made in the image of its city dwellers: multilingual, multicultural, creative and eclectic.
With their majestic landscapes that alternate between scenic highlands and winding valleys, the Luxembourg Ardennes offer an exceptional natural experience. Any number of hiking and cycling trails enable enthusiastic visitors to preamble through the forests and picturesque villages. Also known as Éisleck or Oesling, the North of Luxembourg is home to some of the best maintained medieval remains that alights this region.
Castles in the Ardennes
One will find perfectly preserved or carefully restored ruins and fortifications that narrate the medieval history of the Luxembourg Ardennes. The imposing castles of Vianden, Bourscheid or Esch-sur-Sûre are living witnesses of the medieval past of the country. Moreover, every year, traditional markets and medieval festivals are reviving this fascinating time of lords and knights. Finally, performances and outdoor concerts attest to the cultural richness of the Bulge.
Natural Parks of the Ardennes
It is also in the North of Luxembourg that you'll find two largest nature reserves in the country: the Naturpark Our and the Naturpark Öewersauer. In addition to their function of protecting natural resources, the Ardennes parks are host to some of the most delicious local products in the Grand Duchy. Such delicacies include herbs, oils, teas and cereals "Vum Séi" or products from the microbreweries "Brasserie Ourdaller" and "Den Heischter." Perfect as a little gift basket or for a picnic in the surrounding forests.
Active holidays and sports
Nature lovers will find ample sources to quench their thirst for wilderness in the Luxembourg Ardennes. Hike along the length of the Sûre, the Wark or the Alzette, where rock formations and sculpted landscapes are never the same. The marked trails through the Ardennes are also among the most beautiful in the country. For sportspeople of mind, parks dedicated to Nordic Walking or mountain biking through the Ardennes allow for a faster pace.
Often referred to as the Little Switzerland of Luxembourg, Mullerthal - or Mëllerdall in Luxembourgish – owes its name to its hilly landscape reminiscent of Switzerland. The Mullerthal is above all a unique biotope characterized by rock formations that are as beguiling as they are surprising. It is the unique composition of the rock and soil erosion that have contributed to the creation of this landscape so typical of Little Switzerland.
Capital of the Mullerthal region, Echternach is the oldest town in Luxembourg. In 2010, Echternach acquired an international reputation by its inscription into the Intangible Heritage of UNESCO's famous Dancing Procession. Among the major tourist attractions of the city, include the Roman Villa, The Benedictine Abbey of Saint Willibrord or the cultural center of Trifolion.
The Mullerthal Trail takes the experienced hiker through 110 kilometers of magnificent valley trails. Rock formations dotted with difficult sounding names - Piteschkummer, Geyerslay or Hohllay, to name only a few - the footpaths of Mullerthal will lead you through fields and forests into the heart of a natural setting that is almost intact. Besides the demanding hikingthe Mullerthal offers a network of pleasant walks amidst plethora of breathtaking panoramas.
Mullerthal – Culinary discoveries
The Mullerthal local products are available in many small markets in the region. In Echternach and its surroundings, first class restaurants up their menus with refined dishes, served in the unique natural environment of the valley of the Lower Sure.
The Moselle River is one of the major rivers of Luxembourg. Its trajectory along the Luxembourg border runs 39 km in length to form a natural boundary with Germany. Moselle lends its name to one of the most beautiful valleys of Luxembourg, famous for its wineries, charming hotels and medieval towns. "D'Musel," as it is affectionately known by its inhabitants, is also a region of traditions, such as the cavalcade of Remich and the grape and wine festival in Grevenmacher.
Wines of the Moselle valley in Luxembourg
The valley of the Moselle in Luxembourg is famous for its steep hills and vineyards. It is the birthplace of Luxembourg wines, mostly white varieties such as Riesling, Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. The hinterland of the Moselle is home to large plantations of fruit trees for the production of fresh juices, liqueurs and schnapps. Themed hikes, such as the wine route, are fully dedicated to the discovery of this region.
Water sports on the river
Although renowned as a culinary destination, the Moselle region also attracts water sports enthusiasts and hikers. Swimming, water skiing or nordic walking are just some of the activities that are practiced on and around the River Moselle. With the abundance of water, many small cruises are organized on the Moselle the whole year through.
Schengen Accord – a significant milestone in European history
It was in the Luxembourg Moselle region, specifically in the wine village of Schengen, that the treaty which bears its name was first signed in June 1985. The Schengen Accord is one of the most important agreements in European history. The treaty provided for the removal of all border controls between 5 European countries together under the name of Schengen Area. The European Museum in Schengen recalls the origin and impact of this agreement on the 26 states that are currently members.