Luxembourg is off the beaten track for both the tourist in search of Europe’s hot spots and the average holiday-maker. Nonetheless, Luxembourg is the perfect long weekend destination in Europe. 4 days are not much, but you can still escape the hectic of your 9 to 5 job and enjoy the laid back atmosphere in this small country, hidden between Germany, Belgium and France. Here you will find our 4-day itinerary with the best tourist attractions and things to do in Luxembourg.
I was considering for a long time to visit Luxembourg and ended up with giving myself a nice birthday present in July – a long weekend in Luxembourg. Planning everything in advance is certainly something that I love doing, keeping a must-see list and a nice-to-see list of all the places we will visit, where we gonna stay, what we gonna do. In Luxembourg I think, I’ve manged to do both the lists! However, I would love to return and explore Luxembourg in detail, as this country is so beautiful and deserves more time spent there.
This post has been last updated on 16 May 2018.
- 1 Where is Luxembourg and how to get there?
- 2 Things to do in Luxembourg on a long weekend
- 3 Where to stay in Luxembourg
Where is Luxembourg and how to get there?
Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe, located between Germany, Belgium and France.
Getting to Luxembourg by plane
You can fly to Luxembourg’s own airport, or to one of the nearest airports with a budget airline:
- Eindhoven (the Netherlands) – WizzAir, Ryanair, Arkefly, Vueling a.o. fly to Eindhoven. Distance to Luxembourg by car – 250 km.
- Maastricht (the Netherlands) – Corendon and Ryanair fly to Maastricht-Aachen International Airport. Distance to Luxembourg by car – 160 km.
- Weeze (Germany) – WizzAir and Eurowings fly to this airport. Distance to Luxembourg by car – 300 km.
- Brussel Charleroi (Belgium) – you can fly with WizzAir or Ryanair. Distance to Luxembourg by car – 170 km.
Subsequently you can rent a car and explore the Grand Duchy.
Other ways to travel to and around in Luxembourg
As we live in the Netherlands, Luxembourg was the perfect destination to travel to by car. I am sure you can easily discover Luxembourg by public transport (train or bus), but we don’t have this experience, so I can’t recommend this from first hand. However, on the website of Visit Luxembourg there is detailed information about how to get to and around Luxembourg using public transport.
Things to do in Luxembourg on a long weekend
Luxembourg, being a petite country, offers perfect possibilities to stay at one place and discover the whole country in one-day trips. I always prefer to use as a base a little place, full of character, that’s why this time I chose Vianden. We travelled each day from Vianden discovering different parts of Luxembourg. On the map below you can see the places we visited during our 4-day long weekend in Luxembourg.
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Vianden is a small town on the River Our with an impressive medieval castle perched on one of the hills. We used this first day to walk literally all streets up and down in the old town and to soak into the atmosphere of cobbled stones, hanging geraniums and charming cafés and restaurants along the way.
The town was established in the 13 c. and got its town rights in 1308. It used to be one of those fortified medieval towns. Nowadays, there are the remains of the ramparts which encircled the city, guarding it with its 24 towers and allowing visitors in only through one of the five city gates. Take the time to walk along the town walls.
We used Vianden as a base for our trip, travelling each day to a different location and coming back in the evening to enjoy a glass of pastis in one of the numerous cafés watching the passers-by or just holding the moment.
On this second day of our trip, being also my birthday, we headed to Luxembourg City, the capital of the Grand Duchy. I knew Luxembourg City as one of the seats of the EU institutions, forming together with Brussels & Strasbourg the Eurocrats’ Walhalla.
Well, Luxembourg is much more than this. The Upper Town with its fortifications is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are place d’Armes with its numerous restaurants and cafés, place Guillaume II with the equestrian statue of the Dutch king William II and the town hall, and the Grand Ducal Palace with the adjacent Chamber of Deputies.
Walk down the Chemin de la Corniche and admire the fabulous views along its whole length.
Grund is the lower town, caught between the steep cliffs in the loop of the river Alzette. It has the charm of a small village in the countryside with the Neumünster Abbey and the St Jean du Grund church.
Luxembourg City is also famous for its underground casemates: the Pétrusse casemates and the Bock casements. The casemates are an intricate maze of rock tunnels, used for the defense of the city against invaders.
Luxembourg turned out to be a city with strict eating habits. If you want to just have a drink in the time between noon and 2 o’clock, you will be shown the door. This is the time when you HAVE to order lunch. Otherwise, you will miss your chance to have anything decent to eat all the way until the evening hours when dinner is served. If you want to have a snack after 3 pm, no café or bar will serve you anything. So, plan well in advance your lunch time.
The Castle of Vianden
Early in the morning on the 3rd day we headed to the castle of Vianden. I suggest that you take the chairlift which will take you up the hill and then walk to the castle. From the top of the hill you can enjoy one of those 360° breathtaking views down to the town, the river and the castle.
It took 300 years to build the castle between the 11th and 15th century. In 1820 the Dutch king William I sold it to a local merchant who dismantled it and sold it off in pieces. The locals got mad with Willem I and he had to buy again the castle and begun its restoration. The castle was finally restored to its glory in the 70-s, when it became a property of the Government of Luxembourg.
I love chasing castles and each time I visit a place there is at least one castle on my list. This one was very well restored and had this amazing views and visiting it was definitely one of my favorite things to do in Luxembourg.
In the afternoon we went to Echternach – the oldest town in Luxembourg, just at the border with Germany. It’s a lovely small town in the Müllerthal, where you can walk around in a couple of hours and simply enjoy the old buildings and the atmosphere.
On our last day in Luxembourg, on the way home, we stopped for a short visit in Clervaux – another small charming city in the north of the country, dominated by its Abbey, the Church of Saint Cosma and Damian and the white castle.
If you are in Clervaux, do not miss The Family of Man – a permanent photographic exhibition in the castle. It was curated by Edward Steichen for MoMA (Museum of Modern Arts) in New York in 1955 and consists of 503 pictures by 273 photographers from 68 countries. It is an absolutely stunning collection! I was totally taken away. Visiting the exhibition should be on your list of things to do in Luxembourg.
Where to stay in Luxembourg
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During our 4-day trip to Luxembourg we stayed in Hotel Petry in Vianden and travelled around. We loved this charming family hotel! The restaurant had a large terrace, which was perfect in the summer. We could also use the swimming pool and the spa of Hotel Belle-Vue (only 100 m from Hotel Petry) at no extra charge.
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Have you been to Luxembourg? Have you visited other places in Luxembourg that you would like to recommend? Share your experience in the comments below! Let us know what your favorite things to do in Luxembourg. Or perhaps you have questions about this 4-day itinerary in Luxembourg and the attractions to visit in the Grand Duchy? Ask them below and I’ll be happy to reply!