10 Best Places To Visit In Luxembourg

Despite being the seventh smallest country in Europe, Luxembourg has some of the most beautiful destinations on the Old Continent. And of course, after having published the best places to visit in France, Italy, Spain, England, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, I couldn’t help but do the same with Luxembourg!

Located in Central Europe, Luxembourg borders three countries: Belgium (on the north and west), Germany (on the northeast and east), and France (on the south). And being a country with several modern cities, medieval towns, and picturesque villages, it’s not easy to choose just ten of the best places to visit in Luxembourg!

So, do you want to know more about the 10 Best Places To Visit In Luxembourg? Keep reading!

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Best Places to Visit in Luxembourg
Best Places to Visit in Luxembourg

Best Places to Visit in Luxembourg

1. Luxembourg

Luxembourg City (in Luxembourgish, Lëtzebuerg; in French, Luxembourg; and in German, Luxemburg) is not only the capital of the country of the same name but also an obvious choice for the top of this list of best places to visit in Luxembourg. . As one of the richest cities in Europe and one of the three official capitals of the European Union, it’s natural that there’s no shortage of points of interest to explore!

Of the countless cultural options that the city of Luxembourg offers its tourists, I recommend a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Grand Ducal Palace, and one of its seven museums. Actually, I’ve been to all of them and I highly recommend both national museums, but here’s a list of the seven:

  1. Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain | Casino Luxembourg – Forum of Contemporary Art
  2. Lëtzebuerg City Museum | Luxembourg City Museum
  3. MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean | MUDAM – Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art
  4. Musée Dräi Eechelen | Museum of the Three Acorns
  5. Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art | Nationa Museum of History and Art
  6. Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle | National Museum of Natural History
  7. Villa Vauban – Musée d’Art de la Ville du Luxembourg | Villa Vauban – Luxembourg City Art Museum

And did you know that “Luxembourg City: its Old Quarters and Fortifications” was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994? If you want to discover more about one of the most fortified sites in Europe – at least until the second half of the 19th century – then I suggest a walk along the walls and through the historic district of Grund, as well as a visit to the Boch Casemates, Saint Michael’s Church and the Neumünster Abbey!

2. Vianden

Vianden (in Luxembourgish, Veianen or Veinen) is, simultaneously, a town and the capital of the canton of the same name, located in the district of Diekirch and the region of Oesling (also called Ösling), in the northeast of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Despite having just over two thousand inhabitants, the small town is one of the most tourist destinations in Luxembourg, because of the Vianden Castle. Besides the castle, one of the best things to do in Vianden is to visit the Victor Hugo House – Literary Museum, the building where the famous French writer lived during his stay in the country!

Read my Vianden itinerary, one of the best places to visit in Luxembourg!

3. Echternach

Echternach (in Luxembourgish, Iechternach) deserves a top position on this list of the best places to visit in Luxembourg, as it’s the oldest town in the country. Located in the homonymous canton and in the district of Grevenmacher (in Luxembourgish, Gréiwemaacher), it borders the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The history of Echternach dates back to 698, the year a Benedictine monastery was founded – which today is known as Echternach Abbey. Since then, the small medieval town has been growing and developing, and today it has several tourist attractions, such as the:

  • Basilica of Saint Willibrord (named after the monk who established the monastery)
  • Echternach Abbey Museum (temporarily closed)
  • Municipal Park and Abbey Gardens (including the Rococo Pavilion and the Orangerie)
  • Market Square (in the heart of the town)
  • Roman Villa (about 1200 meters from the historic center)

4. Beaufort

Beaufort (in Luxembourgish, Beefort; and in German, Befort) is one of the best places to visit in Luxembourg, as it’s one of the few European towns with not one, but two castles! And while Beaufort Castles are the main attraction of this picturesque destination, there are other points of interest to discover!

Of these, I highlight Saint Michael’s Church (in neo-Gothic style) and the Town Hall, as well as the dozens of streets with colorful houses, which make up the historic center. Like Echternach, the town of Beaufort is in the canton of Echternach and in the district of Grevenmacher (in Luxembourgish, Gréiwemaacher).

5. Larochette

Like most destinations on this list of best places to visit in Luxembourg, local and international tourists visit Larochette (in Luxembourgish, Fiels; and in, Fels) mainly for its castle. And it’s precisely from Larochette Castle that you get the best views over this Luxembourgish town!

Larochette is located in the canton of Mersch, the only Luxembourg canton that doesn’t have international borders (with the exception of the canton of Luxembourg). In the historic center of the town, you can also visit Saint Donatus Church, the Small Textile Museum, the Cultural Center, and the Cross of Justice (in Bleech Square).

6. Clervaux

Clervaux (in Luxembourgish, Clierf or Cliärref; in German, Clerf) is a town in the canton of the same name and in the district of Diekirch, in northern Luxembourg. Unfortunately, this destination became known for the Battle of Clervaux (in December 1944), one of many conflicts between Nazi forces and US troops.

In this town, let me suggest a visit to the Clervaux Castle (where the Museum of the Ardennes Counteroffensive is located), the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Maurice and Saint Maurus, the “The Family Man” Museum (a museum with a famous photographic exhibition), the Church Saints-Côme-et-Damien, and to the Loreto Chapel.

7. Ettelbruck

The next stop on this guide to the best places to visit in Luxembourg is Ettelbruck (in Luxembourgish, Ettelbréck; in German, Ettelbrück), located in the canton and district of Diekirch. If you want to visit Vianden on a day trip from the capital of Luxembourg, you’ll have to travel by train to Ettelbruck and then change to a bus in this same town!

Ettelbruck is quite a modern town compared to other destinations on this list. Examples of this are cultural spaces such as the Däichhal (a venue for events) or the CAPE- Center for the Plural Arts of Ettelbruck (a cultural center). Other than that, you can visit the General Patton Memorial Museum (named after an American soldier from the Second World War) and Saint Sebastian’s Church (the parish church of Ettelbruck).

8. Esch-sur-Sûre

Located in the canton of Wiltz and in the district of Diekirch, the town of Esch-sur-Sûre (in Luxembourgish, Esch-Sauer or Esch am Lach; and in German, Esch-Sauer) is one of the most charming destinations in this European country. Just like Vianden, this town grew up at the foot of the castle walls of Esch-sur-Sûre, surrounded by the river that gives it its name.

Although the castle is in ruins, it’s worth visiting for its panoramic views over the historic center of Esch-sur-Sûre and the surrounding green landscape. Other than that, there’s nothing quite like walking these winding streets, visiting the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, or hiking the hills across the River Sûre!

9. Schengen

The village of Schengen is known for two reasons: for its wines and for the Schengen Agreement, which was signed here on June 14th, 1885. And as it’s located at the most southeastern point of Luxembourg (in the canton of Remich, district of Grevenmacher), it’s a bridge away from Germany and less than 1500 meters from the French border!

In the village of Schengen, you can admire the dozens of terraced vineyards, in addition to the Church of Saint Savior, the European Schengen Museum (or European Schengen Center), the Stars Square (a memorial park), the Peace Totems (installed next to the river Moselle) and, of course, the Schengen Gardens and Castle.

10. Mullerthal

The last destination on this list of the best places to visit in Luxembourg is Mullerthal (in Luxembourgish, Mëllerdall; in German, Müllertal), a tiny village in the canton of Echternach and the district of Grevenmacher. But, even though its size is really small, it’s impossible to dissociate this village from the homonymous region.

Now, the Mullerthal region has received the popular nickname of “Little Luxembourgish Switzerland” (in Luxembourgish, Kleng Lëtzebuerger Schwäiz; in French, Petite Suisse Luxembourgeoise; and in German, Kleine Luxemburger Schweiz), due to its geographical similarities with Switzerland. With several trails that run through dense forests, natural waterfalls, and secret caves, Mullerthal is a true paradise for outdoor and nature lovers!

Map of the Best Places to Visit in Luxembourg

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6 thoughts on “10 Best Places To Visit In Luxembourg”

  1. I’ve never been to Luxembourg before. I’m sure like everyone else, I’ve been all around it, like to Germany, Belgium and France. Your photos look beautiful. I’ll have to put it on my list of places to visit

  2. Every photo of Luxembourg is so gorgeous! All of the views are amazing.
    The map of all the locations is so helpful as well, thank you for sharing!

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