Luxembourg is full of outdoor and leisure activities to visit and discover this beautiful country with its varied landscapes and sights.
Find here the visits of the City of Luxembourg, the natural parks of the Grand Duchy, the cultural and historical outings, the train or water rides, the castle visits, …
The must-sees in Luxembourg
The City of Luxembourg is the capital of Luxembourg. As you walk through it, you will be seduced by this unique mix of historic districts and modernity! There are many ways to visit this beautiful city.
Since 1994, the old quarters of the city of Luxembourg have been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. You can discover them on foot or by bike and let yourself be lulled by their charm. This walk will take you through the Grund, Clausen, Pfaffenthal and the Ville-Haute.
The historical tour Wenzel retraces the history of the City of Luxembourg through the streets and historical sites.
The Bock rock and the casemates
The Rocher du Bock is the birthplace of the city of Luxembourg. In 963, Count Sigefroi built a castle on this rock. The casemates are listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The Casemates galleries are worth a visit, don’t miss them! It is the first tourist site of the City of Luxembourg. August 2019 alone saw nearly 30,000 visitors, or more than 1,000 visitors per day.
The starting point of the tour is the Clausen Climb. Please note the opening hours: the Casemates are closed from November to February.
Would you like to visit a part of the Casemates in an unusual way? The DKV Urban Trail ends in beauty with a last race in the dark on nearly 1km in the Casemates, before returning to the Cité Judiciaire!
The first underground galleries were built in 1644, under Spanish rule. Enlarged twice, they measured 23 kilometers. This defense system extended over several floors and included galleries dug up to 40 meters deep. Because of these impressive bastions, the city of Luxembourg was nicknamed the “Gibraltar of the North”.
You can visit the Casemates du Bock and those of the Pétrusse, reopened in June 2022 after 7 years of work and a new scenography of any beauty.
The Grand Ducal Palace
The Grand Ducal Palace in Renaissance style is located in the Upper Town of Luxembourg . The Palace has been the workplace of the Luxembourg grand-ducal family and their city residence since 1890. It also hosts the Chamber of Deputies since 1848.
Originally, the place housed the Town Hall which was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in the basement of the building in 1554. Rebuilt in 1573, the Palace was then bombed by the troops of Louis XIV in 1683. Restored, it became the seat of the States and housed the Napoleonic administration during the French period. The “Balance” building was added in 1741. From 1815 onwards, several governmental authorities succeeded one another.
During his visits to Luxembourg, King William II, the Grand Duke, settled there, thus establishing the Luxembourg sovereign in Luxembourg at the end of the 19th century. During the Second World War, the Palace was occupied by the Nazis.
The Grand Ducal Palace can be visited during the summer vacations, from July to early September. The tours are guided and are available in 5 languages, only by appointment from 10 am to 5 pm at the LCTO. The Palace is guarded by a guard service that is an integral part of the tourist attraction.
Every summer the City Open Air Cinema with Orange takes place in July in the courtyard of the Grand Ducal Palace for the pleasure of young and old.
Other visits of the City of Luxembourg
You can also visit the city through its many museums to discover the history and culture of Luxembourg.
Through the magnificent park of the Pétrusse Valley, discover the old districts on board the Pétrusse Express.
Do not hesitate to consult the Luxembourg City Tourist Office for numerous tours and itineraries, guided tours and thematic tours. They will take you beyond the beaten track. You will also find all the information about the attractions and events of the City of Luxembourg.
Visit the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Interactive and richly illustrated, the website of the Luxembourg Tourist Office presents the attractiveness and diversity of the tourist offer. The visitor will find the complete range of information related to tourism, such as special offers, suggestions for activities, a calendar of events, a traveler’s guide, etc.
In addition to the museums of the city of Luxembourg, you can also visit other museums in the Grand Duchy as well as several castles that bear witness to the history and culture of Luxembourg.
Castle of Clervaux
The castle of Clervaux is originally a medieval castle built in several stages on a rocky spur. It overhangs the houses of the village.
Acquired by the Luxembourg State, which completely renovated the building after its destruction during the Second World War, it now houses 3 very interesting museums:
- the museum of the Battle of the Bulge (winter 1944/1945),
- the model museum of Luxembourg castles
- The Family of Man” photo collection by Edward Steichen.
Inscribed to the Unesco Memory of the World Register in 2003, this collection is legendary with more than 10 million visitors worldwide. “The family of Man” gathers 503 black & white photographs made by more than 270 photographers from 68 countries. Designed by Edward Steichen in 1955 for the MOMA in New York, this collection promotes peace and human equality in a post-war context through humanistic portraits.
Castle of Vianden
Built from the 5th century on a rocky spur overlooking the Our Valley, the Castle of Vianden acquires its current form from the 11th century.
Located in the Luxembourg Ardennes, the Castle of Vianden appears as a majestic castle-palace of the medieval period with numerous defense systems (ramparts, drawbridge, portcullis,…). It welcomes more than 200,000 visitors annually and is one of the most visited sites in Luxembourg. An application was submitted in 2012 to Unesco for World Heritage listing. The Castle of Vianden has been recognized as a remarkable cultural element, deserving conservation and protection.
Residence of the counts of Vianden, it was acquired by inheritance by the family of Nassau. It remained the property of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg until 1977. It was then given to the Luxembourg state which undertook its restoration.
Every year in August, its medieval festival recreates the folkloric atmosphere of the time. A suggestion: take a walk in Vianden and if you are not afraid of heights, take the chairlift.
Valley of the Seven Castles
The Valley of the Seven Castles will lead you to see 7 impressive and very different castles, witnesses of the history of Luxembourg. Some have been completely restored. Others can only be seen from the outside.
The seven castles are located in Koerich, Septfontaines, Ansemburg, Hollenfels, Schoenfels and Mersch and can be the object of a road trip of 24 km in the middle of very beautiful landscapes. Possibility to follow the pedestrian path or cyclist along the Eisch valley (37 km) for a very nice hike. The Eisch Valley used to be a place of steel production. There are still caves in which families of miners lived. It is now a protected natural area.
Other Luxembourg museums
During your visits to the Grand Duchy, discover the following museums:
Museum of Printing and Card Games in Grevenmacher:
The Kulturhuef in the former slaughterhouse of the city offers the technological evolution of the printing industry in Luxembourg with the different types of printing presses and the presentation of the printing professions.
You will also find in the Jean Dieudonné Card Game Museum, the different techniques and objects used to make playing cards.
National Museum of Brewing Art and Tannery Museum at the Castle of Wiltz.
Visitors to the museum will be able to see the permanent exhibition of the 6000 year history of beer production in Luxembourg. Beer is indeed one of thetraditionalculinary specialties of Luxembourg. A micro-brewery allows you to follow the different stages of beer production .The Tannery museum retraces the art of the tanners with the old tanneries of WiltzAnother traditional production of the city where leather was worked since the 17th century. The last tannery “Ideal Leder” closed its doors in 1961.
- Rural and craft museum and carriage museum in Peppange. Created in 1999 in an old farm of the 19th century, the rural and artisanal museum of Peppange allows you to discover the life in the farms of the Luxembourg countryside in the past centuries. Thanks to the workshops you can learn about the work of our ancestors.
The Grand Duchess Charlotte Carriage Museum is only 200 meters away. Presentation of about thirty horse-drawn carriages of the Grand Ducal Court, including the one used for the wedding of Grand Duchess Charlotte. Please note that this museum is closed from November to April, except by appointment for groups.
- Center National de l’Audiovisuel in Dudelange. Entirely dedicated to audiovisual expression, the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel in Dudelange was created thanks to a partnership between the City of Dudelange and the Luxembourg State. Its mission is to protect and promote the audiovisual and photographic heritage of Luxembourg. The NAC is a must for photography and cultural programming. Photographic laboratories allow the deposit of images and audiovisual documents for restoration and conservation of the memory of Luxembourg’s heritage. The NAC also preserves the national archives of Luxembourg in the audiovisual and photographic fields. Fun workshops for children.
Iron and steel industry
Discover the industrial history of Luxembourg through the iron mines of the south of the country.
Come amusement parks are also a good way to combine tourism with culture and fun. Don’t forget them!
Discover the Luxembourg countryside
The Luxembourg countryside is beautiful. It is worth seeing and exploring. Here are our favorite places and our good plans.
To stay there beyond a one-day visit, all the campsites, farm cottages and chalets are on these sites:
. See also the offer of youth hostels.
Luxembourg Card: visit Luxembourg at low cost!
The Luxembourg Card is a passport valid all year round. It offers free access or considerable discounts in more than 60 museums and major tourist sites in Luxembourg for 1, 2 or 3 days. Guided tours are also offered at some sites.
Available in individual or family packages (2 to 5 people), the Luxembourg Card allows you to discover Luxembourg at a low price!
In addition, you can download the Luxembourg Card application for free on itunes or Google Play.
More information about the Luxembourg Card here.
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