Visit Luxembourg City and the Grand Duchy

Visit Luxembourg

Luxembourg offers a wealth of outdoor and leisure activities for visiting and discovering this beautiful country. The landscapes are varied and the sights numerous.
Here you'll find visits to Luxembourg City, the Grand Duchy's nature parks, cultural and historical outings, train or water rides, castle tours, etc.

Visit Luxembourg on a budget

Discounts with Luxembourg Card

The Luxembourg Card is a passport valid all year round. It offers free admission or considerable discounts to over 60 museums and major tourist sites in Luxembourg for 1, 2 or 3 days. Some sites also offer guided tours.
The Luxembourg Card lets you discover Luxembourg at a low price, thanks to individual or family packages.
You can also download the Luxembourg Card application free of charge from itunes or Google Play.

Accommodation in Luxembourg youth hostels

Numerous youth hostels are available throughout the Grand Duchy. To find a youth hostel in Luxembourg, contact the Luxembourg Youth Hostel Central.

Youth hostels are open to everyone, whether you're an individual traveler, a family or a group. What's more, they're not specifically aimed at young people.

The facilities are simple but very comfortable. The facilities are very well maintained. Prices are also very attractive, a far cry from hotel prices.

Youth hostels also offer a wide range of sporting activities and birthday parties for your children.

Must-sees in Luxembourg

Luxembourg City is the capital of Luxembourg. As you explore the city, you'll be seduced by its unique blend of historic quarters and modernity! There are many ways to visit this magnificent city.

Visit the historic districts of Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City's old quarters have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. 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 Ville-Haute districts.

The Wenzel historical tour and many other tours offered by the Tourist Office
retrace the history of Luxembourg City. Stroll through the streets to discover the various historic sites and magnificent views of Luxembourg's capital.

Luxembourg, a historic fortress

The history of the Casemates du Bock and de la Pétrusse

The Rocher du Bock is the cradle of the city of Luxembourg. In 963, Count Sigefroi built a fortified castle on this rock. The casemates are a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The first underground galleries, the casemates, were built in 1644, under Spanish rule. Twice enlarged, they measured 23 kilometers in length. This multi-storey defense system included galleries dug up to 40 meters deep. Carved into the rock, these tunnels provided shelter for soldiers and horses. Above all, the fortress provided a means of surviving enemy assaults, thanks to underground kitchens, bakeries and slaughterhouses. Because of these impressive bastions, Luxembourg City was nicknamed the "Gibraltar of the North". The "Gibraltar of the North" was protected by 3 fortified belts and 24 forts.

Following Luxembourg's independence in 1839, the fortress was evacuated and dismantled. The fortifications were razed in 1867. New facilities such as the Jardin Municipal were created.

Visit the Casemates de Luxembourg

You can visit the Casemates du Bock and the Casemates de la Pétrusse, reopened in June 2022 after 7 years of work and a beautiful new scenography.

The Casemates galleries are well worth a visit! In fact, it's Luxembourg City's number one tourist attraction. In August alone, almost 30,000 visitors pass through the gates, that's over 1,000 a day. Please note our opening hours. The Casemates are closed from November to February.

Meet at Place de la Constitution, under the Gelle-Fra, for the Casemates de la Pétrusse. The tour starts at Montée de Clausen for the Casemates du Bock. Take the opportunity to stroll along the Balcon du Luxembourg, along the Corniche overlooking the Grund and Neimenster Abbey. A very romantic walk for lovers, preferably on February 14...

Would you like to visit part of the Casemates in a rather unusual and sporty way? The DKV Urban Trail finishes in style with a final run in the dark. You follow the Casemates galleries for almost 1km, guided only by the sound of drums. Bewitching!

The Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg

The Grand Ducal Palace is a Renaissance-style castle. It is located in the upper town of Luxembourg. The Palace has been the workplace and town residence of the Luxembourg grand-ducal family since 1890. It has also housed the Chamber of Deputies since 1848. 

The history of the Grand Ducal Palace

The site originally housed the Town Hall, which was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in the building's basement in 1554. It was rebuilt in 1573. Louis XIV's troops bombarded it in 1683. Restored, the palace became the seat of the Estates and, during the French era, was home to Napoleon's administration. The "Balance" building was added in 1741.

Since 1815, when Luxembourg gained its independence, the country has been home to a succession of governments. During his visits to Luxembourg, King Grand Duke William II took up residence. This marked the definitive establishment of the Luxembourg sovereign in Luxembourg at the end of the 19th century. During the Second World War, the Palace was occupied by the Nazis. Today, the Palace is occupied by the Grand Ducal Family. They appear on the balcony during major popular events and official ceremonies.

Visit the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg

The Grand Ducal Palace can be visited from July to early September. Guided tours are available in 5 languages. Visits are by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the LCTO. The Palace is guarded by a guard service, an integral part of the tourist attraction.

On Bastille Day, the changing of the guard can be a great distraction.

Every summer in July, the City Open Air Cinema with Orange takes place in the courtyard of the Grand Ducal Palace. Don't miss this great event under the stars.

Our other visits to Luxembourg City

You can also visit the city's many museums to discover the history and culture of Luxembourg.

Through the magnificent park of the Vallée de la Pétrusse, discover the old quarters aboard the Pétrusse Express.

Don't hesitate to consult the Luxembourg City Tourist Office for numerous tours and itineraries, guided and themed tours. They'll take you off the beaten track. You'll also find all the information you need on attractions and events in Luxembourg City.

Visiting the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Interactive and richly illustrated, the website of the Luxembourg Tourist Office showcases the attractiveness and diversity of Luxembourg's tourism offering. Visitors will find the full range of tourism-related information, including special offers, suggestions for activities, a calendar of events, a traveler's guide and more.

The Luxembourg countryside is magnificent. It's well worth seeing and exploring. Here are some of our favorite spots and tips.

If you'd like to stay longer than a day's visit, all the campsites, gîtes à la ferme and chalets are on these sites: www.camping.lu and www.gites.lu. You can also check out our youth hostels.

Visit Luxembourg's historic sites

There are many historic sites to visit, including castles that bear witness to Luxembourg's history and culture. You can also visit the museums of Luxembourg City and the Grand Duchy.

Château de Clervaux

Clervaux Castle was originally a medieval castle built in several stages. Situated on a rocky spur in the north of Luxemborug, it overlooks the houses of the village of Clervaux.

The Luxembourg government, which owns the site, completely renovated the building following its destruction during the Second World War. Today, the Château de Clervaux houses 3 very interesting museums:

Vianden Castle

Built in the 5th century on a rocky spur overlooking the Our Valley, Château de Vianden acquired its present form in the 11th century. It welcomes over 200,000 visitors every year. Château de Vianden is one of Luxembourg's most visited sites.

Located in the Luxembourg Ardennes, Château de Vianden is a majestic palace-castle dating back to medieval times. It features numerous defense systems (ramparts, drawbridge, portcullis, etc.). Following its application to Unesco in 2012, Vianden Castle has been recognized as an "outstanding cultural feature deserving conservation and protection".

The de Nassau family acquired this residence from the Counts of Vianden by inheritance. It remained the property of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg until 1977. It was then ceded to the Luxembourg state, which undertook its restoration.

Every August, its medieval festival recreates the folklore of the period.

A suggestion: take a stroll through Vianden and, if you're not afraid of heights, take the chairlift.

Seven Castles Valley

The Valley of the Seven Castles will take you to 7 impressive and very different castles. All witness to Luxembourg's history , some have been fully restored. Others can only be seen from the outside.

The seven castles are located in Koerich, Septfontaines, Ansemburg, Hollenfels, Schoenfels and Mersch. They can be the subject of a 24 km road trip through beautiful countryside.

You can also follow the walking and cycling trail along the Eisch Valley (37 km) for a beautiful hike. The Eisch Valley was once a steel-producing area. Caves can still be found here, where families of miners once lived. Today, it is a protected natural area.

Beaufort castles

Both castles are well worth a visit. The medieval castle dates from the 11th century and is now in ruins. The Renaissance castle can be visited. Take the opportunity to taste Cassero, a delicious liqueur made from black bilberries. It's also a good starting point for walks in the Müllerthal region.

Bourglinster Castle

Discover Château de Bourglinster, whose origins date back to the 11th century. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Château's gourmet restaurant, La Distillerie. The Michelin Guide awards the chef 3 stars. The restaurant was voted "World's Best Vegetarian Restaurant" in 2020 and 2021.

Museums of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

When visiting Luxembourg, you can also discover its museums to better understand the country's culture and history. 

We particularly recommend the Musée de l'Imprimerie in Grevenmacher or the Musée de l'art brassicole et de la Tannerie at Château de Wiltz. The Musée rural et artisanal in Peppange can also teach you about life in Luxembourg in days gone by. Find out more about Luxembourg museums on this page.

Iron and steel in Luxembourg

Discover Luxembourg's industrial history through the country's southern iron mines. Minett Park is a leisure park built around the theme of mining. Some leisure parks are also a great way to combine tourism with culture and fun. Don't forget them!

Müllerthal region, a must for nature lovers

The Müllerthal region is one of Luxembourg's must-see places. Also known as "Luxembourg's Little Switzerland", this region is a must for hiking in Luxembourg!

Natur - & Geopark Mëllerdall, a UNESCO Global Geopark

The Müllerthal region is a UNESCO Global Geopark, thanks to its astonishing geology. The landscapes are magical. They seem to have come straight out of fairy tales. The various rock formations have astonishing names. The vegetation is also remarkable for its diversity.

To help you organize your stay, or even take a day trip, contact the Office Régional du tourisme de la Région Mullerthal-Petite Suisse Luxembourgeoise (ORT).

Family outings in Luxembourg's Little Switzerland

The region is ideal for hiking. Walkers can explore forests, towering cliffs and narrow valleys. Numerous marked trails are available for all levels and ages. The perfect place for a family outing.

Beware, however, of the weather. Some trails may be difficult to access, depending on the weather.

When exploring the region, don't miss the famous Schiessentümpel waterfall, featured on every postcard of the Müllerthal. Guided tours are available on request.

Every year, seasoned hikers look forward to the Mullerthal Trail Season Opening event. 

Trails in the Müllerthal

The Müllerthal trail, 112 kilometers long, is very famous. It has been awarded the "Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe" label.

Every September, the famous Mullerthal ultra trail takes place. The most seasoned runners compete against the best on the narrow paths and rocky terrain of Luxembourg's Little Switzerland. There's something for all ages and sporting levels, with 6 races on the program. You can even earn qualification points for the UTMB®.

Are you a trail enthusiast? Have you heard of the DKV Urban Trail in Luxembourg? There's sure to be a trail for you.

Echternach, Luxembourg's oldest town

Echternach is the capital of the region and the oldest town in Luxembourg. Situated in the heart of the Mullerthal, the town is best known for its dancing procession, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Basilica of Saint Willibrord is also well worth a visit.

One of the largest Roman villas in the region can be found here. The villa had no fewer than 70 rooms.

Take the opportunity to visit Echternach Abbey and its museum. Among the exhibits are manuscripts by lesser Benedictines.

The Echternach lake offers a wide range of water sports and activities. You can go pedal-boating or fishing if you have a fishing permit. The path around the lake is ideal for roller skating or cycling.

In summer, you can attend the e-Lake music festival or take in a film at theOpen-Air cinema.

Echternach also boasts a youth hostel offering a wide range of activities, including climbing on a 14-meter-high wall.

What family activities and outings are there in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg Ardennes region

Haute-Sûre Nature Park

The Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre, or Naturpark Öewersauer in Luxembourgish, is a magnificent wooded and agricultural region, with steep slopes. It is Luxembourg's first Nature Park. The Haute-Sûre Nature Park is part of the Eisleck region in the north-west of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The Haute-Sûre nature park offers family-friendly, open-air tourism in the wooded Ardennes region.

Visit the Haute-Sûre Nature Park

The Maison du Parc will give you all the information you need about the Nature Park and activities in the region. A mobile application on the Nature Park will give you all the useful information and activities to enjoy. An interactive exhibition will give you a better understanding of the region and its natural beauty. You can also buy regional products. Located in a former drapery, you can visit a museum dedicated to fabric manufacture.

Camping facilities are available for tourists.

Take the opportunity to admire the village of Esch-sur-Sûre, nestled in the meanders of the Haute-Sûre. It is overlooked by a ruined manor house.

There's also an adventure park in Heiderscheid.

Hiking in the Haute-Sûre Park

Naturpark Öewersauer offers fabulous hiking and biking trails.

The park covers an area of over 160 km2, with a rich diversity of landscapes. Hikers can traverse forested high plateaus and explore natural valleys. Hikers can cover more than 700 km of marked trails.

Lake Haute-Sûre and the Lultzhausen water sports centre

At the heart of the Parc Naturel, the Haute-Sûre artificial lake supplies drinking water to the majority of Luxembourg's territory. Since the 1950s, a dam has cut the bed of the Haute-Sûre river, creating an artificial lake.

Today, many water sports can be enjoyed on Lac de la Haute-Sûre.

You can swim in the lake at various locations, including Lultzhausen, Insenborn, Baschleiden and Liefrange. Swimming is regulated and supervised. The nautical base offers visitors modern, high-performance sports equipment.

With advance booking, discover the flora and fauna of Lake Haute-Sûre on board the Inselborn solar boat. The trip lasts 2 hours. During the boat trip, a stop is made to visit the Forest Discovery Center.

Our River Nature Park

The Parc Naturel de l'Our lies to the north-east of the Oesling region of Luxembourg, in the Ardennes. Covering an area of over 300 km², it is a traditionally rural and agricultural region. It is a favorite destination for hikers and nature lovers.

Hiking in the Our Natural Park

The Our region is well worth a day trip or even several days. You'll discover magnificent landscapes with plateaus and deep valleys. The region boasts great ecological, plant and bird diversity.

Walk, Nordic walk or mountain bike along the signposted paths, and let yourself be captivated by the magic of the superb views.

Regular events are organized in the communes making up the nature park. You'll find a calendar of events here.

Robbesscheier nature center and living museum in Munshausen

Robbessheier is a tourist center and eco-museum. It offers numerous activities and attractions for the whole family.

Discover the Ardennes draught horse in this tourist area. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride in the heart of the magnificent Parc Naturel de l'Our. You can also try your hand at working with a draught horse, and even train for several days.

You can visit the museum and the water mill, ride donkeys or thresh hay. Take part in workshops on baking, sawmilling, blacksmithing, ceramics and candle-making, or jam-making. In June, honey extraction takes center stage. In August and September, you can take part in the potato harvest.

You can eat on site with natural, home-cooked food made from farm produce. Plenty of ingredients for a great day out!

Other family activities in Our

For adventure outings and a great family day out, don't miss :

  • Indian Forest adventure park
  • Our Nature Park Sound Trail. This hiking trail dotted with sound installations will delight families. For almost 6.5 km in the Parc Naturel de l'Our, you can make music to your heart's content while listening to the sounds of nature. 3-hour guided tour on request.

The Luxembourg Moselle Valley

The Moselle Valley, "Miselerland", is a magnificent region. It can be visited on foot, by car for those in a hurry, by boat or by bike... Whatever the season, it's a region well worth a visit. In spring or autumn, you'll be under its spell! In addition to its winemaking tradition, the Moselle Valley offers a wide range of activities to suit all tastes.

In September, this wine-growing region celebrates the end of the grape harvest with the traditional "Hunnefeier". To mark the occasion, the town of Schengen hosts numerous stalls selling second-hand goods, wine tasting and local gastronomy. Street artists are also present, as well as other entertainment.

Wine tourism, cellar tours and wine tasting

Wine tourism enthusiasts, follow the "Weinstross" Wine Route. It is signposted and winds along the Moselle hillsides. 

Take the time to stop off in the various wine-growing villages to soak up their charm: Wellenstein, Bech-Kleinmacher, Wormeldange, etc. Visit the various crémant and wine cellars. Taste the different grape varieties and enjoy the local produce.

In addition to the big crémant cellars, you'll also discover a number of small producers. Moselle wine producers organize guided tours by reservation.

Visit the Ehnen Wine Museum

The Musée du Vin in Ehnen is located at the foot of the vineyards, facing the Moselle River, in the heart of Luxembourg's wine-growing region. Housed in a former winegrower's house dating back to the 18th century, the Musée du Vin is a delight for young and old, wine lovers alike!

When you visit the museum, you'll see a cooperage and a distillery. You'll learn all about work in the vineyards and cellars, as well as the history of winegrowing in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. At the end of the tour, visitors are offered a tasting of Moselle wines. You'll love it!

Boat trips on the Moselle

The Moselle River marks the natural border between Luxembourg and Germany. You can take a cruise or hire a boat for events. As you cruise along, vineyards, villages, hills and forests accompany you as you pass through the locks between Remich and Stadtbredimus.

Sports activities

Many sporting activities take place in the Moselle Valley. These include :

  • the Iron Man 70.3 Luxembourg Région Moselle, organized over 3 days with the Irongirl on Friday, the Ironkids on Saturday and the Ironman on Sunday. For the Ironman, swimmers complete a 1.9 km swim in the Moselle, a 90 km swim in the Moselle vineyards and hills, and a 21.1 km swim at the foot of the vineyards along the Moselle. The finish is in Remich. The next Ironman will take place from June 16 to 18, 2023.
  • The Schleck Gran Fondo is an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Luxembourg cycling champion Frank Schleck. The next edition will take place on June 3, 2023. 3,000 participants from 35 countries will set off from Mondorf-les-Bains.
  • the "Route du Vin " takes place every year in September. This half-marathon attracts over 1,800 participants. They set off from Remich along the Moselle to Stadtbredimus, then Schengen and back to Remich. The next start will be on Sunday, September 24, 2023.
  • water activities such as paddling, canoeing, waterskiing and even running your own boat. You can even take your boating license here.

Cultural activities in the Moselle Valley

The Moselle valley also offers some wonderful surprises. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans at Dalheim. You'll discover the remains of a Gallo-Roman theater and temples.

Visit the Butterfly Garden in Grevenmacher. You'll find yourself in a 600 m2 greenhouse with thousands of butterflies all around you.

Let yourself be seduced by the towns of Wasserbillig, with its aquarium on the German border, or Schengen, with its European museum. Schengen was the historic setting for the famous Schengen Agreement. It was here, in June 1985, that European countries signed the agreements sealing the abolition of borders and the free movement of goods and people within the Schengen Area of signatory European countries.

Did you know that a piece of the Berlin Wall is on display in Luxembourg? Since 2010, the city of Schengen has been home to a piece of the famous "Mauer". Installed on the banks of the Moselle, opposite the Centre Européen. Now's the time to visit this beautiful region of the Moselle Valley, especially in autumn.

Relaxing activities in the Moselle Valley

Spend a day or a weekend at Domaine Thermal de Mondorf-les-Bains. Relax in natural 36-degree water, enjoy saunas and other thermal facilities. The Mondorf estate boasts a beautiful park and a Casino. It's the only establishment of its kind in Luxembourg.

For families and the less sporty, take a stroll along the banks of the Moselle in Remich. Then join the small park with its swings before trying your hand at go-karting... A great time for families with young children, especially with a good ice cream or crêpe for a snack!

The Wasserbillig aquarium is home to many species of freshwater fish. Discover a colorful underwater world with your children. The Wasserbillig aquarium is the perfect complement to a visit to the Upper Sûre region. Outdoor games extend the visit to the delight of your little ones. The Aquarium is closed in December and January.

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