Facts and Map
Capital: Luxeombourg City
Area: 2586km2

Population: 455000
Language: Luxembourgish, French, German
Currency: Euro (EUR)

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Discover and savour the five tourist regions, each
with their distinctly different countryside. Be enraptured by the heart
of the Good Land and the millennial Capital of the country, by the
hills and treasures of the Ardennes, by the mythical rocks of the
Mullerthal, by the kingdom of the vine in the Moselle Valley and by the
industrial and architectural heritage of our country in the Land of
the Red Rocks.


The capital city and surroundings

The
centre of the Good Land is Luxembourg City. The capital of the country
as well as of the European Community, banking centre and cosmopolitan
town surrounded by magnificent historical fortifications, classified as
world heritage by the UNESCO. The surrounding countryside of the city
is an unending feast of greenery with many orchards, small villages
which kept their own character until today. The brilliant restoration
of the village Useldange was even honored by the Europa-Nostra Price.
On quiet roads through the Valley of the Seven Castles, let the nature
guide you from Koerich with its baroque church to Mersch on its traces
of the past.

Peaks and Panoramas

High,
forested plateaux, schistose rocks, wooded hills fringing hidden
valleys, dressed in all colours in autumn and covered with broom in
spring: an impressing view for everybody who visits the Luxembourg
Ardennes. Once passed the gateway of the Ardennes beyond Ettelbruck or
Diekirch, numerous castles and fortifications testimony the rich past
of this region. In Vianden you can visit the most beautiful medieval
castle west of the Rhine. Troisvierges and Hachiville possess
remarkable high altars, built by the greatest Flemish masters. The
castle of Clervaux has been chosen by the famous american photographer
Edward Steichen for his marvellous exhibition The Family of Man. The
Luxembourg Ardennes are also the region of Natural Parks, the
Upper-Sûre lake and the Our valley. The local products are excellent,
Wiltz and Diekirch are charming brewery cities. The extremely diverse
landscape of the Luxembourg Ardennes, also called the “Ösling”, is a
challenge to mountain bike enthusiasts like none other. There are 15
well-signposted routes with a total length of 300 kilometres, crossing
dense forests, traversing deep valleys and on occasions passing
imposing castles.

Benedictine monks and feudal knights

Seated
on the banks of the Sure, next to the famous abbey founded in the 7th
century by St. Willibrord, Echternach is the ideal place to explore the
Mullerthal, a fascinating landscape of curious sandstone rock
formations, creeks of unknown springs and magnificent forests. The
culture of the Echternach monks and the knights of the region, in
combination with an intact nature, invite the hiker to discover the
charms of Luxembourg's Little Switzerland (passing Beaufort, Berdorf,
Consdorf, Larochette, Haller, Christnach and Waldbillig) and the Lower
Sure Valley (passing Rosport, Born and Moersdorf).

Where the wine is King

In
the vineyards along the Moselle between Schengen and Wasserbillig, an
excellent wine matures, a wine that many connaisseurs rate as among the
best vintages produced along this tributary of the Rhine. The famous
Agreement of Schengen has given this small and quiet village a
well-known name. Besides the season of vintage in autumn, Grevenmacher,
Wormeldange, Remich and Remerschen are the ideal places to discover the
numerous wine cellars, the small wine museums or to start to a
boat-trip on the Moselle. Mondorf-les-Bains offers a beautiful park, a
modern thermal health establishment, a fitness section and saunas. The
Thermarium contains Roman and Turkish Ottoman baths. Even a casino is
at Mondorf-les-Bains. Throughout the year this town offers a large
choice of attractions and spectacles.

Architecture and Industry

The
prosperity of the Grand-Duchy came from the Red Earth in which a
mineral rich in iron was mined. The industrial patrimony testifys men’s
activities of former times. In the abandoned quarries caused by men,
nature took back what belonged to it. Esch-sur-Alzette, the second
largest town in the country, has an established reputation as business
centre and, thanks to its many art-deco houses, as an architectural
gem. Well-known for the local theatre and its numerous expositions.