A Long Weekend in Luxembourg with Castles, Cities, and the Perfect Countryside

Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe, and it is sandwiched between Belgium, Germany, and France. As such, it is the perfect place to go to experience a unique culture that has arisen from a region packed with history. While you could easily spend a week or more here, enjoying the beautiful greenery and villages of the countryside, for high-energy travelers spending a long weekend in Luxembourg is perfect. You’ll have time for small town life, exploring Luxembourg City, and hiking one of the most beautiful trails in Europe. This Luxembourg itinerary will break down some of my favorite places in this lovely little nation that stole my heart when I visited.

Day One: Shopping, Eating, and Exploring in Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City is, unsurprisingly, the place to go to learn more about Luxembourg and experience lots of the wonderful things that the country has to offer. Overall, I’d say that this is one of the Europe’s less crowded cities, but you will still run into a good number of tourists here. If you want to avoid the crowds, Sunday tends to be the most quiet. Unfortunately, this is the case because lots of things are closed. So, if you want more options by the way of shopping and dining, it will be best to avoid Sunday. If not, however, lots of the major attractions are still open on Sunday, so it can be a very peaceful day to visit. Either way, Luxembourg City will be a highlight of your weekend in Luxembourg.

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Looking down on the Old Quarter (c) ABR 2018

The National Museum of Luxembourg was our first stop after walking the town for an hour or two. It is free, and will give you a really nice overview of the country’s history. Since the museum is centrally located, this is a great place to spend the morning and then set off on foot for lunch.

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Beautiful buildings in Luxembourg City (c) ABR 2018

From there, I would definitely suggest visiting the Bock casemates. This fortress has been built right into the cliffs that twist their way through the city. It has a long history of serving as both a military asset and a place of refuge for the people of Luxembourg. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So if my endorsement isn’t enough to convince you to include this in your Luxembourg itinerary, hopefully that seal of approval will.

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The casemates and the city (c) ABR 2018

After winding your way through the subterranean world of the city, spend the afternoon strolling through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter and enjoy the beauty of the city’s river.

Day Two: Enjoying the Countryside: Vianden Castle and Esch-sur-Sûre

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Vianden Castle (c) ABR 2018

Vianden Castle is one of the most spectacular castles that I have ever had the opportunity to visit, and it was probably our favorite part of our weekend in Luxembourg. Vianden has been through many of the country’s struggles and did fall out of repair for a time. However, the people of Luxembourg rallied around this symbol of their nation to rebuild it. Modern day visitors will be delighted to explore a beautifully restored fortress. Perched up on a cliff, you will be blown away by the views of the surrounding town as you wander through the authentic furnishing of the past. There is also a wonderful, immersive museum on the castle grounds. So it’s not a stretch to say that you’d spend at least half a day exploring this landmark.

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Vianden Village (c) ABR 2018

After the castle, be sure to check out Vianden town. It is picturesque and full of lovely little cafes to grab lunch. Next stop on the Luxembourg itinerary is Esch-sur-Sûre which is about a 40 minute drive away.

Esch-sur-Sûre

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(c) ABR 2018

This little town also has its own castle, which is open to visitors. But this is much more of an iconic ruin than Vianden castle, so you can explore it at your leisure. You will need to hike up to the top of the hill to do so though. So be prepared for a bit of a huff. The view of the town from above is well worth the incline. The architecture of Luxembourg is stately and ironically European, but Esch-sur-Sûre is also characterized by the river that winds around the massive, rock outcropping that marks the center of the village.

Day Three: Nature as the Finale: The Mullerthal Trail

 

For me, as a hiker and outdoor adventurer, I love getting a sense of a country from its nature. So, after a few days of urban exploration, it’s a great place to end your trip. Luckily, Luxembourg is home to the absolutely breathtaking Mullerthal Trail. At 112 km long, you can make this trek into just about any kind of hike you’d like. You can take a short stroll through the verdant canyon to marvel at the sculpted rocks of the area. You can also spend the whole day on the trail.  The Mullerthal trail is also perfect for backpackers. For information on this, there is a detailed breakdown of the backpacking stages here.

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Who doesn’t love these? (c) ABR 2018

For those of you looking for shorter hikes, I ended up using Road Trips Around the World’s detailed guide.

And if you enjoyed this itinerary, you might love our other, action-packed guides. And if you want to learn more about Luxembourg, be sure to read My Travel Affairs’ Interesting Facts About Luxembourg.

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26 Comments

  1. I’ve always wanted to go to Luxembourg! I even lived in Belgium and still never made it!

  2. Castle looks so pretty ..Luxemburg looks like a great place

  3. Candy

    Luxembourg is a beautiful country. We use to go all the time and explore have great food and meet the people. Fun times

    • waitingforrain28

      That’s so cool! I wish I had been able to stay there a little longer, it was so beautiful.

  4. It’s so easy to see Luxembourg as just a tiny country to tick off – great to learn more about some of the things to do there!

    • waitingforrain28

      I’m honestly sure that you could spend much longer exploring and learning about the country. 😀

  5. WOW, looks like you stepped back in time. I wish we had this type of history here in the states. gorgeous pics

    • waitingforrain28

      So true! But there is definitely some very cool historic places in the US too, just super different.

  6. Wow your images are amazing, enough to make anyone want to go there. We are currently trying to work out a short trip to Europe next year which is proving difficult with the kids schedules for school and sport, I will have to put Luxembourg on the list.

    • waitingforrain28

      I hope that you guys can make your schedules work! You will have a wonderful time and I am so happy that this post has made you consider Luxembourg as a destination.

  7. This is a great overview of the country Luxembourg. I will take a note of those places to visit if I ever have the opportunity to visit Europe

  8. What a neat place, and so rich in history. It sounds like you had an amazing trip, with plenty of places to explore. I have never been to Europe, but would love to visit this area.

    • waitingforrain28

      There really was no end of wonderful things to do there; I hope you can make it out to Europe someday if that’s something that you would enjoy!

  9. Lex

    Long read but i enjoyed every bit of it. Your experience and pictures makes it one of a kind. Makes me want to be there…

  10. I’d love to visit Luxemburg. However, there is one question, I really want to know when is the best season to go to Luxemburg to avoid overcast skies.

    • waitingforrain28

      Not sure about avoiding overcast skies, but we visited in the late spring and had a great time. It was a bit cold on some days, but I am a desert person, so I am not well-adapted to the cold. It might be nothing to you. 😀

  11. Michele- KidCongeniality

    Those castles! I want to visit and explore Luxembourg so badly!

    • waitingforrain28

      You would love it there if you enjoy castles! I hope you can make it out.

  12. My husband and I had been dreaming of a travel in Europe and that includes Luxembourg! It seems such a wonderful place to travel. We’re hoping to go by next year.

  13. Elizabeth O

    It seems a perfect place to visit! Luxembourg is really a beautiful spot, I hope to go there sometime.

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