Vakanz Doheem – What’s the best region for me ?
The autumn holidays are approaching fast and lots of Luxembourgers will be heading off on holiday again. But because of the current situation, many people are finding it hard to choose a holiday destination. After Belgium issued a warning to travellers on 23 September, Luxembourgers again have to show a negative coronavirus result from 25 September to enter Germany. So the obvious answer is to take a short holiday in Luxembourg. Luxembourgers and cross-border workers can exchange their €50 hotel voucher, which is valid until 31 December 2020. There is a huge choice of accommodation: in addition to classic hotels, they can also use the voucher for youth hostels, holiday apartments, bed and breakfasts, camp sites and glamping accommodation throughout the Grand Duchy.
Luxembourg has plenty to offer tourists, much more than you might think. Here are the most suitable areas for you.
For active holidays: Mullerthal
With its rolling landscape, often referred to as “Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland", Mullerthal is one of the top locations in Luxembourg. With so many rock formations, grottoes and tiny streams, this region is a paradise for young and older walkers alike, offering a fantastic experience all year round. Why not head off and explore one of the region’s many walking trails? Your hosts will be only too pleased to advise you on the best routes and provide you with walking maps. The Berdorf, Consdorf, Müllerthal and Beaufort walking trails are particularly interesting, as they feature numerous rock formations and spectacular grottoes. And many of the trails are good for mountain biking, too.
If the weather is bad, you could book a climbing session at the Echternach Youth Hostel, for example. Equipment can be hired there. Echternach is the oldest town in Luxembourg and is also located in the region, retaining its medieval image to this day. And if you like castles, the region has plenty of them to keep you busy. The region’s most famous castle is in Beaufort. The castle was built in 4 phases between 1050 and 1650 and is just a ruin today. There is a Renaissance castle close by which is in excellent condition, including the period furniture.
Fine dining: Moselle region
The Moselle region is a real paradise for lovers of fine dining. It’s famous throughout the region for its excellent wine, and is acquiring an increasingly international reputation. Along just 42 km of the Germany-Luxembourg border, there’s a huge array of grape varieties, which are harvested every year in September and October – particularly for white and sparkling wines. You might want to visit a private vineyard or one of the members of the Domaines Vinsmoselle cooperative winery and learn more about the production of these exquisite wines. Remember to check vineyard opening times beforehand. Some vineyards also open their taverns on request, treating customers to amazing local specialities.
And there are plenty of excellent restaurants on the banks of the Moselle, located in the many wine-producing villages and even the vineyards themselves. The region is also famous for the little village of Schengen, where the Schengen Agreement was signed in 1985. The numerous monuments and the Museum of Europe are well worth a visit.
For culture-lovers: Luxembourg – City and Minett
The capital of the Grand Duchy has imposing fortress walls, still partially intact to this day. The most specular way of exploring them is on a visit to the Bock Casemates. Several km of tunnels run through the fortress walls, giving visitors an experience of what a secular defence system is actually like. You can enjoy more special views of the walls if you take a walk along the Corniche.
The city centre also boasts a number of attractions: the Cathedral "Gëlle Fra" monument, the Grand-Ducal Palace and the bustling Place Guillaume II and Place d'Armes. Architecture lovers will be drawn to the European district of Kirchberg. Many spectacular EU buildings, the impressive Philharmonie Luxembourg and the "MUDAM” Museum of Modern Art are located here. Other interesting museums, including the Lëtzebuerg City Museum and the National Museum of History and Art, are located in the upper and lower parts of the City. The many art galleries are well worth a visit, with compelling works by Luxembourg and international artists on show. Taking in a concert at the Philharmonie is a nice idea for the evening. Concerts featuring a range of different musical genres and family concerts are also on offer alongside the classical music.
One region still not much on the tourist radar is the south of the country, also known as the "The Land of the Red Rocks" due to its industrial past. You can still see it all today, though most of the activity has ceased. The high point for many visitors to the region is the Fond-de-Gras. It was once one of the country’s major mining areas, and you can now marvel at the old mining landscape from a historic steam train and the "Doihl" mine in Rodange from an old mining train. In addition to historic train rides through the old mining landscape, you might want to visit the National Mining Museum in Rumelange, showing you what it was like working in a mine.
Exploring the former industrial wasteland in Belval also makes for an interesting trip. A new area has been developed here over the last few years, successfully blending in the remains of the past industrial culture. There are great views of the area from the observation deck 40 m above blast furnace A. The neighbouring "Massenoire" building houses an interactive exhibition about the development of the area for you to enjoy. The region will be European Capital of Culture in 2022, offering lots of new attractions and events for bringing in the local people.
For nature lovers: Éislek
Deep, lush valleys and high plateaux with panoramic views – Éislek has it all. The untouched natural environment of the Our and Haute-Sûre nature reserves, picturesque villages and medieval castles are ideal settings for all kinds of adventure! And the region also offers some amazing walking. The "Escapardenne Lee" and "Eislek Trail" trails even have the "Leading Quality Trail - Best of Europe" classification. These are the longer walks, but there are also plenty of shorter circular walks in the region. The Eislek, Haute-Sûre and Weiswampach lakes are also really popular at any time of year. Great for amazing walks, too. You can also swim in the lakes in summer.
The region also has plenty to offer when the weather is not so good: Luxembourg’s most famous castle of all is in Vianden. From its lofty position up at 310 m, the castle looks out over the little town and is considered to be one of the best-preserved castles in Europe. Explore the castle and its armoury, crypt, chapel, knights’ hall and a whole host of other rooms that take you right back to the Middle Ages. Clervaux castle is also very interesting. It houses the unique "Family of Man" photographic exhibition put together by the world-famous photographer Edward Steichen. The exhibition even became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
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