Luxembourg is hands down the most underrated country I’ve ever visited. Spanning only 35×51 miles — it makes the list of Top 10 Smallest European Countries.
In this case, bigger definitely doesn’t mean better.
Before moving to Germany, I didn’t even know where Luxembourg was on a map. Because…. geography is hard. But after only spending 2 days there, I was asking my husband, “Um… CAN WE MOVE HERE?!”
Unfortunately, this is not actually possible for us. Because, #militarylife. But, hey, you get the point: It’s a pretty awesome country.
With Luxembourg City less than 2 hours from where we live, we spontaneously decided on a Friday to drive up early Saturday morning and come back late Sunday night. (Late March).
Neither of us really knew much about Luxembourg when we got this idea, but after doing some research, we knew we didn’t want to limit the trip to just seeing the capital, Luxembourg City.
With this in mind, we decided to stay the night at the Légère Hotel, which is about 10 miles (15 km) east of Luxembourg City. “Lux City” is known to be pricey, so by staying a little outside the city, we were able to get much nicer hotel for a great price!
We started our Lux journey at the Luxembourg American Cemetery. This cemetery was dedicated in 1960 to the 5,076 service members (including Gen. George S. Patton) who lost their lives in the Battle of the Bulge. This beautiful and well kept memorial is open everyday from 9-5, and is free of charge.
After spending about 45 minutes here, we made our way into Luxembourg City to buy “Luxembourg Cards”. These are essentially ‘tourist passes’ that allow you free entry into more than 60 museums and attractions, as well as public transportation. Because Luxembourg is so small, this pass works all over the country, not just in Lux City.
We made a list of all the things we wanted to see and do, and decided we were better off spending €48 upfront for 2 passes, then paying for everything individually.
We grabbed lunch in the very popular Place Guillaume II before heading over to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
When exiting the Notre-Dame, you will spot the Gëlle Fra aka the “Golden Lady” — a monument dedicated to the many Luxembourgers who volunteered during both World Wars and the Korean War.
We then wandered through the city, making our way to the Chemin de la Corniche, which has been named “Europe’s most beautiful balcony”. This is a promenade that has been built on 17th century walls. It’s the perfect spot if you’re looking for a place to take a nice stroll with a beautiful view.
At the end of the Chemin de la Corniche, you will find the Bock Casements – which date back to 963! It’s essentially a 10 mile underground maze! Where you can try to imagine where thousands of soldiers, horses, weapons, etc were housed.
(If you are claustrophobic, this may not be for you.)
In need of a late-afternoon snack, we made our way to the Chocolate House — which just so happens to be across the street from the Palais Grand Ducal. The Chocolate House had exactly what you’re thinking … any and every thing chocolate! We enjoyed some cake and drinks while admiring the palace. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to witness the changing of the guards or maybe witness the Grand Duke and/or Duchess coming or going.
Sadly, I cannot even remember where we ate dinner (nor did I take any pictures) … which means it definitely wasn’t worth recommending 😉 But there has to be a number of great restaurants in the city… we just didn’t plan our meals well this trip.
Our 2nd and final day started with a yummy breakfast at the natural grocery store/restaurant next to our hotel, NATURATA. Then we started our drive North to see what the countryside of Luxembourg had to offer!
We only had to drive 30 minutes before making it to Mulletthal — a small Lux village with only 146 residents!
In Mulletthal you will find some of the most beautiful hikes. A friend had recommended hiking the “W7”, Trail 3 … and we were definitely not disappointed. W7 is a fairly easy hike. It feels difficult in the beginning, as you are climbing up, but eventually levels out and is very enjoyable. Ultimately, W7 leads you to the Schiessentumpel Waterfall, which is so dreamy!
After our fill of hiking, we drove another 25 minutes North to Diekirch…
Diekirch was a quaint town to grab lunch before visiting their National Museum of Military History.
Obviously this museum was of interest to my husband, as he serves in the military … but I was surprised to see how popular it was for people all over the world to visit. It could easily take you 3+ hours to see and read everything in this 3 story museum, but we were ready to go after about 2.
Finally, we made our last 12 minute drive North to a larger and more popular town, Vianden.
Vianden is mainly known for the Vianden Castle — a scenic-fairytale-medieval castle! (It’s actually the largest fortified castle west of Rhine.)
We enjoyed touring the castle and of course, taking many photos!
We finished our 2nd day with an early dinner at Auberge de l’Our, before making the drive back home. This restaurant is along the river, in the heart of Vianden… with a view of the castle!
The perfect ending to a weekend that turned out even better than expected.
We could have easily spent another day or two in Luxembourg, exploring the rest of the countryside, but honestly you can get a good idea of this small country in 1-2 days.
Luxembourg taught me that sometimes it’s the smallest of towns (in the smallest of countries), that offer the most.
It’s sad for me to think that Luxembourg was never even on my radar and that if we hadn’t moved to Germany, we probably never would have known to make it a priority.
Sure, the bigger countries… Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Greece… they’re all wonderful. But don’t forget about Luxembourg. It absolutely deserves a spot (or atleast a stop) on your travel itinerary.