If Luxembourg happens to be one’s chief vacation destination, but at the same time tourists want to visit other parts of the Grand Duchy, they are offered the possibility of making trips to other major towns in Luxembourg.
By force of the short distances, trips are unlikely to last more than one hour, regardless of destination and of the means of transport (personal vehicle or local buses). Visitors will simply be amazed by the beauty surrounding the capital and by the landscapes this small country yields.
Located in the north side of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the region is renowned for its dense woods covering the old hills and mountains which do not exceed 500 m height. The Ardennes is crossed by many rivers and steep valleys. Vianden and Clervaux are the most significant towns in this region.
Vianden is a medieval town located close to the German border, to about one hour trip by bus from the capital. The first historic record of the town, back then called Viennensis, dates back to 698.
It is its history that made the town famous. Most visitors are drawn to the walks on the old streets and squares and to the Vianden Castle, built between the 11th and the 14th century, and subsequently restored, in the 1970s. The castle is still furnished and it displays a collection of ancient armors and arms, and a collection of tapestry and paintings.
Tourists can also visit the museums located in Vianden, of which the most notable is the Victor Hugo Museum. The venue is represented by the very house in which the artist used to live during his stay in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It also exhibits a sculpted bust of the writer, the furniture which belonged to him and a series of documents, designs and drawings made by the famed novelist.
Something always happens in Vianden: may it be music shows, medieval fairs or sports competitions, one will never get bored in Vianden. It is precisely in Vianden that the only funicular in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is located. Tourists can reach from a 230-meter altitude to an altitude of 440 meters, where the castle and several museums are located. The route offers visitors the possibility to admire the town from above and to contemplate the beauty of nature from the Our River valley.
The Indian Forest Park too is a significant tourist objective for those visiting the region. Tourists are given sundry leisure opportunities in this forest, and the suspended rope routes will make their adrenalin rise to a notable height.
Should adventure exceed tourists’ expectations, they can explore the park on foot, by a 15 to 30-minute walk.
Clervaux is a medieval town located in a narrow valley surrounded by densely forested hills.
The most important tourist objective in the region refers to the feudal castle built in the 12th century, which strikes by its size. The Clervaux castle hosts the local administration offices, and a small museum displaying arms from the 1944 an 1945, as well as a famed photograph collection called “Family Man”, realized by Edward Steichen.
Another impressive historic monument is the stone cross, with a height of 12.5 meters. The cross was built in 1899 in the honor of the heroes who had died during the French invasion in 1795-1798. Two bronze bas-reliefs depict fight scenes, and the only inscription carved on the monument is reads “We don’t know how to lie”.
Tourists passionate about sports will find Clervaux is a genuine paradise in this respect. One can play golf, tennis, football, they can roller skate or make bike trips, they can fish or relax by the pool, as well as they can practice sundry water sports on the lake located only 10 kilometers from the center of the town.
Echternach is the oldest town within the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and it was founded by the Irish monk Saint Willibrord. The town is located 120 meters height as compared to the sea level, on the Sauer River valley.
The city features ruins dating as early as 2000 years ago (a Roman Villa discovered as a result of excavation works carried out near the Echternach lake), and it is also home to two impressive churches: the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, built in a Roman and Gothic style, and the Church of Saint Willibrord, where the tomb of this saint is also located. Other notable objectives refer to the Town Hall, also built in a Gothic style, to the ruins of an ancient wall featuring 7 recently restored towers, and to the Rocco pavilion in the Municipal Park.
Other objectives in Echternach are represented by the four museums, by the pedestrian area, by a leisure center featuring a lake which fills a surface of 60 hectares, and by tourist circuits summing up some 70 kilometers.
Tourists passionate about nature who choose to explore such circuits will have the opportunity of visiting caves and mountainous formations of glacial origin, to search out the woods with their narrow paths crossed here and there by springs, and to see variously sized waterfalls. Also, such trips will offer them the occasion of visiting several traditional Luxembourgian villages.
The Moselle River yields the natural border separating the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg from Germany, and it is the most important viticulture region of the country. The largest wineries are to be found here, as well as sampling venues and shops selling local products.
The towns of Remich, Grevenmacher, Stadtbredimus, Wormeldange and Bech-Kleinmacher are the most renowned places in the region, but various types of wine are to be found in virtually all villages on the valley.
One can also combine their sampling circuit with boat trips. During such trips tourists can have their meals, they can dance or relax, or, just as well, they can relax on a lounge chair while admiring the vineyards and the countless villages along the river.
Schengen, a town anyone has probably already heard of, stretches on the bank of the Moselle River. It is after this town that the European Agreement had been named. It is located in the south basin of the Moselle River, 200 meters from the French border, 200 meters from the German border, and 200 meters inland within the Grand Duchy.