WHY TO VISIT AND WHAT TO SEE IN LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg is the capital of the country: contrast between architecture and successful mixture of the past and modern buildings, it offers the traveler its animation and its cultural dynamism, with many museums, theaters and concert halls. Strongly marked by its multicultural dimension (150 nationalities rub it), it draws its vitality in its roots, and its old town is a UNESCO heritage site.
Moreover, its sights are dotted with green spaces and gardens that make its discovery more enjoyable. You will visit the Place d'Armes, the Place Guillaume II, the cathedral, the Grand Ducal Palace, National Museum of History and Art, the way to the Corniche, among others. Further north, the Mullerthal region, also known as Little Switzerland, offers glazed hilly landscape of rock formations. Its largest town, Echternach, which is also the oldest in the country, is famous for its Dancing Procession, combining dance and prayer and attended by thousands of pilgrims. You can also visit there, the cultural center of Trifolion or the Benedictine Abbey of St. Willibrord.
But it is also an ideal area for hikers, with its 112 km of hiking trails in the breathtaking surroundings. Northwest, you will find the natural park of the Upper Sure. It is characterized by its huge reservoir, which allows a variety of leisure activities offer in a very nice landscape. Just south of the country, the Red Lands region is so named because of the color of the mineral that was used in the steel industry of that country. It now includes most commercial cities of Differdange, Dudelange, Esch-sur-Alzette, very modern and dynamic: they offer various festivals, concert halls, street theater. One can also explore the Parc Merveilleux Bettembourg that will delight children.
WHEN TO GO TO LUXEMBOURG
Wheather in Luxemburg
Best period to visit Luxembourg is from May to September.
The climate is semi-continental, with a big sunny summer without heat, a relatively cold winter and a wet autumn.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Luxembourg
- Dräikinneksdag (Epiphany): The 6 January is the day when Luxembourgers eat the traditional Twelfth Night pastry. Whoever finds the bean hidden inside the cake is made ‘king’ or ‘queen’ for the day.
- Liichtmëss (Candlemass): In the evening children carrying liichtebengelchen (light sticks) go around their neighbourhood singing a traditional song at the houses they visit. In return, they receive sweets.
- Fuesent: The Luxembourg carnival, known as Fuesent, traditionally begins on Candlemass (2 February) and ends on Aschermëttwoch (Ash Wednesday, 8 March).
- Buergbrennen: In mid-March, the villagers of many villages celebrate Buergbrennen, where they burn a large wooden figure, symbolising the end of winter and the start of spring.
- Maundy Thursday: children take a wooden box called Emaischen, which makes a noise. This is called goingklibberen. A traditional pottery and folklore festival is held every Easter Monday in Luxembourg City and Nospelt. The special objects to be bought are ceramic bird whistles and flutes called Péckvillercher.
- Festive markets: In the last week of April and first week of May there is the Octave and Märtchen (small market).
- National holiday: On 23 June the people of Luxembourg have a public holiday to celebrate the Grand Duke’s birthday.
- Wine festivals: many towns and villages along the Moselle organise a wine festival between July and September.
- Schueberfouer: each year, on Saint Barthélémy’s Eve (23 August), a great fair is set up in the carpark on the Glacis at Limpertsberg in Luxembourg City.
- Nikloosdaag: the festival of Saint Nicholas is celebrated on 6 December, when children receive presents from St. Nicholas, accompanied by ‘Père Fouettard’, dressed in black and brandishing sticks to punish children who have not been well-behaved during the year.
- Hämmelsmarsch: throughout the year, Luxembourgish brass bands dressed in traditional costumes and accompanied by real sheep, play the ‘Hämmelsmarsch’ in villages holding a fair.
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH LUXEMBOURG
To move around the country, there is a very good bus network in the capital, but also towards neighboring towns. For those who prefer the car, know that the roads are excellent.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON LUXEMBOURG
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: European euro
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz)
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WHAT TO DO IN LUXEMBOURG
typical food in Luxemburg
- Judd mat gaardebounen, the national dish of Luxembourg, a hefty dish of smoked and salted pork (judd) with broad beans (gaardebounen);
- Bouneschlupp, hick soup made from green beans and potatoes cooked with bacon (sometimes adding other vegetables), and often served with potato pancakes;
- F'rell Am Rèisleck, fried trout cooked in a rich Riesling wine and cream sauce.
- Friture de la Moselle, different kinds of small freshwater fish, seasoned with salt and pepper, dipped into lemon juice and into flour and egg batter, and deep fried;
- Gromperekichelcher, fried flattened patties of a mixture of grated potatoes, chopped onions, parsley, egg, flour and salt;
- Huesenziwwi, a stew made with slow marinated hare, fried in lard and flambéed with cognac and served with a sauce made from hare or calf’s blood, red wine or cognac;
- Paschtéit or bouchée à la reine, puffy, large pastry cases filled with chicken and mushroom, and mixed together with a creamy or béchamel sauce;
- Rieslingspaschteit or pâté au riesling, paste made from meat, spread on bread and often eaten with pickle;
- Quetschentaart, an open plum tart, traditionally made of a type of plum called a damson.
souvenirs from Luxemburg
- chocolate (Knippecher)
- local fruity wines
- Esch-sur-Sûre artisanal candles
- peckvillercher, earthenware bird-shaped whistles that locals once exchanged with their lovers on Easter Monday.
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