Are you thinking of traveling to Luxembourg? Don't just stay with visiting the Capital! Luxembourg is a small country that is quick to visit. It offers a capital full of history and culture, charming towns, lush forests, waterfalls, routes through valleys and castles. Lots of castles.
Ideally, you spend between 5-7 days to get to know the country. In this post I explain the essential places to see in Luxembourg on a 7-day route.
In this post I detail a route to get to know Luxembourg, the places that you cannot miss, where to stay and travel tips. The itinerary will help you get an idea of the time you need approx in each destination.
WHAT TO SEE IN LUXEMBOURG - Travel to Luxembourg in 6 days
The route will depend on how you arrive in the country. If you arrive in Luxembourg by plane to the airport of the capital (as was our case) it is best to start by getting to know the capital. But if you arrive by car and enter a border town, you can adapt your route from that point. Keep in mind that this route is circular and you can adapt it as best suits you.
DAY 1 - Arrival in Luxembourg (capital) + visit of the historic center
Arrival in the capital of Luxembourg by plane. Try to get a flight to Luxembourg as soon as possible to make the most of the day. Public transport in Luxembourg is free. In our case we decided to visit the capital using public transport, including the transfer from the airport - Luxembourg. It wasn't until we started the route through the rest of the country that we didn't rent a car (I'll tell you about it later).
Once installed in the hotel, it's time to start getting to know the city. The best option for a first contact and to know first-hand the history of the historic center of Luxembourg is to take a guided tour. You have the option of taking a free tour of the historic center of the city.
Although with the guided tour you will get to know some of the most essential places to see in the historic center, you still have many corners and places to discover.
Some of the most essential places to visit are the Doge's Palace, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Luxembourg, the Casemates du Bock, the Adolphus bridge, William II beach, the town hall, the Place d'Armes, the Church of Saint Michael, the Philharmonic and the Monument of Remembrance. All these places give you time to visit them in one day.
DAY 2 - We continue visiting the capital of Luxembourg. Get up early!
Luxembourg is a very quiet country, but even so, I advise you to get up early to be able to walk around the city calmly (especially if you travel in high season).
The second day it's time to visit the pending places, a little further away from the center. We started touring the Grund neighborhood, a place with a lot of charm. It is a residential neighborhood, with typical traditional houses.
The next stop is the Chemin de la Corniche viewpoint. From here you will have beautiful views of the city. In the afternoon, a local told us that the sunsets here are beautiful, because despite not seeing the sun disappear as such, it colors the city in pinkish tones, so if you have time you can go up to the viewpoint before nightfall. (We came back hehe).
It's time to eat and I recommend that you go to the historic center. There are many bars and restaurants with a lot of charm.
In the afternoon we dedicated it to see two museums, the Moferno Gran Duque Juan Art Museum and the National Museum of History and Art.
If you don't feel like organizing a route through the country visiting its castles on your own, or you don't have a driving license to rent a car, a good alternative to get out of the city and see some of the best castles and natural surroundings in the country is to a 1 day excursion:
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DAY 3 - Müllerthal route, Echternach and its abbey, the castles of Beaufort and Larochette, and we arrive at the town of Vianden.
The next day we had our rental car waiting and we headed for the Müllerthal route. It is a natural route of 6 sections and about 112 km approx. From Luxembourg capital to the start of the route it takes about 50 minutes by car.
The Müllerthal route is perfect for those who love nature. You will pass through forests, rocky landscapes, lakes and of course you will see many castles along the way.
The Schiessentümpel waterfall is an essential stop on this route.
In this network of roads we find and visit the Castle of Beaufort and the Castle of Larochette, the town of Echeternach and its abbey. Although it may seem like a lot, keep in mind that the distances are short and that some of the castles do not allow visits and can only be visited from outside, so it is done quickly.
In the afternoon we headed for the town of Vianden. Where we stayed the third night of the tour. You will not have time to visit the town practically, so the visit takes place the next day.
In Vianden we stayed at the 3-star family-run Hotel Heintz.
DAY 4 - Vianden Castle, Clervaux village and castle
In the morning get up early and with desire that today the day is about castles. Start by visiting the town of Vianden, a place full of charm. The next stop is Vianden Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Luxembourg.
After the visit, head to the town of Clervaux to visit its castle and the town.
To end the day you can stay here, in the town of Clervaux. We stayed at the 3-star Hotel du Commerce.
DAY 5 - Bourscheid Castle, the village of Ettelbruck and afternoon shopping in the capital
Since the 5th is somewhat more relaxed, don't get up early, take it easy. Once you have had breakfast we begin.
The first stop of the day will be at Bourscheid Castle. About 30 minutes drive from Clervaux. It is a beautiful medieval castle located in a privileged place. The construction is from the year 1000 approx. And you can visit the interior with an audio guide in Spanish.
It is built on top of a 150 meter high rock with a wall with 11 towers, so the castle dominated the Sûre valley. The castle was expanded throughout history and therefore we can appreciate different architectural styles.
The next stop is in the small town of Ettelbruck, if you want you can take the opportunity to eat something here in the restaurants in the town center.
In the afternoon, we took the car towards Luxembourg capital, but first we made a detour to visit the New Castle of Ansembourg. A beautiful manor house / castle that allows visits and also has beautiful gardens.
Our next stop was in the capital of Luxembourg, where we took advantage of the afternoon to do some shopping and stay here.
DAY 6 - The Valley of the 7 castles
We took the car again this time to tour the valley of the 7 castles. It is a route that is very close to Luxembourg capital.
And yes, in Luxembourg there are many castles. It is estimated that there are more than 50 castles recognized as such throughout the country, and some similar palaces.
You will find the valley of the seven castles in the Guttland region. It is not a very long route, it is only about 24 km where, in addition to a beautiful setting, a total of 7 castles in the towns of Asembourg, Mersch, Schoenfels, Koerich, Hollenfels and Septfontaines.
We stayed again in the capital to catch our flight early. There is the possibility of visiting some towns in the south of the country. We visit Esch-sur-Azello and the Mondorf Les Bains Fort thermal baths. But you would need one more day of travel, or make the previous visits in less time.
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