Luxembourg is one of Europe’s smaller countries and although it’s easily one that’s overlooked when planning any European travel, it’s one of the most charming places in Europe to visit (and I’m not say that lightly either).

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The thing with Luxembourg is that it’s relatively small size means its fairly easy to do quite a lot when you visit the country (you could drive from North to South in about 1 – 2 hours) and it also means that the people here are a lot friendlier than you’d typically find in much larger places.

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You would think, of course that this would mean there’s less to see or do here but that’s not the case, for instance, we recently returned to try to take in as many castles as possible (everyone loves a good castle right?) and I was genuinely surprised at how many we managed to see over that short period alone. Even the city centre in the capital is a UNESCO World Heritage site so it kinda goes to show how much amazing European and indeed Luxembourgish history, there is in this quaint little country.

11 Things You Need To Know About Visiting Luxembourg – One of Europe’s Smallest Countries!

Anyhooooo, let’s get right to it, shall we – here are 15 things you need to know about visiting Luxembourg

1.) The language here is incredibly diverse. Yeah, you’ve got Luxembourgish as a language but if you speak any major European language (especially English/French/German), you’re bound to be able to communicate with pretty much any Luxembourger.

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2.) A stay in the city centre (even if for just one night) is a must as its old quarters are a UNESCO World Heritage site and definitely worth a visit.

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3) The ‘most beautiful balcony in Europe’ is in Luxembourg City. It’s called Corniche and if you haven’t been yet, it’s not a balcony quite like the one you have at home though the idea is fairly similar. The balcony have a brilliant view of the old part of the city and is a must-see when you’re in the city.

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4.) It’s so easy to get around. It’s best if you drive of course as you have more control but you can drive the length of Luxembourg (the country, not the city) is less time that it would typically take you to drive through London.

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5.) There are lots of impressive castles here. So much more than you would think (we’ll be covering more of that in a future post methinks). One of the most impressive one (definitely worth a visit) is Vianden Castle which is set atop a hill and looks almost disney-esque in how dramatic it is.

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6.) Luxembourg’s Monarchs aren’t Queens and Kings like you’d typically find across Europe – instead they are Dukes and Duchesses – hence why Luxembourg is referred to a Grand Duchy (its the only remaining one in the world).

7.) The nightlife in the city is, understandably, around the Mousel brewery area in Clausen and nearby Grund. There are lot of bars and clubs here so definitely head here for a great night out.

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8.) A trip to Luxembourg is incomplete without a visit to its quaint countryside. Most people seem to arrive just visit the capital city but a lot of Luxembourg’s charm lies outside of its capital so definitely spend a day or two outside the city once you’ve soaked up all the sights.

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9.) Luxembourg City is very cyclable. You wouldn’t think it having seen the valley in Grund from Corniche but the city almost exists on two levels which are fairly flat on both levels (there’s even an elevator to take you from one level to the other).

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10.) Speaking of Luxembourg City, the city has free wifi everywhere so you won’t have to worry about being stranded without internet when you visit the city. (It’s worth noting that the situation is not the same when you head out to the countryside though that’s probably not a bad thing. 😉 ).

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11.) Luxembourg is bordered by France, Germany and Belgium and is perfect for a tri (or perhaps even quad) country European road trip. Seriously, if you’re nearby, even a quick drive through (or train ride through) is totally worth it.

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  • I always wonder what language people start speaking in when they first meet someone in Luxembourg! 😉

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! Exactly! 😉

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

    • ladygeeke

      Luxembourgers have some kind of telepathy so they seem to know what language to speak to you in before you start. If in doubt just speak your own language and they will probably reply in the same. Even shop assistants normally speak French, German, English and possibly Portuguese or Italian as well as Letzebuergesch. In the north German is more commonly understood, in the south it’s French.

      • HandLuggageOnly

        Thanks so much for letting us know! That’s such a good tip about speaking your own language first 🙂

        Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I went to Luxembourg for a wedding and tbh I thought there wasn’t much to do. Having said that it’s super pretty and the food is fantastic.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Totally know what you mean – we saw so many lovely castles on the visit – it was so pretty! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • don’t you just love these European micro-states?:) I’d love to visit this one too:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s such a lovely country! You’d love it Tanja 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit because I think Luxembourg seems like the ultimate idyllic European country, so peaceful and charming. You’ve made me want to go even more!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! You’ll love it Brittany! It’s such a great place and everyone’s so friendly!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Alfredo Ciano

    The Power of the Ancient Times in This Post !!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re so right Alfredo 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • CaitToGate

    A friend just came back from there and her snap chats were amazing. I think we’ll need to take you up on your idea of a quad country road trip in that area!!


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Oh yeah, definitely – it’s such a great place and the road trip would be awesome… especially as they’re all so close!

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • I’ve often driven through Luxembourg on my way to other destinations, but never really visited the country. It definitely seems worth a visit after reading this blogpost though!

    Maxime |

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Oh yeah – we LOVED it! It’s our second time in the country and we’re already planning our next trip! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Danielle Theriault

    Loved the chocolate house here and the Casemates. It’s a great little country!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is isn’t it! I could actually LIVE in the Chocolate House… it’s my dream place! ;-0

      Lloyd x

  • So pretty! We have an office in Lux – I want to find a way to get over there to visit (and of course be able to travel there)!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      No way! You’ll love it Rachel… it’s time to think of them excuses for a ‘business trip’. There really is some beautiful places in (and just outside) the city.

      If you do plan a trip, let us know – always happy to help with advice and/or tips 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Gavin Hodgson

    Luxembourg is bordered by France, Germany and, erm… Belgium, not Brussels!
    (Photos number 4 and 8 are in Echternach – (the Abbey and the Orangerie respectively), on the eastern border, in the Müllerthal region. It’s the oldest town in Luxembourg, well worth a visit!)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Silly typo on our part… must have been because of all the waffles we scoffed in Brussels 🙂

      Luxembourg is incredible isn’t it! We love it too.

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • Tina

    I’m American and my family and I lived in Luxemburg for nearly 5 years! We’ve returned to the US, but we love love love little Luxembourg! It will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you for your posts – I have so many specific and fond memories in so many of your lovely photos. I can still see my kids marching next to the guard (trying to make him laugh) at the Grand Ducal Palace and running up the steep path that leads to Vainden!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, this is amazing, Tina. So glad you have so many happy memories of Luxembourg. It’s an amazing country isn’t it. We loved every moment.

      We’re already itching to return.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Emo Boy

    Hey is there good facility of education in Luxembourg. Is it expensive to study in Luxembourg.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hmmmm, there definitely is… it might be worth checking with a local education body to find out more accurate info, though.

      Lloyd & Yaya