I feel in love with Luxembourg once I left the train station (Gare). Everyone told me that Luxembourg is a boring little country that has nothing to offer, but my oh my, were they wrong! I am definitely interested to be back in Luxembourg soon. Here are 7 things you should know before going to Luxembourg.
Best Time To Go To Luxembourg
The best time to visit Luxembourg is mid-Spring to first week of Autumn. Depending on the climate and weather, it is around May to beginning September. During this period, the temperature is between 20-30°C (68 to 86 °F). The trees are also blossoming and the mountains are beyond gorgeous. Road trips to the north, followed by hiking and camping is the best thing to do then.
Book your accommodations ahead of time. It gets popular during the peak season.
The other periods (winter) are not the best. It is usually rainy, wet and very cold. During the winter period, people usually take the car to the countries nearby for better weather. Sometimes, it can as cold as -15°C (5°F)!
Getting To Luxembourg From France, Belgium, Germany
Talking about weekend getaways, Luxembourg is surrounded by France, Belgium and Germany. Almost everyone has a car in Luxembourg, and the country is well connected with motorways.
There are also trains from the cities to to the main station station (Luxembourg City). The nearest cities from France, Belgium and Germany are Thionville, Arlon, Roodt-Syr respectively. Of course, there are many other border cities that is closer to the other parts of Luxembourg too.
If you do not have a car, you can simply take the train from the border cities into Luxembourg city. You can also try hitchhiking, take a bus or take a cab.
Transportation In Luxembourg
There are trains within the country and can take you up north in the mountains and forests. You can check and book your trains here. The best route to see the city by train is Ligne 10. They have one of the most scenic routes and famous sights.
Within the city and country, there are buses available. It costs €4 for a one-day pass. Well, I also found out that the conductor does not check for tickets so you can get on the bus and not pay. Of course, this is illegal and definitely not encouraged. For buses out of the city, the bus numbers are higher than 100. i.e.
- 100 (Diekirch via Junglinster, every hour)
- 120 (Junglinster, every 30 minutes)
- 290 (Mersch, frequent)
For those that will not move too much in the city, stay in the city centre, overlooking the Alzette and Petrusse Valleys. Make sure you also stay walking distance to the UNESCO world heritage area.
Luxembourg has their own language: Luxembourgish. However, French and German are used in their daily lives. Almost everyone speaks either French or German, and sometimes English too. German is more used in daily conversations, while French is used in road signs and directions.
Luxembourgish is also similar to German. The south of Luxembourg is nearer to France, and they speak French. The north of Luxembourg is very near to Germany, and they speak German there.
Money and Currency
Luxembourg is one 6 founding members of the European Union, and hence, they use Euros (€). International credit cards and European cards are widely used everywhere, making it easy to make any purchases.
Other countries that use Euros include: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. It also includes smaller states like: Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and the Vatican.
In general, Luxembourg is not a cheap city for food. It costs about €20-€40 for a meal. If you want to save money, just take a bus or train to the borders in Belgium or Germany, and you can get your items at 30-50% cheaper! However, the things that are cheaper in Luxembourg includes: petrol, alcohol and chocolate.
Luxembourg is really tiny and they have a significant influence from German and Central European cuisines. This means meat and potatoes. The national dish is judd mat gaardebounen, which is smoked pork neck. You can also find lots of other cuisines like French, German and Italian cuisines around.
Luxembourg also has wine from the famous Moselle valley. They are quite good, and you can go on tasting tours when you are there. Also, for some reason, beers are cheaper in Luxembourg than in Netherlands. Drink your beer there.
Nature In Luxembourg
The 2 places you have to visit are Echternach and Vianden.
Find out more at 3 Things You Cannot Miss in Vianden
There, you can hike. Luxembourg is blessed with amazing nature. You can spend a day hiking or even better, camping in Luxembourg.
What else do you recommend in Luxembourg? Leave a comment below and share it with us!
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