in the middle
Nestled between France and the Low Countries in the very heart of western Europe, little Luxembourg is a fusion of different cultures. It's loaded with beautiful medieval buildings and Roman relics, enchanting Frankish fortresses and endless swathes of deep-green forests, making it a truly fascinating destination.
Travellers come to wander between the fairytale spires of Benedictine monasteries in the capital, or to see the famed institutions of the European Union. They come to hike the great sylvan hills of the Ardennes, and to eat German dumplings and French pastries. They come to glug frothy beer, and tour the gorgeous reaches of the Moselle.
Pint-sized Luxembourg only has one city. But boy does it pack a punch. Straddling a rock-cut gorge, Luxembourg City comes with a fairytale old town centre. The historic Benedictine halls of Neumunster Abbey rub shoulders with the great Gothic buttresses of the Cathedral of Notre Dame between the cobbled streets here, while romantic restaurants serve up hearty Low Country cuisine and multicultural pubs fringe the meanders of the Alzette River.
Use dealchecker to find the best prices on Luxembourg hotels in the city and you could bed down in the enchanting Ville Haute area, where old churches are ringed with medieval homes. Below is the Ville Basse and the waterways of the Grund, which are always alive with pubs and restaurants and handsome Germanic buildings.
Away from the charming heart of town is the area of Kirchberg. This is where you'll discover all the shiny, steel government buildings, the big name banks and the institutions of the EU.
With so many traditions coalescing in the kitchens of Luxembourg, it's hardly a surprise that food tourism is big in these parts. Gourmands will make for the rolling vineyards and agrotourism hotspots of the Moselle Valley for great wines and tasting menus, while it's to Diekirch and Bascharage for the beers, with the iconic Bofferding Brewery and oodles of Belgian-style Trappist brews on the menu.
Historic Echternach is another favourite. Travellers come to wander the cobbled streets of the old medieval centre here. It's possible to see the oldest abbey in the country (dating from 698) next to crumbling Roman ruins and oodles of quaint patisseries with a Parisian edge.
A great many other visitors to the Grand Duchy will make a beeline straight for the verdant reaches of the Ardennes. This vast cut-out of northern Luxembourg is replete with undulating valleys of green, winding hiking trails, and dense forests of plum trees, apple orchards, oak and beech. Check out cheap hotels in Luxembourg's romantic village of Vianden, or little Clervaux, if it's nature like that you're after.