Felicity Long
Felicity Long

For such a beautiful destination, the country of Luxembourg doesn’t get a lot of attention.

Consider the attractions: picturesque Luxembourg City, complete with ancient fortifications and a palace; a network of creepy-but-fun underground crypts that visitors can navigate with a guide; high-end shopping on the Grand Rue, and some world-class dining.

Families can also find plenty to do outside of the capital city, including a ride up a chairlift to a castle in Vianden or a hike along the forested Mullerthal Trail in the region known as Luxembourg's Little Switzerland.

But while these enticements might not be enough to lure North Americans to the destination by itself, they make a strong case for adding Luxembourg to a trip to, say, Belgium, Germany or France.

Fans of winter travel can take advantage of the Winterlights festival, for example, slated to take place from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. Celebrations include light installations, concerts, fireworks and a Santa Claus parade, along with traditional Christmas markets.

There will even be amusement park rides for the kids in Luxembourg City Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Wine lovers also have a reason to put Luxembourg on their radar, especially along the Mosel River, which boasts a wine culture that’s more than 2,000 years old. Visitors can stop at dozens of vineyards between Wasserbillig and Schengen and combine their wine tastings with biking or hiking itineraries.

Nature buffs can explore Haff Reimech, a nature reserve near Schengen teeming with birds and animals that is preparing to open a Biodiversum, a science and natural museum, at the end of the year.

Or visitors can time their trip to coincide with the Luxembourg City Film Festival, set for Feb. 25 to March 6. The schedule will feature more than 100 film productions, from features to documentaries, and directors and actors will be on hand to meet moviegoers.


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