Luxembourg is a small European country located between France, Germany and Belgium. It is somewhere that I would recommend everyone to visit at least once, especially as it makes for a wonderful city break destination.  Luxembourg seems to be a place that often gets missed off of European travel itineraries, making it a bit of a hidden gem.  I recently had the pleasure of visiting Luxembourg for myself – here are my 5 top recommendations for things to see and do!

1. Visit The Grand Ducal Palace.  The Grand Ducal Palace is one of the city of Luxembourg’s main focal points.  It’s the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and it’s where he performs his ducal duties.  This statue (above), located near the Grand Ducal Palace, creepily appears to make eye contact regardless of the angle you look at it from. 

 

2. The Golden Lady.  The iconic Monument of Remembrance, also known as Gëlle Fra (Luxembourgish for ‘Golden Lady’), is located in Constitution Square.  This impressive, 21-meter statue is a war memorial dedicated to the thousands of Luxembourgish soldiers who lost their lives during World War I.  During World War II, the monument was dismantled by the Nazis, who occupied Luxembourg at the time.  However, it was eventually restored back to its full golden glory. 

3. Enjoy local traditions.  Located in the east of the county is the small city of Echternach, which is famed for being home to Benedictine abbey.  On Whit Tuesday, a festival is held in honour of St.Willibrord, the abbey’s founder. Thousands of people from across Luxembourg and neighbouring countries turn up for the festivities.  Young and old alike take part in what is best described as a ‘prayer dance’ which is thought to bring good luck.  The heartwarming festival is just one of many ways in which age-old Luxembourgish traditions are being kept alive.

4. Drink and dine.  Luxembourg is a diverse dining destination where Belgian, French and German cuisines meet.  The small country has a big culinary scene, with a wide range of influences from its neighbours and of course its own culture and traditions.  Be sure to get a slice of its tasty offerings during your visit.  I particularly loved the escargots and Kir Royales.

Joined by Sandy Richette from the Luxembourg Tourism Board, along with the lovely lads from Hand Luggage Only

5. Visit the Family Of Man exhibition.  The Family of Man exhibition is arguably one of the most famous collections of photography ever to be curated.  It consists of over 500 human interest photographs, assembled by Edward Steichen for the New York Museum of Modern Art, to highlight equality and peace.  Having travelled around the world, the exhibition is now permanently installed at Luxembourg’s Clervaux Castle.

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