Even those looking for relaxation and regeneration will feel right at home in Luxembourg. The local mineral waters have many health benefits.
Facts & FiguresOfficial name: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg / Grand-Duché du Luxembourg / Lëtzebuerg
Location: Western Europe, located between France and Germany
Area: 2.586 km²
Religious and Ethnic Groups: 98% Catholics / 55% Luxembourgers, 17% Portuguese, 6% French, 4% Italian, 3% Belgian, 3% German
Language: Luxembourgish (official), French (official), German (official)
Geography: Hilly with broad valleys, mountainous in the north, with waste to the Mosel valley in the southeast. Highest point: Buurgplaatz (559m)
Time Zone: Central European Time (UTC + 01:00)
Political and Economic: Parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy, GDP: 45.5 billion Euros (2013)
Currency: Euro (since 2002)
Arrival and departure
Due to its central location, the entry is very easily accessible via car, flight or train.
Vaccinations: In general, vaccination for meningococci is recommended for children and adolescents for longer stays.
Speed limits: Within the localities 50 km / h; outside the localities 90 km / h; Highways 130 km / h. Winter tires are compulsory from October 1st in case of icy roads, thick layers of snow or melting snow.
Climate and best time to travelLuxembourg's climate is continental and characterized by mild winters and cool summers.
Winter average temperature: 2 ° C (lows around -1 ° C in February)
Summer average temperature: 17 ° C (maximum temperatures around 23 ° C in July)
Water temperature: The lakes are suitable for swimming in the summer.
Luxembourg invites you to visit year-round. In the winter, the country attracts visitors for cross-country skiing, with the most hours of sunshine between May and September.
The most beautiful holiday regionsMost Beautiful Regions in Luxembourg: (103)
Bad Mondorf / Southeast - Dreiländereck and Wellness Oasis
North - Ardennes and Eifel with deep gorges
Public holidays and celebrationsNew Year (January 1), Easter Monday (the first Sunday after the Passover), Good Friday (the day after Holy Thursday and two days before Easter Sunday of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ) Labor Day (May 1), Ascension Day (forty-nine days after Easter Sunday) ,Whit Monday (seven weeks after Easter Sunday), National Day (June 23), Assumption Day (August 15), Luxembourg Fair (September 1), All Saints Day (November 1), Christmas (December 25/26).
DOs and DON'TsDOs
• Respect Luxembourgish. Never mention that the language has a German or French dialect, as the Luxembourgers are very proud of their own identity.
• Go shopping. Tobacco, spirits, coffee and fuel are much cheaper in Luxembourg than in neighboring countries.
• Don’t forget your safety vest. Motorists are obligated to carry vests while driving. Disregarding this law could result in a fine.
Holiday tipsCan you drink the tap water? Luxembourg’s tap water is generally safe to drink.
Do I need an adapter? In Luxembourg, the same sockets are used as in Europe; an adapter is therefore not needed.
Top tips and discoveries
The capital of the country captivates visitors with its unique mixture of normally disparate elements. Alongside historic monuments, state-of-the-art architecture towers above, making up the cityscape. Large green landscapes and parks encompass these buildings providing peaceful areas for resting. Luxembourg has a varied and lively atmosphere to which the population of the city contributes, and is made up of more than 150 nationalities. With its wide range of culture, shopping and sports, the city is always worth a visit.
Echternach is the oldest city in Luxembourg with over 1500 years of history and countless sights which have accumulated in this extensive history. Particularly impressive are the basilica and the former court house, adding to the distinctive character of the cityscape to this day. A special spectacle is offered on Pentecost Tuesday. In honor of the national Saint Willibrord, a procession takes place during which participants dance throughout the city. Echternach lures as the center of the Little Luxembourg Switzerland, a landscape that invites you to a remarkable visit. Also worth noting, Echternacht has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The Moselle River lies in a beautiful valley with wide vineyards which curl like a green ribbon along its banks. Here you can find the birthplace of many regional noble wines, juices and fruit brandies. Those who do not visit for culinary delights alone can relish the rich offer of hiking trails and water sports or wonder through the countless medieval towns that are scattered throughout the Moselle valley