10 August 2017, 3:37 PM
Travel to Luxembourg and see Germanic and French influences in this fairytale town with castles and rivers.
With a population of 600,000 and less than 1,000 square miles of rolling countryside, discover why Luxembourg is known as the "green heart" of Europe.
Thirty miles north of Luxembourg City is the picturesque town of Vianden where you'll find Vianden Castle towering over this Romanesque town of 1,800 people. March through to October is the ideal time to travel to Luxembourg when the Vianden Castle is open until 5pm. A day spent in Vianden in the summer months can include bicycle riding, hiking and the spectacular chairlift with wonderful views of the town and castle.
One of the distinguishing features of Luxembourg is the Alzette River. Flowing from France into Luxembourg, the 45-mile long river joins the Pétrusse River at Luxembourg City. Walk along the river pathways through and admire the breathtaking scenery as the river winds through hills and valleys.
Because of its strategic position between France, Germany and Rome, the rocky elevation of Luxembourg was the site of the Luxembourg fortress for over 300 years until it was dismantled in 1867. Trace the history of the military fortress and the medieval power struggles of Europe with a guided tour of the underground pathways and around the corniche to the Rahm Plateau and the Fortress Museum. The fascinating museum houses artwork, maps, military arms, canons and artillery. Learn about the foreign powers and armies who occupied Luxembourg over the past 1,000 years.
Meander through the cobbled streets of Luxembourg where time seems to stand still. Get breakfast at bakeries and cafes serving fresh crepes and coffee. As lunch time approaches, be sure to try the traditional Luxembourg meat dish Judd mat Gaardebounen. This smoked collar of pork with broad beans is soaked overnight and then boiled with vegetables and spices. It is sure to please the hungry foodies visiting Luxembourg.