Luxembourg is a perfect destination for those who want to go on a short road trip in Europe. The country is officially called the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and is 52 kilometers wide at its widest part and only 86 kilometers long at its longest part. This means that you can make a nice road trip through Luxembourg in a short time. In this article we share our Luxembourg road trip itinerary along some of the most beautiful sights in Luxembourg.
Start your Luxembourg road trip in Echternach
Echternach is one of the cutest towns in Luxembourg. The city is located on the river Sûre, which forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg. Although the city is small, there are a number of sights in Echternach that you definitely want to see. Stroll past the Abbey of Willibrordus, the palace of justice and settle down on a terrace along the Place du Marché. Echternach is a wonderful city for a first introduction to Luxembourg and makes you realize that the country is worth more than a short fuel stop.
Echternach is also the starting point of route 1 of the Mullerthal Trail.
Where to stay in Echternach
There are several hotels in the Echternach region, but we chose to stay in an apartment in Bollendorf, Germany. Bollendorf is located in Germany, but you have a view over Luxembourg from your bedroom window. The ideal base for discovering Echternach and the stunning region of Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland.
Mullerthal region: Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland
The Mullerthal region, also known as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, is one of the most beautiful regions in the country in terms of nature. The area consists of rocks, waterfalls, mossy forests, rivers and many beautiful hiking trails. The Mullerthal Trail covers a total of 112 kilometers and leads past the most beautiful sights in the Mullerthal region. The Mullerthal Trail has different starting points and can be hiked in different stages. There is a great walk for every type of hiker. The Mullerthal region is the perfect base for a wonderful holiday in Luxembourg’s nature.
Castles of Beaufort
Only a twenty minute drive from Echternach you will find another special city in Luxembourg, Beaufort. Although the center of the town is not that special, a visit to the castles of Beaufort is more than worth a stop. In the middle of nature and right against a rock you can admire the imposing ruins of a medieval fortress that was created between 1050 and 1650. You can also visit the 17th century Renaissance castle. Unfortunately, the castle can only be visited with a guide (April-November), but the medieval castle in Beaufort can also be visited without a guide.
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Castle of Vianden
Another beautiful city in Luxembourg you should definitely visit during your Luxembourg road trip is Vianden. Vianden is about half an hour’s drive from Echternach and here you will find one of the most popular sights in Luxembourg. The imposing castle of Vianden. Vianden Castle was built between the eleventh and fourteenth century and is one of the most beautiful castles I have ever seen. The castle can be visited all year round. The entrance fee is seven euros per person. If you have visited the castle of Vianden, the town itself is also nice to take a walk. The colorful buildings and wonderful atmosphere make it a great holiday destination.
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From the east of Luxembourg we travel further inland to the picturesque village of Esch-sur-Sûre. As the name suggests, the village is located on the river Sûre. Esch-sur-Sûre is located in the Luxembourg Ardennes and although the center is small, it is mainly the surrounding area for which you want to stop here. The reservoir, located about a kilometer from the village, is the place for outdoor activities such as kayaking or just relaxing by the water.
City trip Luxembourg City
The capital of Luxembourg is Luxembourg city and this city should not be missed during your Luxembourg road trip. Like the country itself, Luxembourg city is a small city and that means you can discover most of the sights in one day. Some of the most popular sights in Luxembourg city are the Adolfsbrug, Notre-Dame-de-Luxembourg and the enormous span bridge Pont Adolphe.
Of course it is also possible to follow this Luxembourg road trip in the opposite direction. Do you have more time? Combine your Luxembourg road trip with a holiday in the Belgian Ardennes or make a road trip through the German Moselle region.
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