Luxembourg may be a tiny country but it sure packs a mean punch. This nation is the wealthiest nation in Europe and one of the founding fathers of the EU. This landlocked country is bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. It is high on natural beauty as well with its rolling hills, luscious valleys and sparkling waters, thereby painting a pretty picture indeed.
The capital of the nation shares the same name - Luxembourg (city) and is perched at the confluence of the Petrusse and Alzette rivers. Kick-start the trip by strolling along the historic Old Quarter, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortress was so impregnable that it earned itself the nickname the 'Gibraltar of the North'. The residuals of the fortifications is now what remains as the original fortress was dismantled between 1867-1883 but the effect it had on the old quarter was evident as they continue to remain a major tourist magnet to this day. Other attractions include National Museum of History and Art, Luxembourg's Bock Cliff, Place d'Armes and Grand Ducal Palace.
Do spend some time at the town of Echternach and view colourful religious dancing procession, which occurs annually on Whit Tuesday, thereby drawing pilgrims from the globe over. Some of the highlights include the town's seventh century Benedictine Abbey (now housing a museum) and St Willibrord's Basilica as well as the 15th century town hall. Nature lovers ought to visit the Luxembourg Ardennes for it is packed with forested plateaus, sheer cliffs, wooded hills, and hidden valleys as well as offer infinite breathtaking views.
If you're a beer enthusiast, visit breweries and sample more of the region's alcoholic produce in the towns of Bascharage and Wiltz. Those who enjoy rock climbing can head over to the facilities available near Berdorf in the Mullerthal region. Do rejuvenate yourself with thermal health treatments and relish the sports and leisure facilities in the spa town of Mondorf-les-Bains.
Wine connoisseur? Do undertake a wine-tasting tour in the southeast. The River Moselle drifts through Luxembourg's main wine-producing area, and a large amount of the bigger wineries offer tours of their cellars, generally for a small fee, with sampling included. When in Vianden, do head over to the ethereal castle, constructed between the 11th and 14th centuries and restored in the 20th century. The castle overlooks the town and offers magnificent views.
When it comes to shopping, be on the lookout for beautiful porcelain and crystal. As for cuisine, do indulge on some of the delicious delicacies offered there such as Weinzossis (a light sausage usually served with mashed potatoes and a mustard cream sauce) and Cochon de lait en gelee (jellied suckling pig).
The stay options in Luxembourg are abundant. The richie-rich seeking the best luxury hotels and swanky private apartments will find plenty of choices to choose from. Similarly, backpackers looking out for cheap accommodations have several options to suit their budget and taste.
Luxembourg experiences oceanic climate. The best time to visit this city would be spring and fall as the temperatures are pleasant.