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A Guide to Visiting Luxembourg: Europe’s Richest Country

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Did you know that Luxembourg is Europe's richest country? This place may be small, but it sure is mighty- and it's becoming increasingly popular! This July was my second time visiting Luxembourg, allowing me to really explore all that the country has to offer.


Luxembourg is definitely one of those places that some may love, and some may not. In this guide I'm going to cover everything that we learned while visiting Luxembourg, to help you see if it's a right pick for you!


We'll be going over the best things to do in Luxembourg, how to get around, the best time to visit, and so much more. Let's jump right in!


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Where is Luxembourg Located?

Luxembourg is located in Western Europe, and is a landlocked country. Countries that border Luxembourg are Germany to its east, France to its south, and Belgium to its north and west.

Where is Luxembourg

Luxembourg is between Belgium, Germany, and France.


Visiting Luxembourg: How to Get There

Luxembourg may be small, and seem like the middle of nowhere, but it is actually quite accessible to get to!


Where Do You Fly Into for Luxembourg?

Luxembourg actually does have its own airport, which is just outside the center of the capital Luxembourg City. The airport is pretty small, and very easy to go in and out of.


European cities that fly to LUX include Ajaccio, Alicante, Almeria, Amsterdam, Antalya, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Belgrade, Berlin, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Bucharest, Budapest, Burgas, Cagliari, Calvi, Copenhagen, Corfu, Dublin, Faro, Figari, Florence, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Hamburg, Heraklion, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Istanbul, Izmir, Lanzarote, Lamezia Terme, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malaga, Marseille, Menorca, Milan, Monastir, Montpellier, Munich, Naples, Nice, Olbia, Oslo, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Pescara, Podgorica, Porto, Prague, Rimini, Rome, Stockholm, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Tenerife, Toulouse, Varna, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.


There are also a couple of other destinations that connect to Luxembourg outside of Europe. A few of them are Djerba and Endfidha in Tunisia, Hurghada and Marsa-Alam in Egypt, Agadir in Morocco, and Cape Verde.

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What is the Cheapest Way to Get to Luxembourg?

If you happen be in one of the closer countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, (or one that doesn't fly direct to Luxembourg) then chances are getting a flight won't be your best option. Also, if you don't happen to find an affordable flight, then you'll have to look at crossing Luxembourg via land.


Two of the cheapest options for visiting Luxembourg are via Flix Bus (which is what we used doing from Amsterdam to Luxembourg), or you can get a Blabla Car, which is a great carpooling app that is popular in Europe.


Here are some popular bus trips you can take to Luxembourg:

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Requirements for Visiting Luxembourg

Now that you know the different ways for visiting Luxembourg, let's dive into the country's entry requirements, and cover any questions you may have.


Do I Need a Visa to Fly to Luxembourg?

Luxembourg is part of the Schengen Zone, so if you are required to have a Schengen visa when in Europe, this will also apply to visiting Luxembourg. The US, UK, and many other nationalities are able to enter the Schengen Zone without needing a visa for a period of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. 


The 90/180 Rule

This is called the 90/180 rule, and applies to all countries within the Schengen Zone. For example, if you spent 60 days in France, and 20 days in Germany, (both countries which also are from the Schengen zone), you would have used 80 days out of 90. This means you'll be able to stay for a maximum of 10 days visiting Luxembourg, or any of the other countries inside the Schengen Zone.


We use the Schengen visa calculator, which is extremely helpful for those that are planning on traveling in and out of the EU for a long period of time.


Are There Covid Restrictions in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg, as well as almost everywhere else in Europe, has dropped all Covid-related restrictions.


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Local Adjustments for Visiting Luxembourg

Whenever you travel there are things that may be different from where you are coming from, especially in Europe. Here are a few of the local adjustments to keep in mind while traveling to Luxembourg.


What Language is Mostly Spoke in Luxembourg?

For being such a tiny country, it's actually crazy how many languages that Luxembourg has! There are three different languages in Luxembourg, so you can drive just a few minutes away and there will be a completely different language being spoken.


The three different languages spoken in Luxembourg are French, German, and Luxembourgish. Suprisingly enough though, the language you'll here mostly is French, not Luxembourgish, and most people in the capital speak French more than anything else.


What is the Currency in Luxembourg?

The currency used in Luxembourg is the same as the surrounding countries, which is the euro. Most places take credit card, so you won't need to have too much cash on you, unless you are leaving a tip in a restaurant.


How Expensive is Luxembourg?

Luxembourg is pretty expensive, even compared to a lot of other European countries. It isn't as outrageously expensive as Iceland or Norway, but it certainly has prices closer to Switzerland than to Germany for example.


Typically, a meal in a restaurant costs around 20 euros, and a night in a hotel averages between 100-150 euros per night.  


Electrical Outlets in Luxembourg

Luxembourg uses the same plug types as the rest of Europe, which are types C & F. The standard voltage in Luxembourg is 230 V with a standard frequency of 50 Hz.


Can I Drink the Water in Luxembourg?

The tap water in Luxembourg is perfectly safe to drink. Bottled water is pretty standard in restaurants, but we definitely suggest asking for tap water, as it is just as good, and doesn't cost anything compared to the pricy bottled water.


Is it Customary to Tip in Luxembourg?

Tipping is customary in Luxembourg, but is not nearly as much as in some other countries. It is recommended to leave an extra 5-10% tip on top of your bill, and to do so in cash.

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Things to Do While Visiting Luxembourg

Now that you know almost everything you need to know about visiting Luxembourg, Here are the best things to do around the country.


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A Guide for Visiting Luxembourg
A Guide for Visiting Luxembourg
A Guide for Visiting Luxembourg

Visit the Castles

One of the things you definitely shouldn't miss out on while visiting Luxembourg are its beautiful castles! There are over 100 castles in this tiny country, but we're just going to share some of the top ones with you.


Vianden Castle

If you are going to visit one castle in Luxembourg, let it be this one! Vianden has been listed as one of the 21 most beautiful castles in the world, and it is certainly the most iconic one in all of Luxembourg.


Vianden Castle is actually one of the most unusual castles we have been to, as there are vendors all throughout the different rooms, and souvenirs and ar you can buy from locals along your visit.


Tickets to enter are Vianden Castle are 10 euros for adults, 5 for students, and 2.50 for children 6-12. It is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.


Vianden castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Vianden castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Vianden castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Vianden castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Vianden castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Vianden castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg


Bourscheid Castle

We showed up at this castle to simply get a picture on the outside. The doors were open in the evening and there was actually a festival going on! Apparently they do them often, with live music and local food and drinks being served. 


Set up in a hill, Bourscheid castle can also be admired from several different viewpoints around it, so we suggest asking the locals for the best trails, and saving yourself a bit of time to see it from all the different angles.


Bourscheid castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Bourscheid castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Bourscheid castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Bourscheid castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg

There are a lot of viewpoints where you can see Bourscheid castle. 


Beaufort Castle

This medieval castle is super cool because it looks like a huge set of ruins from afar, but actually has been restored and can be visited on the inside. There are also some trails around it, and if you go inside your ticket includes tastings of local black currant liquors.


Beaufort castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Beaufort castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Beaufort castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg

Beaufort castle looks like it's in ruins but it has actually been restored.


Meysembourg Castle

This one is a true hidden gem. While you can't visit inside, it's really beautiful to see from the outside, and is just outside the city of Luxembourg.


Bourlingster Castle

This cute castle is located just 20 minutes north east of the city of Luxembourg. The 12th century castle is unlike any of the others, because it has been awarded as the "best vegetable restaurant in the world" (we think they mean vegetarian!).


Bourlingster castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Bourlingster castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Bourlingster castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg


Check Out Chateau de Turelbaach

Chateau de Turelbach is technically considered a castle, but to us it was much more of a small hidden gem that felt like a fairytale.


It is private property, so you can't enter inside, but the outside is just stunning. You can park just off the side of the road where the forest is. Walk around the lake and then you'll find it in just a few minutes.


Turelbaach Castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Turelbaach Castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
Turelbaach Castle, things to do while visiting Luxembourg


Hike Around Mullerthal

One of the top things to do in all of Luxembourg is to go hiking, and the Mullerthal trail is definitely the most popular.


There are plenty of different trails that you can take, letting you explore different areas of nature. We didn't have time to hike the trail itself, but are going to share the top two spots in the area.

Mullerthal trail, what do do while visiting Luxembourg

Schiessentümpel Cascade

This is the most famous waterfall in Luxembourg. it is located along the Mullerthal trail, but you can also simply park in a lot nearby and walk there in minutes, as it is just off the side of the main road.


It looks truly out of a fairytale, but make sure to go super early, or the place will be mobbed with people. This is actually the only place in the country where we saw crowds!

Luxembourg waterfall, things to do while visiting Luxembourg

Kuelscheier

This is a stretch of the Mullerthal trail where you need to hike to, and is a unique rock formation worth visiting. There is an area that is a rock tunnel that is 100 meters long, with a closing at the top!


Discover Hollhay Cave

This is another hidden gem of Luxembourg, which is a set of caves tucked away in the forest. One of our favorite parts of this is that they look like giant windows!


Take in the Views From the Burfelt Viewing Platform

This was one of our favorite views that we saw in Luxembourg. Perched over the Lac de la Haute-Sûre, the long platform has a glass wall at the end, overlooking the turquoise waters below. We particularly suggest going here for sunset!


viewpoint in Luxembourg


Check Out Aussichtspunkt Runtschelt

Just up the river from the Burfelt Viewing Platform is an area that you can enjoy more beautiful views of the river. There are several trails that you can walk around and get different perspectives of the river from above. You can get great views in just a few minutes walk from the parking area, or you can continue if you'd like to hike all the way down.


river in Luxembourg, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
river in Luxembourg, things to do while visiting Luxembourg
river in Luxembourg, things to do while visiting Luxembourg


Stop by Houfels

This is a spot worth stopping by when you are in the area of Burfelt and Turelbaach. Houfels has an adorable hut with beautiful views of the valley below. It really is just a quick stop, but cool to see while exploring the other fun sites.

Houfels, things to do while visiting Luxembourg