Outsite the city, Luxembourg
Berdorf is a small town which is situated in the heart of a region known as "Little Switzerland". This area is dominated by a fascinating rocky landscape with forests and small waterfalls as well as little lakes.
Coming from Echternach we parked our car in Berdorf and hiked about 2 hours through Luxembourg's "Little Switzerland". On the way we saw sandstone rock formations with names like Tour Malakoff, Perecop or Hohllay (see photos).
All footpaths are very well signposted, so you can't get lost. The Tourist Information Office in Berdorf provides many useful brochures about the region.
Another side trip by car led us to Echternach, which is located about 35 km northeast of Luxembourg-City, just at the border to Germany.
It is the oldest town in Luxembourg and therefore has some historic sights to offer. Among them is the Abbey of Echternach whose history dates back to the 7th century.
The other church worth seeing in town is the parish church of St. Peter and Paul.
Another highlight of Echternach is its market square which is surrounded by ancient buildings like the Gothic Old Town Hall (15th century).
On our way back from Berdorf to Luxembourg-City we took a 2 hours break in the quaint market town of Larochette.
Larochette is home to an old castle, which stands on top of a rock and therefore offers panoramic views of the town and the valley.
The history of the castle dates back to the 12th century, but a complete restoration took place just recently.
Larochette ist located only about 30 km north
One day we went on a little trip by car to Vianden, which is situated about 50 km north of Luxembourg-City.
Vianden is among the touristic highlights of Luxembourg. It is dominated by its hilltop castle which was built between the 11th and 14th century.
Other well worth seeing sights include the Church of St Nicholas (13th century), the town hall (15th century) and the medieval ramparts with their fortified towers.
Vianden is a small mountain town to the North of Luxembourg near the border with Germany. It has a magnificent castle above the town with cobblestoned streets underneath. Unfortunately when we got here it was already dark and raining, but we still really enjoyed the views. I hope to return and spend here more time.
It was built in the XI-XII centuries on the site of the older Roman fort. The castle fell into ruin and was abandoned until it was completely restored by the state in late 1970's. During summer there is a chairlift to the top.
Although the capital of this small country is amazing, check out what hides behind the corner. Take a rent-a-car if you have to, make sure you have good music with you and GO! If you are lucky enough to have a nice weather, I'm sure you'll have a ride of your life. Enjoy in the beautiful and peaceful sceneries of the countryside…
Musee General Patton
near the Match shopping-center in Ettelbruck (northern luxemburg)
Museum retracing the happenings of WW2 in Luxemburg! Very Interesting, but a little bit hidden!
(Following picture: Dynasty of Luxembourg)