Discover the Wonder of Luxembourg
Nestled between its more famous neighbors, Luxembourg is a relatively undiscovered wonder. It has a high income per capita…and for gastronomic enthusiasts, it has a high concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants. There is also so much distinctive architecture here there will be lots to see and do. In the lush, rolling countryside there are picturesque castles tucked into forests in the Ardennes Mountains in the north.
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Luxembourg City is the perfect escape. But the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is so small that most people miss the motorway turnoff and drive past it. The country is bordered by France, Germany, and Belgium. From the capital of Luxembourg City to the borders of France and Germany it’s a mere 30-minutes’ drive; to Belgium it’s only a 15-minute drive. There’s space enough, however, to squeeze in several small towns and villages, plenty of lovely countryside, and a disproportionate amount of history and beauty.
One advantage of living in Europe is that cheap airfares make the rest of it so accessible. I’ve just got back home to Ireland after an unofficial three-day jaunt to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. This tiny country holds the title for the highest per capita consumption of wine in the world, so there was a good reason to go bar-hopping.
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I had just arrived at the little Spanish town near Alicante where I’d be spending a couple weeks, so I would have plenty of time to taste test each one.
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- Population: 514,862
- Capital: Luxembourg
- Language: Luxembourgish, German, French
- Location: Western Europe, between France and Germany
- Climate: Modified continental, mild winters, cool summers
- Coastline: Landlocked
- Country Code: 352
- Timezone: GMT+1