Thursday, September 16, 2021

Luxembourg

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Why visit Luxembourg?
Appeals to travelers seeking a European experience to enjoy abbey towns, biking, birdwatching, breweries, castles, cross country skiing, fishing, folk traditions, forests, hiking, historical sites, horseback riding, ice skating, museums, river valleys, sailing, scenic countryside, scuba diving, villages, waterskiing, and wineries.



Vianden Castle, Vianden, Luxembourg. Photo Credit: Michael Gaida/Pixabay 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Antiques, ceramics, cheeses, designer clothes, jewelry, leather bags, mustard, pâté, porcelain, smoked ham, and sparkling wines.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Bouneschlupp (bean soup). Cancoillotte (cheese). F'rell am Rèisleck (trout). Judd Mat Gaardebounen (pork). Kachkeis (cheese). Kriibsen (pork) Kachkeis (cheese). Kriibsen (crayfish). Quetschentaart (plum tart). Träipen (sausage).
  • Local Drink to Try:  Beierhaascht (beer). Bofferding (beer). Crémant de Luxembourg (wine) Grand Brewing (beer). Ourdaller (beer).


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Photo Credit: djedj/Pixabay 




Fun Facts
  • During Paleolithic Age between the Rhine and Meuse rivers evidence of their first settlers is known.
  • In 698 AD, Abbey of Echternach (Echternach) was established by a missionary saint and monks.
  • In 1556, became part of the Spanish Netherlands.
  • Hollenfels Castle from the 11th Century has been repurposed as a hostel and youth activity center.
  • World's second largest Investment Fund Center.
  • Southern area (Gutland) is nicknamed "Little Switzerland".
  • Home of world's largest steel company (Arcelor Mittal).
  • Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was born in Cuba (Havana).
  • Animated film, Mr Hublot won an oscar.
  • Highly ranked as one of the world's best performers in environmental protection.
  • Largely produces dry white and sparkling wines.
  • One of the least populated countries in Europe.
  • Formerly the second richest country in the world.
  • Sells the most alcohol compared to other European countries.
  • Locals greet kiss one another three times on alternating cheeks.
  • Referred as the "Green Heart in Europe".


Bourscheid Castle, Bourscheid, Luxembourg. Photo Credit: Yvonne Huijbens/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (March) Carnival Parade, Printemps Musical, (April) L'Emaischen, Wine Fair, (May) Choréographique Luxembourgeois, Dancing Procession, Danz Festival Lëtzebuerg, Féerie du Genêt, Festival International Echternach, International Classical Music Festival, Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg, (June) Fête de la Musique, Wine Festival, (July) Agricultural Fair, Beer Festival, Festival de Wiltz, Old Diekirch Festival, Open-Air Concerts, (August) Pottery FestivalProcession of the Holy Virgin, Schueberfouer, (September) Art Kirchberg, Fête du Raisin et du VinWine and Grape Festival, and (December) Marché de Noël.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Easter Monday, Labor Day, Europe Day, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, National Day, Assumption of Mary, All Saints' Day, Christmas Day, and St Stephen's Day.


Photo Credit: Yvonne Huijbens/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • Sufficient proof of funds and a return plane ticket is required.
  • Avoid public demonstration.
  • Northern region (Eisleck) offers the best dramatic scenery.
  • Petty theft is known to occur on public transportation.
  • Considered accessibility friendly.
  • Prone to road congestion morning and evenings.
  • Diversely influenced by Austrians, Belgians, Dutch, French, Germans, and Spanish.
  • Drivers must carry a blank accident report in their vehicle in the event of an accident. Report is necessary for any accident not involving injury. 
  • Maximum allowable blood alcohol content while driving is 0.05%.
  • Seat belts are required.


Clervaux, Luxembourg. Photo Credit: Yvonne Huijbens/Pixabay 

  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $10,000USD.


Luxemborg City, Luxembourg. Photo Credit: Sergejs Gubarevs/Pixabay 



  • Best Time to Visit: May - October
  • Coldest Months: December - February 
  • Hottest Months: June - August
  • Peak Season: July - August
Echternach, Luxembourg. Photo Credit: Philipp Semmler/Pixabay 





Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: City of Luxembourg


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Photo Credit: Pit Karges/Pixabay 



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