This characterful capital may only cover a small area of the hilly landscape, but it’s a big enough city to be full of surprises.
With world-class museums sitting alongside fine dining destinations and scenic viewpoints.
Arriving at Luxembourg Airport
Fly into Luxembourg from London City Airport and you'll land just moments from the financial and historic centres of the city. The views get dramatic as you come in to land as you should be able to see the gorges of the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers carving up the landscape. Keep an eye out, too, for the glimmers of glass and steel that represent modern Luxembourg, a centre of finance and the home of several European institutions.
The airport is just east of the city centre and offers easy access to the capital’s key areas. Buses run regularly from outside the arrivals area and stop in the heart of the city, although it’s even quicker to hop in one of the taxis waiting outside for door-to-door service.
If you’re planning on staying in Luxembourg for a longer spell, or you want to explore outside the city, then consider hiring a car. Book a car in advance with London City Airport and head into the country.
Leave Luxembourg City behind and in a matter of moments you’ll be amid countryside characterised by rolling hills, lush woodland and winding rivers. It’s a landscape that demands to be explored and doing so is one of the best ways to stay active during your trip.
Hiking trails wind all over the country, so bring a pair of sturdy boots and a good map, then start walking. The woods of Mullerthal are particularly popular with walkers, as they’re the home of the famous Mullerthal Trail. This leads you into verdant valleys, which will be blissfully free from crowds and noise. The natural parks of the Ardennes region also promise several days’ worth of walking routes into woods and hills.
Water sports are also popular in Luxembourg, making the most of the numerous valleys in the compact country. The Moselle River runs along the southeast corner of the country and is the ideal place to try out a new sport. Kayaking, water-skiing and pedal-boating offer ways of seeing the river at different speeds. If splashing around doesn’t seem like fun to you, try cycling or horse riding to experience the region from dry land.
This sprawling white castle hosts a famous photography exhibition known as the Family of Man, as well as museums dedicated to famous battles and models of other castles.
Wander through this scenic ruin that rewards the imaginative explorer. Parts of it date back as far as the 11th century, and there’s a newer Renaissance-era building too. Head here for a moment of peace in its wooded grounds, which surround a tranquil pond.
Visit Vianden Castle to snap photos of this extraordinary, fairy-tale structure framed against the hillside. It’s best to discover this one with the help of an English audio guide, so you can get all the details on its colourful history.