The Duchess of Cambridge visited Luxembourg in 2017 to mark its 150th anniversary and independence celebrations, this tiny country has suddenly been ‘throne’ in the spotlight.
Only her second official solo overseas visit, there will plenty of excitement surrounding the trip.
Especially as Luxembourg is ruled by its own monarchy and the Grand Duke has his own Royal palace – with pretty pointy turrets – along with other splendours such as Chemin De Corniche which has been dubbed Europe’s most beautiful balcony, thanks to the superb panorama.
Cited as one of the safest countries in the world with an excellent public transport system (not that the Duchess will have to part with any euros), the brilliant value Luxembourg Card allows unlimited use of the public transport system and free admission to most of the Grand Duchy’s main attractions.
To put you in the holiday vibe and a travelling frame of mind, here are some more reasons to explore this beautiful country…
Bordered by three culinary giants: France, Germany, and Belgium, you can be assured of a good meal. Regional menus mingle with haute cuisine (the city has 11 Michelin star restaurants), but don’t miss out on the sauerkraut, bratwurst, local potato pancakes and apple based desserts.
2. A vine time
You can take a vineyard tour along the Moselle valley where the mild climate and spectacular hilly vineyards produce some of our favourite wines, such as riesling, pinot noir and chardonnay. The quality is excellent and they even have their own Cremant de Luxembourg, the delicious, local fizz to wash down with friture – small fried fish from the Moselle river.
3. Stay connected
If you can’t switch off and hate the thought of being out of touch, the city has free wifi everywhere so you don’t have to worry about being stranded without the internet. However, if you want to visit the quaint countryside, plan ahead as it may not be the same story.
4. Don’t need to learn the lingo
Practically everyone speaks English. Luxembourgish is the national language but French and German are widely spoken and as it’s so accessible from anywhere in Europe, most people are multilingual.
5. Set your sights
Along with being one of the most charming places in Europe to visit, the city's Old Quarters and fortifications are a deisgnated world heritage site. A bustling and cosmopolitan city, a lot of the sights and attractions are in the Old Town which is mainly pedestrian. Head to the Grund area which follows the flow of the Petrusse river to get a feel of the neighbourhood and local history.
6. Walk this way
Luxembourg boasts a brilliant walking experience. With so many hiking, trails and tracks to explore, just make sure to pack your walking boots.
7. Short stopover
If you’re still not convinced, you can see lots of beautiful things in a day or two. Slightly smaller than Dorset, you can swing by one of Luxembourg's neighbours. Having taken in a medieval castle, forest and a wine tour of Remich in the south, you can always move on to France – it's that close!