Despite being small in size, Luxembourg is packed full of stunning towns and villages. Often the setting for rich histories and mythical legends, the cobbled streets and rustic cottages ooze pastoral charm and call to mind the days of fantastical folklore. Set amongst sprawling green areas of raw natural beauty, picturesque rocky gorges and dense forest, a trip to Luxembourg’s towns and villages is a delightful and enthralling experience for the visitor. Here’s our list of the top 10 most beautiful towns in Luxembourg.
Located in northern Luxembourg, the pretty town of Clervaux is visually striking, with its snow-white buildings set against a hilly, verdant backdrop, and pointed towers mimicking those of fairytale castles. With a population of 1,309, the area is relaxed and peaceful, and boasts a wealth of archaic sites including the nearby abbeys of Saint-Maurice and Saint Maur. Clervaux was the scene of heavy fighting during World War two, and subsequently gave its name to the infamous Battle of Clervaux. Don’t miss the Battle of the Bulge Museum when here, exhibiting an impressive collection of American, German and Luxembourgian artefacts from the turbulent time.
Although granted the status of a city, Ettelbrück retains the warmth and coziness characteristic of a small town. It lies at the attractive heart of the Grand-Duchy territory of Luxembourg, with its pastel-colored buildings resplendently lining the waterways of the area, and finely arched bridges offering walkers picturesque paths from which to view the city. Occupied by Germany in 1940, the town was liberated by the United States in 1944, only to be retaken again by the Germans. It was finally liberated later by US General Patton, to whom Ettelbrück’s pretty main square owes its name. The town holds a Remembrance Day in honor of Patton and the European troops who helped to secure the eventual liberty of the city. Don’t miss Ettelbrück’s ancient parish Church, the home to tombstones dating back over six hundred years.
Situated idyllically on the banks of the Sauer river, Diekirch is the capital city of the canton Diekrich, an elegant riverside settlement surrounded by lush areas of vibrant greenery. Quaint cobbled streets and historic passageways are nestled in the town center next to traditional squares that still play host to summer public concerts and folklore readings. The town is home to the National Museum of Military History and is one of the headquarters of the Grand Ducal Police. Watch out for the donkey fountain, the meeting point for the colorful annual carnival parade, and a statue in honor of the town’s mascot, which is, you guessed it, a donkey.
Larochette is a piece of picturesque castle country, built originally as a Medieval borough, the ruined Larochette Castle beautifully perforates the blue skies here and magnificently dominates the landscape. Located on the White Ernz river, the nearby castle of Meysembourg is also situated near to the town, a previously royal abode displaying a charming mixture of old French and Neo-Renaissance style architecture. Well-maintained walking paths can be found throughout the area, offering visitors endless opportunities for strolls about the enthralling Luxembourgian countryside.
Esch-sur-Sûre is a tiny settlement surrounded by craggy sandstone cliffs, precipices which preside majestically over the landscape and infuse the setting with a beautifully dramatic quality. The cliff faces plunge sharply into the surrounding River Sauer and exhibit the vivid colors of different rock types. The town is home to a ruined ancient castle of the same name, and there is a popular horse riding circuit enjoyed by visitors, allowing for exceptional views of the area from high points in the hills.
Nestled in north-eastern Luxembourg, Vianden lies as a picturesque beacon to the past, with Gothic churches, ancient, winding walkways, Medieval towers and a magnificent, dominating castle. Breathtaking panoramic views can be enjoyed from observation spots throughout the city, and the narrow valleys of the wide and wild forests transport walkers into the uncultivated and bewitching landscapes of yesteryear. Vianden boasts warm summers and chilly winters, glorious sunshine and dazzling snow, creating an idyllic seasonal setting whatever the weather.
Built around the walls of the Abbey of Echternach, the town of the same name is a hub of historical sites, boasting attractions such as the Basilica of St Willibrord, the Church ofand Paul, and a recently discovered Roman villa, the oldest Roman construction found north of The Alps. A Medieval ambience pervades Echternach, which is the oldest town in Luxembourg, and the remains of the ancient city wall, as well as the Gothic-style marketplace, really do transport the visitor back in time. A top spot to experience Luxembourgian historical tranquility.
Another pretty river town, Remich is set in the stunning Moselle valley of Luxembourg, a spot most popular for the excellent wine it produces. Picturesque vineyards surround the area, and there are long stretches of promenade along the Moselle River offering panoramic views and secluded picnic spots. Remich is renowned today for both its tasty vintage wines and its 3 day annual carnival, a colorful celebration which sees effigies set on fire and enthusiastically tossed into the river.
Located just a few kilometers west of Luxembourg City, Mamer sits as an ancient site previously home to a Celtic tribe. The first reference to the town can be found in a document dated April 8 960. The area is extremely prosperous and boasts a range of popular tourist attractions including a beautiful castle, an antique Roman bath site and an impressive Church of John the Baptist. Embark on a trail around the Valley to be taken through the magnificent countryside, and visit astonishing rock formations, old mills and intriguing caves.
The little town of Wiltz is a camper’s dream, with several cozy campsite grounds on offer amongst the lushness of Luxembourgian forest. Situated on the banks of the River Wiltz, the crystal clear water provides the perfect backdrop for a range of activities including horse riding and trail treks. Wiltz comes alive with music in the summer when it hosts a number of classical live shows in its scenic and splendid outdoor music hall. The town is also well-known for its excellent beer. Sip a refreshing ale here whilst you reclining in the absolute splendor of the countryside.
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