I stumbled up on fabulous photos from Luxembourg while doing a research for a trip to Rome. And I must say I got intrigued straight away by this small beautiful country. So the next travel destination idea was born. And few months later we were there. It is easy to explore Luxembourg on budget; all you need is tree simple things: cheap flight or train ticket, Luxembourg card and accommodation.

Best time to go

IMG_4347Luxembourg has an European continental climate, meaning cooler, sometimes snowy, winters and warmer summers. Between November and March you can expect anything from -2°C (28°F) to +10°C (50°F) and it rains or snows (depending on temperature) quite often. It gets warmer in Spring – April/ May, with summer months being the warmest average of 20°C (68°F). Also many museums and attraction are closed for winter season and if are open they operate shorter opening times and some are open only during weekends or on demand. So my advice would be to visit Luxembourg from March to October as then most of museums and attractions would be open for business and weather is much nicer. Please note, that museums are usually closed on Mondays.

Getting there

Luxembourg is small country sandwiched between Germany, Belgium and France, which makes it easier and even cheaper to get there.

By air *

Frankfurt Hahn airport (Germany)
Cheap airlines like Ryanair fly to Frankfurt Hahn airport from many destinations – Dublin, London, Barcelona, Milan, with prices starting from €19.99 one way and once you are there, get transfer by coach to Luxembourg. This option worked great for us, since our party arrived from different destinations. We booked transfer in advance by coach from company called Flibco prices start from as little as €5 one way if you book well in advance and takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes, a bit of a journey, but considering the price, comfortable bus and the breathtaking scenery, Moselle valley with its vineyards is running along the route, on the way there, it is all worth it.

Luxembourg_flag Grand Duchy 
of Luxembourg

Capital city: Luxembourg-city (Luxembourg-Ville)
Location: Western Europe
Area: 2,586 km2
Neighbouring countries: Germany, Belgium and France
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: National language: Luxembourgish; Administrative languages: French, German and Luxembourgish; English widely spoken
Population: 511,800 inhabitants [1] Time zone: UTC+1
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plug type: C & F; CEE 7 standards/Europlug – Two round pins
Visa: Check if you require a Visa

Charleroi airport (Belgium)
Brussels south Charleroi airport is another option for cheap flights from Ryanair and Wizzair. Ryanair has plenty of destinations servicing Charleroi airport, like Dublin, Edinburg, Manchester, and many Italian, French and Spanish airports. Transfer to Luxembourg is provided by Flibco prices start the same from €5 one way if you book well in advance and takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Findel airport (Luxembourg)
Also Luxembourg has its own airport. Findel airport is situated about 7 km from Luxembourg-Ville centre with public bus connections to city (Line 16, Line 9, Line 114 – 2 € one way and Line 117 (Luxembourg Trier) – 4 € one way). More information here

Findel airport serves cheaper airlines like Vueling, direct flight from Barcelona and EasyJet, with direct flights from London, Milan and Lisbon, but prices are not as great a Ryanair’s.

By train

Alternatively you can get to Luxembourg by train from many destinations. From Brussels – it is around 3 hour journey, Paris – around 2 hour journey and prices starting from €35 one way or London – around 6 hour journey from £72 one way if you book in advance.

Staying in Luxembourg

LuxembourgOur main hub for visiting Luxembourg was the capital, Luxembourg city/ Luxembourg-Ville. It was the middle of July – usually one of the busiest months in European tourism season, but the city seemed very relaxed and laid back. No rush at all what you would expect from major capital cities elsewhere. Our accommodation was in Gare district, literary across from Luxembourg Gare central train station and Bus station, Flibco bus also stops here, around 1km from city centre and major tourism attractions. It can get a bit loud in the evenings as there are some bars around the area, but we still managed to get some sleep. Also I wouldn’t advise on moonwalks during night time on your own in this area, but that really did not bother us as we were not there for nightlife and would be back to the hotel before the night life have kicked in. Our main reason for choosing the accommodation in this area was the close approximately to Train and bus station Gare centre for obvious reasons – we can sleep in the mornings and save time getting there as on our travels we would use public transport quite often.

Luxembourg city offers variety of accommodations from youth hostels, self catering apartments, Inn`s to 5 star Hotels a bit for every budget to suit. Always remember sometimes it is cheaper to go for a bit more expensive accommodation, than obvious cheaper option with payable Add-Ons.

Shopping

You won’t see that many shops around the centre of Luxemburg-Ville, mostly they are souvenir and small convenient grocery shops. But there is an AUCHAN Shopping Centre in Kirchberg area and few CACTUS convenient stores dotted around city for the self catering guest.

Don’t leave anything to the last minute as we did, get your souvenirs and must have pieces of clothing when you see them, because you really don’t know if the shop will be open next time you are there. Bear in mind that Sundays are days off for most of shops and on weekdays shops open from 9am – 5.30 pm or are open only a half day. Some shops are closed during lunch time – usually for 2 hours.

Also keep in mind that there is Fixed price policy, bargaining is considered to be rude.

Luxembourg card

We optioned out getting Luxembourg card for sightseeing, as our main reason for visiting Luxembourg was to see more than just the capital city and of course the trip was budget based.

Luxembourg has reinvented the meaning of city passes. You can visit more than 60 museums and attractions from all around the country, such as beautiful Vianden castle and must see Bock casemates in capital, plus you can travel on national public transport for free and the best of all it is affordable from just €11 for a day per person and from €28 for family card*. So it was no brainer to get the card, as it saved as the time of buying tickets for public transport, museums and attractions.IMG_4373

Getting around the Luxembourg

As we had Luxembourg card we could travel for free on national public transport network which includes trains and buses across the country. With a bit of planning in advance and the help from Mobiliteit, I had our itinerary planned out for the week, with all the connecting buses and trains to get us were we needed. Now if you don’t like to plan ahead, make sure your accommodation have an WiFi so you can easily check the bus or train times for the day or alternatively find the nearest tourism information centre or just go to information stands usually located in largest train or bus stations. But sometimes the language barrier can be a bit of challenge to find the information you are looking for, so I prefer the online option at my own pace.

We did not use the public transport in city, everything was in a walking distance and we enjoyed the walks. But surely you can use it if needed – check out bus lines here, Luxembourg City public transport map, you can find Train times and alerts here, and a map of Luxembourg railway could be useful too.

Tickets*One day network ticket (Billet réseau) is valid for one day for an unlimited number of trips from punching/ validating the ticket until 4 AM the next day, it costs 4 € for a single ticket or 5 ticket leaflet costs 16 €. There is also a short distance tickets for 2 € each and are valid for two hours. The 10 ticket pack cost 16 €. Don’t forget to validate the ticket.

 

Check the location of stations in map of Luxembourg-Ville

N.B. Make sure you find the right lane/stop, where your bus departs, this sometimes can be across the street.

Also there is a cycle option for citizens and tourists alike.

What to do in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is only 2, 586 km2 large, so in couple of days you can get a glimpse of all country. It is versatile in scenery – the hills and forests of Ardennes make up one third of country, while in southeast is world famous Moselle valley with its vineyards and the capital city, Luxembourg-Ville, is built on a rock overlooking the Alzette and Petrusse valleys. In our short stay we managed to visit all five regions of Luxembourg: The Ardennes, Mullerthal, The Moselle, Red Rock and Luxembourg region. Check out our adventure in each of the regions by clicking on the links below. It is truly amazing and beautiful country, we enjoyed our stay there very much.

N.B. Check opening times of attractions before you go, because lot of them are opened only selected months per year and may be closed on selected weekdays.

Luxembourg region

The capital, Luxembourg-Ville has plenty to offer from the delightful Old City, with cobblestone streets, fortress towers and underground tunnels, also known as casemates, to modern district on the Plâteau du Kirchberg – home to  [Read more]

The Ardennes

Although there are many beautiful places to visit in the The Ardennes region, we only visited Vianden. Major tourist attraction is the magnificent castle, built between the 11th and 14th centuries, but the city is  [Read more]

Mullerthal region

Mullerthal is called the Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, it has many hiking, walking and biking trails. We visited the eldest city of Luxembourg Echternach on our way to Grevenmacher. It is considered as historic hot spot [Read more]

The Moselle Valley

Luxembourg is world famous with its good quality white wines in production since nineteen century. So we had to find out what’s all the fuss about and went some wine tasting in Grevenmacher at Caves [Read more]

Red Rock region

The land of the Red Rock, also known as Terres Rouges, was the Luxembourg’s industrial region back in the industrial era. Now home to mining museums and industry and Railway park at Fond de Gras [Read more]

Photo gallery of Luxembourg

Check out our photos of beautiful places around the Luxembourg

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1 ^ Visit Luxembourg

* Information correct as of August 2014