Be sure to stick around for the sunset over the city centre on your day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

The Perfect Day Trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

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Would you like to visit Europe’s only Grand Duchy and spend a day exploring the stunning architecture, quaint cobblestone streets, and picturesque countryside? If so, we have just the itinerary for you. The perfect day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels will take you through Belgium’s capital city of Brussels before crossing into Luxembourg via its border with France.

Along the way, enjoy such highlights as visiting the Grand Ducal Palace, taking in panoramic views from atop the Casemates du Bock, or hopping on a scenic train ride that runs alongside the majestic Meuse River Valley.

We’ve also included everything you’ll need to know before starting your journey including the best time to visit Luxembourg, how much time you’ll need, practical tips for visiting Luxembourg City, some top-rated tours from Brussels, additional day tours from Luxembourg City, and even the best things to do in Luxembourg.

Use this guide to help plan your trip so you don’t miss out on an opportunity to explore one of Europe’s tiniest countries!

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3 incredible day trips from brussels.

If I had known about these 3 incredible towns in Belgium, I would have spent WAAAY less time in Brussels…

And no, they aren’t Ghent or Antwerp!

Is Luxembourg Worth Visiting?

If you're planning on taking a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels, be sure to bring a daypack

We found Luxembourg to be breathtaking with its cross between medieval architecture and sophisticated ambiance.

One minute you could be strolling along the Alzette River and the other you could be getting lost in the network of rooms in the Casemates du Bock!

The cuisine was a balance between Luxembourgish original dishes and those that had French, Dutch, and German influences, and we found Luxembourg not to be as expensive as you might expect.

It seemed like this city was a magical destination for travelers seeking a smaller-scale piece of Europe (with far fewer tourists), and it surely didn’t disappoint.

In our opinion, Luxembourg as a whole and Luxembourg City are absolutely worth visiting! We’re more of adventure travelers, but nevertheless, Luxembourg was worth visiting even if only for a short visit.

The Best Time to Visit Luxembourg

A visit to the Casemates du Bock is a must when on a Day Trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

Luxembourg is similar to that of other Western European countries in that it has two main peak seasons: summer and winter .

During these peak seasons, you’ll find beautiful weather (respective: warm and sunny summer months and dark and snowy winter months), exciting activities, and even beautiful Christmas markets in the winter.

However, you’ll also find inflated prices for flights, trains, tours, food, and accommodations. You’ll also be sharing your experience with tens of thousands of other tourists… not exactly how you pictured your magical day trip to Luxembourg, I’m sure.

The best time to visit Luxembourg is in the spring and fall, otherwise known as the shoulder seasons . During these periods of March through early June and mid-September through mid-November, you’ll find comfortable, festive weather, but with far fewer tourists and none of the inflated prices.

These are the best times to visit Luxembourg since you’ll save money, spend less time waiting in line at major attractions, and you’ll have more opportunities to chat with the locals!

We visited in May and found it to be absolutely wonderful. On our next trip to Luxembourg, we will likely be visiting in the fall to see the stunning foliage!

Is One Day Enough for Luxembourg?

The Casemates du Bock are a phenomenal activity to include on your day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

There are a few different ways to answer this, but, in short, not really .

If you like to take your time, stroll the cobblestone streets, visit the museums, and check out the big-hitting attractions when you visit a new European destination, then you’ll simply need more than one day in Luxembourg City.

In reality, three days would be the perfect amount of time to spend in Luxembourg.

Especially if you’re taking a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels, there are some fun stops you could include on your journey such as Dinant, so more time will definitely benefit you.

Luxembourg is also home to four different regions outside of the capital! If you’re looking to spend some time hiking, then we highly suggest heading northeast to the Mullerthal Trail.

For a foodie’s day trip, start in the capital then make your way over to the surrounding rural towns such as Vianden.

It is possible to see and do a lot in one day in Luxembourg City, but you won’t get to see everything, you may end up feeling rushed, and you almost definitely won’t be able to explore outside of the capital.

So, if you’re able to swing taking a few extra days off of work, then we suggest spending at least two but preferably 3 days in Luxembourg!

Things to Know About Luxembourg

Strolling the city's cobblestone streets is a great way to get a feel for the city during your day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

Whether you are visiting Luxembourg for the first time or this is your fourth or fifth time returning, there are a few good tips to keep in mind.

✔️ To start, people who live in Luxembourg are called Luxembourgers.

Luxembourg is sandwiched between Germany, Belgium , and France and is the 7 th tiniest country in Europe.

So, yes , you can expect the food and beer to be phenomenal with its interesting combination of both local specialties and international classics.

✔️ It’s the only Grand Duchy in the entire world!

So, don’t expect to see a king or queen strolling through the Grand Ducal Palace. Instead, you may see or hear of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess making an appearance.

✔️ Most Luxembourgers know up to four or five languages!

From a very young age, the citizens of Luxembourg are taught German, French, and their native language, Luxembourgish . Some people also learn how to speak Dutch, and many people learn English later in life.

Since many locals will know at least some English, you won’t need to worry about getting around the city.

Though, if you happen to speak some French or German, that may speed things up a little. I speak French pretty well, and I just defaulted to speaking French while in Luxembourg for ease of communication.

✔️ If you plan on entering multiple museums, visiting the Grand Duchy, and seeing the castles, then I highly suggest purchasing the Visit Luxembourg Card .

It will save you time, the hassle of buying different tickets everywhere you go, and money since you’ll be getting free or reduced rates at all attractions.

✔️ Last, but definitely not least, be sure to pack comfortable, supportive walking shoes for your day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels.

Luxembourg is made up of cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, and ancient medieval castles that have been deteriorating over time.

Needless to say, the walking conditions aren’t great and you’re going to be doing a lot of walking… good shoes are a must!

How Can I Spend a Day in Luxembourg?

Walking along the Alzette River is a great activity on your day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

If you only have one full day in Luxembourg, you have a few different options on how you could spend it.

✔️ If cities aren’t your personal favorite place to spend hours upon hours walking around, then I would recommend taking a train directly to the Mullerthal region.

Here, you’ll find enchanting forests full of toppling waterfalls and stunning scenery.

If nature is what you’re seeking, I would recommend taking a few photos of the Grand Palace and then heading straight to Mullerthal.

✔️ If cities seemingly frozen in medieval times are your thing, then spend the day exploring the Grund, the Bock Casemates, and walking over the aqueducts!

Luxembourg City is a unique and perplexing place to simply wander .

You can be in an upscale, sophisticated part of town one moment and deep in the Grund scouring cobblestone streets next to the world’s last Grand Duchy the next!

The city is full of history, so there’s a lot to keep you occupied for at least a couple of days.

✔️ If you don’t have much motivation to be on your feet (or on a train) all day, then have yourself a picnic in the park!

Practically anywhere you pick will be scenic and particularly beautiful in the summer months when the flowers have bloomed.

There are also plenty of small shops where you can pick up some local food, or you can get take-out (also called take-away) for a pre-made gourmet meal!

Best Luxembourg Tours

If you’re thinking about taking a day trip Luxembourg from Brussels and want to include Dinant like I suggested (this is a very popular travel combination), then there are a few ways you can do it.

First, you can opt to book your journey through train travel, you can rent a car, can take a bus, or you can join an organized tour.

If you aren’t too familiar with booking your own travel needs and organizing an itinerary to fit a schedule, then it may be easier for you to join one of the organized tours I have mentioned below.

Some of these tours include pick up and drop off in downtown Brussels as well as multi-lingual guides and safe transportation. While others may require you to get yourself to Luxembourg before beginning your tour.

Be sure to read the “What’s Included?” and “Additional Info” sections to answer any questions you may have before booking.

✔ Organized Tours

Luxembourg and dinant tour from brussels.

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Offers an 11-hour tour to both Dinant and Luxembourg City including pick up and drop off in Brussels via an air-conditioned vehicle.

You will also be provided with a multi-lingual guide, the opportunity to see many of the major attractions in each city, and free time for exploring.

If you’re taking a few different Luxembourg tours from Brussels, this is a good one to consider.

The Best of Luxembourg City Guided E-bike Tour

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This ultimate E-bike city tour provides you with a 2.5-hour guided tour around the city! You will meet your guide in Luxembourg City, so you will need to plan your own transportation from Brussels.

Unlike many city tours, this guided tour provides you with your bicycles and helmets and offers you a unique way of viewing the city with a guide.

They will bring you to all of the best spots in the city so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Luxembourg Private Walking Tour With A Professional Guide

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This private two-hour tour of Luxembourg City offers you the inside scoop on experiencing the city with a local! You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions to your English-speaking tour guide, learn about the history of each major attraction, and buy food and souvenirs along the way.

When I visit new places, one of my favorite things to do is to start a conversation with a local.

You always learn about the best hidden gems and restaurants and can gain insight into what life is truly like for them. In my opinion, this is a great way to explore Luxembourg City.

✔ Self Guided Tours

Another great way of exploring the city on your day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels is to plan your very own self-guided tour! The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to buy a city guide.

Whenever I book a trip to a new destination, the first thing I do is purchase a full guide to the area. In this case, I would purchase this Luxembourg Travel Guide . If you want to save yourself a little bit of money, you can also purchase the DK Eyewitness Belgium and Luxembourg Travel Guide !

Once you have an idea of everything you want to include on your trip with the help of both this post and your handy travel guide, you can start planning your self-guided tour.

This is where Google Maps will become your best friend. You can simply type in everything you want to see into the directions tab, and organize your journey to be as time (and walking) efficient as possible.

I have provided a sample walking itinerary of Luxembourg City so you can see what I mean below.

Free Walking Tour of Luxembourg City

Having been all over Luxembourg City myself, this is the ideal walking tour that you could take, particularly if you only have one day to explore the city centre.

How to Get to Luxembourg from Brussels

When it comes to actually getting to Luxembourg from Brussels, regardless if you plan on joining an organized tour or not, you have several different options.

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Personally, I love train travel in Europe and I truly believe this is the best way to travel from Brussels to Luxembourg. With nearly 30 different options for direct trains from Brussels to Luxembourg, this is easily the quickest and simplest method of taking this day trip.

It’s not only scenic and much more comfortable than flying or taking the bus, but it almost always saves you money. If you are planning on taking a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels, then I would seriously consider taking the train.

I know it can be overwhelming trying to plan an entire itinerary on your own, so I would suggest booking train tickets to Luxembourg from Brussels (you’ll want to get off at the Gare Lëtzebuerg station in Luxembourg) then booking one of the day tours from Brussels I suggested above.

This will save you some money since you won’t be paying for private transportation, will give you the experience of riding Europe’s most famous railroad, and will allow you to be on your own schedule.

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Buses are another good way of getting from Brussels to Luxembourg City. While not as scenic or comfortable as the train, they mainly provide affordable transportation for budget travelers.

Most buses run through companies such as Flixbus, Eurolines, Ouibus, and RegioJet. Journies from Brussels City to Luxembourg City typically cost around 20 euros and take about 3 hours each way.

If you want to compare schedules and pricing as well as be able to book your tickets all in one place, I suggest using Omio !

It is possible to drive your own car for a Day Trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

If you’re looking for the option that is going to give you the most freedom on your day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels, then I suggest renting a car.

It will cost you the most money, especially during the peak season months, but if you have a specific itinerary planned then it will be worth it.

This will give you the freedom to move at your own pace, include as many side trips as you would like (to Dinant, for example), and allow you to experience more of the rural neighborhoods of Luxembourg.

However, do keep in mind that some areas of Luxembourg are pedestrian-only, so you will still have to do some walking.

You’ll also want to take a look at Luxembourg’s driving requirements (i.e. international licenses, insurance policies, etc.) and you’ll need to make sure that you can drive your rental car over international borders as some agencies do not allow this.

✔️ Pro Tip: You also have the option of creating a Bruges to Luxembourg day trip itinerary! In my opinion, Bruges was far more beautiful and exciting than Brussels (you can read my full comparison of Bruges vs Brussels to help you decide), and it’s well worth the extra little bit of travel time.

The Best Things To Do in Luxembourg

No matter if you’re spending one week or one day in Luxembourg, these are some of the best things you should include on your itinerary!

Haute Ville

Haute Ville offers an upscale and sophisticated take on the city and is great for exploring on your Day Trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

Known as the upper area of the city, Haute Ville is full of beautiful cobblestone streets, sophisticated museums, art galleries, and well-manicured gardens.

Visitors can enjoy shopping on the famous Grand Rue , strolling by the Grand Duchy, and photographing the beautiful rural neighborhoods of the city.

This is where the majority of tourists spend most of their time since it’s also where you’ll find most of the restaurants, bars, and streetside cafes.

This is the most “European” part of Luxembourg, so it’s going to look a little more like any common town in Europe, and a little less like… well, Luxembourg.

On any day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels, try to spend at least a couple of hours in Haute Ville before making your way down to the Grund.

The Grund is one of the best parts of the city and should be included on your Day Trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

The Grund is the lower half of the city that boasts incredible, medieval ruins intertwined with the Alzette River.

This is where many tourists go to escape the crowds of Haute Ville and find themselves immersed in gothic architecture and magical views overlooking the city.

This is also where you’ll find the most magical views of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace, as well as perfect trails for an evening stroll.

In my opinion, this is the most romantic part of the city and is well-deserving of the majority of your time.

No day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels would be complete without a visit to the Grund, and no visit to the Grund would be complete with a visit to the Casemates du Bock!

Casemates du Bock

The Casemates du Bock are one of the most popular activities in the city and are a major part of any Day Trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

The Casemates du Bock are a spectacular sight to see when on a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels.

These magnificent structures were built to protect the city from invaders during World War II and are made up of hundreds of different rooms, walkways, and levels.

The vast network of tunnels is a mysterious and impressive sentiment to how military personnel lived during these times of war, and it’s quite incredible to see for yourself.

From the southern side of the ruins, visitors can look out over the Alzette River and get exceptional views of Neimënster – the iconic public meeting place and concert hall that has represented Luxembourg City since the 17 th century!

The Casemates du Bock are my absolute favorite place to visit in Luxembourg City and you could easily spend several hours exploring these tunnels.

If you’re looking to learn about the history of the Casemates du Bock from a professional guide, I highly suggest joining one of these Guided Tours of Luxembourg City .

We happened to be walking through the tunnels when we spotted a walking tour and we just so happened to blend right in… hopefully you learn from us and book your tickets in advance!

Grand Ducal Palace & The Changing of the Guard

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The Grand Ducal Palace is the official residence of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and is a must-see for any architecture enthusiast.

The incredible building was built as an imperial residence during the German occupation and now serves mostly ceremonial functions, but it also houses some very interesting museums.

Every day, visitors can witness the Changing of the Guard outside of the Grand Ducal Palace. The palace is on 24-hour watch and requires a guard to be posted at all times.

Thus, the “changing of the guard” is describing the end of one guard’s shift, and the beginning of the oncoming guard’s shift.

The event is quite amazing to witness since Luxembourg is the last country in the world with a Grand Duchy!

Notre Dame Cathedral

On a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels, be sure to save time to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City is a must-see for anyone who has an appreciation of architecture and religions.

It’s the main church located within this medieval city, which provides visitors with plenty to look at as they explore its intricately carved interior or admire views from up high on top floors that have been made accessible for public viewing.

The building is known for its soaring spires and beautiful stained glass windows that create the ultimate centerpiece to an already beautiful city center.

Explore the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art

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The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art is located in the historic city center of Luxembourg and is a must-see on any day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels.

The museum’s collection includes paintings from several famous artists as well as photography by some of Europe’s best photographers – all on display inside 17 th -century guildhalls which have been beautifully restored into an elegant contemporary space.

While the museum is spectacular for anyone young and old, art enthusiasts travel to Luxembourg from far and wide to catch a glimpse at its everchanging collections and exhibits.

Even if you simply enjoy picking up a paintbrush every now and then, the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art is sure to impress you.

You can learn more here !

Stroll the Place d’Armes

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Place d’Armes is one of the most well-known, beautiful places to visit in Luxembourg City. It is a beautifully designed area that will bring you back to medieval times.

It features shops and cafes, perfect for people looking to grab lunch or spend some time people-watching while enjoying Luxembourg’s beautiful architecture!

While this is one of the more touristy areas of Luxembourg City, it is definitely worth at least a short visit on your day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels!

Luxembourg Viaduct

The viaduct is a really interesting site to see on any day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

Also known as the Passerelle, this iconic Luxembourg Viaduct is a must for any architecture aficionado. It was built in 1861 and spans the gorgeously flowing river, with its mighty supports reaching up to nearly 150 feet into the air on either side of its steep falls below!

The road over this structure features fantastic views from every corner from the Haute Ville all the way down to the Grund of Luxembourg City.

This majestic structure carries vehicles over the beautiful Pétrusse Valley, offering exceptional views of the surrounding landscape and Haute Ville.

If you’re joining an organized tour from Brussels or are driving yourself, try to ensure that you get the chance to drive over this decades-old viaduct!

Adolphe Bridge

the Adolphe Bridge is a great spot to spend some time during your Day Trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

The Adolphe Bridge in Luxembourg City is an architectural marvel. This Gothic-style stone arch bridge was built in 1903 and has become a city landmark as well as one of Europe’s most famous bridges over the Moselle River!

Spend some time strolling this long bridge while taking in the pretty epic surrounding views of the railway and lush greenery below.

The bridge recently added a lower deck in 2018, so people can enjoy passing under the road from the Boulevard Royal in Haute Ville to the Avenue de la Liberté in Gare.

Brussels City Tours

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Perhaps you don’t have as much time as you thought and a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels simply isn’t in the cards on this trip to Europe. Well, you can still consider a Brussels city tour!

With everything from popular food and beer tours, private city walking tours, and even historical tours on offer, there is plenty to choose from in Brussels.

Just be sure to secure your travel dates in advance and know which date may work best for your tour since they tend to book up fast, particularly in the summer and winter months! Here are the two top-rated tours in Brussels that you should definitely take a look at if you’ll have at least one full day there.

Brussels Chocolate Beer Waffle and Belgian Whiskey All-in-One (Small Group) Tour

About 5.5 hours in length, you’ll have plenty of time to get a true taste of Belgian cuisine.

This is an all-inclusive tour, so be prepared for upwards of 6 beer tastings, a quality whiskey sampling, and the ultimate smorgasbord of waffles, sausages, cheese, chocolate, and even the iconic Speculoos (it makes for a fantastic Belgian souvenir ).

Having won Viator’s Badge of Excellence for its repeated successful and enjoyable tours, don’t skip this tour on your next trip to Brussels!

Legends of Brussels – Historical Walking Tour of Brussels

Have a history buff in your group? This Brussels city historical walking tour is 2.5 hours of pure information download time.

Your English-speaking guide will be there to walk you to many of Brussels iconic sites while providing lesser-known information that you may miss in the Brussels Art & History Museum .

At the end of the tour, you’ll also be provided with a local’s insight on what you should do next considering the amount of time you have, what you’ve already seen, and what you hope to do with the rest of your time in Brussels!

Day Trips to Luxembourg Outside of Brussels

Heading somewhere else in Europe but want to include a day trip to Luxembourg? Check out these day trips from other popular European destinations!

Day Trip to Luxembourg from Paris

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Getting to Luxembourg from Paris is a cinch! Simply hop on the TGV train at Gare de l’Est in Paris and you’ll arrive in Luxembourg City about 2 hours and 12 minutes later.

There are 3 stops along this journey, but you’ll just be getting off at the very end.

A day trip to Luxembourg from Paris is a fantastic idea since you’ll be combining similar destinations in one trip! How are Paris and Luxembourg similar? Glad you asked.

They share the same language, similar cuisine due to France’s influences, and similar weather so you won’t need to pack for an array of seasons on your trip.

If you’re planning on combining two destinations in one trip, Paris and Luxembourg are a great combo!

Day Trip to Luxembourg from Amsterdam

Even if you're taking a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels, you can also take a day trip to Luxembourg from Amsterdam

A day trip to Luxembourg from Amsterdam can be a lot of fun, but I do suggest one thing… don’t spend just one day in Luxembourg if you’re coming from Amsterdam!

Especially if you’re traveling via train, the journey will take you between 6 and 7 hours and will include multiple stops and train changes. If you decide to fly, you’ll save a lot of time with a nonstop flight averaging around one hour, but it will cost you typically between $200-$300.

So, while Luxembourg and Amsterdam are another wonderful combo due to their vast differences (i.e. the nightlife of Amsterdam paired with the culture of Luxembourg makes for an awesome trip… I know, I did it!), I would highly recommend either flying if you can afford it or spending at least two days in Luxembourg before taking a return train.

Day Trip to Luxembourg from Frankfurt

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Taking a day trip from Frankfurt to Luxembourg is another good trip idea. Frankfurt’s high class and European architecture combined with Luxembourg’s sophisticated culture and Grand Duchy makes for an exciting experience all around.

But, similar to Amsterdam, the trip will usually take you around 4 hours by train each way.

So, yes, it is possible to make this trip in one day, but 8 hours of traveling will only leave you with about 4 or 5 hours of sightseeing in the middle.

If you don’t mind long travel days, then I highly suggest taking a day trip to Luxembourg from Frankfurt!

But, if you like to take your time in a new city, then consider flying or including Luxembourg on a future trip.

Day Trips from Luxembourg City

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Spending a few extra days in Luxembourg and want to explore outside of the capital? Check out these popular tours and destinations!

✔ Vianden Castle

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Vianden Castle is one of the most popular day trips from Luxembourg available to visitors!

This tour, in particular, provides roundtrip public transportation with a small group (maximum of 10 people) and the entrance fee for the castle. They also bring you to the old town of Vianden where you will have free time for exploring!

The tour is a total of 5 hours and typically takes place in the middle of the day, so you’ll still have plenty of time for breakfast and will be returned to Luxembourg by mid-afternoon.

This is a wonderful day trip to the castle for people of all ages and also gives you the opportunity to experience another Luxembourgish town!

✔ Mullerthal Forest

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The Mullerthal region of Luxembourg is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s easy to see why the area is also known as “little Switzerland” for its lush greenery, moss-covered forests, and tranquil, toppling waterfalls!

The area boasts incredible hiking trails of all difficulty levels and is home to the most beautiful scenery in Luxembourg, and even Europe according to some.

We were unable to make it out to the Mullerthal region on our last visit to Luxembourg, but we will surely be including it on our next visit!

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Did you know that many people in Luxembourg can speak up to 4 or 5 different languages? It’s truly incredible and I am personally very jealous. Typically, people can speak Dutch, German, Luxembourgish, French, and English.

If you only know English before heading to Luxembourg, you’ll likely get along just fine. But, if you want to practice your French-speaking skills before you get there, check out these helpful French resources!

✔️ What Time Is It in French 11+ Ways: How to Ask and Tell Time in French ✔️ How to Say Nice to Meet You in French 15+ Ways ✔️ 33+ Ways to Say Thank You in French (with Audio) ✔️ Saying No in French 31+ Ways (& Audio Pronunciation) ✔️ Good Morning in French: 17 Helpful French Greetings ✔️ Good Night in French 17+ Ways (& Audio Pronunciation) ✔️ 1-10 in French: Learn to Count from 1-10+ in French (with Pronunciations)

If you’re looking for a day trip from Brussels, Luxembourg is the perfect destination.

With its beautiful architecture and rich history, it’s no wonder that this small country has been designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

We hope this article has shown you that Luxembourg is a great destination for day trips from Brussels , and we’ve given you some tips to make the most of your time. From the best tours to the best things to do in Luxembourg, we truly hope your experience is as magical as ours!

Cheers! Emily

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Quick & Easy Day Trip to Luxembourg: How to Guide + Itinerary

Last Updated: February 12, 2024 //  by  Ashley Smith 21 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I love fitting additional countries into my travels whenever I can, so obviously I was excited to add a day trip to Luxembourg to my Amsterdam/Belgium trip. And that’s the beauty of Europe—tiny countries connected by efficient transportation networks. (Well, that and 3-hour lunches followed by 3-hour naps, of course.)

For this reason, a day trip to Luxembourg is a quick, easy, and exciting addition to places like Brussels , Frankfurt, and Paris . I personally took my Luxembourg day trip after my travels around Belgium and before my visit to Amsterdam . The country of Luxembourg was thus the cream to my cultural Oreo.

So to help you add a little sweetness to your Europe vacation, here’s all you need to know about visiting Luxembourg for a day.

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7 things to know about Luxembourg before your day trip

You’ll get to learn and experience a lot on your day trip to Luxembourg, but you should still know a few things first. Here are 7 major things that make Luxembourg, Luxembourg.  

1. Its location makes it great for a day trip.

Before you book that trip though, you should first know how long a day trip to Luxembourg is actually going to take you. Luxembourg is conveniently located between many popular tourist destinations, so cheers to that! Here’s how long it takes to get to Luxembourg from:

  • Brussels : 2.5 hours by car /  3.5 hours by train
  • Paris : 3.5-4 hours by car /  about 2.5 hours by direct train
  • Amsterdam : 4.5 hours by car /  6 hours by train (I talk more about this below)
  • Frankfurt : 3 hours by car / 3.5-5 hours by train
  • Cologne : 3 hours by car / 4-5 hours by train
  • Strasbourg : 2.5 hours by car /  2.5 by train

Keep in mind that taking a day trip to Luxembourg doesn’t necessarily mean you have to return to the same place you started. Don’t forget you can spend one day in Luxembourg on the way to somewhere else. Maybe on the way from Paris to Frankfurt, for example, trading in snails for schnitzels.

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2. Luxembourg is small. Nay, tiny.

Luxembourg is one of those tiny, can barely be called a country countries in Europe. In fact, it’s the 7th smallest in Europe. It’s only about the size of Rhode Island, which just happens to be the smallest US state. It’s also one of the least populous countries in Europe with a (2021) population of just over 640,000.

Luxembourg’s tiny size actually makes it the perfect destination for a day trip. Or as I like to call it, Fun Size.

3. Luxembourg has a Grand Duke.

Instead of a president, king, prime minister, or great and powerful wizard, Luxembourg is run by a Grand Duke. This makes Luxembourg a Grand Duchy—the world’s only remaining one, in fact. This is useful information if you watch Jeopardy! a lot. Trust me on that.

Worth noting : While ‘Duke’ is pronounce dook , ‘Duchy’ is pronounced Dutch-y . Not dook-y . Just want to make that clear. Consider that a pro tip.

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4. Luxembourg has 3 official languages.

Because Luxembourg is sandwiched between Germany, France, and Belgium, it thus has three official languages—German, French, and Luxembourgish. As if being called a Duchy wasn’t adorable enough.

But yes, you can take a day trip to Luxembourg and get around just fine with speaking only English.

5. Luxembourg is RICH. Like Richie Rich rich.

Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in the world. It’s one of those financial capitals where rich people go to swan dive into their money pits, like Switzerland or wherever George Clooney’s yacht is parked at the moment.

Luxembourg actually has one of the world’s highest GDP per capita which, loosely translated, means * eyes popping out of my head with dollar signs where pupils used to be. *

Regardless of what life is like here for the people in Luxembourg (just mani/pedis all day, I assume), a day trip to Luxembourg is a great way to sample the sweet, financially-secure life.

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6. Luxembourg’s capital is Luxembourg City.

To keep it as easy as possible for you on your day trip, Luxembourg’s capital city is just called Luxembourg City. Quick and easy, I tell ya. (What else are you going to name the capital of a country you can walk across before lunch?)

Even more interesting is that, along with Brussels (Belgium) and Strasbourg (France), Luxembourg City is one of the three capitals of the European Union. This means a lot of important (ahem $$$) stuff takes place and/or is headquartered here.

7. Luxembourg is one third of the Benelux trio.

Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium together form the Benelux union. Benelux is the “formal international intergovernmental cooperation” of those three countries.

This union helped jumpstart what we know today as the Schengen Region (i.e., the reason you almost never get your passport stamped). It was the first multi-country economic integration to happen after WWII. As Belgium themselves put it, this union works to break down borders between nations to increase “prosperity, mobility, safety, and sustainability for everyone.” And that’s beautiful.

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Is Luxembourg worth visiting?

If you’re still torn as to whether or not you should take a day trip to Luxembourg, let me clue you in on a few things that make this country so very cool. Here are 5 reasons to visit Luxembourg.

1. Luxembourg is a quick and easy day trip.

Look, I know that’s what this whole post is about, but I’m going to sum it up here. Luxembourg is small enough that you can see a good amount and still feel like you’ve “been to Luxembourg.”

It’s also super clean and just an overall easy place to visit. It’s not chaotic and stressful like, well just about anywhere in Italy , or spread out like Paris, or packed with too many awesome things to do like Mexico City . Luxembourg is juuuust right (for a day trip).

If you have a car of your own, you’ll be able to drive to its many worthwhile sites in just minutes. If not, Luxembourg is just as easily accessible by (free) public transportation .

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2. Luxembourg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has earned the designation of UNESCO World Heritage Site because:

Despite the many assaults from the 15th to the 18th century and the systematic dismantling in the late 19th century, the old quarters and fortifications of the City of Luxembourg enable a complete representation of its historical significance as a fortress and historic city. UNESCO World Heritage Convention

In fact, one of the highlights is that Luxembourg has between 90-130 castles! That’s like a castle per person! And yes, you will be able to see a couple of these even on a quick day trip. They’re everywhere, as you can imagine.

3. History nerds, rejoice!

Yes, medieval/castle-y history, but also everything from 5,000 BCE to World War II too. For starters, Luxembourg has museums dedicated to the Battle of Bulge and the American cemetery where General Patton is buried.

And if you are into WWII history, you should check out my other travel blog— Destination: WWII !

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4. Foodies, you can rejoice too!

Remember when I said Luxembourg is rich? As a result, this tiny country also has the highest density of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world (52). That’s like, a Michelin-starred restaurant per person!

Besides that, in 2008 Luxembourg’s Restaurant Chiggeri became the Guinness World Record holder for having the most wines on its wine list. ( 1,746 bottles of wine on the wall… 1,746 bottles of wine… )

5. Luxembourg’s storybook setting

Despite all those castles Luxembourg has, even its non-castle architecture is of the “fairytale” variety. That and the multi-layered setting it’s in make it one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been.

If you want gorgeous scenery and photo-worthy scenes around every corner, take a day trip to Luxembourg.

Book the same trip I took here: Brussels to Luxembourg day trip .

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But is it worth taking just a day trip to Luxembourg?

Okay, so Luxembourg is great and all, but is it worth visiting if you only have one day to spare? And the answer is, of course! You won’t be able to visit all 130 castles, but you will still have enough time to get a good sampling of what Luxembourg is all about. The main city is compact enough that it’s perfect for a day if that’s all you have.

Yes, take a day trip to Luxembourg if…

1. You simply want to scratch a new country off your list.

I’m a country-counter and not afraid to admit it. After finding out that taking a day trip to Luxembourg is something people do when they visit Brussels, it took me all of 3 seconds to add that to my itinerary.

Being able to combine multiple destinations in one trip is basically my bread and butter. And by that I mean, sometimes that’s all I eat so I can afford to visit these Richie Rich places.

2. You’ve always been curious about Luxembourg

Luxembourg is the kind of magical place you never hear about in the news or in other people’s vacation recaps. You literally only hear about it on Jeopardy! Doesn’t that make you curious to visit? If you want to know what all the hella rich hubbub is about, why not carve out a day trip to Luxembourg?

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3. You’re into visiting noteworthy World War II sites

Okay I know this is largely “just me,” but really though. The Battle of the Bulge was kind of a big deal. The history geeks in your travel party will appreciate this one; I promise.

4. You’re already visiting the Netherlands and Belgium.

Come on, you’ve gotta complete the Benelux trifecta. You can’t have snap and crackle without pop. You can’t play rock and paper without scissors. I don’t think the Luxembourgers would like it if you wore just 2/3 of a three-piece suit.

If you’ll already be in the Netherlands and Belgium, you might as well take a day trip to Luxembourg too.

But pass on a Luxembourg day trip if…

1. You prefer a slower pace of trave l – As small as it is, you could still spend a week in Luxembourg. (That’s like, 18.5 castles a day!)

2. You’re one of those people who don’t think spending just one day in a country counts as having “been there.” (You do you then.)

3. The passport stamp is all you’re after – Because, no, you can’t get your passport stamped on a day trip to Luxembourg. I know, super upsetting.

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Luxembourg passport stamp

Before my day trip to Luxembourg I’d been led to believe I’d be able to get my passport stamped here if I brought it to the tourism office. Instead, all I got was some very weird looks and a full-on brush-off.

I’d been misled, so I’m going to make sure you are not. Unfortunately, no, you cannot pop into the tourism office and get yourself a Luxembourg passport stamp. This isn’t Liechtenstein, after all. Pshh. (Yes, you can totally do this on a day trip to Liechtenstein though!)

Is Luxembourg expensive to visit?

Well, that depends. To me, someone who lives in Boston , the prices in Luxembourg are about the same as here. (Which, yeah, are high AF.) In my experience, Luxembourg isn’t quite as expensive as Iceland , but it’s also nowhere near being a budget-friendly destination like Prague .

The metric I personally use for judging how expensive a destination is, is the cost of a cheeseburger. The cheeseburger I had at Urban in Luxembourg City cost $19. Do with that information what you will.

However, parking in Luxembourg is more than reasonably cheap . (I regularly pay $40 to park in Boston even for just two hours.) And public transportation here (all buses, trains, and trams) is totally free !

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Best time to visit Luxembourg

Given its location, the best time to visit Luxembourg for the best weather would be from around May – October . Obviously the summer is going to be the most enjoyable, but it will also be the most crowded time to visit Luxembourg. But if you want to take a tour of the royal palace, you can only do that in July and August and the first half of September.

I personally visited at the end of March/beginning of April . During that time the city was pretty low-key without a lot of tourists around the city. The weather was chilly and, as you can see from the photos, a bit overcast at times though we did get a little sun.

Unfortunately though the trees and flowers hadn’t really bloomed yet. If I were to spend a day in Luxembourg again, I’d like to go a little closer to the summer to see this beautiful city in full bloom and blue skies!

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Places to visit in Luxembourg in one day

Because you’ll only have one day in Luxembourg, my recommendation is to come up with what kind of “theme” you want your trip to have. In other words, will your trip be based on:

  • World War II history?
  • Food and wine?
  • Outdoor activities?
  • The must-sees in Luxembourg City in one day?

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see it all in a single day, so narrowing down exactly what you want out of your day trip to Luxembourg will help you make the most of your time. Here’s a brief breakdown of what you can see and do with each theme:

Luxembourg castles

Unless you’ll be in Luxembourg for 130 days, you probably won’t have time to visit all of Luxembourg’s castles. Instead, concentrate your time at these top options:

  • Vianden Castle – What you think of as a fairytale castle, in a perfectly enchanted setting. And getting to Vianden from Luxembourg City is fairly easy thanks to the free public transportation.
  • Bourscheid Castle – Luxembourg’s biggest castle located on a mist-covered hill.
  • Chateau de Clervaux – It’s cool if you like picturesque chateaux and all. Whatever.

If this is your main focus, book a spot on this Luxembourg Nature and Castle Day Trip ! You’ll get to visit a few of Luxembourg’s best castles, explore trails and waterfalls, and more.

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Luxembourg WWII sites

The most popular WWII-related things to do in Luxembourg are:

  • Luxembourg American Cemetery – Final resting place of more than 5,000 American soldiers killed during the Battle of the Bulge.
  • Grave of General George S. Patton – He actually died in Luxembourg after the war (and under mysterious circumstances, mind you).
  • National Museum of Military History – Focuses mainly on the Battle of the Bulge.

Luxembourg food and wine

Even without a long, long list of Michelin-starred restaurants and a World Record wine list, Luxembourg is a popular foodie town. If you’re letting your taste buds lead the way, follow the Luxembourg Food Guide on Instagram.

Luxembourg’s outdoors

If you want to do a little hiking in the Luxembourg country, you’re in luck! Luxembourg has a comprehensive trail network—everything from 110km hikes to some that will only take you an hour or two. Check out Luxembourg’s hiking options here .

Only the Luxembourg must-sees

This is what I concentrated on during my day trip, and what I’m guessing you’re planning to concentrate on too. In that case, read on for the best things to do with just one day in Luxembourg City.

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One day in Luxembourg City: things to do

With just one day here, here are the most noteworthy things to do in Luxembourg:

The Old Town & City Center

Like every other city in Europe, Luxembourg’s Old Town is where you want to be. Here in the old town you’ll be able to just stroll and check out the architecture , explore the 17 th century Notre Dame Cathedral , and see the Grand Duke’s Royal Palace (and the royal guard who I was told guards absolutely nothing).

Luxembourg’s many museums

As small as it is, Luxembourg has a relative ton of museums. Some of the most popular include:

  • The National Museum of Art and History (Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art) – Free art museum dedicated to Luxembourg’s art and history, obviously.
  • Lëtzebuerg City Museum (the Luxembourg City History Museum) – If you want to know more about Luxembourg’s history, go here.
  • Musée Dräi Eechelen – The medieval history of Luxembourg told inside a cool fortress.
  • Neimënster – You can take guided tours of the Benedictine Abbey that’s in all your pictures.

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Check out the best views of the city

Luxembourg City is a super photogenic town and there are plenty of places from which to get amazing views. You can find the the best views in Luxembourg here:

  • Pfaffenthal Panoramic Elevator – Glass elevator that takes you up 233 feet in the city center. (One of the newest attractions in Luxembourg and free to use!)
  • Chemin de la Corniche – Known as the “most beautiful balcony in Europe.”
  • The Bock Casemates – Excellent views of Luxembourg City from this ancient fortress once used to defend the city.

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1-day Luxembourg itinerary

A lot of this will depend on when you arrive and when you need to leave, but ideally your one day Luxembourg itinerary should go something like this:

1. Bock Promontory

Head first to the Bock Promontory and Casemates . From here you’ll get to experience some of Luxembourg’s history and get a fantastic view over the city and the Neimënster Abbey . Quite an introduction!

2. Walk the Chemin de la Corniche

Leave the Bock and walk along the Chemin de la Corniche , a beautiful promenade that offers even more stunning views of the town. Honestly, I couldn’t believe how beautiful this simple little walk was.

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3. Luxembourg Old Town

From there it’s just a short walk to Luxembourg’s Old Town . Pop into the Notre Dame Cathedral then check out Place d’Armes , the city’s main square. Head north one block to stroll along the Grand-Rue , the city’s pedestrian-only shopping street.

4. Palais Grand-Duchal

Your next stop should be the Palais Grand-Ducal , the palace of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Just from the outside this building is impressive, which is good because that’s probably as far as you’ll get.

However, they do offer guided tours from the middle of July until the beginning of September. (Ticket sales start at the end of June.) If you’ll be taking your day trip to Luxembourg during this time, definitely book a tour of the palace because WOWZA.

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5. Time for lunch!

Take your pick from any number of restaurants in central Luxembourg City. Or follow in my footsteps and have a more casual lunch at Urban Bar and Restaurant , just around the corner from the palace. (It’s delish!)

6. Pick a museum

If you’re a museum lover, pick a museum that sounds interesting to you for after lunch. I mentioned a few earlier, but you can find an entire list of Luxembourg museums here .

7. Place de la Constitution

After your museum visit (or after lunch if you skip the museums), walk over to Place de la Constitution .

Besides all the meaning behind this memorial square (more war stuff – if you wanna know, let’s chat!) you can also get great views over the Pétrusse Valley here of the tower spire of the Bank Museum (of course there’s a bank museum!) and the Adolphe Bridge .

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8. Grund district

From Place de la Constitution, head over to the Cité Judiciaire á Luxembourg at the Plateau du Saint-Esprit. From there, you can take the free public elevator down to the lower part of the city—the Grund district , the self-proclaimed most authentic part of the city.

Down here, take a leisurely 10-minute walk through the neighborhoods and streets that are just too cute to be real. Make your way down to the river, past the monastery , and towards the Melusina Statue —the pink mermaid under the willow tree. (My favorite spot in Luxembourg City.)

9. Pfaffenthal Panoramic Elevator

From the Melusina, another 10 scenic minutes will take you to the Pfaffenthal Panoramic Elevator . This glass elevator is free to ride and will take you back up to the high part of Luxembourg City via a super scenic ride.

10. Time for dinner!

Luxembourg City is your dining oyster! There are too many great places here to narrow it down. I mean, you’re in a country that’s part French and part German—the food is bound to be amazing wherever you go. Head back towards the Old Town and check out which restaurants look the best.

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Luxembourg walking tours

If you’d like to leave navigation of the city to someone else on your day trip to Luxembourg (and I don’t blame you), check out these available Luxembourg walking tours: (I did a walking tour of Luxembourg City myself and it was so stress-free!)

1. Luxembourg City Walking and Wine Tasting Tour – This small-group 2-hour guided tour visits the city’s top sights, provides commentary so you can learn about all the stuff you’re seeing, and includes a tasting of some Luxembourg wines.

2. Luxembourg City Guided Walking and Cultural Tour – The same as above, just without the wine. A no-nonsense 2.5-hour guided city walking tour to Luxembourg’s main sights with great reviews!

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More Luxembourg day tours

Besides walking tours, there are actually a lot of other fun tours you can take in Luxembourg. I already mentioned the Nature and Castle Tour , but also check out these options for other ideas:

  • Luxembourg River and Wine Day Tour – Such a unique way to see Luxembourg and taste the local sparkling crémant!
  • Hop on Hop off City Line – Ride up top and get an express tour of Luxembourg from a great view.
  • Best of Luxembourg City Guided e-Bike tour – You’ll be able to see so much more than by walking!
  • Discover Luxembourg’s most photogenic spots with a local – Want great photos while you’re here? Book this tour!

Day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels

Taking a day trip to Luxembourg is actually one of the most popular things to do when visiting Belgium. It seems almost mandatory actually; it’s in the title of the guidebooks for Pete’s sake.

If you want to make a day trip to Luxembourg, Brussels is your best starting point because it’s the closest and most accessible major city. ( And because Brussels isn’t all that exciting. You’ll probably be looking for excuses to leave anyway.)

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Brussels to Luxembourg by car

Driving from Brussels to Luxembourg City will take you somewhere between 2 and 3 hours each way. If you have your own car, fantastic! You’ll have the chance to visit more of Luxembourg outside the city and you’ll likely have even more time to spend in Luxembourg since your day won’t be dictated by transportation schedules.

The drive is pretty straightforward and there are parking lots and garages all over Luxembourg City. They even have this handy website that tells you how many spots are left in each lot, in real time.

Need a rental car? Check out the best deals in Brussels here .

Brussels to Luxembourg by train

Taking the train from Brussels to Luxembourg is just as quick and easy. Via the direct train you can get there in about 3 hours and the ticket will cost you just $27. (Getting back is close to the same.) You can check their current schedules and prices here .

As of this posting, the first train of the day from Brussels to Luxembourg is 5:33am, and the last train from Luxembourg back to Brussels is 8:11pm. So you could potentially arrive in Luxembourg around 9am and have about 11 hours to spend there.

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Keep in mind that without a car you’ll have to spend most of your day trip to Luxembourg within the city limits and much of your day will be determined by the train schedule. But, you won’t have to deal with driving, parking, construction, etc.

From Luxembourg’s main train station, it’s just a 20-minute walk into the city center, or you can always grab a taxi as well. They even have Uber there.

Brussels to Luxembourg day tours

Another option that requires the least amount of money, stress, and planning is to take an organized day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels from a reputable tour company. This is the route I took because sometimes I do prefer the path of least resistance.

I really enjoyed my Brussels to Luxembourg day tour and would highly recommend it to anyone. We had a private bus, our own guide who led us on an entertaining walking tour of Luxembourg City (and had a beer with us later on), plenty of free time to explore the city on our own, an extra stop in the beautiful town of Dinant, and we even saved a dog’s life on the way back to Brussels! All-in-all, a satisfying, rewarding, and perfect day trip to Luxembourg.

There are a few organized day tours from Brussels, but the one I personally took is this Dinant and Luxembourg Day Trip from Brussels . This is the most popular and well-reviewed option and I can attest to how quick and easy it is! We saw all the major sites, ate some excellent food, and all for so cheap!

Book my same Brussels to Luxembourg day trip here .

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Day trip to Luxembourg from Amsterdam

Unfortunately, taking a day trip to Luxembourg from Amsterdam probably isn’t the best idea. At least, not unless you plan to spend the night in Luxembourg.

There are actually a lot of searches for Amsterdam to Luxembourg day trips, and this is kind of shocking considering the distance between the two cities. Your entire day would be spent in the car with the exception of like two hours in Luxembourg. Here me out…

Amsterdam to Luxembourg by car

Even if you have your own car, driving from Amsterdam to Luxembourg will take around 4.5 hours each way . Yes, you can technically make it to Luxembourg and back in a single day, but that doesn’t leave much time to actually spend in Luxembourg. And that’s on a good day, without traffic or having to stop to save a dog’s life.

Amsterdam to Luxembourg by train

The quickest train from Amsterdam to Luxembourg is still 6.5 hours and includes a change, each way. And it costs $80, each way. And the last train back is at 6:00pm. (For the record, you could totally rent a car for cheaper than that and drive yourself anyway.)

Clearly, a day trip to Luxembourg from Amsterdam is not ideal. If, let’s say, visiting Luxembourg is the last item on your bucket list and this will be your last chance ever, then sure, go for it! Otherwise, maybe just take a day trip from Amsterdam to Keukenhof instead.  

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Day trip to Luxembourg from Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany is another city that’s not too far from Luxembourg to make a day trip there too unreasonable. The drive from Frankfurt to Luxembourg averages about 3 hours each way.

There are no direct trains between Frankfurt and Luxembourg, and a one-way trip will take between 4-5 hours and cost between $35 – $60. So even though it’s relatively close, the logistics just aren’t where you’d want them to be for a day trip.

That being said, if you have your own car and the motivation to do it, you can definitely squeeze in a day trip to Luxembourg from Frankfurt.

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Paris to Luxembourg day trip

At around 4 hours each way, driving to Luxembourg from Paris, like Amsterdam, wouldn’t really leave you much time in Luxembourg to make a day trip worthwhile. That also depends on where in Paris you’re leaving from since even getting from one side of the city to the other can take quite a while.

However, this is where things get interesting. The train from Paris to Luxembourg is much faster at about 2.5 hours direct each way. So, your opportunity for a Paris to Luxembourg day trip just opened back up! These super fast train tickets aren’t cheap though—ranging from $90 to around $120 each way.

Cologne to Luxembourg day trip

Cologne, Germany is another nearby city from which you can take a reasonably quick day trip to Luxembourg. The drive between these two cities is just about 2.5 hours. Getting from Cologne to Luxembourg via train averages 3.5 hours each way and costs between $40-$50.

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Strasbourg to Luxembourg day trip

Strasbourg, France is another popular tourist destination that isn’t too far from Luxembourg. This drive takes around 2.5 hours also.

There’s even a direct train from Strasbourg to Luxembourg that takes just 1.75 hours and costs $50. However, the earliest it leaves is 12:30pm and the latest it returns is 6:45pm. You wouldn’t arrive in Luxembourg City until the afternoon, but that still gives you about 4 hours to work with so if that works for you, set it up!

Where to stay in Luxembourg City

If you wanted to visit Luxembourg from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, or another city that’s just a wee bit too far for a day trip, consider spending the night so you can still get your visit in. Here are a few well-reviewed hotels in Luxembourg City to consider.

Budget : Youth Hostel Luxembourg City – Helloooo budget destination prices! Just a 10-minute walk from Place d’Armes, free private parking, city views.

Mid-range : Hotel Parc Belle-Vue – Panoramic terrace, their own restaurant, private parking, and a 24-hour front desk.

High-end : Le Royal Hotels & Resort Luxembourg – Basically right there in Place d’Armes, newly renovated rooms, full wellness/spa facilities, on-site bar and restaurant, and all the fun extras.

Check out all Luxembourg hotel options here on Booking.com and/or Expedia .

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What to pack for a day trip to Luxembourg

For your day trip to Luxembourg, here are a few essential packing items to consider:

European plug adapter(s) so you can charge all your devices. Even if you don’t plan to stay the night, I would still bring a charger with you since it’s going to be a long day.

Luxembourg guidebook for all the extra stuff. I personally have the Rough Guide to Belgium which includes Luxembourg but so does the Lonely Planet version.

Comfortable shoes because there’s going to be so much walking. In warm weather I always wear either Teva sandals or Chacos . In cold/wet weather I wear Sorel duck boots .

Anti-theft purse because petty theft is the signature theft of Europe. I’m not saying you have to particularly be on the lookout in Luxembourg, but I’m not saying you don’t either. Besides, anywhere you go in Europe you need to keep yourself and your valuables safe. I have gear from both Travelon and PacSafe and I swear by them both.

Refillable water bottle so you can stay hydrated throughout your day trip to Luxembourg—on the walking tours, on the bus rides, always.

The Expats by Chris Pavone – Great suspenseful novel that all takes place in Luxembourg. This was kind of the first time I started thinking about visiting here.

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I hope you have a great time on your day trip!

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How To Visit Luxembourg City In One Day From Brussels

Luxembourg City is a small but mighty city – there’s a load of history to discover and out of this world views to check out!

I visited Luxembourg on a day trip from Brussels and had more than enough time to see everything in the city. So here’s everything you need to know about spending one day in Luxembourg City. I’ll go over how to get there (even give you some money saving hacks!), and what to do while you’re there.

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What You Didn’t Know About Luxembourg

Luxembourg is both a very interesting city and country… Luxembourg City (in Luxembourg) is one of the only cities with the same name as its mother country! And did you know they’re the third wealthiest country in the world (and actually the wealthiest if you look at per capita)?

Most of its citizens aren’t even native Luxembourgers. 2/3 of the country are foreigners from Portugal, Spain … etc.

On top of that, there are an extra 200 000 people commuting to the city for work from other countries. They’ll live in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and France and commute to the city every day. That’s because there are a lot of employment opportunities in the city but it’s very expensive to live there.

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Freebies In The City That Luxembourg Offers!

Unlike most European cities, Luxembourg offers quite a bit for free… like it’s completely free to use the public restrooms throughout the city.

They also offer free city Wifi everywhere, as long as you have a valid phone number to sign up for it. And as of 2020, all public transport is is free to use in the entire country! Don’t believe me? Read more about it here .

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Plan the ultimate vacation

My  digital travel planner template  has everything you need to plan your vacation: research templates, travel planner itinerary, travel budget templates…etc. . You can print it out or use it digitally on your phone, tablet, or computer.

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Do They Speak English In Luxembourg?

You won’t have a problem speaking English while you’re visiting. But surprisingly, it’s the 4th or 5th language most locals will learn.

In school, Luxembourgers learn 3 languages: Luxembourgish, German, and French. English is only introduced much later.

And as I mentioned earlier, most families living there are foreigners, so this doesn’t include their mother tongue spoken at home.

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How To Get From Brussels To Luxembourg

If you’re going on a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels, you have a few travel options: you can rent a car, take a bus or train, or go on an organized tour. Brussels to Luxembourg is about a 3 hours away.

Although renting a car gives you the most flexibility and freedom, it also comes with its own sets of problems and risks (driving in a foreign city, finding parking, etc). Rent a car in Brussels here .

Your next option is to take the bus – which is usually the cheapest travel option. The main problem is that the bus doesn’t leave too often from Brussels to Luxembourg. Double check the travel time because it can vary depending on when you want to leave. The bus station in Luxembourg is also further outside the city (P+R Bouillon) so you’ll most like have to take public transit to the city centre. You can check the Flixbus schedule here .

So we opted to take the train from Brussels to Luxembourg…

The train trip is a bit over 3 hours each way (although you also have to watch out some are MUCH longer!). You can walk from the train station in Luxembourg to the city centre (Gare Centrale routière). To make the most out of your day, you’ll want to take the earliest train at 7 A.M. and the last train back at 8:00 P.M. Find train tickets from Brussels to Luxembourg here .

From the train station, it’s a 15-minute walk to the city centre. Or you can opt for one of the countless buses headed that way (remember they’re free!).

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Day Trip To Luxembourg From Brussels Train Hack

We noticed it’s not always cheaper to buy a direct train ticket from Brussels to Luxembourg. If you’re under 26 (see discount tickets here ), or if you’re travelling on the weekend (see discount tickets here ), it’s might be cheaper for you to buy 2 separate train tickets. Let me explain…

Direct trains from Brussels to Luxembourg will always make a final stop in Arlon, Belgium before making it to Luxembourg. So buy one train ticket from Brussels to Arlon, which will give you the Belgian train discounts for youths or weekend travel. Then buy another ticket from Arlon to Luxembourg (about €7 each way).

Just double check that the train number is the same for Brussels to Luxembourg and Arlon to Luxembourg before you buy any ticket (you don’t have to switch trains in Arlon). We did this both ways and had no issues, we just showed a different ticket for each leg of the trip.

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Final Option: Go On An Organized Tour From Brussels To Luxembourg

If taking the train from Brussels to Luxembourg sounds too hectic for a day trip, you can also go on an organized tour. Viator offers several organized tours that leave from Brussels and bring you to Luxembourg. They also plan the entire day in Luxembourg for you, taking you to all the main points of interest.

This is a totally stress free way of going on a day trip to Luxembourg from Brussels.

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Understanding luxembourg city: haute ville & the grund.

If you haven’t already noticed, Luxembourg is built on a hill, which naturally creates a separation between two parts of the city, Haute Ville and the Grund.

Luxembourg City Haute Ville

This is the city centre, and where the bourgeoisie used to live. Nowadays, you’ll find all the main attractions here, like the Grand Duchy and the Notre Dame Cathedral .

It only takes 10 minutes to walk from side to side of Haute Ville in Luxembourg City – yup, it’s that small! The nicest part is that the centre is car-free. Several blocks surrounding Place d’Armes are pedestrian only streets, which are filled with shops and restaurants.

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Luxembourg City The Grund

The Grund, a.k.a the lower village, used to be where the poor and servants of the bourgeoisie lived. Although today it’s equally as expensive as Haute Ville.

The Grund offers breathtaking views of Haute Ville. You’ll want to make sure to walk along the Alzette river and find the purple Mermaid statue across from Abbey Neimënster .

This statue represents Luxembourg’s Count Sigfried’s wife Melusina. After several years of marriage, Sigfried discovered she was actually a mermaid and was never seen again.

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How To Get From Haute Ville To The Grund

To get from Haute Ville to the Grund in Luxembourg City you have a few options. The most picturesque is to walk along Rue de la Corniche (which I recommend doing either way!).

But if you need a break from walking, Luxembourg offers a free elevator you can take. You’ll find it near Luxembourg’s Parliament in Haute Ville, and off of Rue Schmëdo in the Grund.

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Luxembourg Things To Do In One Day

Because you’re here for such a limited time, I recommend doing a walking tour when you first arrive in Luxembourg City. The tour takes you to all the main sites in Haute Ville and the Grund, gives you a lowdown of Luxembourg’s history, and some local recommendations.

After your walking tour, you have a few options for how to spend your one day in Luxembourg…

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Main Sites You Won’t Want to Miss

On the walking tour, you should make it to the following places: Place d’Armes, The Grand Ducal Palace, Bock and Casemates, St Michael’s Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Golden Lady Memorial Statue.

There are a few different attractions you can pay to visit if you have some more time in Luxembourg.

Take The Pfaffenthal Lift

If you find yourself in the Pfaffenthal area of Luxembourg (in the lower valley) there’s a free glass elevator, (but don’t worry the floor is solid) so you get to experience going up with amazing views. Once you get to the top there’s a section with a glass floor that you can stand on.

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Explore Bock Casemates

You’ll definitely want to make it to the Bock at one point during your day. These old castle ruins used to be connected to the fortress that surrounded the city, and it offers some of the best views of the city.

Underneath the Bock is where you’ll find the casemates. This is a network of underground tunnels where citizens used to hide during wartime and store food and supplies.

You can now visit part of the tunnels for €7 (see updated prices here ).

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Visit The City History Museum Luxembourg

This was one of my favourite historical museums I’ve ever visited. The museum itself is actually built into the side of the hill. When you go down the elevator, you’re surrounded by the rocks of the hill.

The content of the museum covered how the city was established and grew throughout the years up until present day.

But the best part was the price! We had free access because I’m a youth (under 26) and my boyfriend is a student. But if you don’t fit into either of those categories, it’s still only €5! They even give you a free audio guide (just make sure to bring earphones).

The tour is 45 minutes, taking you to the highlights of the museum. But there’s a lot more to peruse at your own pace.

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Where To Eat In Luxembourg City

According to our tour guide, most restaurants open for lunch from 12:00 -2:00 P.M. then close their kitchens until supper time around 6:00 P.M.. This might be normal for you, but this isn’t the case for North America.  

This is important to be aware of – for example, we needed to eat earlier than 6:00 P.M. in order to catch our return train at 7:00 P.M. to Brussels. We ate at Bosso Brasserie – the kitchen opened at 5:30! We weren’t disappointed with our choice either, they served more local food, and was a bit cheaper than what we were seeing around us. 

For coffee, we found local Luxembourg chain, Knopes (and by chain, I mean there are only 3 of them in the city). We went to the one on Porte-Neuve, just off the main street in the city centre so it was a bit more quiet.

P.S. Apparently the night life in Luxembourg also isn’t much to boast about unless it’s Saturday.

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Local Luxembourg Beer To Try

If you’re on a day trop to Luxembourg from Brussels, you’re probably already well versed in beer – we definitely were!

Since they’re sandwiched between Belgium and Germany it’s no surprise that Luxembourg has its own local beer as well. We were advised to try the Bofferding if we wanted a light beer and Battin for a dark option.

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Luxembourg Hotel Recommendations

I didn’t stay overnight in Luxembourg as I had an apartment in Brussels, but if you want to extend your stay in Luxembourg and enjoy some of the nightlife here are some hotel recommendations.

A great option in the city centre is Grand Hotel Cravat . It’s right off the main shopping street in Luxembourg, you can’t get a better location than this! See room rates & availability .

If you’re willing to stay a bit further outside of the city centre (but still only a 15 minute walk away) you won’t be disappointed with Les Jardins d’Anaïs . No two rooms are the same at this country-style hotel in Old Town Luxembourg. You can also enjoy some time to relax on their beautiful terrace in the garden. See room rates & availability .

If you don’t mind staying further outside the city centre but would rather stay at a reputable hotel, stay at the Sofitel Luxembourg Europe . They live up to the Sofitel luxury standard! See room rates & availability .

For more hotel options in Luxembourg City, click here .  

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Luxembourg looks so beautiful. I love the glass elevator! I didn’t realize it was so close to Belgium or I would have perhaps taken a day trip when I was there.

It’s surprising how close it is, and how easy it is to get to! Definitely worth a day trip there if you’re ever back!

The architecture of the building and the location set into a hill is just breathtaking. Your article was very informative.

Interesting read! Loving all your photos. Luxembourg has been on my list for a while now. I hope I get to visit it this year 😀

Thanks! I hope so too, it’s unlike any city I’d visited before!

Your photos are beautiful! They show a rather different Luxembourg from the one we saw (we happened to visit on a really overcast day). The news about free public transit make me jealous 🙈

Thanks so much! Oh no thats too bad to hear, I hope you were still able to enjoy the city a bit. I know, I wish my city had free public transit!

One thing I love about traveling in Europe is how easy it is to get from one country to another! I still haven’t visited either Belgium or Luxembourg, but they’re both on my list. I actually had no idea that there was a “Luxembourgish” language!!

It’s actually amazing! And now with the fast trains you can go so much further without the same amount of travel time. Definitely both are worth checking out!

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One Day in Luxembourg Itinerary: A Day Trip from Brussels

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As such a small country, you might be surprised that there are enough activities to fill a Luxembourg itinerary, but you couldn’t be more wrong! It is the 28th smallest country in the world, but with a beautiful capital city, one day in Luxembourg is the perfect amount of time for a city break or as a short day trip from Brussels or other nearby cities.

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How Many Days in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg City is relatively small, although it’s built around the Alzette River, providing the city with steep hills and plenty of lush green areas to explore – not to mention the stunning vistas.

If you’re wondering how many days to spend in Luxembourg, a day trip from Brussels would be perfect to get a feel for the city and enjoy the stunning architecture and landscape.

You can visit some of Luxembourg’s free museums, wander through the parks and take the free lift to have incredible views over the city in one day in Luxembourg while also keeping the costs down.

However, if you’d like to get out into nature and hike through the lovely forests of northern Luxembourg, you can extend your Luxembourg itinerary to two or three days to make the most of your trip to the tiny nation.

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Getting To & Around Luxembourg

If you’re planning a Luxembourg day trip from Brussels, you can easily arrive in the centre of the capital by train in just under three hours from Bruxelles-Luxembourg train station with Belgian railways, with one stop in Arlon. You can view train schedules here.

Enjoy the countryside and listen to some Stromae or Francis of Delirium for a taste of Belgian or Luxembourgish music on your journey.

Buses take a similar amount of time to arrive in Luxembourg, with journeys taking at least 2 hours 30 minutes, but not taking you into the centre of Luxembourg. You can, however, easily take a free bus into the city to start your one day in Luxembourg City. You can view bus schedules here.

For those that prefer to visit with a guide, there are a number of organised Luxembourg day trips from Brussels such as this full-day tour or this full-day tour.

The quickest way to reach Luxembourg from Brussels , however, is by car. There are many car rental options in the centre of Brussels right in front of the Brussel-Zuid/Midi train station. From there it’s just two hours on the E411 and E25 to Luxembourg City; it is also a Schengen area member so you won’t experience much of a border. You can view car rental options here.

When you arrive in Luxembourg, you can find many car parks around the city, such as Parking Glacis, which also has spaces for electric cars and bicycles, and is open 24 hours a day.

It’s one of the cheaper car parks in the city too. Just be wary that there is a market there on Sundays so there will be limited parking then.

One of the most exciting things about Luxembourg when you’re there, especially if you didn’t bring your car, is that the public transport is free!

Buses regularly pass through the coach station where you’ll arrive and take you for free into the city centre, in comfortable seats with wifi and charging points. This makes it easy to take in all of the attractions in Luxembourg.

The buses and trams are easy to use and have regular schedules, although you won’t need them much, and bus drivers are friendly and helpful in English, French, German and Luxembourgish!

Luxembourgers actually only make up 30% of the residents of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, so you can rest assured you’ll encounter many polyglots and don’t have to struggle through learning Luxembourgish, although a “Gudde Moien” wouldn’t go amiss.

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1 Day in Luxembourg Itinerary

Arriving by car, bus or train on your Luxembourg day trip from Brussels, you can easily reach the city centre walking or with free public transport to start exploring the sparkling city streets, perfect panoramic views and fantastic fortifications – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can also take a walking tour if you prefer to explore with a guide.

Chemin de la Corniche

If you’ve arrived in Luxembourg by train or bus, you can start your Luxembourg itinerary walking over the beautiful 19th-century viaduct La Passerelle. This huge structure seems over the top when you see how small the river is, however, it gives you incredible opening views of the city of Luxembourg on either side of the valley.

Within the valley, looking particularly spectacular when it’s lit up at night, is a large skate park; if you have time, you should definitely bring your board here and try out the amazing maze of bowls under the backdrop of the old ramparts and magnificent viaduct.

Crossing La Passerelle and turning right at the city’s courthouse, Cabinet d’instruction de Luxembourg, you’ll arrive at your first stop: the Chemin de la Corniche.

This pretty pathway leads you along the Alzette valley on top of the 17th-century ramparts, built by the Spanish and French, and gives you a wonderful panorama over Luxembourg City with its lush green trees, shiny grey tiled-roofs, and the spires and turrets that makes Luxembourg’s architecture so iconic.

Across the valley, you can see the intriguing Église Saint-Jean-du-Grund and Neumünster Abbey cultural centre that now occupies the church buildings for concerts and other performances.

Follow the route taking in the glorious views until you reach the second stop of your day in Luxembourg.

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Rocher du Bock

At the end of the Chemin de la Corniche, you come across an enormous rock leading down to the bottom of the valley with the remnants of an old castle; the Rocher du Bock.

The construction of this castle actually marks the founding of Luxembourg, as Siegfried I of the Ardennes built his castle, ​​Lucilinburhuc (which evolved into Luxembourg ), on the rocky cliff in 963.

Although Luxembourg only became an independent state in 1890 after the death of the heirless Dutch King and Grand Duke of Luxembourg, William III. The castle is an important place to visit if you’re interested in learning about the history of Luxembourg.

With the Alzette River on three sides of the castle, and the additional engineering work of the Italians, Spanish, French, Belgians, Austrians, Prussians and Dutch, it proved effective in warding away intruders, which led to Luxembourg gaining the nickname the “ Gibraltar of the North” owing to both places’ excellent fortifications.

Below the fortress that remains on top of the rock, there are tunnels and a crypt, known as the Casemates de Bock, that were dug out by Austrians in the 18th century.

The tunnels are temporarily closed, however, usually in summer months you can spend 45 minutes wandering around the tunnels marvelling at history within and the landscape outside the holes from 10 am to 5 pm every day of the week.

You can still enjoy the wonderful views from around and on top of the Rocher du Bock, which still has parts relatively intact despite the decree for Luxembourg’s fortifications to be destroyed in the 1860s.

Head down to the riverside from one of the pathways from the Rocher du Bock to see the statue of Melusina – the legendary wife of Sigfried, who founded the city.

The story goes that upon their marriage, Melusina told her husband to give her complete privacy for one whole day a week, however, after months of curiosity, Siegfried peeped on her while she was bathing, only to find that she had a fish’s tail. Noticing his attention, she then fled into the Alzette River, with some people alleging to have seen her in the hundreds of years since.

You might not get to see the real mermaid, but there’s a curious 3D-printed statue next to the river that’s worth a look.

Fort Thüngen

25 to 30 minutes away from the Rocher du Bock, either by walking, tram or bus, you’ll arrive at the amazing Thüngen Fort.

With all forts in the city destroyed after the 1867 Treaty of London, only three round towers and the foundation walls remained of the fortress until it was partially rebuilt according to its old aesthetic in the 1990s to accommodate Luxembourg’s Museum of Modern Art in one area.

Most of the fort today houses the Musée Dräi Eechelen, which means the Three Acorns Museum, as each of the remaining towers has an acorn on its roof.

The museum has a permanent exhibition showcasing the fortress throughout the centuries, from its original construction in 1732 by the Baron of Thüngen, with more than 600 artefacts and documents including historic photographs of the fortress before and after it was razed.

Outside, you can also see the remains of the defensive moat that protected the fortress walls and was only penetrable via a 169-metre tunnel from the nearby Fort Obergrünewald, which you can see on your way to stop four on your Luxembourg itinerary. 

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Pfaffenthal Elevator

Over the river from Fort Obergrünewald, is one of Luxembourg’s top tourist attractions: the Panoramic Elevator of the Pfaffenthal. Depending on which way you’re coming from, you can take the lift up or down the 71-metre structure to take in the stunning views over the valley, and below, thanks to the glass floor and walls of the lift.

It doesn’t take long to ride, but it’s free, so you can save yourself another steep climb up the slopes and stairs leading from the valley floor to the city streets – and you can take bikes in it if you’re seeing the city on two wheels.

From the top of the lift, you can spend the rest of your afternoon in Luxembourg City wandering the main city streets of the Ville Haute district.

Ville Haute

Away from the beautiful valley and historic monuments lies the wonderful centre of Luxembourg, with beautiful architecture and design from the buildings themselves to the bins and lampposts.

Whether it shows the wealth of the country or the culture of the locals, you’ll notice the streets are almost perfectly clean which adds to the magical feel of certain corners and buildings, like the Palais Grand-Ducal. This stately palace does open for guided tours in the Summer, but for the rest of the year, you can simply take in the intricately carved stone façade with gold-decorated balconies.

Head a couple of hundred metres East to the fish market; a former central square between two Roman roads where farmers and fishermen would come to sell their produce, this square is now a delightful area with the National Museum and bars and restaurants.

A short walk back to the centre is Place Guillaume II, known locally as Knuedler due to the knots on the belts of the Franciscan monks who lived in the area. It was destroyed and rebuilt by the French, part of which makes the city unique as it shows influences from many different cultures and historic periods. Now in the square, you can find the town hall as well as a large market every Wednesday and Saturday.

Place d’Armes is another beautiful square nearby, and around both squares, you’ll be able to find something wonderful to eat. Although most of the activities on the Luxembourg itinerary were free, when you pay for food and drink or accommodation in the country, you do notice that Luxembourg is quite expensive.

There are options, however, if you want to spend what you’ve saved on, for example, a delicious three-course set menu for €30-40 in Le Rabelais , or save a little more but still eat well in Chiggeri , with a large menu and main dishes costing €20-30.

If you’re not as worried about trying the local cuisine or you’re interested in finding craft beer in Luxembourg, try Urban for a cheaper and more international menu, and a huge collection of draft craft beers and cocktails.

Walk back to the train station via Pont Adolphe for a different perspective of the city and more stunning panoramas before taking your train back to Brussels, or just to take in a last glimpse of the city before you reach the end of one day in Luxembourg.

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Have 2 or 3 Days in Luxembourg?

One day in Luxembourg is perfect to see most of the city and enjoy the urban wildness of the capital’s parks. But if you want to learn more about the millennia-long history of the small but strategically placed nation, you’ll need to spend at least 2 to 3 days.

Over 2 days in Luxembourg, you can take your time seeing the city’s sights and explore more of the galleries and museums, many of which do permit free entrance to the permanent exhibitions.

But to truly enjoy the landscape of the small country, you’ve got to rent a car and spend 3 days in Luxembourg, driving to Mullerthal for some wonderful hikes and walks around the waterfalls hidden in the woods, or Echternach for the Gorges du Loup hike around the caverns.

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Where to Stay in Luxembourg

Hotel Empire – This 3-star hotel located in the heart of Luxembourg’s old town is a great place for mid-range visitors to stay. They have an array of lovely rooms to choose from along with a great breakfast available each morning. Click here to check availability

Hotel Le Place d’Armes – Those looking for a luxury stay will love this opulent 5-star hotel in the centre of Luxembourg City. They offer a range of elegant rooms, plenty of plush amenities and a location perfect for exploring all the city has to offer. Click here to check availability

Youth Hostel Luxembourg – If you plan to visit Luxembourg on a budget, then this hostel is a good option. They have countless dorms available (most of them ensuite) and a location just outside the historic old town. Click here to check availability

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Luxembourg hotels!

While Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the world, various cultures have influenced its culture and made use of its fortifications, leaving Luxembourg city a wondrous place to spend a day trip from Brussels or a city break.

Are you planning a trip to Luxembourg? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Luxembourg and Dinant Full-Day Trip

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Set off on a full-day trip to Luxembourg, one of the less-known cities of Europe , capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. On your way back to Brussels, you'll also stop at Les Ardennes and the charming city of Dinant.

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At the indicated time, we'll depart from the centre of Brussels  on a comfortable air-conditioned coach and head southeast for 200 km until we get to Luxembourg. Upon arrival, your professional guide will lead you through the upper and lower parts of the city.

First, we'll explore the historic centre in the upper part of the city and admire the Cathedral Notre-Dame and the Place d’Armes (Arms Square), the capital’s main square. Then, admire the Wenceslaus Wall , Neum ünster Abbey , and the main fortifications established near the Alzette River . Before leaving Luxembourg, you’ll have free time to have lunch, have a coffee and buy souvenirs.

Next, we'll hop back on the bus and make our way to Dinant , enjoying the views of Les Ardennes , one of the most charming areas of Belgium. Here, in between the rocky massifs is embedded in the city of Dinant, a picturesque town built on the banks of the River Meuse . The city is famous for being the birthplace of the saxophone !

In Dinant, you’ll enjoy the views of the Citadel , an imposing fortress erected on the Rocher Bayard , an impressive rock that surrounds the city. Next, you’ll visit the  Notre Dame de Dinant , a charming Romanesque church that has become a symbol of Wallonia. Then, you’ll cross the Charles De Gaulle Bridge , which is decorated with multicoloured saxophones inspired by the colours of the EU member states.

After visiting the Meuse Valley, we'll drive back to Brussels and drop you off at the Grand Place , next to the cathedral, after a total of 11.5 hours of touring.

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Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour from Brussels

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  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Citadelle de Dinant
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  • Entrance fees ( memling, Groeningen, Boat trip)
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  • Brussels Airport, A201, Zaventem 1930 Belgium
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Discover the ancient history of Europe with this excursion to Luxembourg from Brussels. You will spend 1 day, or 11 hours to be precise, on this activity, accompanied by a tour guide . To get to Luxembourg, the tour includes transfers to and from Brussels in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Throughout the day, you will visit Luxembourg's must-see sights such as the Royal Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and many others. On the way back, you will also make a stop to see the city of Dinant .

  • Visit and learn about Luxembourg with this 1 day tour from Brussels
  • You will be accompanied at all times by a tour guide who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
  • See Luxembourg's landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the European Court of Justice up close.

What’s included

  • Excursion to Luxembourg from Brussels
  • Tourist guide
  • Return journey in an air-conditioned vehicle

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What to expect.

Leave Brussels and get to know Luxembourg , one of the smallest but most historic countries in Europe, on this tour. Over the course of 1 day, approximately 11 hours, you will visit the centre of this small country. During your visit you will always be accompanied by a tour guide , so you will learn all about its history and monuments.

The distance from Brussels to Luxembourg is about 230 km, so to get from one place to the other, the tour includes the return trip in an air-conditioned vehicle . Once you arrive in Luxembourg, your guided tour will begin.

Luxembourg is a medieval city which was fortified with a great wall, of which you can still see little remains today. Because it is situated on the top of a large mountain, many kings decided to reside in this city.

Thus, the Royal Palace is still in use today, as Luxembourg is a monarchy. The Cathedral of Notre Dame , which has the same name as the one in Paris, but has a very different architecture.

Luxembourg is still a country of relevance, something you can see as during your visit you will see the European Court of Justice in the centre of the city. Along the way you will also have some free time to walk around the old town on your own or stop for a bite to eat on your own.

On the way back to Brussels you will also make a short stop in the city of Dinant . This is important as you will be able to see its impressive cathedral built in the 13th century .

  • G Guillermo 5 (0 Reviews) Departure and arrival on time, very communicative guide, the guided tour went through the main places of interest.
  • J Joao 5 (0 Reviews) The visit was enjoyable, fun and relaxed in Luxembourg.
  • T Tiffany 5 (0 Reviews) We had plenty of free time to have lunch and go wherever we wanted. Also consider that the city is beautiful.
  • Y Yuri 4 (0 Reviews) My expectations were a little low but the excursion was an experience that I would definitely repeat.

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Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels

The Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels is gaining popularity among travelers seeking to uncover the hidden gems of Belgium. With an impressive rating of 5.0 based on 1 review from Viator and Tripadvisor, this tour promises an exceptional and authentic experience.

But what exactly makes this tour so special? From exploring the picturesque town of Luxembourg to immersing oneself in the rich history of Dinant, this day trip offers a unique opportunity to explore the captivating landscapes and cultural heritage of Belgium.

So, why not embark on this journey and discover the wonders that await?

About Our Review: Please note that this is our review of this tour and we do not run, sell, or book tours from this site. If you want to book this tour please click the large button at the base of this page to go to the official listing on Viator.

Good To Know

Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels - Good To Know

  • Impressive rating of 5.0 based on 1 review from Viator and Tripadvisor
  • Opportunity to explore stunning castles, majestic cathedrals , and picturesque countryside
  • Ensuring travelers make the most of their time in enchanting destinations
  • Comfortable transportation and expert guidance maximize time and experience

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Tour Highlights

Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels - Tour Highlights

The tour highlights include a visit to stunning castles, majestic cathedrals, and the picturesque countryside of Luxembourg and Dinant. Travelers on this private day tour from Brussels will have the opportunity to explore some of the most breathtaking sights in the region.

Starting with Luxembourg, they’ll be able to enjoy the rich history and architectural beauty of the castles that dot the landscape. From there, they’ll venture to Dinant, where they can marvel at the 13th Century cathedral and soak in the charm of the Belgian Wallonia region.

Along the way, they’ll also have the chance to experience the serene countryside, with its towering mountains and lush forests.

These tour highlights promise to provide travelers with unforgettable experiences and memories to last a lifetime.

Itinerary Overview

As travelers continue their private day tour from Brussels, they’ll now explore the Itinerary Overview, gaining a detailed understanding of the exciting sights and experiences that await them.

The tour takes them from bustling Brussels to the historical and picturesque cities of Luxembourg and Dinant. Along the way, they’ll have the opportunity to explore a variety of historical landmarks, including magnificent castles and cathedrals.

The scenic countryside will captivate them with its natural beauty , offering breathtaking views of mountains and forests.

This day trip allows for more sights to be seen compared to traveling by train, ensuring that travelers make the most of their time in these enchanting destinations.

Must-See Attractions

Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels - Must-See Attractions

What are the must-see attractions that will leave travelers in awe during their private day tour from Brussels? This article will provide top rated attractions and sightseeing recommendations for those looking to make the most of their trip.

One of the must-see attractions is Luxembourg City, the capital of Luxembourg. Here, travelers can explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town, stroll along the Chemin de la Corniche (Europe’s most beautiful balcony), and visit the impressive Grand Ducal Palace.

Another highlight is Dinant, located in Belgian Wallonia. Travelers can marvel at the stunning 13th Century cathedral, enjoy panoramic views from the Citadel, and take a relaxing boat ride on the Meuse River.

With its charming landscapes, historic sites , and cultural treasures , this private day tour from Brussels offers a truly unforgettable experience.

Travel Tips and Recommendations

Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels - Travel Tips and Recommendations

After exploring the must-see attractions of Luxembourg City and Dinant, travelers on this private day tour from Brussels can now benefit from some helpful travel tips and recommendations. To enhance their travel experiences , visitors should take the opportunity to indulge in the local cuisine . Luxembourg is known for its culinary delights, such as Judd mat Gaardebounen (smoked pork collar with broad beans) and Gromperekichelcher (potato pancakes). In Dinant, travelers can savor the famous Belgian waffles or try the local beer, Leffe. Additionally , it is advisable to dress comfortably and wear appropriate footwear, as there might be some walking involved during the tour. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the stunning landscapes and historical landmarks along the way. Happy travels!

Transportation and Logistics

Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels - Transportation and Logistics

Travelers on this private day tour from Brussels can easily navigate the transportation and logistics to explore Luxembourg and Dinant. While public transportation is an option, the convenience of a private tour allows for a more seamless and efficient experience. With a knowledgeable guide and comfortable transportation, travelers can maximize their time and make the most of their visit to these two picturesque destinations.

When it comes to sightseeing options , this tour offers a well-rounded itinerary. In Luxembourg, visitors can explore the enchanting old town, marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Ducal Palace, and wander through the beautiful Pétrusse Valley.

In Dinant, the highlight is the stunning 13th-century cathedral, as well as the picturesque setting along the Meuse River.

Pricing and Group Size Options

Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels - Pricing and Group Size Options

Visitors can choose from a range of pricing options and group sizes for the private day tour from Brussels to Luxembourg and Dinant. The pricing for the tour starts at £801.62 and may vary depending on the group size.

With different pricing options available, travelers can select the one that best fits their budget and preferences.

Plus, the tour offers a refund policy that allows customers to cancel their booking up to 24 hours in advance and receive a full refund. This provides peace of mind for those who may need to change their plans or unforeseen circumstances arise.

Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner , or in a larger group, there are group size options available to accommodate everyone’s needs on this exciting private day tour.

Booking and Contact Information

Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels - Booking and Contact Information

To book the private day tour from Brussels to Luxembourg and Dinant, travelers can easily contact the tour operator for more information and availability. The booking process is straightforward and convenient, ensuring that travelers can secure their spots on the tour with ease.

Plus, customer reviews can provide valuable insights and feedback about the tour, helping prospective travelers make an informed decision. By reading the reviews, travelers can get a sense of the overall experience and satisfaction of previous participants. These reviews are checked for authenticity to ensure their reliability.

Whether it’s through Viator or Tripadvisor, travelers can find genuine feedback from those who’ve already embarked on the tour. This information can be invaluable in helping travelers decide if the private day tour is right for them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels - Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Cancellation Policy for the Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels?

The cancellation policy for the Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour from Brussels allows for a full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours in advance. This gives travelers flexibility and peace of mind.

Are Meals Included in the Tour?

Meal options are available on the tour, catering to different dietary restrictions . Travelers can enjoy a variety of meals during the day trip, ensuring a satisfying and delicious experience throughout their journey.

Is There a Minimum Age Requirement for This Tour?

Yes, there is a minimum age requirement for this tour. It is suitable for kids, but they must be accompanied by an adult. The specific age requirement may vary, so it is best to check with the tour operator for more information.

What Is the Duration of the Tour?

The duration of the tour is not specified, but there are plenty of things to do in Luxembourg and top attractions in Dinant. The best time to visit Luxembourg is during the summer. The itinerary for the Luxembourg and Dinant tour is not provided.

Is Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off Included in the Tour?

Hotel pickup and drop-off are included in the tour. Travelers will be conveniently transported to and from their accommodations, ensuring a hassle-free experience.

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To sum it up, the Luxembourg and Dinant Private Day Tour From Brussels offers an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking to discover the history and beauty of Belgium.

With its stunning castles, cathedrals, and picturesque landscapes , this tour provides a unique opportunity to explore the countryside and take in the rich culture of the region.

With excellent ratings and the option for a full refund, this tour is a reliable choice for an exceptional and hassle-free journey.

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10 Beautiful Day Trips from Luxembourg

Day trips from Luxembourg

These day trips from Luxembourg provide the perfect opportunity to explore outside the country’s capital city.

Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a tiny yet beautiful country located between France, Belgium and Germany.

It’s known for its many fortifications and castles set atop hillsides and along rivers. It’s capital Luxembourg City serves as one of the three capitals of the European Union, along with Brussels and Stasbourg.

Due to its location in the middle of western Europe, there are many other fun European cities close to Luxembourg.

If you’re planning a visit to Luxembourg soon and know you’ll have extra time to explore the region further, I’ve put together these fun ideas for day trips from Luxembourg.

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Day Trips from Luxembourg

Day Trips from Luxembourg

This guide to the best day trips from Luxembourg City is intended to inspire you to explore outside the capital.

This region of Europe has so much to offer. If you have extra time after exploring Luxembourg City, these weekend trips from Luxembourg will be the perfect addition to your vacation.

Guided tours from Luxembourg are also available if you’d like to join other travelers and leave the planning for someone else.

1. Brussels, Belgium

Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is one of my favorite day trips from Luxembourg because it has a compact city center with tons of fun things to do.

Plus, it’s super easy to get from Luxembourg to Brussels since both destinations are so popular.

Once you’ve made your way out of the train station, I recommend making a bee line for Grand Place.

It’s a beautiful square surrounded by government offices in historic buildings and cafes with outdoor seating.

It’s one of the most popular stops for tourists in Brussels. In the area surrounding Grand Place you’ll find plenty of shopping and restaurants.

Since you’re in Belgium, you’ll need to try both Belgium waffles and fries.

A short walk from Grand Place you’ll also find the famous Delirium Cafe where you can relax and have an ice-cold Belgian beer.

They have hundreds of beers on tap so there’s something for everybody. Just outside the door to Delirium Cafe you’ll find one of the three famous statues placed throughout the city.

The one near Delirium Cafe is called Jeanneke Pis, which depicts a little girl urinating (don’t ask!). The most famous of the three statues is Manneken Pis, which depicts, you guessed it, a little boy urinating.

Manneken Pis can often be found wearing various costumes gifted to the city by various heads of state during their visits to Brussels.

Before you head back to Luxembourg at the end of your visit, be sure to grab a box of Belgian chocolates.

There are many chocolate shops scattered throughout the city center, most of which will also offer free samples.

Luxembourg City to Brussels travel time:

  • Car: about 2 hours
  • Bus: about 3 hours
  • Train: about 4 hour

2. Vianden, Luxembourg

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

Vianden is located less than a 1 hour drive from Luxembourg City. The city is most popular for the Vianden Castle, which was built between the 11th and 14th centuries.

Ownership of the castle changed hands many times over the years but became state-owned in 1977.

After that time, the country restored the castle and it is now considered one of the most significant historical monuments in Europe.

Visitors may explore the interior of the castle on their own or as part of a guided tour. For just a few Euros, there is also a chair lift that will take you up to the castle.

The views of the surrounding countryside are well worth the small fee.

In addition to Vianden Castle, the town of Vianden is a beautiful place to spend a day walking around and exploring.

There are several popular museums in the area along with plenty of shops and cafes.

A guided tour from Luxembourg to Vianden is also available if you’d like to make this day trip stress free.

Luxembourg City to Vianden travel time:

  • Car: about 40 minutes
  • Bus: about 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Train: about 1 hour 20 minutes

3. Paris, France

Eiffel Tower from a distance up high

If you’ve never been to Paris, make this your top priority from this list of day trips from Luxembourg.

There’s so much you can see and do in Paris in 12 hours , making a day trip here well worth the travel time.

The metro system in Paris is also incredibly convenient, so you’ll be able to take the train to just about everywhere you want to go.

I recommend getting an early start if at all possible, so you have the most amount of time.

You’ll find the Louvre museum and Notre Dame Cathedral in the city center and about a 20 minute walk from each other.

It’s a pretty walk along the Seine, so it’s not at all inconvenient. If you’re interested in visiting the Louvre during your visit, make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time online.

You don’t want to waste your time standing in line for 2 hours.

I also encourage you to visit the Sacre Coeur if you have extra time. It’s an incredibly beautiful cathedral that sits atop a hill in the trendy and fun Montmartre neighborhood.

This is the perfect destination for a sunrise or sunset if you can time it right. There’s a large viewing platform down the steps from the cathedral with great views of the city below.

Before you leave Paris, be sure to visit the Eiffel Tower. If this is your first visit, it’s worth spending the time and money for a ticket to the top.

These will also need to be purchased online ahead of time. The view from the top is incredible and an experience I recommend for anyone who hasn’t done it before.

In the middle of all this, be sure to stop for lunch along the way to try French cuisine.

Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass (or two) of wine or champagne. If you’re in a hurry you can always grab a croissant or baguette like the locals.

Luxembourg City to Paris travel time:

  • Car: about 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Bus: about 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Train: about 2 hours 10 minites

4. Beaufort, Luxembourg

Castle in Beaufort, Luxembourg

You’ll find beautiful Beaufort in eastern Luxembourg surrounded by rolling green hills and pastures. The main attraction in the small town is the Beaufort Castle.

The oldest part of the castle dates back to the 11th century though additional sections were built many years after that.

On occasion, there are special live concert events held at the castle that feature live music, a light show, and food and drinks. These events are free to the public.

I’ve included a teaser video from the 2018 show up above. Check the Beaufort Castle website for more information and to read about upcoming special events held at the castle.

Luxembourg City to Beaufort travel time:

  • Car: about 30 minutes
  • Bus: about 1 hours 40 minutes
  • Train: about 1 hour 40 minutes

5. Mullerthal, Luxembourg

Mullerthal Waterfall, Luxembourg

Mullerthal is another region found in eastern Luxembourg. The area is also commonly referred to as Little Switzerland.

While there are no mountains here, there are lots of hills and rock formations, giving it a bit of a Switzerland feel.

There are tons of hiking trails in Mullerthal and a really cool waterfall you can hike to called the Schiessentumpel waterfall.

Some of these trails in Mullerthal will actually take you past the Beaufort Castle, along with another one a short distance away.

If you enjoy the outdoors but prefer biking to hiking, there are also plenty of bike trails in Mullerthal.

Also, many of the hotels have bikes available for rent if you’d like to bike the trails or explore the city on two wheels.

If you prefer to be on the water, you’ll be happy to know there is also the River Sure running through Mullerthal.

Visitors can rent kayaks to take out on the river for just a few Euros.

Luxembourg City to Mullerthal travel time:

  • Car: about 25 minutes
  • Bus: about 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Train: not available

6. Cologne, Germany

Bridge in Cologne, Germany

One of the most convenient day trips from Luxembourg is to the ancient city of Cologne, Germany.

The city is compact and walkable with the main train station situated right in the city center. You’ll find the medieval Cologne Cathedral just outside the train station exit.

The cathedral was completed around 1322 and designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Visitors may view the interior of the cathedral at no cost.

Located right next to the Cologne Cathedral is the famous Romano-Germanic Museum.

This is an archaeological museum home to many Roman artifacts and is actually the original site of a Roman town villa.

In the basement of the museum you will find a large mosaic, still in its original place, dating back to about A.D. 230.

The Roman town villa was actually discovered in 1941 during the construction of an air raid shelter during WWII.

Entrance to the museum is only a few Euros for adults and they are open Tuesday through Sunday.

There are several large shopping districts in Cologne, but the most popular is Schildergasse, which is a pedestrian-friendly outdoor shopping area on one of the city’s most popular streets.

Visitors will find small boutique style shops selling unique clothing and accessories along with some larger more popular stores as well.

Luxembourg City to Cologne travel time:

  • Car: about 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Bus: about 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Train: about 4 hours 20 minutes

7. Trier, Germany

Trier, Germany

Trier is located on the Mosel River and happens to be the oldest city in Germany. One of the biggest attractions in Trier is the Porta Nigra pictured above.

The Porta Nigra is a Roman city gate, and is the largest of its kind north of the Alps. The gate has also been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The interior of the gate is open to visitors, which includes access to the upper floors. Guided tours are also available.

A short walk from the Porta Nigra you’ll find the equally impressive Saint Peter’s Cathedral.

The cathedral features Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture. It was finished in 1270 and is the oldest church in Germany.

You’ll find several other similarly important structures and cathedrals as you walk through the streets of Trier.

You’ll also find plenty of shopping opportunities in the city center area, along with plenty of options for coffee and food.

Luxembourg City to Trier travel time:

  • Bus: about 50 minutes
  • Train: about 50 minutes

8. Basel, Switzerland

River in Basel, Switzerland

Basel is another beautiful European city just perfect for one of your day trips from Luxembourg.

The city is situated along the Rhine River, which many visitors will float down during the hot summer months.

Vendors sell large waterproof bags to visitors to place their valuables in, which double as a sort of flotation device to carry you down the river.

If you prefer not to get wet during your visit, you can also take a ferry across the river for just a few Euros.

During your visit to Basel, be sure to visit the old city area to view all the Medieval architecture and enjoy the many unique shops lining the sidewalks.

Basel is also home to over 40 museums, including the famous Kunstmuseum Basel which holds the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland.

You’ll see works from thousands of artists including van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and many others.

After your visit to Kunstmuseum, head over to the trendy Kleinbasel neighborhood for popular cafes, unique clothing stores and vintage shopping.

Luxembourg City to Basel travel time:

  • Car: about 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Bus: about 5 hours
  • Train: about 3 hours

9. Reims, France

Day trips from Luxembourg - Cathedral in Reims, France

Reims is an especially fun choice from this list of day trips from Luxembourg. First and foremost, Reims is the capital of the Champagne region of France.

You’ll have the option to take a tour of the cellars and sample champagne from one of the city’s many tasting rooms.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested if you’re planning to visit here. Some of the most popular cellar tours are offered by Tattinger , Mumm and Veuve Clicquot .

In addition to champagne tasting, you’ll also want to explore the impressive Reims Cathedral.

The cathedral was built around 1271 and is quite the remarkable display of Gothic architecture.

Visitors are free to tour both the interior and exterior at no charge, though guided tours are available for purchase from local tour operators.

In the summer months, there is even a sound and light show projected onto the front of the cathedral.

You can view the show from the lawn in front or from the outdoor seating at some of the surrounding cafes.

Following your visit to the Reims Cathedral, take a walk down the popular Rue de Vesle for shopping and cafes.

Be sure to stop into one of the many boulangeries (bakeries) for a fresh baguette or pastry.

Luxembourg City to Reims travel time:

  • Bus: about 5 hours 15 minutes

10. Clervaux, Luxembourg

luxembourg day tour from brussels

Clervaux is a pretty little town in northern Luxembourg. The town is best known for the Clervaux Castle which sits alongside the River Clerve.

Clervaux Castle was originally built in the 12 century, but burned down during World War II when it caught fire in the Battle of the Bulge.

The castle has since been fully rebuilt and is a popular tourist destination for visitors to Clervaux.

Visitors are welcome to explore the castle on their own or as part of a guided tour.

In addition to the castle, Clervaux is also home to a famous photography exhibit called the Family of Man .

The exhibit can be found inside Clervaux Castle and features 503 photographs by 273 artists from 68 countries.

The exhibition was conceived as a “manifesto for peace and the fundamental equality for humankind.”

The exhibit was first presented back in 1955, and was installed permanently inside Clervaux Castle in 1994.

The rest of Clervaux is picturesque and walkable. You’ll find small restaurants and cafes in the small city center.

The area is also extremely popular for hikers as there are over 40 trails in the surrounding hills and countryside.

Wear some comfortable sneakers so you can walk the trails as many have some fantastic views along the way.

Luxembourg City to Clervaux travel time:

  • Bus: about 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Train: about 40 minutes

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these beautiful day trips from Luxembourg. I’d love to know if you’ve visited any of the smaller towns on this list.

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Pentagon chief Austin remains hospitalized, will not travel to Brussels for Ukraine, NATO meetings

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during a Pentagon press briefing...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during a Pentagon press briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 in Washington. Credit: AP/Kevin Wolf

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has canceled his trip to Brussels to meet with NATO ministers and work on Ukraine military aid as he remains hospitalized while dealing with further health issues following prostate cancer surgery, the Pentagon said Monday.

Austin, 70, was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday afternoon to address bladder issues and admitted to the intensive care unit. It was his second hospitalization this year in Walter Reed's ICU following the surgery in December.

He underwent nonsurgical procedures Monday under general anesthesia to address the bladder issue, his doctors said in a statement released by the Pentagon.

“We anticipate a successful recovery and will closely monitor him overnight,” the statement said. “A prolonged hospital stay is not anticipated.”

Austin had been scheduled to travel to Brussels on Tuesday to attend a regular meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, a gathering of about 50 countries to coordinate military aid for Kyiv. That meeting will now be held virtually, the Pentagon press secretary, Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, said.

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Austin is planning to attend that virtual meeting, but if his condition prevents him from participating he will be represented by Celeste Wallander, the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby said Monday he did not know if President Joe Biden had spoken directly to Austin since he was hospitalized but that the president still had confidence in his ability to serve.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin takes part in a Pentagon press...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin takes part in a Pentagon press briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 in Washington. Credit: AP/Kevin Wolf

The Pentagon’s handling of Austin’s latest hospitalization is in marked contrast to how it handled his initial December diagnosis and treatment, which Austin and a few select members of his staff kept secret from almost everyone, including Biden. Austin has since apologized.

The decisions around not sharing that information with the president or public remain under review by the Pentagon’s inspector general. A separate internal review by the Defense Department has been completed, but not been made public yet.

It was not immediately clear if this bladder issue was a result of his prostate cancer treatment or a new health concern. In their statement Austin's doctors said it is not expected to change his anticipated full recovery, and that Austin's "cancer prognosis remains excellent.”

Austin transferred his authorities to Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks on Sunday.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin takes part in a Pentagon press...

Following the Ukraine meeting, he was to attend a regular meeting of NATO defense ministers, also in Brussels. The U.S. ambassador to NATO, Julie Smith, will represent Austin at that meeting on Thursday, Ryder said.

In January, Austin spent two weeks at Walter Reed after he was taken there by ambulance in extreme pain following complications from his December prostate cancer surgery.

Zeke Miller contributed to this story.

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