Luxembourg

by Tim Skelton

Luxembourg

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This new, fully updated fourth edition of Bradt's Luxembourg remains the only comprehensive English-language guide to focus exclusively on this small but fascinating European country. Included are detailed reviews of the best places to stay and eat in all price categories, from luxury to budget; information about every museum and significant place of interest in the country; in-depth guides to local food, drink, language and culture; and guides to the best cycling and hiking trails, many of the latter having been personally tested and explored by the author.
New for this edition are details of all the latest developments, including infrastructure improvements in Luxembourg City, the development of the spectacular glass-walled Pfaffenthal lift and the area of Pfaffenthal itself, new tram services and the new inclined railway linking Pfaffenthal with Kirchberg. Also covered are the new visitor centre at Haff Réimich nature reserve, as well as details of the most popular sites such as Vianden, Bock and Pétrusse Casemates and Luxembourg City's MUDAM (Museum of Modern Art). Military history is also included, notably the sights of the Battle of the Ardennes and Hamm American Military Cemetery, burial place of General Patton.
This diminutive European state punches above its weight and is celebrated for everything from its early pioneering of commercial broadcasting with Radio Luxembourg to the fact that it has won the Eurovision song contest five times and no fewer than four Luxembourg riders have won the Tour de France. A foodie paradise, the country offers its own unique cuisine - a fusion of French and German influences - and 'possibly' the densest collection of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world (12 restaurants with 13 stars). Short distances and easy travelling (public transport or driving) mean a lot can be covered on a relatively quick visit, from a proliferation of medieval castles to plentiful opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts: hiking and cycling abound in the Ardennes and Little Switzerland, including long-distance international walking trails linking with the Belgian Ardennes and German Eifel.
Bradt's Luxembourg covers all this and more and provides all the information you need for a successful visit.

About the author

Tim Skelton has travelled extensively around the globe for more than a third of a century. In all he has spent more than five years on the road, visiting 75 countries to date on every continent bar Antarctica. He settled permanently in the Netherlands in the mid-1990s, where he worked for the Dutch energy and environment agency. Now a freelancer he has written for numerous expat, energy and in-flight publications, has contributed to travel guides to the Netherlands and Belgium, and is a former finalist in the Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel-writing competition. He has been a fan of and regular visitor to Luxembourg for more than 30 years, and with a home just a two-hour drive away, he takes the opportunity to travel there whenever he can. In addition to Bradt's Luxembourg, he is also the author of two related books: Around Amsterdam in 80 Beers (Cogan & Mater, second edition 2015), and Beer in the Netherlands (Homewood Press, 2014).

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'The secret of a good travel story is that it makes you want to book your ticket right now. That was my response after reading Tim Skelton's Complete Guide to Luxembourg.' Simon Calder, The Independent
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Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography and climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People and culture, Language, Religion, Education
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Travellers with a disability, Gay and lesbian travellers Senior citizens, Travelling with children, Students and young travellers, What to take, Money and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Media and communications, Business, Buying property, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively

PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Luxembourg City
History, Getting there and around, Orientation, Tourist information and local tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Festivals and events, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 4 Around Luxembourg City
Getting there and around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 5 The Industrial South
History, Getting there and around, Fond-de-Gras, Bascharage, Esch-sur-Alzette, Rumelange, Dudelange, Bettembourg and Peppange
Chapter 6 The Moselle Valley
History, Getting there and around, Tourist information and local tour operators, Mondorf-les-Bains, Schengen, Remerschen, Schwebsingen, Wellenstein, Bech-Kleinmacher, Remich, Ehnen, Wormeldange, Grevenmacher, Wasserbillig, Trier
Chapter 7 The Mu¨llerthal
Little Switzerland, Berdorf, Echternach, Rosport, Beaufort, Larochette
Chapter 8 The Ardennes
History, Getting there and around, Vianden, Our Valley, Diekirch, Ettelbruck, Bourscheid, Esch-sur-Sûre, Upper Sûre Natural Park, Wiltz, Clervaux, The 'Far North', Bastogne

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