About this book
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
Having travelled extensively around the globe, visiting more than 80 countries, British-born Tim Skelton moved permanently to the Netherlands in the 1990s. After a spell working for the Dutch energy and environment agency, he became a freelance writer in 2002. Since then he has enthused at length about Luxembourg and the other Benelux nations for numerous publications, including UK national newspapers & international in-flight magazines. With his home town of Eindhoven surrounded by endlessly flat fields, Tim was quickly seduced by the undulating hills and valleys of the nearby Grand Duchy, just a two-hour drive away. In three decades of exploring the country he has hiked thousands of kilometres of its woodland trails, visited every museum in the land, and clambered over countless castle ruins. He has also selflessly tasted many of the country’s finest wines and beers, dined out in hundreds of its best cafés and restaurants, and consumed more Pâté au Riesling than his waistline is ever likely to forgive.
PART ONE 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 and consulates, 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 TWO 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, Minett Park, Bascharage, Esch-sur-Alzette, Differdange, 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 Müllerthal
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 218, The ‘Far North’, Bastogne
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Further Information
'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