After a roadtrip from the Netherlands? Especially if you live in the southeast, Luxembourg isn’t too far and it’s so worth it! This tiny little country (somehow even smaller than the Netherlands), has some really amazing places to explore.
If you were stuck on an island for over 20 years of your life, then you may end up like me: desperate to get into a car and travel far and wide. Okay, so I’m exaggerating about being stuck on an island. But in order for me to explore Europe properly, I’d have to either fly (which I hate with a passion) or pay for a very expensive ferry.
When I moved to the Netherlands with my partner, we decided to get a little Ford Ka and drive around Europe with it. (Yeah, we crazily drove to Poland and Hungary in a little city car).
Coronavirus update: While coronavirus restrictions are slowly easing across Europe, make sure to check the current travel advice and local regulations before setting off to Luxembourg.
I looked far and wide for roadtrips from the Netherlands and Luxembourg was a great option. Its size really helps with the fact that once you cross the border, you can get to any attraction within the country really swiftly and nothing is too far away. So what are the places you just cannot miss?
Visit Vianden Castle
As you slowly approach this castle through the tiny twists and turns on the road in the north of Luxembourg, you are met with the typical fairy-tale view: a beautiful castle on the top of a very steep hill, surrounded by nothingness. The entrance fee is not high and there are lots of displays to see inside. It’s worth it just to see the views from the castle windows!
Walk around Parc Merveilleux
This is a scenic park and an amusement centre. Besides your usual park walk, there are food places, mini-golf, and arcades to be enjoyed. Parc Merveilleux is located in Bettembourg, in the south of Luxembourg.
Road tripping to Larochette Castle
This is another beautiful castle in Luxembourg that also offers gorgeous views and has a fairy tale look. It’s basically the site of old castle ruins but there is still enough of it to imagine how it would have looked back in the day. It is found in Larochette, in the east of Luxembourg.
Luxembourg City: roadtrip to the capital
This is where people flock to shop! It’s the home of the Grand Ducal Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the old town with its fortifications — all of these are worth a quick visit.
Go to Le Chemin de la Corniche
This place has the best views of Luxembourg City. It overlooks the historic parts of the city and is perfect to take your holiday snaps. It’s not called ‘the most beautiful balcony of Europe’ for no reason!
This is a medieval catholic cathedral and it’s beautiful both inside and out. It’s free to go in and it’s never too busy either, so it’s a peaceful place to visit to get a break from the hustle and bustle of Luxembourg City’s streets.
Visit the Grand Ducal Palace
This is the home of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, where he performs most of his duties. It’s an architect’s dream both inside and out and there are guided tours there in the summer season which I can highly recommend.
Have you done a roadtrip from the Netherlands to Luxembourg? What were your favourite places to visit? Let us know in the comments!
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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in May 2018 and has been updated in June 2021 for your reading pleasure.