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Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of Luxembourg -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook)

IntroductionLuxembourg is such a small country surrounded by the likes of Germany and France that most people haven't heard of the place and fewer bother to visit.  Oh, what they are missing!  Luxembourg is a gem waiting to be discovered, owning some of the most pristine farmland, gorgeous river valleys, and impressive medieval towns that one will find anywhere.  Scenes such as the Vianden Castle are truly memorable, and the beautiful city of Echternach is a must-see location.

I have been to Luxembourg four times -- three times to the capital city, with two of those in conjunction with visits to the very popular Little Switzerland region (Mullerthal) in the east.  As I would discover, Luxembourg is best approached by car.  Train and bus services are very limited, and the roads are generally so free of traffic that navigation is super easy.

One of the main reasons Americans visit Luxembourg (and/or live there) is because of the country's ties to American military history and NATO.  The Ardenne region of southern Belgium and northern Luxembourg was the site of the famous Battle of the Bulge in World War II -- the Nazi Germans' final and ineffective winter counteroffensive to stop the Allied advance through Europe.  The Allied victory in that long, cold battle would be followed by the swift advance across the German Rhine River and eventual victory.  WWII memorials are numerous in the country, and Luxembourg sports some of the finest military museums in Europe.  Meanwhile, when France withdrew from the military side of NATO, Luxembourg became the home of several NATO agencies.

I've hit most of the places I want to hit in Luxembourg already, so my "list" here is short, but the Patton Museum in Ettelbruck, the Moselle River valley town of Schengen, and the famous American Military Cemetary near the capital are my next targets.  I owe Echternach a return visit for a proper update, too.

Travelogues.  The coloring of the locations on the map above indicate different locations in Luxembourg, as shown below.  

RED:  LUXEMBOURG CITY.  Easily one of the most incredible capital cities Grand Duchy Palace in Luxembourgyou'll ever see.  Perched on extraordinarily tall cliffs overlooking old fortresses and tiny river towns, Luxembourg City is picturesque and awesome.  The Grand Duchy Palace in the downtown is like a miniature Buckingham Palace (complete with marching guards).  The restaurants are unique and very classy, and the main market square is thriving with activity. GREEN:  "Little Switzerland" (the Mullerthal Region).  Luxembourg's best Vianden Castleknown and loved region, the Mullerthal is mostly medieval cities along tiny river valleys topped with impressive castles, like that of Vianden (shown here).  Also in the region is the beautiful little village of Larochette with its equally-impressive castle, Diekirch with Luxembourg's famous National Military Museum (mostly populated with American equipment), and the famous abbey city of Echternach on the German border.
BLUE:  Alzette Valley.  The Alzette River runs along the south of the country from France to St. Joseph's in Esch-zur-Alzettethe Moselle River.  One travelogue is offered here, of the city of Esch-sur-Alzette in the southwest corner of Luxembourg whose highlight for me was the Museum of the National Resistance from World War II.  It also has a decorative city cemetary and beautiful market street.  

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the French-language home page, which will usually offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  The most common icon used is that of an American or UK flag.  If an English language link is not available, click on links named "Tourisme" or "Tourismus".  This is for the tourism page, which should have English content.  Locations where we were unable to find any English content are marked as "French only".  Links updated 7 January 2006.

Country Links:

bulletLuxembourg National Tourism Website
bulletLuxembourg National Tourist Office
bullet US Embassy to Luxembourg
bullet US Consular Sheet for Luxembourg
bullet Luxembourg Embassy to US 

 Regional and Special Links:
bullet Mullerthal Regional Tourism Page 

National Military History Museum 

City and Town Links:


Diekirch Home Page 


Echternach Home Page


Esch-zur-Alzette Home Page (in French) 

bulletLarochette Home Page 
bulletLuxembourg City Home Page

Luxembourg City Tourism Bureau

bullet Vianden Home Page (in French) 
bullet Vianden Tourism Page

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