Luxembourg is a small country in Europe bordered by Germany, France, and Belgium. The country, which features nature areas and the Ardennes Forest in the north, is also home to the Moselle River Valley in the east. Its capital of Luxembourg features fairy tale castles, galleries, museums, and a vibrant nightlife. Tours of the country and capital make it possible for you to visit places, such as the Palace of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and see the changing of the guard. The Old Town quarter is also immersed in history. The capital, like the country, is small and contains an area of only 20 square miles. However, a visit to Luxembourg and its capital will prove that big things really do come in small packages. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Luxembourg tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Luxembourg Tour Deals and DiscountsLuxembourg Travel Guide
Luxembourg Travel Guide
Luxembourg Tours Highlights
- Visit Vianden Castle, a feudal fortress built on ancient Roman ruins.
- See the amazing Palais Grand-Decal, the Palace of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
- Admire the architecture of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, built in the seventeenth century.
- Cross the Adolphe Bridge, a stone-arch bridge constructed during the early twentieth century.
- Visit the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, known for its outdoor sculptures and contemporary art pieces.
- Survey the large collection of historical art at the Musee national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg.
- Listen to audio guides, as they provide you with interesting details of the history behind the grand medieval fortress, Bourscheid Castle.
- Stroll through Place Guillaume II, a spacious medieval town square.
- Explore the scenic Chemin de la Corniche and the Grund Neighborhood.
Luxembourg Tours Travel Tips
- Check the schedule of the tour, so you can better prepare for your travel adventure.
- Always wear comfortable footwear, as you will be treading over cobblestone and broken and uneven pavements.
- Don't wear valuable jewelry. Wear casual jewelry pieces instead.
- Keep your travel documentation in easy reach so you can present it without difficulty.
- Make sure you have some Euro currency on hand for tips, or for places that do not accept charge cards for payments.
- Read about the attractions you will be visiting first to add interest to your tour.
Luxembourg Tours Things To Do
- Vianden Castle
Located in northern Luxembourg, in the town of Vianden, the Vianden Castle represents one of the largest fortresses west of the Rhine River. Its origins date back to the tenth century. It was constructed in the Romanesque style of architecture from the eleventh to fourteenth centuries, with Gothic adornments added at the end of the period. The hilltop castle, which is a well-known structure in Vianden, stands watch over the Our River.
Best Time To VisitPaying a visit during September will give you more of a chance to see tour sites without distraction. The weather is cooler during this time as well.
You Should KnowYou can see great views of Vianden from the castle. The town is quaint and peaceful. While the castle does not feature gardens, you can take a stroll along the town's promenade next to the river. The inside of the fortress is the main attraction.
- The Palace of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Also known as the Grand Ducal Palace, the Palace of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg is located in southern Luxembourg and serves as the official residence of the Grand Duke. The building is where the duke performs most of the official duties of his role as head of state. The palace was first used as a City Hall from 1572 to 1795.
Best Time To VisitYou can take a guided tour of the palace from April to September.
You Should KnowBoth the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, along with their staff, work from offices in the palace. Staterooms on the palace's first floor are used for meetings. The Grand Duke's Christmas message is broadcast from the palace's Yellow Room on Christmas Eve. Used for state banquets, the ballroom is the site for the government's annual New Year's reception.
- Notre-Dame Cathedral
Notre-Dame Cathedral represents the Roman Catholic Church in the city of Luxembourg and is the only church of its kind in the city. Formerly a Jesuit church, the cathedral's cornerstone was laid in 1613. While the cathedral displays an impressive example of Gothic design, it also features some Renaissance enhancements. The cathedral is the site of the miraculous image of Maria Consolatrix Afflictorum, Luxembourg and Luxembourg city's patron saint.
Best Time To VisitA good time to see the attraction is in September. Most people visit the church around 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Therefore, an early morning visit will help you beat the crowds. Also, avoid the busiest days, or Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
You Should KnowIt takes about two hours to tour the cathedral, which also features the crypts of the former Grand Dukes and Duchesses of Luxembourg. The cathedral is also the site for the ceremony, the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg, which takes place the fifth Sunday after the Easter holiday. At this time, thousands of worshippers pray for the protection of the miraculous statue of the Holy Virgin. The statue is then carried during a procession to the av.de la Porte Neuve, where it is placed on a flower-covered altar.
- The Adolphe Bridge
An iconic landmark in Luxembourg City, the Adolphe Bridge is one of the capital's major tourist sites. It also serves as an important connection between Luxembourg's Ville Haute and Gare quarters. Built between 1900 and 1903, the bridge was known as the largest arch bridge in the world for two years. It was named for the head of state, Grand Duke Adolphe, who served in the role from 1890 to 1905.
Best Time To VisitTour the site when the weather is cooler and the summer crowds die down in September.
You Should KnowThe bridge, which spans across the Petrusse River, features four lanes of traffic. Two walking paths follow the river over the bridge where you can enjoy beautiful views of Luxembourg's Old Town. Seeing the bridge at sunset from the Petrusse Valley is breathtaking.
- Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (Mudam)
Also known as the abbreviated Mudam, the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art is located in Luxembourg city. It is situated on the former site of Fort Thungen at the southwest border of the Kirchburg-plateau. When the museum first opened, in July 2006, it attracted a record number of 115,000 visitors.
Best Time To VisitThe museum is opened Thursday to Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays.
You Should KnowThe museum was designed by the same architect who designed the National Gallery of Art and John F. Kennedy Library - Leoh Ming Pei. Permanent exhibits include works by Cindy Sherman, Steve McQueen, and Andy Warhol. Mudam also features a gift shop and café.
- Casemates du Bock
Take a tour through the Casemates du Bock, also referred to as the Bock Casemates. This part of the city of Luxembourg features a large expanse of underground tunnels. The tunnels and a fortress were constructed in 1644 to protect the area from invaders.
Best Time To VisitVisit the tunnels during the month of September when the weather is pleasanter and there are fewer crowds. The attraction is usually opened from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the week.
You Should KnowThis is one of the preferred and popular sites to see in Luxembourg City. The tunnels, which were used as a bomb shelter during the Second World War, were opened for sight-seeing in 1933.
- Place Guillaume II
A large outdoor public area, Place Guillaume II sits a short distance away from Notre Dame Cathedral in the old quarter of Ville Haute. The large public area is home to Luxembourg's City Hall and features a large statue of the former Grand Duke William II sitting on a horse. The attraction often is often used to host concerts.
Best Time To VisitLike the rest of Luxembourg city, it is best to visit the public area in September, when the weather is milder and there are fewer distractions.
You Should KnowThe town square is open 24 hours. While the western half is dominated by the City Hall, the eastern half prominently features the statue of the Grand Duke William II, for whom the square is named. The area was formerly the site of a Franciscan monastery.
- The Grund Neighborhood
A busy nightlife spot, the Grund Neighborhood, is also a beautiful place to explore during the day. It is situated along the Alzette River below the Luxembourg city center. You can access the area by walking or by taking a lift that has been built into a hillside.
Best Time To VisitVisiting the Grund Neighborhood is best done during September when you can enjoy the temperate climate and avoid the summer crowds.
You Should KnowMosconi is known as one of the popular eateries in the area. The one-star Michelin restaurant features pasta. If you like Asian cuisine, Kamakura offers delicious Japanese entrees.
Luxembourg Tour Packages
Luxemburg is one of the many destinations you could visit almost any time of the year and have good weather during your stay. The only thing you should keep in mind is that the temperatures in the north of the country are a bit cooler. It's better to be prepared and take a rain jacket.
- Spring/Fall - March to May & September to November - Shoulder Season
While the shoulder seasons include March through May and September through November, you will probably enjoy a tour more in September. That is when the weather is milder and there are fewer crowds. If you visit in April, or in the spring, you may have to don rainwear or protect yourself from an unexpected shower. Therefore, autumn is the best time to go if you want to avoid the threat of rain.
- Summer - June to August - Good Season
You may also consider going during the summer. This is a time that is often chosen by families, as it is easier to get away from work obligations while the children are on summer vacation. Although you may experience larger crowds, you will also typically receive better service because you are traveling during a peak travel time.
- Winter - December to February - Good Season
Some tourists like to visit Luxembourg in November and December when the city plays host to the Christmas markets. If you want to experience the magic of the holidays while visiting some popular attractions, this is the time to do so. You will just have to dress warmer, or in layers when you book a tour during the holidays.
Luxembourg Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What are Luxembourg Tours?
Luxembourg Tours enable visitors to experience all things Luxembourg. Most of the tours take you through Luxembourg City or the capital of Luxembourg. You can see castles, galleries, and museums inside Luxembourg as well as in quaint towns, such as Vianden.
- What’s Included in a Luxembourg Tour?
Your Luxembourg tour includes transport, admission to attractions, and the cost of your hotel. You will also receive an escorted tour by an experienced English-speaking tour guide. Review Luxembourg tour offers with an experienced travel representative before making your travel plans.
- What’s the Best Luxembourg Tour?
Because each Luxembourg tour features different attractions, the best Luxembourg tour is the one that will meet with your travel schedule and plans. Some of the leading providers include Tauck Tours and Globus.
- How Much Do Luxembourg Tours Cost?
A private Luxembourg tour averages around $640 per day. If your tour is self-guided, it is normally free. Total escorted tour costs may range from $4,500 to $6,000, on average.
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