Overlook of Luxembourg

It is easy to overlook the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a tiny little country dwarfed between its neighbors France, Germany and Belgium, when planning a tour of Europe. If it is thought of at all, it is probably as a rather unexciting place full of important banking institutions and European Union bureaucrats. This little country is, however, located at the crossroads of several major highways, and if you are going to travel through it, don’t hesitate to stop awhile and probe behind the glass office blocks and official buildings to find a land of fascinating medieval fortresses, rolling woodlands, sun-drenched castles, and quaint villages.

The entire country is only 51 miles (85km) long and 32 miles (52km) wide, but there is a lot in this small package. The Ardennes region is hilly, densely forested and dotted with medieval castles, best known for being the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge. The Mullerthal area is great for hiking with its curious sandstone rock formations among waterfalls and forest, the Moselle wine-growing region is picturesque and famed for its white wines, and Luxembourg City has grown up around an ancient fortified citadel in a setting that is unique and strangely beautiful. As if that were not enough to attract attention, bear in mind that the Grand Duchy also has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other country in the world.

Luxembourg’s long history is concerned mainly with warding off and withstanding invasion, occupation and siege, which is perhaps why its people seem a little more conservative than their neighbours, with a national motto that reads: ‘We want to remain what we are’. However Luxembourgers do enjoy their traditional parades and processions, and there are some jolly bars and cafes in the city where beer flows with good cheer.

Climate and Weather

Luxembourg’s weather is generally temperate, with the warmest months from May to September. Snow is possible in winter, and the northern area is wetter and colder than the south.

Luxembourg Currency
Money: The currency in Luxembourg is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Foreign currency and travelers cheques can be exchanged at all Luxembourg banks and bureaux de change, as well as the airport and post office Major hotels will also exchange cheques and currency, though rates are high. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

Luxembourg Passport & Visa Requirements

Entry requirements for Americans: United States citizens must have a valid passport (must be valid for at least three months after period of intended stay). No visa is required for a stay of up to three months. It is recommended that visitors have return or onward tickets, documents required for next destination and sufficient funds.
Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months if holding a passport endorsed British Citizen, British Overseas Territories Citizen, British Subject or British National (Overseas). In all other cases, a visa is required and passports should be valid for at least three months beyond intended period of stay; it is also recommended that visitors have return or onward tickets, documents required for next destination and sufficient funds.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians must have a valid passport (must be valid for at least three months after period of intended stay). No visa is required for a stay of up to three months. It is recommended that visitors have return or onward tickets, documents required for next destination and sufficient funds.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australians must have a valid passport (must be valid for at least three months after period of intended stay). No visa is required for a stay of up to three months. It is recommended that visitors have return or onward tickets, documents required for next destination and sufficient funds.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals require a valid passport (valid up to three months after intended stay) and a Schengen visa.

Entry requirements for New Zea landers: New Zealand citizens must have a valid passport (must be valid for at least three months after period of intended stay). No visa is required for a stay of up to three months. It is recommended that visitors have return or onward tickets, documents required for next destination and sufficient funds.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish citizens must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.
Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that, in principal, allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all.