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Welcome to Luxembourg

Luxembourg City tourism

Luxembourg is a small but beautiful country in Western Europe that travelers often overlook. Known for its picturesque old towns, stunning castles, and beautiful countryside, Luxembourg is the perfect destination for those looking for a unique European experience.

Whether you're interested in exploring historical sites, indulging in local cuisine, or simply taking in the beautiful scenery, our ultimate Luxembourg travel guide has got you covered.

From hidden gems to popular tourist destinations, we'll provide you with all the tips, tricks, and information you need to make the most of your trip to this European Union country. So, pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable Luxembourg adventure!

Document checklist for Luxembourg

Here is a list of entry and exit requirements for Luxembourg:

  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay)

  • Luxembourg Schengen Visa (if required based on your nationality; some countries are exempt from visa requirements)

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay in Luxembourg

  • Return airline ticket or proof of onward travel

  • Health declaration form (may be required depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time of your travel)

Essential Luxembourg travel information

  • Currency - Euro (€). $1 is equivalent to approx. €0.88.

  • Daily budget for one person - A budget of around €70-€100 per day is sufficient for mid-range accommodation, local transportation, and meals.

  • Languages - The official languages are Luxembourgish, French, and German. English is also widely spoken.

  • Number of travelers per year - In 2019, Luxembourg welcomed around 1.2 million tourists.

  • Socket type - Type C and Type F sockets. The standard voltage is 230V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.

  • Time zone - Central European Time (GMT+1).

  • Top 3 cities to visit - Luxembourg City, Esch-sur-Alzette, and Echternach.

  • Top 3 landmarks/monuments - Luxembourg City's old town and fortifications, Vianden Castle, and the Mullerthal Trail.

Visa information for Luxembourg

US and EU citizens do not require a visa to visit Luxembourg for stays up to 90 days within 180 days. This is because Luxembourg is part of the Schengen Area, which allows for the free movement of people within its borders.

However, starting from 2023, US citizens (and citizens of other eligible countries) will need to obtain an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) before they visit the Schengen Area, including Luxembourg. The ETIAS is an electronic authorization allowing travelers to enter any 26 Schengen member countries for up to 90 days within 180 days.

ETIAS

It's important to note that the ETIAS is not a visa but a travel authorization valid for three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

US citizens must have a valid passport, email address, and credit or debit card to complete the online application. The ETIAS can be obtained in as little as 10 minutes. For more information on the ETIAS, please visit our ETIAS section.

Luxembourg Schengen Visa

The Luxembourg Schengen Visa is a travel document that allows citizens of non-Schengen countries to enter and stay in Luxembourg for a specific period. The Schengen Visa is valid for up to 90 days within 180 days and can be issued as a single-entry or multiple-entry visa.

It's important to note that not all countries are eligible for the Schengen Visa. Applicants must check the list of eligible countries before applying. US citizens are eligible for the Schengen Visa and can apply for it through the Luxembourg Embassy or Consulate in the US.

For more information on the Luxembourg Schengen Visa, please visit our [Schengen Visa section].

Visa difficulty index for Luxembourg

Accessibility: 3/5

Getting a visa for Luxembourg can be a relatively straightforward process, especially for US citizens eligible for the Schengen Visa. However, applicants from non-Schengen countries may need to go through an application process that requires them to provide various documents, including proof of accommodation, travel insurance, and sufficient funds. Additionally, some applicants may need to attend an interview at the Luxembourg Embassy or Consulate.

Time to get your visa: 4/5

The processing time for a Luxembourg visa may vary depending on the applicant's nationality, but it usually takes around 15 days to process. With our services, applicants can receive their visa in as little as 24 hours, depending on the type of visa and the processing time selected.

Costs: 3/5

The cost of a Luxembourg visa includes government fees and iVisa processing fees, which can vary depending on the type of visa and the applicant's nationality. The government fees are low but can add up with the iVisa processing fees. However, with our services, applicants can avoid costly mistakes and rejections that may incur additional costs.

Typical costs and budget for Luxembourg

Luxembourg is known for being an expensive country, so it's essential to plan your budget accordingly. Here's a guide to what you can expect to spend daily while traveling through the major cities on an average budget.

Daily spending per person - On average, you can expect to spend around €100-150 per day (equivalent to $110-165) in Luxembourg.

Meals - A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost around €15-20 ($16-22), while dinner at a mid-range restaurant will cost about €25-35 ($28-38).

Transport - A single bus or train ticket in Luxembourg City costs €2 ($2.20), and a day pass costs €4 ($4.40). For longer trips, expect to pay around €10-15 ($11-16.50). Hotel - A budget hotel will cost around €50-80 ($55-88) per night, while a mid-range hotel will cost about €100-150 ($110-165) per night. Luxury hotels cost upwards of €300 ($330) per night. It's also worth noting that prices can vary depending on the time of year and location within the country. A trip for two people for one week in Luxembourg can cost, on average, around €1,400 - 2,100 (equivalent to $1,540-2,310).

Transport and ways to travel around Luxembourg

Luxembourg has a well-developed transport system, making it easy for visitors to travel.

Flying to Luxembourg

Luxembourg's main international airport is Luxembourg Airport (LUX), which is located about 6 km from the city center. Several airlines operate direct flights to Luxembourg from major European destinations, including Air France, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, and Ryanair.

Other nearby airports that can be used as an alternative include Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Brussels Airport (BRU), which both have good connections to Luxembourg via train or bus.

Arrival and immigration tips for Luxembourg

When arriving in Luxembourg, there are a few tips to make the process smoother:

  • If you require a visa to enter Luxembourg, it's best to apply for it in advance to avoid any delays at the border. If eligible, you can check if you need a visa and apply online through the iVisa platform.

  • Luxembourg Airport is relatively small and easy to navigate, but it's always good to check for tips from other travelers online to ensure a smooth arrival experience.

  • Currently, there are no visa on arrival facilities at Luxembourg Airport. Ensure you have all necessary travel documents before departing for Luxembourg.

  • Immigration queues can sometimes be long, especially during peak travel periods, so arriving at the airport with plenty of time before your flight is recommended.

  • Taxis, buses, and trains are available to get to and from Luxembourg Airport, with the train being the most affordable option. Taxis are available outside the airport terminal, and bus stops are outside the terminal building.

Best ways to travel around Luxembourg

Public transportation such as buses and trains is the best way to travel around Luxembourg. The country has a well-developed public transport network covering most major cities and towns. The national public transport company, CFL, operates both buses and trains, and you can buy tickets at the stations, onboard buses, or through their mobile app.

Plan to travel by public transport frequently. It may be worth purchasing a Luxembourg Card, which offers unlimited travel on all public transport and free or reduced admission to many attractions nationwide. Alternatively, you can buy a day ticket, which offers unlimited travel on all buses and trains for 24 hours.

Taxis are also available but can be expensive, especially for longer distances. It is worth noting that Uber does not currently operate in Luxembourg. Cycling is another popular option, with bike rentals available in many cities and towns. Walking is also great for exploring the country's scenic routes and picturesque small towns.

To drive or rent a car in Luxembourg, you will need a valid driver's license from your home country. However, it's important to note that Luxembourg has strict driving laws, and it's essential to follow them to avoid legal issues or fines.

You will also need to have an international driver's license, which can be obtained from your home country's automobile association. Additionally, ensure all the necessary documents, including vehicle registration, insurance, and identification.

Safety in Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is considered to be a very safe country for travelers. Crime rates are low, and violent crime is rare. However, as with any destination, visitors should take the usual precautions to ensure safety.

Travelers should be aware of pickpocketing in busy tourist areas, as well as scams targeting tourists. It's recommended to keep valuable items such as passports, cash, and credit cards safe and be mindful of your surroundings.

Overall, Luxembourg is a very safe and welcoming country, and travelers are unlikely to encounter significant safety concerns during their visit. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on local media during your trip to stay up-to-date with current events in the area.

Weather in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers. The best time to visit Luxembourg is during the summer months of June to September when the weather is warm and pleasant, and there is plenty of sunshine. Average temperatures during this time range from 17°C to 23°C (63°F to 73°F).

In the winter months of December to February, temperatures can drop to around -1°C to 4°C (30°F to 39°F), and there is occasional snowfall.

Spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) are mild with average temperatures ranging from 5°C to 16°C (41°F to 61°F) and six °C to 15°C (43°F to 59°F), respectively.

If you plan a visit to Luxembourg, it's essential to pack for the season. In the summer, lightweight clothing and a jacket or sweater are recommended for cooler evenings. In the winter, warm clothing, including a coat, gloves, and a hat, is necessary.

Must do and see in Luxembourg

Here are some of the must-see attractions in Luxembourg:

  • Luxembourg City - The capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning architecture, ancient ruins, and beautiful parks. Walk through the old town to see the 17th-century fortifications, the Grand Ducal Palace, and the Casemates du Bock, an underground tunnel network stretching over 14 miles.

  • Vianden Castle - This stunning castle is situated in the Ardennes mountains and is one of Europe's most impressive feudal residences. Visitors can explore the castle's many rooms and halls and take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Mullerthal Trail - This hiking trail, also known as the "Little Switzerland" of Luxembourg, takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. You can explore the Mullerthal region's rock formations, forests, and rivers and admire the picturesque villages.

  • Echternach - This charming medieval town is situated on the banks of the Sauer River, which marks the border with Germany. Visit the Abbey of Echternach, the oldest monastery in Luxembourg, and explore the narrow streets lined with historic buildings.

  • Moselle Valley - This wine-growing region stretches along the Moselle River and is famous for its picturesque vineyards and charming villages. Take a wine-tasting tour and sample some of the best wines produced in the region.

  • The Diekirch National Museum - A fascinating museum showcasing Luxembourg's military history, particularly focusing on World War II. Visitors can see a range of artifacts and exhibits related to the country's military history, including weapons, uniforms, and vehicles used during the war. The museum also has an extensive collection of photographs and documents that offer insight into what life was like for Luxembourg residents during the war. Overall, the museum is an essential and informative attraction for history enthusiasts visiting Luxembourg.

Typical Luxembourg food to try

  • Judd mat Gaardebounen - This is a hearty dish made with a smoked collar of pork and broad beans, often served with potatoes or dumplings.

  • Kniddelen - These are traditional Luxembourgish dumplings made with flour, eggs, and potatoes, served with bacon or onions.

  • F'rell Am Rèisleck - This dish is made with trout cooked in white wine and cream sauce, often served with potatoes or rice.

  • Gromperekichelcher - Luxembourgish potato pancakes, typically served with applesauce or sour cream.

  • Bouneschlupp - This is a thick soup made with green beans, potatoes, and bacon and often served with crusty bread.

Enjoy these delicious Luxembourgish dishes by visiting local coffee shops and restaurants! We recommend asking locals for advice and recommendations of places to visit, especially in urban areas with many options.

Vaccine information for Luxembourg

Luxembourg has no specific vaccine requirements for entry, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers be current on routine vaccinations. Travelers may enter the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for all types of travel, including non-essential travel (e.g., for tourist or other reasons), even if they are not vaccinated for COVID-19. However, it is highly recommended that all travelers be fully vaccinated.

Luxembourg Natural Landscape

Discover the Majestic Castles of Luxembourg

Luxembourg is known for its impressive and well-preserved castles, with over 50 castles scattered throughout the country. Visitors can explore the grandeur of Vianden Castle, which dates back to the 10th century, or the stunning Château de Bourglinster, now a Michelin-starred restaurant.

These castles provide a glimpse into Luxembourg's rich history and are a must-see attraction for anyone interested in architecture and medieval history. Additionally, some castles have been converted into museums, giving visitors a chance to learn more about Luxembourg's past.

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