April 2019 \ Cover Story \

Set in natural and green surroundings, Luxembourg City ...

  • © Fränk Weber / LFT

Set in natural and green surroundings, Luxembourg City, the capital of the country has been marked by centuries of history and shaped by tradition and modernity. The old city of Luxembourg and its fortress around the Grand Ducal Palace have been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1994. The historical, medieval, classical and contemporary styles come together like nowhere else. The remains of the centuries-old fortifications are among the many tourist attractions in Europe, called the Casemates with 17 km of underground tunnels. The Corniche offers panoramic views of the historic sites and the surrounding valleys of this unique city, which is often referred to as the “Gibraltar of the North”. On Kirchberg you will find the Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM), which was designed by the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei and the “Drai Eechelen” Museum, which is housed in the Fortress and illustrates the millenary history of the city and the country.

But there is more to visit outside the capital. With their majestic landscapes that alternate between scenic highlands and winding valleys, the Éislek region (Luxembourg Ardennes) offers an exceptional natural experience. A large number of cycling and hiking trails enable enthusiastic visitors to walk through the forests and picturesque villages. The North of Luxembourg is home to some of the best maintained medieval remains that alights this region. You should visit the picturesque Castle-Palace of Vianden, which was built between the 11th and 14th Century on the foundations of a Roman castle. It bears the Hohenstaufen characteristics and is one of the largest and finest feudal residences of the Roman and Gothic eras in Europe. At the impressive Castle of Clervaux, you can visit the final integral version of the photographic exhibition “The Family of Man” by Luxembourg born Edward Steichen, which was exhibited in over 150 museums and seen by more than 9 million people worldwide before being permanently installed in the Castle in 1994. The exhibition was inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2003 in recognition of its historic value.

It is also in the North of Luxembourg that you will find the two largest nature reserves in the country: the “Naturpark Our” and the “Naturpark Öewersauer”. In addition to their function of protecting natural resources, the Ardennes parks are host to some of the most delicious local products in the Grand Duchy. Such delicacies include herbs, oils, teas and cereals “Vum Séi” or products from the microbreweries “Brasserie Ourdaller” and “Den Heischter.” Perfect as a little gift basket or for a picnic in the surrounding forests.