Luxembourg is a landlocked country located in Western Europe. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it has exceptionally preserved fortifications and old quarters. This beautiful country is mostly rural, with dense forests and nature parks. The culture of its people is a mix of French and German cultures. Attractions include museums, buildings featuring medieval architecture, restaurants and so much more. Vianden Castle has a mix of Romanesque and Renaissance styles while Notre-Dame Cathedral features late Gothic architecture. Explore such buildings and get to learn about their history. Art lovers can explore The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art and admire contemporary art and outdoor sculptures. Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg is an art and history museum. Luxembourg is part of The Schengen Agreements, which allows citizens of member countries to travel freely across European Borders. Read on to learn more about the best day trips from Luxembourg.
1. Bouillon, Belgium
Visit Bouillon is a town where history blends with nature. It is renowned for the medieval Bouillon Castle. Situated on a rocky spur of land, the castle offers great views of the Semois River. A tour of Bouillon Castle takes you through its maze of tunnels and passageways that lead to dark dungeons, lofty battlements and towers. View antique weaponry that date back to the 16th century in its chambers. Learn about how this castle could survive a long-term siege as it is equipped with a network of tunnels that lead to a well for water supply, and can also be used to smuggle in foodstuff from the riverside.
2. Trier, Germany
History lovers will have a blast in this city as it has several well-preserved archaeological and architectural attractions. Enjoy a guided tour of Porta Nigra, which is a towering Roman gate made of stone. Marvel at the grand design of the oldest church in Germany, Trier Saint Peter’s Cathedral. The church’s remarkable features include the Roman brick used to construct it, the Romanesque west work, and a collection of Christian art. Other attractions include the Roman bath complex at Trier Imperial, The Roman Bridge that is constructed from stone, Trier Amphitheater, which is a Roman amphitheater, and Rheinische Landesmuseum Trier, which displays Roman artifacts.
3. Metz, France
Metz is a city lined with trees, flowerbeds, and a green promenade. It is also rich in history and culture. A popular attraction is Metz’s Cathedral. Its impressive features include its Gothic architecture, yellow Jaumont limestone, expansive stained-glass windows, breathtaking vaults in the nave soaring to 42 meters (138 ft.), Renaissance organ, the old Episcopal throne of Saint-Clement, and the terrifying model of the Graoully. Take in its breathtaking beauty in all its glory. Other attractions include Centre Pompidou-Metz, which shows semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Museum of La Cour d'Or displays archaeological exhibits, art, medieval and architectural collections.
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4. Amneville Zoo, France
Sitting on 10 hectares (25 acres), Amneville Zoo is home to 2,000 animals from 5 continents. The different animals are placed in 11 different facilities within the zoo. See elephants and rhinos in The African plain, a dozen sea lions in the Bay of sea lions, gorillas in the Gorilla’s camp, and reptiles in The tropical vivarium. Enjoy watching the zoo’s different shows. TigerWorld presents to you a show of tamed tigers in a huge space with cliffs, waterfalls, wooden pontoons, and prehistoric caves. This zoo is an amazing place to get to see and interact with these animals.
5. Torgny, Belgium
For a serene and farm life atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit Torgny. This village is truly a sight to behold. The honey-colored and brightly painted houses, pretty flowers everywhere and several vineyards make the village enchanting. Explore different vineyards and taste their wines whilst admiring the pretty views. Try regional recipes at La Romanette’s, which is a family-friendly restaurant that makes delectable dishes using fresh ingredients. Every spot in this city offers an amazing backdrop for your photos.
6. Museum of Sacred Art, Durbuy, Belgium
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Museum of Sacred Art is the place to go if you want to learn about contemporary Indian art from various spiritual traditions and faiths. MOSA’s collection comprises of over 2,000 works by experts and young artists. These include paintings, sculptures, photography and installations. Stroll through the gallery and see these magnificent traditional Indian works of art depicting sacred themes from ancient India. The museum also hosts dance and musical performances, and video documentaries that relate to devotion. Have fun learning about Indian religion through art.
7. Mettlach, Germany
Mettlach is a municipality in Germany that sits on the Saar River. This town has a lot to offer, from being a shopper’s paradise and a historical center to breathtaking views of its natural landscape. Marvel at spectacular views of nature at its finest from various vantage points. Walk along a forest path on an elevated wooden bridge at Treetop path Saarschleife, which opens up to a unique lookout tower. See the striking views of the surrounding landscape, Saar River and Saar loop. Cloef is another unique spiral observation platform. These spots are great for hiking and taking amazing photos.
8. Mosel River Valley
Take a trip to the scenic Mosel River Valley. Mosel River flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany. Go on a relaxing Mosel River cruise aboard a boat or keep fit hiking or biking in its many hiking and biking trails. The hillsides have terraced vineyards with numerous castles and old fortress ruins adorning the hilltops. Quaint wine villages and towns dot the riverbanks. Enjoy the region’s wine culture as you explore the villages and sample their wines. Have fun spending time in this area that is packed with history and medieval architecture, stunning scenery, and a variety of wines for you to taste.
9. Brussels, Belgium
Brussels has a rich cuisine for you to indulge in. It also has diverse architectural landmarks. The most popular attraction is the Grand-Place, which is Brussels’ unique, beautiful and aesthetic landmark at the heart of the city. It is surrounded by guild houses displaying marvelous architecture, City Hall and Maison du Roi. Maison du Roi features a classic Gothic Revival architectural style, and it houses Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles with masterpieces such as Manneken-Pis and The altarpiece of Saluces. Other attractions in this city include Atomium and Parc du Cinquantenaire.
10. Bonn, Germany
Bonn is a city renowned for being the birthplace of Ludwig Van Beethoven, a famous German composer, and pianist. The Beethoven House museum honors him and displays his birthplace and dwelling. The museum also houses a collection of manuscripts, pictures, musical instruments and mementos. Other museums include a science museum in Poppelsdorf Palace and Kunstmuseum Bonn. You can also explore Schloss Drachenburg and appreciate its architectural style, which makes it look like a palace.
Have fun exploring
Day trips are always a fun and exciting way to explore different locations. They are even more fun when you can easily go from one country to the next without border restrictions. Get to discover stunning natural scenery, museums, medieval buildings with unique architectural styles, and enchanting villages with vast vineyards and tasty wines for sampling. Have fun exploring with our list of best day trips from Luxembourg.
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