Best Day Trips from Luxembourg – The Ultimate Guide
Indeed, whether you’re an expat or already an established Luxembourger, day trips are the perfect way of slowly discovering the gems of the Grand-Duchy and its neighbor countries. I can’t wait to share with you my very personal selection of my favorite day trips from Luxembourg.
Day trips are the perfect way to include traveling between your working days. Even if you work 5 days a week, you’ll always have a (long) weekend to feed your wanderlust. For me personally, it’s also the perfect form of slow traveling as you get more insights into the regional and cultural aspects of a place.
In case your current base is Luxembourg, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fun day trips. Whether within the Grand-Duchy itself or in the neighboring countries like Germany, France or Belgium.
How to get around
Whereas you don’t necessarily need a car to explore the gems of the Grand-Duchy itself (public transport is efficient and very affordable with 4€ per day), I recommend renting a car to discover particularly the smaller, quaint villages in Belgium or Germany.
I’ll specify each time what’s the best mean of transport to reach your destination.
Find all locations in a map at the end of the post!
Geographic situation: The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is nestled between Germany, Belgium, and France. It’s one of the smallest, but richest countries in the European Union. Home to many international institutions and bank headquarters, the capital Luxembourg city boasts a large expat community.
Language: Luxembourgish, German and French are official languages. English is widely spoken.
How to get there:
- By airplane to Luxembourg Findel Airport, Frankfurt Hahn or Charleroi-Brussels.
- By train from Brussels, Belgium, Trier and Koblenz, Germany or Paris, France. Luxembourg Gare is the capital’s main train station. Check Railway Prices here.
- Rent a car to explore quaint villages in Luxembourg and the surrounding countries. Check rental car prices here.
- Getting around in Luxembourg: all bus lines and schedules are featured on www.mobiliteit.lu – Tickets can be purchased at the train station or here
Activities: Banking, steel, and industrial sectors. Second highest per capita gross domestic product in the world behind Qatar. Its pastoral land coexists with a highly industrialized and export-intensive area.
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Day Trips Within Luxembourg
Echternach Pavillion in Park
Echternach is the oldest town in Luxembourg and one of my favorite day trips in Luxembourg (ok, I am biased, as Echternach is my hometown). The medieval town itself has one of the prettiest city centers that you can find in the Grand-Duchy and the entire town is surrounded by lush nature.
Echternach is famous for its impressive abbey and its narrow, cobbled streets. It was founded in the Middle Ages by Saint Willibrord, the only Saint buried on Luxembourgish ground. The pastel-colored house fronts give the town a very dreamy atmosphere.
The best way to explore Echternach is by wandering through its narrow streets and enjoying a coffee on its medieval market square, right next to the former Justice Palace Denzelt.
Besides the Abbey Museum, the impressive basilica, the Roman Villa and the quaint town walls, Echternach is a paradise for active travelers and outdoor lovers. The town is surrounded by the region called “Little Switzerland – Mullerthal” which is famous for its intriguing rock formations and extensive hiking trail network.
When visiting Echternach, you can’t miss the lake which is a playground for young and old. It boasts beach volley courts, a youth hostel, several regional eateries, playgrounds for the kids and the Roman villa museum.
There’s nothing more fun than renting a pedalo or a SUP board and enjoy the tranquility of this oasis of peace. So far, you can’t swim in the lake (hopefully, this will be achieved someday soon) and a brand new food and leisure pavilion just opened. You should definitely keep an eye on Echternach’s lake.
How to get there: bus 110 and 111 connect Echternach to the capital. The ride takes about 1 h and buses depart every 30 min. during the week (every hour on Sundays). Check schedules here.
Panorama View on Echternach
Vianden is probably the most popular day trip from Luxembourg City. Its picturesque location along the Our river and the emblematic castle towering on top of the village, make Vianden a postcard-perfect village.
Besides the impressive castle, Vianden is famous for its Victor Hugo Museum located in the house in which the famous French writer stayed in 1871.
Besides enjoying Vianden’s quaint vibe on its numerous terraces (perfect to enjoy the local gastronomy ), fun activities to do in Vianden are a ride with the chair lift to the mountain hut from which you enjoy the best views and the Adventure Park which guarantees fun for young and old.
During the summer months, I highly recommend visiting Vianden’s swimming pool with beautiful views of the castle.
I recommend renting a car to visit the north of Luxembourg as public transport is not very frequent.
Clervaux is yet another picturesque town in the north of Luxembourg which however differs from the other towns mentioned so far. If you have a car, a day trip to Clervaux can easily be combined with Vianden which is closeby.
The cityscape is dominated by the imposing church of Clervaux. With its grey and white outside decor, it definitely is a very eye-catching attraction.
When visiting Clervaux, you can’t miss visiting the castle which has been turned into a museum and hosts now one of the most important exhibitions in Luxembourg. It’s also known as the biggest photographic exhibition in the world created by Edward Steichen, an American photographer with Luxembourgish origins.
How to get there: by train from Luxembourg City, the ride takes 1h.
4. Ansembourg and Hollenfels Castle
The lush parks of Ansembourg Castle
The castles of Ansembourg and Hollenfels are real gems when it comes to day trips from Luxembourg city. Indeed, it’s here where the fairytale atmosphere of Luxembourg is the most palpable.
Both castles are connected by an extensive hiking trail network, thus you can combine hiking with a visit of the castles.
Hollenfels castle goes back to the 11th century and it lures you with its massive walls and towers. Nowadays the castle hosts a Youth hostel and allows young people to learn more about nature and history.
The castle of Ansembourg is the exact opposite. It’s much more elegant and filigrane and it reminds you of French castles like Versailles. The castle is private property, however, the gardens can be visited. They were laid out in 1750 and adorned with numerous statues and decorative fountains. It’s a place to unwind and feel like a prince/princess.
How to get there: I recommend renting a car to visit Ansembourg and Hollenfels Castle.
5. Moselle River
A day trip to the Moselle River is always a good idea. The region is famous for its beautiful vineyards and of course for its excellent wines.
On top, it’s a paradise for foodies, as some of the finest restaurants in Luxembourg can be found along the Moselle River.
Grevenmacher, Remich, and Mondorf are the main hubs where you can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere with its particular micro-climate. Even the Romans already appreciated the region and started the Luxembourgish wine culture. Many visitors just drive from cellar to cellar and taste the newest wines.
The vineyards are also perfect for hiking and I recommend to visit the Moselle region particularly in September when the annual wine festivals are held in each village.
How to get there: I recommend renting a car to visit the Moselle villages. In case you just stay in Remich, take bus 175 and for Grevenmacher, take bus 130est Time to Visit Tenerife
Day Trips from Luxembourg to Belgium
Beautiful Grand Place
Brussels is the classical weekend or day trip from Luxembourg. The Belgian capital has so many options when it comes to culture, food, leisure or shopping. Somehow the administrative capital of the EU manages the gap between being hip, somehow bizarre, unshowy but proud and extremely multicultural at the same time.
You can find comics art painted on house fronts and organic art nouveau facades right next to concrete buildings from the 60s and 70s. The old city center of Brussels, dating from medieval times and the main Grand Place is probably one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
When visiting Brussels, you can’t miss enjoying the typical Belgian food such as mussels, the legendary French fries, waffles and of course Belgian chocolate.
One of my favorite places to visit is the Musical Instruments Museum. It’s located in the “Old England” building, one of the emblematic sites of Brussels. However, the best is having lunch from the rooftop terrace of the museum. Book here your tickets to the Musical Instruments Museum
How to get there: Brussels is connected by railway with Luxembourg. Book your train ticket here.
2. Liege, Belgium
Welcome to Liege Train Station
Liege is a real hidden gem when it comes to day trips from Luxembourg. Even though Liege seems to have a bit of a downbeat feel at first glance, you’ll very likely end up loving Liege.
It all starts when you arrive by train (from Luxembourg) to the impressive train station designed by star architect Santiago Calatrava. The town itself is full of history and holds several hidden gems such as the town hall, the legendary beuren staircase and many more.
The best part is probably the citadelle of Liege from which you’ll enjoy panorama views all over the city. You might also like to take a cruise on the Meuse river.
You can’t leave Liege without tasting one of its famous Liege-waffles and taste some Peket, Belgian gin.
How to get there: Liege is connected by railway to Luxembourg City. Get your train tickets here
3. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges is one of my favorite getaways from Luxembourg, especially during the winter and spring months. Even though Bruges is also well worth a visit during summer, it might be very (even too) crowded from May- September.
I strongly recommend to stay longer in Bruges than only one day, as the town has a very romantic, mysterious atmosphere at nightfall. Especially if you enjoy taking photographs, you’ll be spoilt for photogenic scenes in Bruges.
My favorite places in Bruges include the Beguinage (an oasis of peace) with the Minnewaterpark close by or the Grote Markt square with its countless terraces. When visiting Bruges, you can’t miss a Beer Tasting with some Belgian snacks. Book here your beer tour in Bruges.
How to get there: Bruges is connected by railway to Luxembourg City via Brussels. Get your train tickets here
4. Bouillon in the Ardennes
The Fortress of Bouillon
Bouillon is the perfect excursion from Luxembourg, whether you want to do a day trip only or stay overnight. The town is dominated by its impressive medieval fortress from which you’ll enjoy panorama views all over Bouillon and the surrounding forests.
Visiting the castle is a must and they even hold a falcon and owl shows, which might be a lovely leisure option for the kids. Besides visiting Bouillon castle, I recommend enjoying some Belgian beer and French fries on one of the numerous terraces along the Semois river.
However, if you want a real foodie experience, I highly recommend tapas and seasonal cocktails at BOM Food & Drinks. They focus on sustainability, the staff is lovely and the food was to die for!
The town of Bouillon itself holds a surprising mix of architecture from several centuries and walking along the old fortification walls is definitely a must. I highly recommend staying longer in Bouillon because of its numerous hiking trails.
How to get there: The best way to get to Bouillon from Luxembourg is by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
5. Torgny, Belgium
Torgny, in the Southern Belgium region La Gaume and close to the French border, is known to be the southernmost village in Belgium and for being one of the prettiest.
Indeed, the hand-hewn stones and colorful flowers growing along the ochre-colored house fronts with their red curved tiles, rather remind of Southern France than Wallonia, Belgium.
But Torgny is not only reminiscent of the Mediterranean by the outside. It also boasts a very particular micro-climate which allows the cultivation of wines.
Torgny is definitely a day trip for those who are seeking to unwind and disconnect from the stress.
How to get there: The best way to get to Torgny from Luxembourg is by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
6. Orval, Belgium
The old and new Orval Abbey
The abbey of Orval is one of the classical day trips from Luxembourg. It’s not only the perfect destination for those who are culturally or spiritually interested, but also for foodies.
The roots of Orval abbey go back to 1070 when it was founded by Benedictine monks. Later on, in 1132, the abbey was incorporated into the Cistercian Order. I particularly liked the contrast of the old, medieval ruins with the modern, imposing abbey which boasts gorgeous Art Deco details. Nowadays, you can book your stay at the Orval abbey for spiritual or meditative retreats.
Supporting the Cistercian regulations, the monastery boasts a cheese factory, bakery, and confectionery. All of their products can be found in the restaurants or grocery shops in the Ardennes region. Thus I definitely recommend having an Orval beer and cheese tasting in one of the 2 restaurants next to the abbey.
How to get there: The best way to get to Orval abbey from Luxembourg is by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
Durbuy, the smallest town in the world
Do you want to visit the smallest town in the world? Well, you have it at a stone’s throw from Luxembourg!
During medieval times, Durbuy perfectly could be considered as a town, but today, the historic center only counts 50 inhabitants. If you include the inhabitants living outside the old town, Durbuy reaches 350 inhabitants. In 1977, Durbuy amalgamated with 40 surrounding villages.
For me personally, a lot of Durbuy’s attractiveness comes with its remoteness. You need to drive along winding roads and through mesmerizing woods in Wallonia’s Luxembourg Province until you can finally spot the first medieval houses.
When you first spot the impressive castle all of a sudden, you feel like having traveled in time to reach fairy tale Durbuy. The best way to discover Durbuy is by strolling through its narrow streets paved with cobblestones.
I definitely recommend staying longer in Durbuy than only for 1 day as there are at least 7 very surprising day trips from Durbuy.
How to get there: The best way to get to Durbuy from Luxembourg is by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
8. Knokke-Heist, Belgian Coast
A trip to the seaside is always a good idea! Luckily the Belgian coast is not too far away from Luxembourg. However, there are plenty of beach resorts on the Belgian seaside to choose from.
While Blankenberge is very popular for families, Nieuwpoort is a fabulous option for nature lovers. If you want a bit more luxury and love fancy boutiques, you shouldn’t skip Knokke-Heist. Located close to the Dutch border, Knokke-Heist (and mostly its neighborhood “the Zoute“) is known as the beach resort for those that want to see and to be seen.
Luckily, Knokke is much more than this! The beach resort boasts vast, pastel-colored beaches and has some of the finest beach clubs in Belgium. On top, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to international concept stores and small designer shops.
Knokke- Heist has probably the best offer on the Belgian coast for those among you that love fine cuisine. In winter or in summer, Knokke is the perfect place to boost your Vitamin Sea level!
How to get there: Knokke-Heist is connected by railway to Luxembourg City via Brussels. Get your train tickets here
The fastest way to get from Luxembourg to Knokke by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
Day Trips From Luxembourg to Germany
Did you know that castle Schloss Saareck is a quaint boutique hotel?
Mettlach is a quaint little village next to the river Saar. Even if at first glimpse, Mettlach seems to be sleeping beauty, there are several leisure activities that make Mettlach yet another perfect day trip from Luxembourg.
The most eye-catching sight is one of the most picturesque museums I visited in a long time: The Villeroy & Boch Discovery Centre owned by the prestigious family empire. The baroque building is absolutely stunning, huge in its dimensions and gives an appropriate impression of the social and cultural importance of the Boch family.
Just opposite the baroque building, you’ll see a real fairy tale castle: Schloss Saareck. Castle Saareck was commissioned by the esteemed Boch family in 1903 and has an eventful history.
It functioned as a military hospital during WWII and it became a shelter to many refugees related to the Boch family and Villeroy & Boch employees after the war.
The castle has been turned into a very cute boutique hotel with 22 rooms in an impressive setting.
How to get there: The best way to get to Mettlach from Luxembourg is by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
2. Mosel River Valley
Burg Eltz: a highlight of the Mosel River Valley in Germany
The German Mosel River Valley is an only 1-hour drive away from Luxembourg and can also be easily reached by public railway. Get your railway tickets here
The Mosel river valley will lure you with its lush green terraced vineyards, world famous white wines, quaint wine villages, and fairytale castles.
The best way to explore the Mosel river valley is by hiking one or several legs of the Moselsteig trail. It goes along the Mosel river and takes you to the most beautiful sites of the region.
A visit of the Mosel river valley will not be complete without a wine tasting at a family-run winery, a visit of castle Burg Eltz and hiking the spectacular Calmont Klettersteig trail.
View on Saarburg
On the banks of the Saar and Leuk river, the cute town of Saarburg charms you with its pastel-colors house fronts and its countless terraces next to the riverside. It’s the perfect place to stroll through the cobbled, narrow streets and enjoy an ice-cream in the sun.
The Leuk river flows right through the town center and the spectacular 60 feet drop is a coveted photo motive.
Saarburg even boasts a castle which is well worth a visit as well and the town is known for the cultivation of Riesling grapes.
How to get there: The best way to get to Saarburg from Luxembourg is by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
Are you looking for a city trip to a destination that is a bit off-the-beaten path? I am convinced that Koblenz will be the perfect choice for you!
Koblenz is located on the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel river and holds plenty of leisure options to surprise visitors around the year. Obviously there is its imposing Ehrenbreitstein fortress towering above the town. And the cable car across the Rhine river to the fortress is one of the most popular attractions in Koblenz.
You shouldn’t skip the historic city center of Koblenz, its countless shops and its delicious restaurants. During summer, the city center lives up and you’ll have a hard time to find a free seat on a terrace. Koblenz is truly a city that celebrates life!
If you wish to go even more off the beaten track, I recommend the small, family-run winery Göhlen. Its shady terrace is the perfect place to enjoy warm summer evenings with regional wines.
How to get there: Koblenz is connected by railway to Luxembourg City. Get your train tickets here
The fastest way to get from Luxembourg to Koblenz by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
Day Trips from Luxembourg to France
Strasbourg is a coveted destination for a 1-2 night weekend trip from Luxembourg. The capital of Alsace unites the quintessence of the French Alsace region: half-timbered houses, bright colored house fronts, delicious but hearty food, excellent wines, and narrow, cobbled streets.
Strasbourg is the perfect blend between a medieval past and modern city as it hosts several key institutions of the EU.
The most obvious attraction of Strasbourg is the Gothic Cathédrale Notre Dame which can be spotted from miles before you reach Strasbourg. Place de la Republique and Petite France, the most picturesque area of Strasbourg are yet anothersitet that can’t be missed while visiting Strasbourg.
How to get there: The best way to get to Strasbourg from Luxembourg is by public railway. Book here your railway tickets
Metz is always a good idea!
The city of Metz, in the Lorraine department, is a popular day trip from Luxembourg City. Many people just go for the large shopping possibilities. However, the city of Metz holds much more.
Indeed, the city of Metz, with its spectacular Gothic cathedral, gathers historical elements of several periods including Roman vestiges, medieval old town, 18th-century buildings and a German-style neighborhood.
I particularly like Metz for breathing some “French air”: the terraces of the main square, people’s way to dress,… Everything has that little French touch that makes the city a welcome break from Luxembourg.
You can’t leave Metz without visiting the spectacular Centre Pompidou museum. The building itself is an attraction on its own and it host contemporary art. It’s also home to a bar with a lovely terrace where you can easily spend the entire afternoon.
During late November until Christmas, Metz also holds one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the region. You’ll sip your vin chaud (hot wine) surrounded by medieval house fronts and enjoy the perfect Christmas feeling.
How to get there: The best way to get to Metz from Luxembourg is by public railway. Book here your railway tickets
Amnéville is perfect for Wellness and Spa Tourism
Amnéville is a great getaway, especially for families. Not only is the town famous for its spa-tourism with a long tradition, but it also hosts one of the biggest zoos in Europe: the Amnéville Zoo.
Another attraction is Amnéville’s Aquarium with over 350 species of invertebrates and fishes, an 18-hole golf course and one of France’s biggest forest adventure parks: France Aventure.
But there are even more leisure options near the small town of Amnéville. The Seven Casino and the Snowhall with its indoor ski slope which can be used all year round.
The most important spa center in Amnéville includes water rich in iron and minerals, with sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-infectious and anti-spasmodic properties. The spa facilities include whirlpool baths, massage jets, a Finnish sauna, an Eastern steam room, swan neck jets, a lazy river, hot marble loungers, geysers and water massage seats and beds.
How to get there: The best way to get to Amneville from Luxembourg is by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
Day Trip from Luxembourg to Netherlands
At the pier in Scheveningen, The Hague’s beach resort
One of my favorite weekend trips from Luxembourg is definitely The Hague. Although the city is located an almost 4 hours drive from Luxembourg, it is so much worth the visit.
Besides the fact of being the most important European diplomatic town, The Hague boasts several internationally renowned museums. The most popular museum is probably the Mauritshuis, where you can see the “Girl with the Pearl Earring”.
The Hague is also home to such innovative concepts as “Urban Farmers”. Located on the rooftop of a former industrial fabric, Europe’s largest rooftop farm is all about growing fresh vegetables and fish farming on the rooftops of urban buildings in a closed-loop system.
Yes, you read right: vegetables and fish growing under the same roof on a city high-rise building! All this with almost zero waste, no antibiotics and locally grown fresh vegetables and fishes!
But my favorite part of The Hague is the fact that the beach is never far. You’ll have a blast at the Pier of Scheveningen where you can enjoy a ride in a luxury Ferris wheel. Scheveningen is also known for being one of the most important surf resorts in the Netherlands.
How to get there: The best way to get to The Hague from Luxembourg is by renting a car. Get your cheapest car rental deal here
Map: Top Day Trips from Luxembourg
Before You Go: Top Tips for your Trip
- You’ll snap tons of photos and I love to take my GoPro in order to shoot even in extreme situations.
- Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and hiking sandals when traveling to warm countries.
- Sunscreen is key! I always take with me my eco-friendly sunscreen by Thinksport. Buy here your eco-friendly sunscreen + free shipping.
- I always carry a light rain jacket, just in case.
- Travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected against all odds with World Nomads.
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