Where to stay in Luxembourg: The Best Hotels in Luxembourg According to a Local
Luxembourg may seem small and you might easily think that there is not much to do on such a tiny territory. Even though I may be biased as a local, born and bred in Luxembourg, let me tell you that, in fact, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are plenty of things to do in the only Grand-Duchy in the world. According to your travel profile, it will be important to consider where to stay in Luxembourg. This guide shares with you the best hotels in Luxembourg, whether you are a business traveler, an outdoor lover or a castle hopper.
Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the European Union. Despite its limited size, you’ll find a broad range of activities and things to do. Whether you are into hiking, city travel, castle or museum hopping, the Grand-Duchy will definitely surprise you.
And I continue preaching that there is much more to see and do in Luxembourg than only Luxembourg City. Of course, Luxembourg City is a gorgeous place to visit, but it would be a pity to limit your trip to Luxembourg, only to the capital. Hiking paradises, rolling hills, countless vineyards and rough steel factories from past times are awaiting visitors that are willing to go beyond the capital.
Unfortunately, many travelers visit Luxembourg only on a day trip from Brussels, Paris or Cologne. Thus, the goal of this guide is not only to take you to the best hotels in Luxembourg but also to showcase you the enormous diversity of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.
I lived 18 years in Luxembourg and after being an expat in Spain for more than 5 years, I am back in my home country. Trust me, after more than25 years in such a tiny but cute country, I will only tell you the most renowned and best places to stay in Luxembourg.
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What to do in Luxembourg?
That’s usually the first question I get when I tell people that I am from Luxembourg. It’s usually followed by “Oh, so there is more than only one town in Luxembourg?!” or “So, you are German, right?”
Well, the question should rather be “What NOT to do in Luxembourg”? From cross-country skiing, wine tasting, hiking, outdoor climbing, museum and castle hopping, shopping and wellness, Luxembourg has something for you!
Each part of Luxembourg seems to be “specialized” in a certain type of travel. When looking for the best things to do in Luxembourg, roughly said, you can distinguish 4 different areas when it comes to tourism in Luxembourg.
- East: Hiking, history, and castles
- North: Hiking, virgin forests, rolling hills, lakes, and agriculture
- South: Former steel industry, and the multicultural, independent art scene
- Capital: city life, museums, parks, and business travel
How to get around in Luxembourg?
After visiting more than 35 countries, I can tell you that Luxembourg is definitely one of the easiest countries to get around. Until January 2020, a ticket for public transport will cost you 4 € and you can use it all day and night long to roam the entire country.
In January 2020, the Grand-Duchy will become one of the first countries in the world with free public transport for everybody.
All major towns are connected to the public rail and bus network. Basically, 3 train lines can be distinguished:
- Luxembourg City – North (Clervaux, Troisvierges)
- Luxembourg City – South (Esch-Sur-Alzette, Rodange)
- Luxembourg City – East (Wasserbillig)
The rest of the towns are (inter)-connected by bus.
When looking for places to stay in Luxembourg, always keep in mind that you can easily commute between villages and towns.
Best Time To Visit Luxembourg
As a sun-lover, I would recommend visiting Luxembourg between April and September in order to be sure to have some sunshine. The spring and autumn season is particularly beautiful to visit Luxembourg.
During spring, the country comes to live again (after harsh winters) and it’s all green and blooming. In autumn, the countless woods of Luxembourg are luring you with their bright red, orange, and yellow fall leaves.
However, my favorite time of the year to visit Luxembourg is summer. Every weekend there is a different event, be it in Luxembourg City or in any other major town in the country such as Echternach, Vianden or Remich. To me, it also seems like the country wants to live at 130 % during the summertime as the winters tend to be quite grey and rainy here.
But also during the winter and the holiday season, Luxembourg is a great place to visit. Recently, the Christmas Market of Luxembourg City has become one of the prettiest in the area. Every other major town in the country holds its own Christmas Market during a weekend.
One of my favorite ones is the one in the medieval town center of Echternach.
1. Where to stay in Luxembourg for City Life and Museums
If you love city vibes but yet at a tranquil pace, I recommend staying in one of the numerous hotels in the capital, Luxembourg City.
The biggest city in the country with its 114.000 inhabitants cannot be compared in size with other European capitals. That makes it particularly attractive for those who don’t want to commute between sites but explore a new destination by foot.
Despite its cute size, Luxembourg City boasts many cultural and historical attractions. Its old town and the casemates have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage. The Petrusse Valley and the lovely Grund neighborhood are particularly quaint.
If you love museums, Luxembourg City is THE place to stay. There seems to be a museum for any taste, which makes the museums of Luxembourg City a coveted thing to do with kids. The choice is yours when opting between the following museums:
- Lëtzebuerg City Museum (history of the Luxembourgish capital)
- Villa Vauban (contemporary art)
- Museum Drai Eechelen (fortress, history)
- Casino Luxembourg (contemporary art)
- MUDAM (Modern art and stunning architecture)
- Museum – Memorial of Deportation (reminding the tragic fate of Luxembourgish deportees during the Second World War)
If you only have limited days to spend in Luxembourg and you are wondering where to stay in Luxembourg, you can set your base in Luxembourg city and visit the rest of the country with day trips.
Here my favorite hotels in case you are wondering where to stay in Luxembourg City:
Best Hotels in Luxembourg City for City Travellers
Budget Hotels and Hostels
2. Where to stay in Luxembourg for Business Travel
Many visit Luxembourg for business reasons. That’s no wonder as Luxembourg, and more specifically its capital is an international hub for finance companies and banks.
But also several important EU institutions call Luxembourg their home such as the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund or the Publications Office of the European Union.
As the most important companies and institutions have their seat in Luxembourg City, I recommend looking for a hotel in the capital. It is the best place to stay in Luxembourg if you visit for business reasons. If possible, try to extend your stay in Luxembourg in order to visit the green countryside of Luxembourg.
The business hub of Luxembourg City is located in the Kirchberg district. Several new and internationally renowned business hotels have opened their doors here. If you want to get a better feel for the vibe of Luxembourg City, I recommend booking a hotel in the city center. It’s only a 15 min bus ride away from the Kirchberg and definitely worth it.
If you have VERY limited time in Luxembourg, I recommend staying close to the airport, Findel. It’s less than 15 minutes away from the business hub Kirchberg and there are several great hotels near the Luxembourg airport. There’s even a quaint Boutique Hotel: the Luxaviation Crew Resort by Airfield.
Best Hotels in Kirchberg, Luxembourg
Best Hotels near Luxembourg Airport
3. Where to stay in Luxembourg for Wine Lovers
Did you know that the small country of Luxembourg is internationally famous for its wines? Notably, white wines such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc won several international awards. However, it is the “crémant” (the local sparkling wine) that is the most coveted drink among locals and visitors.
Having a glass of crémant is basically always the first thing I do when I return to Luxembourg after a long trip. Nothing else gives me more the feeling of “being home again”. The Luxembourgish crémant is not too sweet and several wineries won international awards for their crémants. Thus, you just can’t leave without having tried the local drink.
The wine region of Luxembourg is located in the east of the country, along the Moselle river. The main cities of viticulture in Luxembourg are Grevenmacher, Schengen and Remich. They are easy to reach by bus from Luxembourg City (1 h drive).
The best things to do in the wine region of Luxembourg are visiting wine cellars, hiking in the vineyards and visiting the village of Schengen who gave its name to the famous Schengen visa.
Best Hotels in Luxembourg for Wine Lovers
4. Where to stay in Luxembourg for Hikers and Nature Lovers
One of the biggest mistakes people can commit when it comes to understanding Luxembourg as a travel destination is probably seeing it as a place filled with banks…made of only one city, the capital.
Well, let me tell you a secret, Luxembourg is an excellent hiking destination and you’ll fall in love with its rolling hills in the north and the characteristic rock formations in the east known as “Little Switzerland”.
The hiking trail network has been greatly renewed over the last few years and there are trails for any level. One of the most famous trails of the country is probably the Mullerthal Trail which takes you through the scenic “Little Switzerland” near Echternach and Berdorf.
But also the north of the country has excellent hiking trails. Often, they are a little bit more demanding due to the fact that the north of Luxembourg is part of the Ardennes mountain chain. However, a hike next to the biggest lake in the country known as the Lac de Esch-Sur-Sure is definitely a rewarding experience.
If you are looking for a surprising outdoor destination, you should definitely have a look at Northern and Eastern Luxembourg. The best places to stay in Luxembourg for outdoor lovers are the north and east of Luxembourg where you’ll find plenty of family hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Best Hotels in Luxembourg for Hikers and Nature Lovers
Budget Hotels and Hostels
Luxury and Spa
5. Where to stay in Luxembourg for History buffs and Castle Lovers
Did you know that Luxembourg boasts a unique history? Over the past centuries, the country was occupied/belonged to the French, the German, the Spanish, the Austrian,… You’ll thus find multiple architectural testimonials from these international influences.
But already in the Middles Ages, Luxembourg was split between several counts and as a result, you find spectacular castles all over the country. The most famous and best castles in Luxembourg are probably the ones in Larochette, Vianden, and Beaufort.
If you are interested in WWII, you’ll find plenty of places to visit in Luxembourg. The Battle of the Bulge took place in the North, there’s a significant American Military Cemetery in the capital and throughout the country, you’ll find museums displaying the historic events of the Second World War.
The most famous WWII Museums in Luxembourg are:
- Museum of the Battle of the Bulge Museum 1944-1945 (Clervaux)
- General Patton Memorial Museum (Ettelbruck)
- Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial (Hamm, Luxembourg City)
- Documentation Centre for Human Migrations (Dudelange)
- National Museum of Military History (Diekirch)
- National Resistance Museum (Esch-sur-Alzette)
If you are a history buff, you can’t skip Echternach, the oldest town in the country. Once a Roman settlement, the abbey founded by Willibrord, an Anglo-Saxon monk, made Echternach to one of the most important European towns in the Middle Ages.
I recommend staying either in the north or the capital if you are planning to visit Luxembourg’s historical sites. Whether you look for a B&B Luxembourg or an aparthotel Luxembourg, the country boasts a large accommodation offer.
Quirky places to stay in Luxembourg: Castle hotels & specials
- Sleep in a castle: Chateau d’Urspelt ****
- Sleep in a former monastery: Hotel-Résidence Am Klouschter ****
- Oasis of peace in the green: Hotel Restaurant de la Gaichel ****
- Sleep in a tower of a fortification wall: Turm Hamelmaous
- Sleep in a real farm: Fermeaust
6. Where to stay in Luxembourg for Spa & Luxury Holidays
LUXury holidays in LUXembourg? Hell, Yesss! Not only does the country boast several 5-star hotels, but on top, Luxembourg has one of the highest Michelin star rates per inhabitant in Europe. That means that if you want to spend a foodie gourmet weekend, Luxembourg is your place to visit.
But not only foodies will find their heaven in Luxembourg. Also if you want to get pampered, several wellness and spa hotels are awaiting you. To me, the ultimate luxury experience in Luxembourg would probably be a combination of hiking, spa treatments, and some sparkling wine tasting. A spa hotel in Luxembourg will surely be an unusual getaway.
Luxury hotels in Luxembourg are spread out throughout the country, but most of them can be found in the capital. The Hotel le Royal ***** and the Hotel Le Place d’Armes ***** are some of the finest addresses in Luxembourg. They are both located in the city center. However, it is hard to tell which is the best hotel in Luxembourg.
However, there are also several luxury hotels in the countryside which will provide you the ultimate relaxing experience in Luxembourg.
To my big surprise, there is a wide range of extremely cute and cozy spa hotels throughout the country. It’s perfect if you want to recharge your batteries or spend a romantic weekend with your beloved one.
Best 5-star and luxury hotels in Luxembourg
In the countryside:
In Luxembourg City:
Best Spa Hotels in Luxembourg
7. Cheap Accommodation in Luxembourg? Oh yes!
I have to admit that Luxembourg is probably not the cheapest destination. Due to the fact that Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in Europe, if not in the world, prices are accordingly high.
However, there are many things in Luxembourg that are free or come at a very low price, which makes the Grand-Duchy a great place to visit for budget travelers as well. Public transport, hiking, and many social events are usually for free.
If you are looking for cheap accommodation in Luxembourg, I recommend having a look at the country’s numerous youth hostels. They are spread out through the country and often in very scenic locations such as the Luxembourg Petrusse Valley, Lultzhausen (north), the Hollenfels Castle or at the Echternach lake (east). They offer great value for your money… also for not so young travelers. A youth hostel is probably the cheapest place to stay in Luxembourg.
Despite its limited size, Luxembourg as a wide range of motels, cheap hostels and bed, and breakfasts in the capital, Luxembourg Ville and the countryside.
If you enjoy camping or glamping, there is also a wide range of campsites in the green countryside of Luxembourg. Most come with a broad range of facilities such as a swimming pool, small shops, bars, and glamping tents.
If you are wondering where to stay in Luxembourg when traveling on a budget, I have these scenic, yet cheap accommodation tips below.
Best Youth Hostels in Luxembourg
Best Bed and Breakfast in Luxembourg
In the capital:
Campings in Luxembourg
Map of Luxembourg with Tourist Attractions
I hope this guide helped you to plan your trip to my beautiful native country, Luxembourg. If have any questions or need further information, don’t hesitate to write to me via the contact page.
Before You Go: Top Tips for your Trip
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