Luxembourg in 1, 2 or 3 days

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg is a very small country, only 51 miles long by 35 miles wide and you can see a lot in 1, 2 or 3 days.

I spent a total of 5 days in Luxembourg and one of those days I did a day trip to Germany as I had allocated 2 days to see Luxembourg City but unless you are planning on visiting a few museums then only 1 day is needed.

Here is my intinerary and what I would recommend if you only have a few days in the country.

Day 1

Luxembourg City Luxembourg City

I would recommend if you have only 1 day in the country, then to spend that day exploring Luxembourg City, it is a beautiful city and one I fell in love with in minutes.

You can visit the Bock Casemates, walk the Chemin de la Corniche, see the old town, visit a fort, there are also lots of museums to visit too.

Day 2

Trier Germany Trier Germany

As I had seen everything I wanted to see in Luxembourg city within a day, I asked the hostel what I could do for the day and they suggested exploring Trier.  It is just across the border in Germany and is the oldest city in Germany.  It is very beautiful and if you have an extra day then well worth a visit.  It is only 50 minutes by train from Luxembourg City and the town is easily seen in a day.  The most famous things to see are Porta Nigra and the Market Square.

Day 3

Bourscheid Castle

I picked up a car from the airport and decided to have a day visiting castles.  My first castle was Bourscheid Castle, built in 1095 and partly restored but mainly ruins.  It costs 5 Euros and includes an audio guide.

Clervaux Castle

I then drove up to Clervaux in the north of the country and walked around the bottom of the castle before hiking to the top of hill to see the Abbey.  The castle holds 3 museums which you can visit or you can just walk up to the castle and into the courtyard as I did.  There is a church near the castle but the Abbey is at the top of the hill behind the church and is about a 15 minute walk.  It is well worth the walk up to see.

Wiltz Castle

I then made my way south to Wiltz and to see the castle. The castle is now the National Museum of Brewing, but you are able to walk into the courtyard and around the grounds.

Esch-Sur-Sure Castle

My favourite of the day was Esch-Sur-Sure, because of the view from the opposite hill.  I parked the car and then walked up to the ruins on top of the hill in the middle of the town.  The castle was built in the 13th century and there are only ruins left.  If you climb the hill on the opposite side and follow the path, you get a great view of the town and of the ruins.

Day 4

Mullerthal Trail Luxembourg Mullerthal Trail Luxembourg

I decided that I wanted to see a bit of the country and do some hiking, so I decided to do part of the Mullerthal trail.  It is split into 3 routes, all around 37/38km long, but you are able to do part of them too and get the bus back to Echternach.  I hiked about 22km from Echternach to Hersberg and caught the bus back.  It was a beautiful walk, though tough in places and after 22km I was ready to call it a day.  As I had finished around 5.30pm, I decided to have dinner in Echternach, see the cathedral and have an ice cream before heading back to my hostel.  As I arrived back in Bourglinster while it was still light I decided to go and explore Bourglinster Castle.  This is now a restaurant, but you are still able to walk around the grounds and into the courtyard.

Day 5

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

This was my final day with the car and so I decided to see the rest of the castles I had missed.  I had deliberately left the castle everyone had said I must see if there was only 1 castle I would see in Luxembourg and that is Vianden Castle.  The castle is beautiful and has been well restored and costs 7 Euros to visit, I also decided to get the audio guide at 2 Euros and it was worth it, to find out more history of the castle.  The town too is so beautiful and lovely to walk through.  There is a ski lift up the mountain, though you can easily walk from the castle in about 20 minutes to the café at the top.

Beaufort Castle Luxembourg

I then drove to Beaufort Castle, here you can walk around the ruins of the castle built in the 11th century.  The renaissance castle next to it can be visited but only on a private tour at certain times of the week and must be booked in advance.

Larochette Castle Luxembourg

My final castle of the day was Larochette, another ruin built originally in the 11th century.  It is only a ten minute walk from the town and worth a visit.  It was then back to the airport to drop off the car before heading back to Luxembourg City for my final night.

If you only have 1 day in Luxembourg

If you only have 1 day in Luxembourg then, Luxembourg City is a must see.  There is enough to keep you busy for the day.

2 days in Luxembourg

If you have 2 days then on your second day I would say you must visit Vianden. It is possible to get the bus to Vianden from Luxembourg City.  If you have a car then you could also visit some of the other castles I have mentioned in the same day.

3 days in Luxembourg

If you have 3 days then for the extra day I would do a hike. There are so many to choose from in different areas of the country but the most popular are around Echternach.  It is possible to get the bus from Luxembourg City to Echternach and do either part of the Mullernthal trail or do the E1 trail which is 12km long and starts and finishes in Echternach.

If you are not into hiking then I would you could either go see some more castles or go to Trier in Germany for the day, it is a beautiful city.

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18 thoughts on “Luxembourg in 1, 2 or 3 days

  1. Fabulous itinerary! This sounds like it would be pretty much what I would include too as I just love castles! It’s high on my list of next places in Europe to visit! Fingers crossed it won’t be too long before I go!

  2. I drove through Luxembourg on my way between Germany and Belgium. After visitng Luxembourg City and staying near Vianden castle, I wish I had spent more time in this charming country.

  3. Such a beautiful and historical place! Luxembourg reminds me a lot to places in Germany and Switzerland as well , especially all the historical places, castles and fortresses.
    Glad that you saw Trier as well with its ancient history back in times of Roman Empire. I think this makes traveling in Europe so unique, the medieval history is very impressive. Hope to see more of your impressions here soon!

  4. Good program for 3 days in my home country 😉 Although I would also include Echternach, which is the oldest town in the country. Did you talk to some real Luxembourgers? 🙂

    • I did go to Echternach but only because I started the Mullerthal route from there and I then finished there and had dinner. It is a beautiful town 🙂

  5. What a great guide, I can’t wait to go so I will be able to use it! Never have been to western europe other than Paris so this is an alert!!! Your photos on day 4 is our favorite, would LOVE to go there!

  6. I was in Luxembourg recently and I was trying to work out where you took each of your photos from, I must have taken some of mine from very similar places! I didn’t get the chance to visit Vianden Castle but I wish I had taken the bus you suggested, it is a stunning castle. I think I changed trains in Trier, it’s an interesting fact that it’s the oldest town in Germany, I wish I had explored it!

  7. Such a great itinerary! I visited Luxembourg in 2014 at the beginning of an Interrail Europe trip. The only reason we went there was because it was the cheapest point of entry from the UK (the flights were something like £11, crazy cheap!) and because of that we didn’t really make the most of our time. We were there for 2 days and I don’t actually remember what we saw or did other than the Notre Dame cathedral!
    Vianden looks amazing, I may have to make a return trip to Luxembourg just for that.

  8. Whoa. I knew that Luxembourg is small. What I didn’t know was that it is this small. I kind of love exploring small countries as it’s easy to explore and you don’t end up adding to many destinations. The itinerary that you shared is very useful.

  9. For such a small country it looks so beautiful. I love the historical buildings. Especially the ones in your photos . We’ve always wanted to go after we stopped in there one day for petrol.

  10. There are so many castles in Luxembourg. They are all perfect as a setting for a whimsical movie. I would like to visit them all if I could. Are there live music or plays in the castles?

    • I do not know, I wasn’t really there at the right time of year for that!! Am sure some of them there must be, but it will be in summer though 🙂

  11. Oh my, who knew there was so much to do in such a small country? I’ve always wondered about Luxembourg as a tourist destination, now you’ve introduced it, I definitely want to go.

  12. That’s so cool that you got to cross the border to visit a small town in Germany! I think with most places (and our lack of time) it really pushes us to be creative with itinerary planning to accommodate everything we want to see when traveling! I’m saving this itinerary for future use!

  13. Great post about our home country! 🙂 Glad to see that you made time to visit several castles and even hike the Mëllerdall Trail! Most people who come here, only stay for a day or two and rarely leave Luxembourg City. Or if they do, they’d only visit Vianden. Should you stop by again next time, make sure to visit the Castle of Ansembourg as well (and its beautiful gardens! Check out our blog post :), which lies in the Valley of the 7 Castles, and do some wine tasting along the Moselle.

  14. Luxembourg looks like a fairytale country with all these castles and rock formation. I have never been there but love to explore the country some day.

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