Luxembourg in one day, two days or three days

by ilive4travel

Published on Jul 3, 2021

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Luxembourg is a small country but it’s beautiful to see and whether you decide to be in Luxembourg for one day or longer you will find lots of options below of what to do in Luxembourg city but also things to do in the rest of Luxembourg.

Many people ask “But how many days in Luxembourg?” and my answer is that you need at least 3-4 days to see the whole country.  If you plan to spend in Luxembourg one day then I would certainly recommend only spending this time in Luxembourg sightseeing in the capital Luxembourg City.

About Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a very small country, only 51 miles long by 35 miles wide (82km by 56km) and you can see a lot in 1, 2 or 3 days.  The capital of Luxembourg is Luxembourg City and the Luxembourg population is 590,000.  Most of the population lives in Luxembourg City with the rest of the country being mostly rural with forests, gorges and river valleys.  There are over 100 castles to visit in Luxembourg.

Where is Luxembourg

Luxembourg is in Europe and is a landlocked country, meaning that it is surrounded by land and has no sea borders.  It is a small country only 998 miles squared (2,585 km squared).  It is surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany.  As Luxembourg is in the Schengen region it is easy to travel throughout Europe to and from Luxembourg.

How to get to Luxembourg City

Luxembourg airport is located 4 miles outside of Luxembourg City.  Click here for more information on flights to Luxembourg.  Luxembourg airport to the city is very easy to do, buses 16 and 29 take you to the city centre via the train station and are free.  All public transport within Luxembourg has been free since March 2020.

You can also get buses to France, Belgium and Germany too, so if you want to visit Luxembourg from these countries it is very easy to do so.  Luxembourg is only 3 hours by bus or 3 and a half hours by train from Brussels, so if you are are staying in Brussels, it is easy to do an overnight to Luxembourg City or to visit Brussels while you are in Luxembourg.

Click here for more information on the buses from Luxembourg Airport.  A taxi should cost you around 25-30 Euro to the city centre/train station.

Things to do in Luxembourg in 2 days

I spent a total of 5 days in Luxembourg and one of those days I did a day trip to Trier, 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 in Luxembourg city is needed.

 

Here is my Luxembourg itinerary 1 day and what I would recommend if you only have 2 days in Luxembourg or 3 days in Luxembourg.

If you only have 2 days in Luxembourg then I recommend that you spend 1 day seeing the capital Luxembourg City and the other day exploring the castles in Luxembourg.

What to do in Luxembourg In One Day

the grund luxembourg city following the river around the old city

If you can only visit Luxembourg in 1 day, then my 1 day Luxembourg itinerary would be that you want to spend that day exploring Luxembourg City, it is a beautiful city and one I fell in love with in minutes.  The old town ( ville haute quarter ) is where you want to spend most of your time, make sure you visit the old Luxembourg city center and main square, also walking along the river that runs around the old town and trying to fit time in to visit one of the many museums that Luxembourg city has.

The Best places to see in Luxembourg City are:

Bock Casemates

These are the underground tunnels that run for 23km underneath Luxembourg City, the original tunnels were built in 1644.  They are normally open from March to November, though you will need to check as they are currently closed to the public.

Chemin de Corniche

This is the walk around the old city wall that was built in the 17th century, here you have amazing views of the city and can see the ramparts, casemates and people call it “the most beautiful balcony in Europe”.  It was my first view of Luxembourg when I got off the bus from the airport and I instantly fell in love with the city.

Notre Dame Cathedral

It was originally built in 1613 and is now the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Luxembourg.  The interior is in a neo-gothic style and is a must visit while you are in the city.

Grand Ducal Palace

It is situated in the middle of the old town and is the city residence of the Grand Ducal.  When it was originally built it was the first town hall of the city.  It is open to visit every day from 14 July to 1 September between 10am and 5pm and costs 14 Euros.  You need to book in advance as it is done by guided tours.

Luxembourg City Museum

The museum shows the culture and heritage of Luxembourg through the years.  You will be also able to find out why Luxembourg City is a UNESCO site and the importance of it.  It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm and on Thursdays you can enter for free between 6pm to 8pm.  Entrance to the museum is 5 Euros.

Free Walking Tour

If you enjoy walking tours of cities, then there are a few free walking tours that you can join that will tell you the history of Luxembourg and Luxembourg City.

Grand duke jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM)

Is located a short walk from the city center of Luxembourg and is worth visiting just for the views and grounds outside the museum.  Once inside the museum you will find exhibitions of contemporary art.  It is open Wednesday to Monday from 10am to 6pm (Wednesday it closes at 9pm) and costs 8 Euros.  If you go between 6pm – 9pm on Wednesday then entrance is free.

Click here to read my Indepth guide of things to do in Luxembourg City.

Luxembourg things to do Day 2

If you have two days in Luxembourg, then I recommend spending your first day exploring Luxembourg City as per the itinerary above.  The second day I would then leave the city to explore some of the many castles that fill the countryside of Luxembourg.

The most popular to visit is Vianden and if you do not have a car, it is easy to get public transport from Luxembourg City.

Vianden Castle Luxembourg

Vianden Castle Luxembourg

If you visit Luxembourg in 2 days and there was only 1 castle you should see in Luxembourg then it is Vianden Luxembourg Castle.  Vianden Castle from Luxembourg City is 52km and will take about 45 minutes by car or 1 hour 30 minutes by bus.

The castle is beautiful and has been well restored and costs 10 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 below it is also beautiful and lovely to walk through.  There is a ski lift further up the mountain if you want a view from higher up, though you can easily walk in about 20 minutes to the café at the top.

There is plenty of parking around the town on the streets if you have a car.  If you don’t have a car then there are buses from Luxembourg City.

Bourscheid Castle

What to see in Luxembourg in 2 days, well Bourscheid Castle should be on your list, it was built in 1095 and is partly restored but mainly ruins.  Entrance costs 7 Euros and now available is an audio guide for smart phone or tablet which costs 2 Euros.  It is open every day from 1st April to 15th October 9.30am – 6pm and 16th October to 31st March from 11am to 4pm.  I enjoyed exploring this castle and the views from it down the valley are amazing.

Beaufort Castle

beaufort castle in luxembourg is one of the many things you can see in Luxembourg in 1 day, 2 days or 3 days

A Luxembourg 2 days itinerary needs to include Beaufort Castle which was built in the 11th century and here you can walk around the ruins of the medieval fortress.  It costs 5 Euro and this includes an information leaflet.  It is open every day from 27th March to 28th November from 9am to 6pm and it definitely worth visiting as the grounds are beautiful.

The renaissance castle next to it can be visited but only on a private tour Thursday to Sunday at 11am or 4pm and it’s best to book in advance.  The cost of this tour is 10 Euros and includes access to the medieval castle too.

What to see in Luxembourg 3 Day Itinerary

Should you be lucky enough to have 3 days in Luxembourg then I would recommend going further afield to visit some of the other castles a bit further from Luxembourg City.

Clervaux Castle and Abbey

With three days in Luxembourg you have time to visit Clervaux, it is in the north of the country and a small town surrounding the castle.  The castle holds 3 museums (Museum of the Battle of the Bulge, Museum of Models of Luxembourg Castles & photographic exhibition The Family of Man) 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 it.  You can either walk along the road or behind the church you will see a footpath you can follow.

Wiltz Castle

Visit Luxembourg in 2 days then Wiltz Castle is an option, it dates back to 1573 and is now the National Museum of Brewing.  You are able to walk into the courtyard and around the grounds if you don’t want to go into the museum.

Esch-Sur-Sure

a view from the hill of Esch-Sur-Sure a town with a river running around it like a horse shoe

If you are seeing Luxembourg in 3 days then my favourite of the time was Esch-Sur-Sure, it is certainly one of the cities to visit in Luxembourg.  The view from the opposite hill of Esch Sur Sure is stunning.  If you keep driving around the town there is on street parking or a few car parks as well.

Once you are parked then just follow the paths up the hill 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 and it is free to enter.  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.

Larochette Castle

Larochette castle is another one of the things to see in Luxembourg, it is a ruin now but was originally built in the 11th century. The ruins that we see today have been like this since the castle was destroyed by a fire in 1565.  One of the houses on the site has been restored to give you an idea of how the castle once looked.  It is only a ten minute walk from the town centre and worth a visit.

It is possible to get there by public transport from Luxemourg City.  It costs 5 euros and is open every day from 14 March to 31 October from 10am to 6pm.

Bourglinster Castle

Bourglinster Castle was built in the 11th century, it is now a restaurant, but you are still able to walk around the grounds and into the courtyard.

Places to visit in Luxembourg Day 4

If you have a bit longer in Luxembourg then I would definitely recommend visiting the area of Echternach, this area is known for it’s hiking trails and beautiful woodlands.

Mullerthal Trail

the mullerthal trail luxembourg showing part of the trial through the woods and rocks

If you have 4 days in Luxembourg then it is great to see a bit of the countryside and do some hiking.   There are so many hikes to choose from in different areas of the country but the most popular are around Echternach.  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.

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.

Day trips from Luxembourg Day 5

The Black Gate also called Porta Nigra in Trier Germany, it is the ruins of an old gate that was in the wall around Trier

As I had 3 days in Luxembourg city and had seen everything I wanted to see in Luxembourg city within a day, I asked the hostel what I could do as a day trip from Luxembourg 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 (Black Gate) and the Market Square.

Where to stay during your Two Days in Luxembourg 

Most people who visit Luxembourg stay in Luxembourg City, there are lots of options of hotels in the city.  Click here to see hotels in Luxembourg City.

There is actually only one hostel in Luxembourg City so this is where I stayed, Youth Hostel Luxembourg City.  It is a big hostel but clean and the cheapest option and in a really good location.  Click here for more details.

For more options on where to stay in Luxembourg City, read my Guide to the best hotels in Luxembourg City.

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18 Comments

  1. Tilly Horseman

    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!

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  2. Rhonda Albom

    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.

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  3. Natasha | Meldrums On The Move

    The architecture here is unbelievable. How amazing are those castles? Thanks for sharing your tips, we get bored quickly so if we ever go we will make sure to only book 2/3 days

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  4. Hendrik

    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!

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  5. Paulina

    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? 🙂

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    • ilive4travel

      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 🙂

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  6. Mimi & Mitch

    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!

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  7. Only By Land

    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!

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  8. Rhiannon

    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.

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  9. Abhinav Singh

    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.

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  10. Jean

    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.

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  11. Iza Abao

    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?

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    • ilive4travel

      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 🙂

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  12. Rebecca

    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.

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  13. Justine

    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!

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  14. Mei & Kerstin

    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.

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  15. Veronika

    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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  16. Claire

    Luxembourg looks so beautiful. I would love to visit one day soon so this itinerary will come in handy. Thanks

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