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post Sep 5 2008, 02:47 PM
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Five big attractions in a small country.
Taken from Tripatlas.com

1) The Capital And The Surrounding Area
The city of Luxembourg has been classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site since 1994. And this is not by chance: marked by the passage of the Burgundians, the Spanish, the Austrians and Vauban, its fortifications lend the city a cachet matched only by the charm of the old city and the beauty of its parks (1,000 hectares of green in all!).

Often referred to as the Gibraltar of the North, the city of Luxembourg also stands out thanks to its atmosphere, which is as once incredibly cosmopolitan and very cosy, where everyone feels at little as if they are at home.

From a cultural point of view, it is constantly developing. Visitors will have the choice between a visit to the recent Philharmonic society set up by Christian de Portzamparc, the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the city's Grand Theatre and the festivals organised by the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO), not to mention all the other museums, theatres and cultural events held throughout the year.

2) The Luxembourg Ardennes
High plateaus covered in vast meadows, shale rocks and steep-sided valleys covered with warm colours in autumn and broom in spring - these are the Luxembourg Ardennes, a land of innumerable fortresses and wild nature reserves.

The lovely Ardennes city of Vianden is dominated by one of the most majestic castles to the west of the Rhine, home every August to a medieval festival that is well worth a visit.

The city of Clervaux is known chiefly for its exhibition "The Family of Man". This collection of photographs, produced in 1955 by Edward Steichen (originally for the Museum of Modern Art in New York) is one of the most important of its kind in the world and has been awarded world heritage status by UNESCO.

3) Mullerthal, Luxembourg's Little Switzerland
This region to the east of the Grand Duchy is ideal for hiking, with is landscapes marked by strange rock formations, forests and gorges. The medieval town of Echternach and its basilica are definitely not to be missed when visiting. Founded in 1450 by St Willibrord of Northumbria, it is now know for its "Dancing Procession" that attracts thousands of visitors and pilgrims at Pentecost every year.

In terms of culture, Echternach is famous for its International Music Festival, which from now on is to be held in the brand-new "Trifolion" that is to host concerts, events, congresses and seminars, opposite an extraordinary ancient architectural structure.

4) The Luxembourg Moselle
The Valley of the Moselle, which forms the border with Germany, is mainly known as a wine-growing region, producing quality white wines that are best enjoyed with fish fried in one of the famous restaurants along the picturesque Luxembourg Wine Route. This region is also home to the Grand Duchy's only thermal spa, Mondorf Le Domaine Thermal, which lies in the heart of a magnificent, flower-filled park dotted with sculptures by famous artists.

5) The Land Of Red Rocks
Nature has long re-conquered the old iron and steel and mining sites. Hikers will discover mysterious and unsuspected witnesses of a prosperous past. The bright red of iron ore characterises these old industrial sites, which have now changed into biotopes.

Street theatre, pop and rock festivals and the young atmosphere of Esch-sur-Alzette (the country's second city) contribute towards the dynamic scene in Luxembourg. On the other hand, bourgeois houses with Art Nouveau and eclectic facades lie in the wings of this bustling city.

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post Nov 25 2008, 09:10 AM
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Too bad I got to spend just over ten minutes in this country...
Looked very nice, and not so much like Belgium and France though it was between the two.
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post Sep 10 2009, 04:13 AM
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Luxembourg can be considered as a country appart from any other. About 50% of the population is foreigner, including a vast group of portuguese, french, german, belgium and italians.

Depending on what part of the country you go to (i.e. what border is closer), people will either speak french or german.

The official government language is french, but a lot of pressure is being applied to change it for its "original" native language, luxemburgish (yes, there is such a language!) but this will most likely never happen since it hasn't officialy been recognised as a language by the EU.

There are a lot of young people living in luxembourg, either young high school students or looking for a job graduates. For a very long time the age group 18-25 was barelly existent due to the fact that there was no university in Luxembourg. This changed since 2005 after uni.lu was officialy opened and has been taking in more and more students every year.

There are 2 major events in Luxembourg every year:

23rd-24th june: Grand-Dukes Birthday
On the 23rd the whole country turns into one huge party. Live music is played everywhere, a lot of alcohol is consumed and a massive firework show is put in place.
The following day, the official celebrations happen. These include a military parade and some speeches from the royal family.
june 24th is a bank holiday in luxembourg

Schueberfouer(Around the end of August, lasts for 2 and a half weeks):
Every year in the "Glacis" (big park-and-ride in the center of luxembourg city) this funfair attracts people from all over luxembourg and its surrounding countries. In 2008 the fair comprised of 171 attractions including 21 major rides, 14 children's rides and 35 restaurants and snacks bars. In 2007 the fair attracted over 2 million visitors.

Thats it for now, hope to see you in Luxembourg at some point! If you need any sort of information regarding Luxembourg feel free to drop me a message or reply to this post!

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