A few months ago we had a wonderful opportunity where we travelled by land and sea for a family break in Luxembourg. We had possibly the most relaxing holiday I've ever experienced, despite being miles from sand and sunshine, and I would certainly recommend it as a location to visit if you are looking for peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
We had some great days out and these are our recommendations:
1 Mullerthal Trail and Schiessentumpel Waterfall
Good physical condition and footwear is required for this walk but it's certainly worth it as it's such great fun and the scenery is stunning! Everything is just so green. The walk takes you up and down some rather unstable steps (no hand rails) for around 10 minutes, with the flowing water below. There is of course the option to skip the walk and take a stroll along the roadside path to the waterfall itself, if you don't want to miss out on it's beauty, where you can stand on the bridge to see the waterfall from a birdseye view. It's a great place for photographs and to sit with a book or picnic.
2 Parc Merveilleux
2 Parc Merveilleux
Situated in the southern side of the country, this is great day out for the whole family to enjoy. It's probably the best Zoo I've ever encountered as it just felt so natural and the play areas there are superb. There is a wonderful collection of animals, some of which you don't typically see in the UK, like electric eels, and the enclosures allow you to get quite close up. It has scenes from fairy tales, exotic birds, a walk-through rainforest and plenty more to keep you entertained. Food and drink prices are reasonable for those not wishing to take refreshments and the facilities were clean and spacious. It's low cost too which makes it even more worth a visit.
3 Jardin Des Papillions
This butterfly garden will amaze young and old as hundreds of winged creatures flutter around you and land on you time and time again. There is a display showing the life cycle of the butterflies to educate little ones and benches spread throughout to take a seat on while you admire the environment at a leisurely pace. It's only a very small attraction but it is very interactive and apart from the butterflies there are also flowers, birds and fish to view plus some other animals too. The colours and patterns are like none I've seen before. It's quite a magical place where you could spend an hour or so before moving onto the cafe and shop next door.
4 Bastogne War Museum
More suited for the adults, this is a great place to visit if you enjoy your history lessons and want to learn more about the war. Just across the border into Belgian is where you will find this museum and it takes you on a journey, headpieces are provided and activate automatically, that follows the lives of 4 individuals through time. There are tanks and other artifacts on display, several 'flashbacks' to watch and of course the Mardasson Memorial to visit before your departure.
5 Larochette CastleThere are quite a few castles situated in Luxembourg but this was very nearby to our accommodation and stood out for miles. Set around 150 metres above the White Emz Valley it looks amazing during the day but even more so at night when it is illuminated. You can pay just a few Euros for entry and go on a guided tour or just have a look around by yourself.
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