Being the smallest can mean riches, which Luxembourg embodies. This nation in Western Europe, about 84 kilometres long only, is among the world's biggest revenue-producing countries. This status is amazing, given the country's sorry state during World War II. This, however, did not become an obstacle to its economic development. It started out with steel, but prospered with banking which is its landmark service at present.
Banking and finance is not only its attraction for those visiting here, however. One will also find rolling hills, forests, medieval castles, and villages that impart a pastoral feel to its countryside. There is also the region of Moselle to check out for its wines and the small gorges of Mullerthal to find, making Luxembourg a relaxing and even a potentially romantic place to stay in for a vacation.
Where to go
Luxembourg City, the capital of the Grand Duchy, might look like a city of glass and steel with its high buildings, but it has its share of charming cultural landmarks. One is Mudam, where tourists can check out modern and experiential art, including photography, design, and multimedia. The Musee d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg is also a major attraction hidden in a community of 17th century houses. From here, tourists can venture to the Royal Palace that dates from 1573. Guided tours will let visitors know of the Grand Duke's illustrious family history while seeing the palace's sumptuous gilded style.
Those who want to check out the countryside can move on to Northern Luxembourg where fast-flowing rivers wind through green tablelands and the extension of Belgium's Ardennes. The Chateau de Vianden can be found here, with a portcullis gate and a vaulted hall full of pikes and armour. There is also a 13th century chapel and rooms furnished in the medieval style. From here, tourists can move to Musee Veiner, a small yet inspiring museum with 19th century décor that complement the historical and cultural exhibits. One can then visit the Maison de Victor Hugo, lying across a historic bridge from Grand Rue. It was once occupied by Hugo for three months in 1871 as part of his 19-year exile from France. Those checking out this place will find some of the exalted author's manuscripts and sketches and a fine view from the windows.
Barcelona with its enchanting seaside attractions, cultural landmarks, and famous gastronomic scene is about two hours away from Luxembourg. Those going here can go out to Castell de Montjuic, which enjoys a commanding view over the Mediterranean. It served as a fort, as well as a political prison and execution grounds for various malcontent figures, ever since the late 17th and 18th centuries.
After looking around this forbidding structure, tourists can then head to Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, the finest Catalan Gothic church of Barcelona. When visiting here, tourists might be struck by the stern look, but it features spacious interiors with a central nave and two flanking aisles separated by octagonal pillars. From here, one can then venture to the Ajuntament, a former seat of power for centuries where the city once held its plenary sessions.
About six hours or so is Amman, the capital of Jordan, where one can break through to other parts of this fine country in Southwest Asia. From here, one can visit Petra, an ancient city with an elaborate architecture carved out of the pink-hued cliffs. A wonder of the world, one will find here the impressive Petra necropolis, as well as other areas such as the High Place of Sacrifice. A place for preparing sacrifices, the place has drains ready to channel the blood of sacrificial animals, obelisks over six metres high, and other remarkable structures chiselled out of the rock face.
After marvelling at the grand breadth of the legacy of this structure, tourists can move on to Madaba and the King's Highway, lying at the heart of the ancient Jordan. Its prehistoric dolmens and well-preserved castles are landmarks to see in this region. One will find here the Shobak Castle that withstood numerous attacks from the armies of Saladin before unfortunately buckling under in 1189. From here, the Castle of Herod the Great awaits, where tourists and pilgrims can see the place where John the Baptist was beheaded. There are also the reconstructed columns southwest of the deep cistern, which mark the site of Herod Antipas' palace triclinium.
How to get out
Tourists interested in visiting different parts of the world from Luxembourg can schedule flights from Luxembourg Findel Airport. Airlines serving here include British Airways, easyJet, Hahn Air, KLM, Lufthansa Regional, Luxair, Scandinavian Airlines, SunExpress, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, and Vueling.
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