A prominent banking center and tax haven; a small country landlocked by Belgium, France and Germany, thus generally trilingual and easy to get around. But why would you actually go there? And can mere 2586 sq km really keep you busy for longer than a couple of hours? Let's do some pretesting. Just Google Luxembourg in the graphics section and if the majestic castles immersed in lush forestry, floodlit towns, riverside promenades, romantic Ardennes, and the rolling plateau of the fertile Bon Pays do not appeal to you, let us try to incite your inner call for a quest of adventure and discovery.
The capital of the Grand Duchy will greet you with quotidian fervor of an administrative center but also with historical sophistication of a more than millennial city. Take the "Wenzel Walk" through its oldest quarters, make it a romantic time along Chemin de la Corniche - a pedestrian area dubbed as "Europe's most beautiful balcony", and have a foretaste of spirited nightlife looking down from Citadelle du St. Esprit at crowds swarming in Grund, Pfaffenthal, and Clausen- the quaint, leafy little districts of the Lower City. Get a lesson of history in medieval Echternach and let your childhood fairy tale dreams come true in Vianden. If it's wind in your hair that makes you want to live, spin the wheels in the biker's paradise of the Ardennes. A tough day's riding will certainly justify a bottle or two of the dry whites that bring glory to the Moselle Valley.
Luxembourg is a tranquil (if you know how to dodge crowds), picture-perfect destination shrouded in legend and mystery. Some people actually report they have seen Melusina's head pop out above the surface, and a mermaid tail splashing the waters of the river Alzette, howling wolves can still be heard on a hill just outside the town of Bettembourg, and rumor has it that the Zidewitzen keeps roaming the gloomy corridors of the Bourglinster castle. Oh, if you happen to get overindulgent in wine, be careful not to bump into the Stierchesgeescht on your way back to the hotel. Don't mean to scare you... it's just that forewarned is forearmed.