Luxembourg, 2ndby Tim Skelton
This is the only English-language guidebook to focus exclusively on the world's only Grand Duchy, home to the rolling forests of the Ardennes, hill-top medieval castles, two entries on UNESCO Heritage Listings, and one of Europe's smallest wine-growing regions. From first-class accommodation and Michelin-starred restaurants, to hiking and youth hostelling, this thoroughly updated edition provides in-depth tips to suit every taste and budget. Expanded coverage includes new accommodation, restaurants, museums, walking and cycling routes, as well as details on the banking industry and day trips to neighboring countries.
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'One of the smallest and certainly the most dramatic of Luxembourg's regions, the Müllerthal is a must-see on any tour. Thanks to the early Dutch tourists' tendency to over-exaggerate, it's also known as Little Switzerland, and people have long been drawn to its pretty towns and unusual topography. To add confusion to the mix, not only is the whole region technically known as the Müllerthal ('Valley of the Mills'), there's also a valley at its heart sharing the same title, and an eponymous village at one end, the address of which could feasibly be written: 'Müllerthal, Müllerthal, Müllerthal'. It'll keep you on your toes if anyone asks you for directions. Whatever you call it, it packs a lot into a small space. First there's Echternach, the regional capital and the nation's oldest city. A wealth of ancient sights and arguably the prettiest town square in Luxembourg make this a thoroughly agreeable place. Meanwhile, the castles of Larochette and Beaufort both rate highly on the European scale of grand old ruins, and have been partially restored to hint at the power they once wielded. From manmade piles of stones to those created by nature, the countryside between the castles and towns is a veritable wonderland of ravines, dense forest and cliffs. Crossed by an extensive network of hiking trails, it's paradise for walkers and guaranteed to entertain everyone, whether you're looking for a testing cross-country yomp or a casual Sunday afternoon stroll.' 'Pinning the tail on the regional donkey is one of Luxembourg's quirkiest events, which takes place each year on Whit Tuesday. If you always believed that grown-ups prancing around waving handkerchiefs was the exclusive preserve of English morris men, the world's only 'Dancing Procession' will make you think again.'
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Tim Skelton is a freelance writer living in the Netherlands.
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