This tiny country, the only sovereign Grand Duchy in the world has half-a-million inhabitants. It’s sandwiched between Belgium, France and Germany. As its history is linked with its larger, more assertive, neighbours, it’s a wonder Luxembourg exists as a separate state at all. It does, a country of diverse scenery, from the Ardennes forests in the north, to the Mullerthal region in the east (known as Luxembourg’s little Switzerland), Moselle region in the south east (shared with Germany), and the Red Rocks region (old industrial area) of the south.
Its cosmopolitan capital, Luxembourg city, started off as a fortification in 963 when Count Siegfried built a castle on a hill known as the Bock. Surrounded by the gorges created by the Alzette and Petrusse rivers, this defensibility led to Luxembourg being known as Gibraltar of the North.
Cheap flights to Luxembourg land at Findel Airport, just 2.5km (1.5 miles) east of the city. The national airline, Luxair, connects Luxembourg to 20 European destinations.
Luxembourg has a variety of climates despite its small size. The mountains and hills of the north have cold, wet winters while the rocky, forested land in the south has a temperate climate.
There is no bad time to search for cheap flights to Luxembourg and visit.
May to mid-October. July and August are the hottest months, but good weather often extends into September and October. Christmas and the New Year festivities are often marked with snow.
National Day takes place on 23 June. It is the Grand Duke’s birthday. The Grand Duchess’s birthday is celebrated on 23 January with fireworks and a parade.
The winter months, with the exception of Christmas and New Year, are low season.
Luxembourg is too small for domestic flights, but there is a very good road network. Several car-rental companies including Hertz, Europcar and Avis are represented at the airport. There is an efficient bus and rail network throughout the country. The river Moselle links Luxembourg to the large European canals.
(prices quoted are from London)