Best ideas for day trips from Luxembourg

5 Best Day Trips from Luxembourg City

In Europe, Luxembourg by Jurga6 Comments

We used to live in Luxembourg City for two years and, even though the city is green and family friendly, we often found ourselves looking for ways to escape the city and discover some fun places nearby. So in this article I want to share some ideas for family-friendly day trips that you can easily make from Luxembourg City. We’ve done them all, most multiple times, and I can really recommend each and every one of them!

Our family’s favourite day trips from Luxembourg City

1. Echternach Town and Echternach Lake in Luxembourg

Just 30 minutes ride from the city of Luxembourg, you can find a beautiful little town of Echternach. The town is very compact and you don’t need much time to visit the medieval old-town centre with the narrow streets, ancient ramparts, old patrician houses, 7th century Benedictine Abbey, and the churches. Not to be missed is the 15th century Town Hall and the Market Square.

Echternach is also known for the unique dancing procession (part of UNESCO world cultural heritage) which takes part every year on Whit Tuesday and attracts thousands of pilgrims.

Market square of Echternach in Luxembourg

Echternach old town and MArket Square

 

But Echternach has more to offer than this. The artificial lake of Echternach, located outside the town, is a great destination for families with children. You can find many leisure and sports facilities at the lake: pedal boats, fishing, miniature golf, playgrounds, also Bike Parc, Adventure Island, and jumping. You can make a nice walk, go biking or rollerblading around the lake. We used to go to the lake at least once a month and always enjoyed it.

There are lots of family-friendly activities around Echternach Lake

Echternach Lake is a great place for families looking to escape the city

 

You can stay in Echternach for a couple of days and do some hiking on the nearby Müllerthal trail – see below. Use this link to find the best hotel deals in Echternach.

2. The Little Switzerland and the Müllerthal trail in Luxembourg

The Müllerthal trail is a 112 km (69 miles) walking trail in Luxembourg’s ‘Little Switzerland’. For the experienced hikers, there are three loops of 37-38 km (23 miles) each, but some parts of the trail are very easily accessible by car, so you can easily make shorter walks on the nicest parts of the trail.

 

Schiessentümpel waterfall on Müllerthal trail in Luxembourg

Schiessentümpel waterfall – Müllerthal trail

 

Our favourite areas were: the little Schiessentümpel waterfall, Wolfsschlucht (the wolves’ canyon), Sieweschloeff (the labyrinth), and the Hohllay Caves (the hollow rocks), the Breechkaul (ampitheater), and Perekop – the tall rocks that can be climbed using a narrow staircase between the rocks.

Perekop staircase Mullerthal trail Luxembourg

Perekop – you can climb to the top of the rocks using this narrow staircase

 

You can spend a couple of hours, a day, or even a week in the area. We used to go there quite often when we lived in Luxembourg city, even though our kids were very young and couldn’t really hike much at that time.

Mullerthal Trail Luxembourg

You can easily do parts of the Müllerthal trail with children

 

3. Vianden Castle in Luxembourg

The main attraction of Vianden is the castle. Constructed between the 11th and 14th centuries and recently restored, it is one of the most beautiful romanesque-gothic castles of Europe. Count about an hour for a visit to the castle. The views overlooking the village of Vianden and the area are spectacular. Don’t miss it if you’re in Luxembourg.

You can get to Vianden using public transport or by car, of course. Parking can be challenging though. The castle is high on the hill. You can either walk or take a chairlift to the top of the hill and walk down a bit – the castle is a bit below the chairlift station.

The quaint picturesque village of Vianden is also worth a visit. If you like hiking, you can easily spend a weekend in Vianden and explore the area a bit more. Use this link to book hotels in Vianden.

Castle of Vianden Luxembourg

Vianden Castle

 

4. Trier in Germany

Trier in Germany, less than an hour drive from Luxembourg city, is another great place we used to often go to when we lived in Luxembourg.

Trier is a big town with lots of history, so you’ll need more time to explore it. If you are not interested in the historic sites, you can easily spend a day shopping and dining. Or you can combine the two and make it a fun day out for the whole family.

Hauptmarkt - Market Square in Trier Germany

Hauptmarkt – Market Square in Trier

 

What to see and do in Trier

Trier is known for the Roman structures, dating to about 180 B.C. The most famous is the Porta Nigra, which is also the best place to begin your sightseeing tour of Trier. The other UNESCO sites in Trier include the Cathedral, Ampitheater, Imperial Baths, Roman Bridge, etc.

Often, it’s nice to just walk around the old town centre. Don’t miss the Main Market Square (Hauptmarkt), Cathedral Square and the Cathedral itself, The Electoral Palace, and The Basilika.

In summer, you can also take one of the family-friendly Mosel river boat trips.

Where to stay in Trier

There are many hotels in Trier, in all price categories. I’d recommend staying in the city centre.

Porta Nigra in Trier Germany

Porta Nigra (180 B.C.)

 

5. Amneville Zoo – Zoo d’Amnéville – in France

We have visited quite some zoos all over the world, but Amneville zoo in France remains my absolute favourite. It’s a beautiful big zoo with lots of space for its 2,000 animals. There are 360 different species from 5 continents. You can attend the animal feedings or see one of the many shows during the day. Most shows run daily from February to November.

Tiger at Zoo d'Amneville France

You can get really close to the animals in Amneville zoo

 

Go early in the morning as you will need the whole day to visit the zoo. If you want to see the shows as well, you may easily spend 2 days there. In that case you better book one of the hotels nearby. Perfect way to spend a weekend for family travellers from Luxembourg.

Driving time from Luxembourg city: 50 min.

Gorilla at Amneville zoo

Gorilla at Amneville Zoo

 

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  1. Hi Jurga! I’m a British tourist visiting Luxembourg soon and Viaden looks perfect for what I had in mind. How easy is it to get there on public transport? Google Maps tells me it’s a train and a bus from Luxembourg City. Do I buy tickets from tabac shops for the buses in Luxembourg?

    Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Author

      Hi Tom, from what I understand the easiest way to reach Vianden from Luxembourg by public transport is by taking a train to Ettelbruck and then a bus to Vianden. Train ticket you can get at a train station in Luxembourg. I don’t know if you can buy bus tickets at the train station in Luxembourg or Ettelbruck, but you can always ask. Otherwise you can probably just get a ticket from a bus driver.
      I also read that you can use Luxembourg card for both, the public transport as well as the castle, so maybe that’s a good option to consider, depending on what else you plan to see/do in town. Hope this helps.

    2. Unless things have changed since I lived there, if you by a “Longe Durée” railway ticket, it gives you unlimited travel on all Luxembourg public transport for a day – buses trains as much as you wish!

      1. Author

        Thanks for sharing this, Paul. I have to admit that in all the time we lived in Luxembourg we never used public transport outside the city, so it’s good to know that there are options like that for people who don’t have a car to travel around.

  2. You can buy a ticket for €4 and use the ticket on all public transports until 3am. To get to Vianden, it easy to take the train from Ettlebruck to Clervaux and hope on a bus. Clervaux is a big train station in the northern parts. Vianden now has a ski lift type ride to go over the hills.

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