Nestled between Belgium, Germany and France, tiny Luxembourg plays a big role in the politics and economy of Europe. The eighth smallest country on the continent is a founding member and one of three official capitals of the European Union. It is the seat of the European Court of Justice and a founding member of Benelux, NATO and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is also known as a major financial center, with ArcelorMittal, BGL BNP Paribas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sodexo, Group Deloitte and Compass Group among the country’s top 25 employers.
Luxembourg boasts stunning geography and natural areas. A third of the country’s terrain is covered in dense forests featuring dramatic rock formations and waterways.
Natural landscapes are also a characteristic of the historic capital Luxembourg City, part of which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors to the city, which has a population of about 114,000, can take part in architectural tours of palaces, abbeys and castles, visit museums and galleries, attend theater and concerts at world class venues. History tours on foot or by bicycle are also popular.
Easy excursions can be made from the city to the vineyards along the lush banks of the Moselle River where vintner offerings include sparkling Cremants, straw and ice wines in addition to a wide array of traditional favorites. The Schengen Agreement, which ultimately put an end to border checks in 26 European countries, was signed in a small village in the valley, also called Schengen.
As a constitutional monarchy, Luxembourg is helmed by head of state Grand Duke Henri, who presides over the only Grand Duchy in the world.
Democratically elected Prime Minister Xavier Bettel leads a coalition government made up of the liberal Democratic party, Socialist Party and the Greens, which passed legislation that will make public transportation for Luxembourgers free in 2020 to reduce traffic congestion.
Luxembourg has a population of just over 600,000 people, and almost 170,000 German, French and Belgian commuters work in the country daily. Luxembourgish is the national language, but French and German are also used officially. English is commonly spoken.
Traveling to Luxembourg
Luxembourg is served by airports and trains from major European cities. Luxair connects Luxembourg with main European airports.
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Luxembourg offers a broad range of budget, luxury and boutique hotels. Hostels and camping are also available.
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