TRAVEL: Small but perfectly formed .. it's easy to explore Luxembourg

PUBLISHED: 12:59 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:40 07 September 2010

Statue in the square

Statue in the square

Susanna Wilkey enjoys a unique city break in 2007 s European city of culture ................ FOR a city break with a twist Luxembourg offers an exciting few days for anyone willing to explore the countryside as well as the city. With a population of half a million, L

Susanna Wilkey enjoys a unique city break in 2007's European city of culture

FOR a city break with a twist Luxembourg offers an exciting few days for anyone willing to explore the countryside as well as the city.

With a population of half a million, Luxembourg is one of Europe's smallest countries but it still has a lot to offer with good food, wine and culture.

The city of Luxembourg is the country's capital and was 2007's European city of culture with its historic buildings and beautiful architecture.

Split on two levels the city meanders around the river on the lower level and is divided by high viaducts up above.

There are a wealth of museums and restaurants and with an average two-course meal costing around 15 euros eating out is reasonably priced.

An unexpected treat in Luxembourg is their domestically produced wine. A visit to one of the country's many wineries provides a great day out and a fantastic opportunity to buy wine and champagne for a special occasion.

The wineries usually have restaurants attached so a lunchtime break to eat traditional food is a good option.

Fritures de la Moselle is a Luxembourgish delicacy for anyone who likes fish - they are fried whole fish (a bit like whitebait) which come from the river and can be washed down with some fine wine from a country which does not produce enough to export.

A trip down the caves with a tour guide is a great way to spend an afternoon and learn about how the Luxembourg people make champagne - and how the French aren't all that thrilled about it!

For 10 euros you can buy an all day tourist pass which includes all public transport and museum entrances for the day. There is a natural history museum and a lot of grand buildings related to the monarchy.

You can stroll right up to the door of Luxembourg's No, 10 and wander around the old fort which overlooks to town.

Out of the city there is a day trip to the forests in the north of the country or a medicinal spa in the south.

Luxair's four times daily flights from city airport are quick and easy and more environmentally friendly than normal planes for those feeling guilty about their carbon footprint.

A propeller plane provides a comfortable one hour trip and consumes 25 per cent less fuel per passenger than a jet. It also produces up to 62 per cent less CO2 than the jet it has replaced on this route.

Luxembourg is a truly international country and each child grows up speaking three languages. For a unique and very European experience a few days in Luxembourg can be a treat. But be warned it is very small so don't go for longer or you might find yourself a bit bored.

For more information visit www.luxair.lu.

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