Luxembourg: Mini-Nation, Maxi-Wealth
Luxembourg is a very small country which borders Belgium, France and Germany and is rarely found on the mainstream tourist itinerary. It boasts the highest per capita income in the world, and is run by a Constitutional Monarchy which is the only “Grand Duchy” left in the world. Due of its overwhelming wealth which puts Switzerland to shame and extremely central European location, Luxembourg is home to a large number of ultra luxury hotels, resorts, and spas which make it the preferred destination for the moneyed Euro Jet Set.
This tiny landlocked nation of Luxembourg boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants per each one of its inhabitants than any other nation on the planet. Specializing in a perfect culinary mix of fine French technique and stout German heartiness, the most prized Luxembourgian dishes include “Friture de la Moselle” which are deep fried tiny river fish, “Judd matt Gaardebounen” which is a collar of smoked pork served with Benelux fava beans, plus Wild Boar, Pike in Riesling Sauce, Ardennes Ham, and many other luxuriant specialties most often served with a heaping helping of sausage and sauerkraut on the side. To wash it all down, choose from a fine bottle of Luxembourg wine such as the extremely dry white wines from the Moselle Valley: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Reisling. You may want to enjoy one of the marvelous local beers such as Mousel, Diekirch, or Bofferding which offer a very unique, full bodied, hoppy taste experience. Then you can continue your culinary adventure by enjoying a cup of Luxembourg’s famous coffee and a portion of cake or pastry at one of the city’s many patisseries.
Luxembourg is a truly superlative high end shopping destination where you will find among many other stratospheric name brands, the famous firm of Villeroy and Boch which is a world-famous producer of fine china. At its Luxembourg headquarters store, shoppers will find the striking work of almost three centuries of fine craftsmanship. The Old City in Luxembourg, high above the gorges and dating from the 17th century, is one of Europe’s most distinguished locations to shop for the most elite designer European clothes, fine art and hand-crafted gold and diamond jewelry.
Luxembourg is also a location of absolutely world class, phenomenal museums. The National Museum for History and Art at Marché aux Poissons, is an attraction in itself, with underground extensions to the building constructed directly into the rock face. The Museum of the History of the City of Luxembourg on rue du Saint Esprit, provides a memorable and stunning multimedia overview of the city. Luxembourg’s brand new Musée d’Art Moderne on avenue Guillaume has quickly established itself as one of the continent’s prime repositories of the greatest artwork of the current age.
This is a nation which is not at all for the budget-conscious. Make sure your credit cards have ample limits on them as Luxembourg is anything but a budget destination. However, for anyone who is willing to take on the considerable investment to take in sights and experiences unlike anywhere else in Europe, it is virtually mandatory to make room in your European itinerary for this magnificent and completely unique city state.