ETIAS - Traveling to Luxembourg
U.S. citizens can travel to Luxembourg using an ETIAS visa waiver
Country of Luxembourg
- Luxembourg City
- Euro (€)
- UTC+1 (CET)
- Luxembourgish, French, German
Emergency Luxembourg Telephone Numbers
112 (112 is the equivalent to 911 in the US)
Luxembourg: An Overview
Luxembourg, or the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg officially, is a small country in the heart of western Europe landlocked by Belgium, Germany, and France. This is the world's last grand duchy, which means it has a grand duke or grand duchess as its head of state. With city distractions, old fortresses, and unrivaled natural beauty of verdant valleys and meandering rivers, diminutive Luxembourg is a draw to more visitors than is has residents. The wealthiest country in Europe hosts a population of just under 600,000 people and receives 1.1 million visitors annually.
Fun fact: Nearly half of the population is originally from other countries. Most are attracted by the its high standard of living, gorgeous landscape, and central location at the crossroads of Europe.
Luxembourg plays a prominent role in European affairs and was one of the original five countries to sign the Schengen Agreement, the treaty that led to the creation of Europe's Schengen Area. The signing ceremony took place in 1985 near Schengen, a small wine-making town in the country's southeast.
The majority of visitors choose to spend time in the capital, Luxembourg City, for the historical treasures of its old town and the high-end shopping and entertainment complexes of the Kirchberg District. Beyond the city, there is lovely countryside and lots of small towns worth exploring, such as medieval Vianden in the northeast, Echternach, which was founded in the seventh century and the attractive charms of Clervaux in the north. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization, ETIAS, will be in effect in 2021.
Authorization for the ETIAS Visa Waiver Program for US citizens allows for visa-free travel with a flexible 90-day limit to Luxembourg and other Schengen are countries. American tourists with ETIAS approval can enjoy all of this and more when they endlessly explore this fascinating European country.
Primary languages:French, German, and the national language; Luxembourgish. English is spoken in most tourist areas.
Where to Go
Luxembourg City may be one of Europe's best-kept secrets. Although the compact capital is primarily known as a financial center, it is awash with breathtaking sights and attractions, an enticing mix of old and new. The city is one of the three seats of the European Parliament and the headquarters of the European Court of Justice. One of the capital's biggest calling cards is the historical Old Quarter, which is perched on cliffs and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Cobbled streets lined with brightly colored houses, beautifully laid out parks and gardens, and the remains of the old fortress, once dubbed the "Gibraltar of the north," make it a memorable place to wander.
Among the many historical sights are Notre-Dame Cathedral, underground passages and galleries of the Casemates du Bock, and the Palais Grand-Ducal. This 16th-century Flemish Renaissance building was originally the residence of the Grand Duke and the royal family. Luxembourg City has plenty of modern-day attractions, including the Museum of Modern Art, trendy nightclubs, and the Panoramic Elevator of the Pfaffenthal. The glass elevator connects Pescatore Park with the Pfaffenthal area at the bottom of the Alzette valley and offers lofty views of the city center.
Luxembourg City is celebrated for its diverse culinary scene with family eateries and gourmet restaurants, including a generous serving of Michelin-starred eateries. The cuisine is a rich mixture of European flavors made with local products. Referred to as “Luxembourgish food,” it is a delightful blend of French and German-inspired cuisine. Luxembourg has some regarded, if not well-known, wineries so tastings in the city are on the must do list of visitors and locals alike.
Don’t miss: The promenade. After dinner take a guided tour along the city streets. Illuminated and lovely; meander to sites including Constitution Square, Holy Ghost Plateau, Monument of the Millennium, Old Town, and Place d’Armes and the palace with a guide sharing the rich history of this enchanting city.
Clervaux is a pretty little town set in a valley beside the Clerve River in the north of the country. The cluster of white buildings set against green-covered hills looks like something out of a fairytale. In addition to the churches, hiking trails, and restaurants, Clervaux is home to the majestic Clervaux Castle, which dates back to the 12th century and is perched on the slopes of a rocky promontory. Much of the building was destroyed during World War II's Battle of the Bulge, but it has since been restored. Inside is a museum dedicated to the battle as well as the famed Family of Man photographic exhibition. This collection of more than 500 photographs by 273 artists was first shown in the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1955 and is now permanently installed in the castle.
Luxembourg may well be petite, but it is home to a rich diversity of picturesque landscapes that take in woods, meadows, rock formations, lakes, and rivers.
Visitors enjoy cycling, hiking, and birding and wildlife spotting in the country's nature reserves such as the Schlammwiss nature reserve. Protected wetlands area stretches alongside the River Syre in eastern Luxembourg. It is the country's largest connected reed area. Many bird species make this their breeding grounds during spring and summer, including little grebes, coots, and moorhens. Also known for its rich diversity of birds is the nature reserve Haff Réimech, located beneath the wine slopes between Schengen (where the Schengen agreement was signed) and Remich.
Travelers who like to get active in the great outdoors can join Luxembourgers with their passion for cycling on approximately 370 miles of cycling paths and mountain bike tracks. Meanwhile, hikers can lace up their boots and take advantage of hiking trails in every one of the country's five regions.
The beauty of nature can also be enjoyed in the many public parks and gardens such as Merl-Belair Park in Luxembourg City, Colpach Park near Colpach Castle and the French Gardens of Ansembourg Castle. The castle’s Baroque gardens to the west of the country were laid out in the 18th century and are adorned with statues and fountains.
More leisure and recreational opportunities await at the country's lakes, including the Weiswampach Lakes and Echternach Lake.
At this resort area, visitors can fish, cross the water in pedal boats, and hike through the forest that surrounds the pristine 70-acre lake. A summer picnic lakeside with hearty local provisions and wine is a lovely way to savor magical Luxembourg.
This small European country shares international borders with France to the south, Germany to the east and Belgium to the west and north. All four countries are members of the Schengen Area and will be eligible for visa-free travel with an ETIAS visa waiver for entry beginning in 2021.