A merican travelers often overlook the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In fact, in many guidebooks it’s included in the chapter on Belgium and on a map it even looks as if it should be part of Belgium.
And although the country’s well known diminutive size doesn’t help draw the tourist crowd — it’s roughly 2/3 the size of Rhode Island with a population of 420,000 – it does have some interesting places to visit.
Luxembourg City, on the southern border with France, is one of Europe’s major financial centers, and you’ll find few capital cities anywhere that sit in such a rugged setting.
The northern part of the country, with its dense forests, deep valleys and hilltops crowned with castles, has a rugged natural beauty. The picturesque towns of Vianden and Echternach transport you back to the country’s medieval past.