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Where to go in Luxembourg
Luxembourg is the sixth-smallest country and the only Grand Duchy in the world. The country measures just 51 miles (max North-South) by 32 miles (max East-West). The northern half of the country, site of the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, is hilly, densely forrested Ardennes countryside, dotted with medieval hilltop castles, of which Vianden, Esch-sur-Sûre, and Bourscheid are probably best known. To the North-East of the City, the "Müllerthal" region is often called Luxembourg's "Little Switzerland"; strange sand-rock formations litter the area's many woods, providing opportunities for not-too strenuous rock-climbing, or walking along the hundreds of well-marked hiking paths criss-crossing the area in every direction. The "Gutland" in the centre and the south is mainly rolling farmland and woods, bordered to the east by the wine-producing valley of the Moselle, and in the extreme south-west by a narrow strip of red earth which forms the Luxembourg iron-ore basin.
Road conditions / restrictionsLuxembourg has a modern, well-maintained system of highways and secondary roads. Road signs and markings are clear and, as applicable, worded in French. Streets in the city, construction sites and crossroads are well illuminated at night. On highways, a digital alert system warns drivers of incidents or detours. Roads towards and out of Luxembourg City are congested during the morning and evening rush hour.
Where to campWild camping
Free camping is only allowed with permisssion of the owner of the property.
Motorhome stopovers (camperovernachtingsplaatsen)
There are few motorhome stopovers in Luxembourg where overnight parking is tolerared or allowed.
Campings and campsites
Many excellent camp sites are dotted throughout the countryside.
Type of motorhome(s)
C-Class or Coachbuilt
An extended chassis on a van cab with a coachbuilt living space, rather like having a high spec caravan on the back. The wider 'caravan' body allows designers to cleverly incorporate almost everything you could need into a quite small space - even cross-body beds big enough for a six footer. Frequently called a 'motorcaravan'. Also known as a C-Class in the UK. Many have overcab beds in the 'Luton' but there are also 'low-profile' versions of these motorcaravans without the Luton over-cab space and sometimes with a lower roofline, these vans are much more economical on motorways due to their improved aerodynamics.
A-Class or Integrated
Medium or largish 'van completely coachbuilt - i.e. with nothing of the original van bodywork or cab exterior. Potentially the best design since almost everything is based on the needs of motorcaravanners but they are usually rather expensive and historically not that popular in the UK though this is changing. These days they are about 2.2 metres wide like the c-class coachbuilts and often have a transverse 'drop-down' double bed stored in the roof over the cab seats offering much more headroom than the Luton bed in a c-class. Often only 3 berth. The posh end of the market and often referred to as a 'motorhome'.
Driving licenseDriving licences issued in EU countries are valid for use in Luxembourg for the period of their validity. Non-EU nationals can use their own licence together with an international driving licence.
VisaGeneral European Visa rules apply
HealthThere are reciprocal health agreements with all other EU member states. UK citizens should obtain form E111 from the Department of Health before travelling. Hospital treatment is normally free on presentation of the E111 but patients must pay a standard daily fee which is not refunded.
Emergency telephone numbersIf you have an emergency in Luxembourg, call 112. 112 is a European Economic Community initiative to provide a one telephone number contact for ambulance services, the police, the fire service, air and sea rescue and other emergency services available within a specific country (such as mountain patrol). The 112-telephone number is designed for use in emergencies only. Calls are answered in English, French, and German. Call to the police may be routed using 113
Best time to visitWeather in Luxembourg is moderated somewhat by the sea some 200 miles to the north. Summers can be warm. There are about 10-13 rain days each month. In autumn the forests are very attractive with beautiful colours. Springtime, when the wildflowers bloom is also very nice.
Languages'Lëtzebuergesch' is the everyday spoken language of the people, and the symbol of the Luxembourgers national identity. Since the creation of a dictionary and a grammar, this former Mosel-Frankish dialect is now recognised as the national language (since 1984), while both French and German remain the official languages.