The best places to stay in Luxembourg: discover where to stay and when to visit this tiny European nation
Luxembourg is a beautiful small nation in the heart of Western Europe. The country is the only one in the world currently ruled by a Grand Duke. In this post we will list the best places to stay in Luxembourg for tourists and business visitors, with thorough information about each of these areas.
Tourism in Luxembourg: Overview
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a tiny, landlocked country in Western Europe bordering Belgium, Germany and France. Despite its small size, it receives a relatively high number of visitors due to its geographical location and economic relevance.
This tiny nation is a great destination for a weekend getaway if you live in Europe, or for a short trip if you are visiting the old continent. The charming streets of its capital Luxembourg city are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is definitely worth a visit.
You can easily access the country by car or train from its neighboring countries. The Findel Airport has a good number of routes to most European big cities, however, there are very few flights to other continents. Low cost companies have a timid, yet important number of routes to the Luxembourg Airport.
Best Places to Stay in Luxembourg
Luxembourg city is probably the ideal place for a short stay in Luxembourg. The city itself is small and most attractions are at a walking distance from one another. There are two beautiful and pleasant quarters, which I consider the best places to stay in Luxembourg city: Ville Haute (Uewerstad), Gare (Garer Quartier).
Ville Haute is the most central quarter in Luxembourg, with beautiful architecture and a welcoming atmosphere. The Ville Haute quarter has a number of important buildings, including the Grand Ducal Palace, the official residence of the Grand Duke, it is certainly one of the best areas to stay in the country.
The Gare quarter has its name from the Railway Station (Gare de Luxembourg). It has an ideal location if you arriving by train, with a great variety of hotels and restaurants in this area. You can check the Luxembourg Railways website for timetables and tickets.
It is the best area to stay in for train travelers, but also at a walking distance to the Ville Haute.
The countryside also offers beautiful landscapes and pleasant towns. Esch-sur-Alzette is probably a good choice to visit, especially if you are traveling by car.
Staying outside Luxembourg for Budget Travelers
For budget travelers coming for a day trip, there are some rather good options to stay outside the country. The cities of Trier (Germany) and Metz (France) and also some towns in Belgium offer a great accommodation options, often at lower prices.
Staying in Trier and Traveling Daily to Luxembourg
Opting to stay in Trier while visiting Luxembourg on a daily basis can be a wise choice due to the significant price difference in accommodation. Trier, a charming German city located near the Luxembourg border, often offers more affordable lodging options compared to the relatively higher prices in Luxembourg. By choosing Trier as your base, you can save considerably on accommodation expenses without compromising on convenience.
One of the advantages of staying in Trier is the ease of commuting to Luxembourg. By taking a train from Trier Hauptbahnhof (Main Station), you can reach Luxembourg Central Station in approximately one hour. The train connections between Trier and Luxembourg are frequent, allowing you to effortlessly travel back and forth between the two cities. This convenient transportation option not only saves you money but also provides the opportunity to explore Trier’s own historical landmarks, such as the Porta Nigra and the Roman Amphitheatre, while enjoying the cultural diversity and attractions of Luxembourg during the day.
Staying in Belgium and Traveling Daily to Luxembourg
Opting to stay in Belgian towns close to the border with Luxembourg while visiting the country daily can be a smart decision to keep accommodation costs in check. There are several Belgian towns near the Luxembourg border, such as Arlon, Athus, or Martelange, that often offer more affordable accommodation options compared to staying directly in Luxembourg. By choosing one of these towns as your base, you can enjoy lower accommodation prices without compromising on accessibility.
Staying in France (Thionville, Metz) and Travelling Daily to Luxembourg
Choosing to stay in Thionville or Metz, two French towns close to the border with Luxembourg, while visiting Luxembourg on a daily basis can be a great option to save on accommodation expenses. These towns often offer more affordable lodging options compared to staying directly in Luxembourg, allowing you to enjoy comfortable accommodation at a lower cost.
One of the advantages of staying in Thionville or Metz is the ease of commuting to Luxembourg. From either of these towns, you can take a train or bus to reach Luxembourg City and be at the Luxembourg Central Station in approximately one hour or less, depending on the specific location and mode of transportation chosen.
Budget Accommodation in Luxembourg
Youth Hostel Luxembourg City – probably the best budget accommodation in the capital, at a walking distance to Place d’Armes.
Reasonably Priced Accommodation in Luxembourg
Park Inn by Radisson Luxembourg City – just a short walk to the Luxembourg Railway Station, this property is ideal if you visiting the country by train.
Hotel Empire – Situated in the Gare Quarter, this hotel is at a walking distance to the most attractions in the city.
Luxurious Hotels in Luxembourg
Hotel Le Place d’Armes – a luxurious hotel located in the very center of Luxembourg, close to the Place d’Armes and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Hotel Le Royal – a sumptuous hotel, located in one of the most prestigious areas of Luxembourg.
Cost of Travel in Luxembourg
This small nation has one of the highest minimum salaries and standards of living in the world. A number of important multinational companies have headquarters in the country, attracting a high number of business visitors. All these aspects influence the cost of travel in the country, which is pretty high.
One can expect to spend from 100 to 200 € per day, depending on your choice of activities. If you have a tight budget, you will be looking at 90 € to cover food, accommodation and also transport costs.
You can also do a day trip to the country from Belgium, France or Germany. This can be a great option if you are doing an Eurotrip and time is a constraint.
It is important to remember that public transport in free in Luxembourg for everybody, including for tourists. However if you are staying in a border town like Trier in Germany or Metz in France, you will have to pay for a ticket in and out of the Grand Duchy.
Best Months to Visit
Luxembourg’s climate is oceanic, with four seasons and high precipitation. The winter in the region is less cold than a number of places in Europe, and summer are generally warm.
In general, the country has a pleasant climate year round, but other factors are important to consider. The country receives the biggest influx of tourist during summer, when prices go up. January and February are the cheapest months to visit the country, but the cold can be unpleasant at times. From March to June the temperature is mild and precipitation is rather low, especially when compared to autumn.
Other Resources for Traveling in Benelux
If you are traveling to the neighboring countries in the region you might want to check some of other guides to Benelux. Check where to stay in Brussels and Bruges. You may also want to check our guide to Maastricht and Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.