Luxembourg: Ardennes Region

Calling from US:

  • Luxembourg: 011 + 352 + local number [leave off first "0"]

Transportation:

  • To get to the Ardennes region of Luxembourg take a train from Luxembourg City's Central Station to Ettelbruck. From Ettelbruck you can get to any of the towns listed above by bus or bus. To get around the area buy a day Billet Réseau pass, which is good on any train or bus in Luxembourg for the day in which it is validated [individual tickets 4.50 euros; groups of five = 3.50 euros]

Lodging

  • Hotel Victor Hugo [Vianden / tel: 83-41-60 / web site: www.hotel-victor-hugo.lu / email: info@hotel-Victor-hugo.lu] The students and faculty who stayed in this inexpensive hotel during the summer of 2001 raved about it. They describe the rooms as being pleasant and very clean. The hotel faces Vianden Castle. The town itself is a good place to do day trips to the many beautiful towns of Luxembourg's Ardennes region or for hiking. Recommendation by Art major Nancy McDevitt.
  • Hotel Heintz [Grand-Rue 55, Vianden / tel: 352-83-41-55 / fax: 352-83-45-49]: This hotel was formerly a Trinitarian monastery. The rooms are comfortable, though a bit more expensive than the Hotel Victor Hugo. 

Sights

  • Wiltz has a 12th century castle, the Romanesque / Renaissance Niederwiltz Church and a Battle of the Bulge Museum. The town is also a great base for leisurely strolls through the woods [1/2 hour by train from Ettelbruck]
  • Another beautiful town that boasts great hiking trails is Esch-Sir-Sûre. To see Luxembourg in all its natural beauty go to the Parc Naturel de la Haut-Sûre, a national park that offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities. You can also visit the ruins of Ess Castle. [by bus via Clervaux or Wiltz]
  • Echternach is a delightful town on the German border. The main site is its 19th century Benedictine monastery. It also has a beautiful 15th century town hall [1 hr by bus from Vianden]
  • Vianden has an interesting 9th century castle as well as the Victor Hugo House [rue de la Gare 37]. For those who are interested, the town also has a Doll and Toy Museum, which houses a collections of dolls and toys dating from the 16th century [by bus from Echternach or Ettlebruck].
  • Clervaux has a 12th century chateau, which houses the Family of Man exhibit and a WW II exhibit. On a hill above the town is the modern Benedictine Abbey of Sts. Maurice and Maur, which offers mass every day at 10:30am and vespers at 6:30pm [1/2 hour by train from Ettelbruck or 1/2 by bus from Vianden].
  • Ettelbruck is a dull little town that has an insipid little Patton Museum [Rue Dr. Klein 5]. Otherwise just use the town to get to more interesting places in the Ardennes.

Note:

  • Most of the towns in the region are dead on Sundays, so unless you are looking for absolute peace and quiet, travel during the week or on Saturday.