View from Vianden Castle Girl Vianden Scenery Vianden Luxembourg Walkway A picturesque town with an impressive castle? Get me there immediately. As soon as our trip to Luxembourg was booked, Vianden was on my radar and I couldn't wait to explore!

How to Get There

Despite our first day in Luxembourg being the gloomiest of them all, we set off early with high spirits. As we were staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton which is slightly outside of Luxembourg City centre, we walked to the Dommeldange Station (rather than a station in the city centre) and hopped on the train to Ettelbruck which takes a quick 30 minutes. On arrival at Ettelbruck station, there are three separate bus stops, so be sure to stand at the correct one ("routriere 2" if I remember correctly) before hopping off the bus at Vianden Bréck. There are a few bus stops  in Vianden but this one was in the perfect place to get off and explore!

RELATED: Train and bus travel is extraordinarily easy and efficient. If you're looking for another day trip from Luxembourg City, I highly recommend a trip to the Moselle Valley!

What to Do 

Vianden is another area of Luxembourg where I would highly recommend using the Luxembourg Card! Not only was our transport to the town completely free, so were most of the attractions! If you plan your day in the same way we did, you'll only end up paying for food and drinks during the day!

The Vianden Chairlift

Vianden Chairlift View of Vianden Castle It's no secret that I am scared of heights, but I had been told by many reliable sources that the views from the chairlift were unrivalled and I will do anything for some good scenery (it's all about that Instagram grid after all). Sweaty palms and a fair amount of squealing later, we were off and it wasn't that bad after all! My hands were steadily gripped to the safety bar, so my photo taking abilities were somewhat hindered but I did it! The views definitely live up to the hype from both the chairlift itself and the viewing deck at the top!

RELATED: Do you push your fears while travelling? My fear of heights is always tested while travelling - it's safe to say that dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top of the CN Tower was an experience!

Woodland Walk to the Castle

Walk to Vianden Castle The chairlift actually takes you above the height of the castle and therefore you need to walk downhill slightly to reach the castle's entrance. Approximately 33% of Luxembourg's land is covered by beautiful woodland and this walk is no exception! It's an easy downhill stroll, however it's probably a good idea to wear sensible shoes to conquer the dirt path! But as it's such a pretty walk, you won't mind taking your time in unsuitable shoes! Catching glimpses of the castle getting closer through the trees is also exciting!

Vianden Castle

Vianden Castle Roleplay Vianden Castle Couple Undoubtedly, the castle is the main reason that most people visit Vianden! You are free to explore the castle at your own pace, so there is no reason to wait for a guided tour etc. When entering the castle, we didn't notice the audio tour headsets but they would have been helpful at some parts of the visit - predominantly the museum element where signs for items on display were in French. The castle is absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth your time if you visit Luxembourg!

RELATED: I seem to find myself always visiting rural castles in Europe - have you read about my trip to Burg Eltz?

Take a Wander Around the Town

Vianden River Scenery Vianden Sculpture While the castle steals the limelight and is the reason most people visit Vianden, the rest of this little town is definitely worth your time too! Vianden is filled with picturesque little streets lined with gorgeous buildings and plenty of colourful flowers. The houses in Luxembourg are unlike anywhere I have ever seen before. While many of the houses don't depict a particularly modern style, you can tell that this is a very rich country and most of the houses are maintained to perfection.

Eat All the Gorgeous Food

Banana Nutella Crepe As with most picture perfect towns, there are lots of cute little eateries lining the streets. We opted for a crepes - obviously!

The Things We Didn't Get To Do

As with anywhere, there were a few bits that we didn't get to do which may spark your interest:
  • Trinitarian Church - After searching TripAdvisor before our visit, a quick look inside this church was on my to-do list but we ended up accidentally walking straight past it - oops!
  • Adventure Park Tree Climber - If you're from the UK, think "Go Ape" - this would be a great idea to keep the kids entertained after dragging them round the cultural sights! We definitely would have joined in if we were suitably dressed.
  • Maison de Victor Hugo - A small museum about the French novelist Victor Hugo, set in the house that he lived in for a short period in the 1870s.
Have you ever visited Vianden? Did you have a good time?

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts are my own. Danielle1

      ESCAPING ESSEX - Looking for a good day trip from Luxembourg City? Vianden is the place to be! With an impressive castle and gorgeous side streets, it is the perfect place to explore!
Moselle Valley View of River Our trip to Luxembourg was filled with sunny weather and long relaxing days, one of which took place in the Moselle Valley region of the country. We were stuck for ideas for the last day of our trip (we had already decided to dedicate the other two days to Luxembourg City and Vianden), but when colleague of mine suggested a day in the Moselle Valley region - I quickly fell in love with the idea after a quick google image search!

Where Is It?

The Moselle Valley is a region in Eastern Luxembourg, North-Eastern France and South-Western Germany, so if you are crossing borders between these three countries and happen to do so through the Moselle Valley area, make sure you stop and explore! The area centres itself around the Moselle River and has jaw-dropping views no matter which way you turn. But alas, pretty views aren't the only draw to this area - the Moselle Valley is also famed for being a producer of high-quality white and sparkling wines (yippee)!

RELATED: I've visited the Moselle Area of Germany previously - have you read about my trip to Burg Eltz? It is the most beautiful castle! 

How To Get There

As the Moselle Valley is such a large area of Luxembourg, you will need to decide which town to visit (it's possible to do more than one in a day if you travel fast). We decided to visit Grevenmacher (after some very intricate decision making that revolved around the question "what town can we get the most free things from our Luxembourg Card?") You can get to Grevenmacher using bus 130 from Centre Royal bus stop. The bus runs hourly and you can find timetables here. There are a few bus stops with "Grevenmacher" in the name, we hopped off at Grevenmacher Tanneurs and it was the perfect location.

Our Itinerary

Hire Bikes and Cycle Around the Vineyards

Moselle Valley Grevenmacher Bike Hire Grevenmacher Views Vineyard Moselle Bike Girl Resting Grevenmacher Vineyard Using the Luxembourg Card, bike hire was free for up to 24 hours from a nearby campsite. The bikes were good quality and didn't give me severe bum ache (I have been known to struggle walking after riding a bike before). We planned to do the Circular Walk of Nature and Wine Discovery route but found out after a very steep hill climb that bikes weren't allowed on a certain part of the trail and therefore stuck to the lower levels of the vineyards and the river front. As it was such a hot day and there was very little shade, being on the bikes was the perfect way to get around as it meant you got some breeze! We had a great time just cycling and exploring, this ended up being the majority of our day!

Take Hundreds of Photos Along The River

Moselle Valley Grevenmacher River Photos Moselle Valley Grevenmacher With the sun shining, the river looked absolutely gorgeous and I couldn't help but stop every few minutes to take a picture... or two... or three. I remember thinking the river area of the Moselle was beautiful on our train ride through Germany last year to reach Burg Eltz, so to be able to stop and enjoy the views properly (i.e. not on a train) was great!

Explore the Town Centre

Luxembourg Cute Buildings Luxembourg Yellow House On the hunt for lunch, we wandered into the town centre which is set back from the river and of course, as with the rest of Luxembourg,the buildings were gorgeous! The buildings throughout the entirety of Luxembourg were really stunning, a true mix of old and new styles and everything looked immaculate at all times. Luxembourg is a rich yet small country and this could be seen through the always prim and polished exteriors.

Go Wine Tasting with Bernard Massard

Bernard Massard Moselle Valley Bernard Massard Wines We made a slight error when planning our trip to Grevenmacher by visiting on a Monday. More careful research would have told us that Bernard Massard aren't open on a Monday for vineyard tours and wine tasting (which is free with the Luxembourg Card). However, the extensive shop is open all days of the week and is definitely worth a visit! On explaining to the lovely shop assistant that we were hoping to to a wine tasting and vineyard tour, she gave us an explanation of the wines they have on offer and allowed us to taste a few!

Jardin Des Papillons

Jardin Des Papillons Jardin Des Papillons Luxembourg Butterfies Luxembourg After returning the bikes to the campsite (side note: probably the nicest campsite I have ever seen), we went to the nearby butterfly garden before returning to the bus. Butterflies have a significant meaning within my family, so I loved wandering around and snapping photos of the beautiful creatures.

The Things We Didn't Get to Do In the Moselle Valley

Take a Cruise on MS Princess Marie-Astrid

The Princess Marie-Astrid is a large boat on the river Moselle which offers a wide range of entertainment. From simply hopping on board to enjoy the scenery from the river, to entertaining themed nights and even a good old Sunday Lunch! The MS Princess Marie-Astrid is not open on Mondays, check here for timetables.

The Printing Museum

Also closed on a Monday (top tip - don't visit Grevenmacher on a Monday!) is the Printing Museum which houses items dating from the 1930s used to make playing cards. Entry is free on the Luxembourg Card and the building looked small and worth a quick stop while you are passing by. Are you planning a trip to Luxembourg? If so, be sure to add a day trip to the Moselle Valley!

Disclaimer: In light of full disclosure, we did receive our Luxembourg Cards for free on behalf of the Luxembourg Tourism Board, however all thoughts are my own, as always. 

Danielle1 THE MOSELLE VALLEY - When visiting Luxembourg, be sure to visit the country's wine production area - the Moselle Valley!