Amateurs of sporty holidays will find a plethora of leisure activities to accomplish whilst in Luxembourg. From climbing and cycling, to nautical sports and aviation, Luxembourg sports combine physical challenge with entertainment for both young and old. Outdoor leisure sports such as golf or fishing are doubly enhanced given the fabulous natural surroundings of the Grand Duchy. At the end of a hard day, you will find wellness, health and spa centers throughout the country that offer moments of pure relaxation.
Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe and ranked 175th in size of all the recognised 194 independent countries of the world. It does however offer outdoor enthusiasts a multitude of scenic locations, which range from pretty rivers to striking rock formations. Landlocked Luxembourg certainly crams in a lot into its one thousand square miles. In the capital Luxembourg City, picturesque views are easy to come by, with a stroll around the ramparts a superb way to spend an afternoon. Lying between the green valleys of the Petrusse and Alzette rivers, the city is easily manageable on foot and stands as one of the most fortified sites in the world. The Chemin de la Corniche is sometimes referred to as the most beauiful balcony in Europe and offers stuning views of the area. This scenic promenade leads from the St Esprit plateau along the ramparts to the Bock promontory. Built by the French and Spaniards in the 17th Century, the fortifications were dismantled after the Treaty of London in 1867, which granted Luxembourg’s neutrality. Most of the wall has since been removed, but these remaining fortifications were enough to be deemed worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status since 1994. Outside of the capital, the Ardennes is situated in northern Luxembourg and is a mountainous and forested area that is a continuation of the Belgian Ardennes. Throughout this region, there are numerous campgrounds, hiking trails and bike paths. One notable site is the Haute-Sure Nature Reserve in Esch-sur-sure, which is a great place to rent bikes and explore the countryside, as well as kayak the Sure River. The area southeast of the Ardennes is named Mullerthal or Little Switzerland. Echternach is a stand-out town in this region, lying on the eastern border of the country. This small town is an ideal camping spot and an excellent base from which to explore the region. Like the Ardennes, Mullerthal is home to a number of hiking trails and bike paths which link local villages. For those who prefer less genteel excursions, the cliffs nearby offer some stern rock climbing challenges. Sitting in the southeast part of Luxembourg, The Moselle Valley is reputed to be one of the world’s best wine tasting locations. Indeed, the town of Ehnen has its own Wine Museum, although the main attractions locally are the guided wine cellar tours, which many of the region’s cellars offer between late spring and early autumn. The Cellars of Poll-Fabaire in Wormeldange, St. Martin’s Cellars in Remich and the Bernard-Massard Cellars in Grevenmacher are amongst the most tourist-friendly cellars and prove very popular with visitors.
Luxembourg is a great destination for hot air ballooning, providing stunning views and unforgettable experiences. A number of operators organise flights – Skylines Balloons being one.
Flights can be arranged for early morning or evening departures in the summer and at any time of the day in the winter season.
Bookings should generally be made a few days in advance.
Flights depart every day, including weekends and public holidays, weather permitting.
Cycling or Bicycling as it is less known is a form of transport, recreation and sport which has had a significant resurgence in recent years due to rising fuel costs, traffic congestion as well as a means of keeping fit. Depending on the kind of cycling you wish to do, there is a bike suitable to your needs. From mountain bikes, Tourers, Road Bikes to racing bikes, there is a cycle to fit all.
In areas in which cycling is popular and encouraged, cycle-parking facilities using bicycle stands, lockable mini-garages, and patrolled cycle parks are used in order to reduce theft. Local governments promote cycling by permitting bicycles to be carried on public transport or by providing external attachment devices on public transport vehicles. Conversely, an absence of secure cycle-parking is a recurring complaint by cyclists from cities with low modal share of cycling.
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is coordinating the development of a network of high-quality cycling routes that connect the whole continent. The routes can be used by long-distance cycle tourists, as well as by local people making daily journeys. EuroVelo currently comprises of 14 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020.
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