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The national railway company of Luxembourg is known as the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois, or in English Luxembourg National Railway Company (CFL). Being a small country located in central Europe, Luxembourg has only 275 km of railway tracks. However more than 14 million passengers use the train every year, making it an important transportation choice. Sharing its borders with Belgium, France and Germany, Luxembourg is served by international trains with are operated by railway companies such as CFL, SNCF, NMBS/SNCB and DB.
Have an aimless walk around Luxembourg City ‘s sparkling skyscrapers, wander around the World Heritage fortifications or around the gorge that splits the city into two parts. Then board on train to Vianden and explore the castle, with its silver turrets, visit the Benedictine abbey of Echternach or the medieval castle of Clervaux.
Stay wowed in front of the northern Müllerthal’s weird sandstone formations. Take a train to the Ardennes region and breath some fresh air in its forest. If you like more historical sites, admire the Seven Castles Valley where medieval ruins and prehistoric caves are waiting for you.
Your friends will thank you to bring back in your luggage a bottle of fruity Moselle wine. For your family, hop on train to Nospelt and haggle for some blue and white earthenware, or bargain some crystal ware from the outlet factory of Villeroy & Boch.
Eat & Drink
Luxembourg’s cuisine is a peasant one, based on potatoes. If you’re in the Ardennes region, try ham with potato dumplings (gromperekniddelen), and taste the drepp, a strong schnapps made up of honey, herbs or pine. Test some F’rell am Réisleck (trout in Riesling sauce).
Taking the train (Ligne 10) to reach Luxembourg City, you will pass interesting historic towns such as Mersch or Clervaux.