Stage 6 : A family holiday in Luxembourg and Germany for historical sites

Stage 6 : A family holiday in Luxembourg and Germany for historical sites.

CENTRAL ROUTE

Stage 6/24 - 347 kms

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122 kms Luxembourg

35 kms Beaufort

19 kms Brandenburg

17 kms Hosigen

97 Kms Bad Münstereifel

57 Kms Cologne

carte Verdun a Cologne

A family holiday in Luxembourg City : cultural city

Capital of a small country, Luxembourg City is nevertheless a vibrant and lively cultural city. A real cultural platform, it has an abundance of artistic venues such as museums, theatres and concert halls. The country’s centre boasts about 150 different nationalities who have chosen to live in a city at the heart of the action. Its cultural program results in Luxembourg being the image of its city-dwellers: multilingual, multicultural, creative and eclectic.

Upper Sûre Natural Park (Luxembourg)

The Upper Sûre Natural Park is located in north-western Luxembourg, near the Belgian border. Now, the natural park covers four communes namely Boulaide, Esch-sur-Sûre, Upper Sûre Lake and Winseler, with a population of over 6000. A myriad of hiking trails and themed walks inform the visitors about the interesting aspects of the region’s nature, culture and history. Visitors can cross the Upper Sûre Lake in a solar-powered boat and explore the lake in an ecological way.

City of Luxembourg : old quarters and fortifications

Luxembourg is a cosmopolitan, lively and modern city on a human scale. The imprints left by the past merge with a developing contemporary world. This skilful mix is one of the components of the city’s identity: a meeting point for cultures with a rich historic past. Due to its strategic position between the Kingdom of France and the Holy Roman Empire, the fortress of Luxembourg became one of Europe’s most important fortified sites between the 16th century and 1867, its demolition date. Its fortifications gave an overview of military architecture spanning several centuries.  The greatest engineers came from all over Europe, for example Vauban, leaving a mark on this fortress considered as the Gibraltar of the North.

Today, the fortress of Luxembourg reflects this common European past. The military and civil edifices, built in a remarkable natural environment, define the old city’s architectural framework, which was recognised thanks to its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. The casemates, the path of the ramparts, the National Museum Drai Eechelen, the military structures preserved in the public parks and paths, the thematic itineraries, including the essential Wenceslas tour, the exceptional visits organised by the Friends of the History of the Fortress give the opportunity to discover the world heritage of humanity.

Our Lady of Luxembourg (Notre Dame du Luxembourg) and its Cathedral

Our Lady of Luxembourg is the old city’s main church. It is located on the same rocky side as the ducal palace and the Bock. The cathedral was built in the 17th century, the towers were modified during the 20th. It is the site of royal weddings, funerals and other major religious events for the Luxembourg monarchy. Inside, stands a statue of the Comforter of the Afflicted which is venerated by many pilgrims, a crypt with a wide variety of modern art and a sarcophagus holding the remains of John the Blind, ruler of Luxembourg during the 14th century.

Beaufort : Have to discover the historical Castle

BEAUFORT - France

BEAUFORT - Luxembourg © Sergey Novikov - Fotolia.com

The old historical castle, protected by a moat, was built over four periods. Based on a document of 1192, it is presumed that Walter of Wiltz was the first Lord of Beaufort. The oldest part of the castle dates from the early 11th century. It was a small square fortress on a massive rock, surrounded by a wide ditch and a second wall facing the valley. Around the first half of the 12th century, a tower was added and the access gate was moved and enlarged. The wedding of Adelaide of Beaufort with William of Orley in 1348 meant that the castle became the property of the House of Orley. The lords of Orley expanded the castle towards the valley. Since 1539 Bernard of Velbrück was Lord of Beaufort.

Practical Services

Luxembourg : Hotel Francais

Luxembourg : Suite Novotel Luxembourg

Luxembourg : Hotel Vauban

Luxembourg : The Queen Luxury Apartments - Villa Carlotta

Luxembourg : City Hotel

Luxembourg : Sofitel Luxembourg Europe

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Brandenburg : A paradise for tourists

BRANDENBOURG - Germany

BRANDENBOURG - Germany © CeHa - Fotolia.com

The beautiful countryside at Berlin’s doorsteps. All roads lead to Berlin through the holiday paradise of Brandenburg. This region surrounding Germany’s capital offers natural beauty, culture and scenic lakes for tourists. Be active, breathe the fresh air and enjoy being outdoors during your holidays in Brandenburg. Brandenburg an der Havel is a town in the state of Brandenburg, in Germany. It lies on the banks of the Havel River. The town of Brandenburg is almost as well known as the State of Brandenburg, drawn from the name of the medieval bishopric of Brandenburg, the Margraviate of Brandenburg and the present state of Brandenburg. Today, it is a small town compared to Berlin, but it was the original centre of the former kingdoms of Brandenburg and Prussia.

Hosingen : a new tourist destination

Hosingen is a small town in northern Luxembourg and a new tourist destination. On 1st January 2012, the commune merged with Consthum and the Hoscheid communes to form the commune of Parc Hosingen. Other towns within the commune include Bockholtz, Dorscheid, Neidhausen, Rodershausen, Untereisenbach, Wahlhausen.

Exploring the town of Bad Münstereifel  : historical spa

Bad Münstereifel is a historical spa town in the Eifel mountain range. It is one of the few historical towns in the Rhineland region to have retained its medieval ramparts intact. The town is small enough to see everything while walking around it. It is enclosed within its 13th century walls which have been remarkably well preserved. The town’s main gates are Werther Tor Johannistor, Orchheimer Tor, Tor and Heisterbacher.

Eifel National Park

Parc National de L'EIFEL - Germany

Parc National de L'EIFEL - Germany © rcfotostock - Fotolia.com

The Eifel National Park protects the wood-rush and beeches that flourish in the maritime climate and which have been preserved to this day in some parts of the North Eifel, as well as in large parts of Central Europe. An area of 110 square kilometres is covered by deciduous and coniferous woods, lakes, streams and open grasslands. A large stretch of adjacent forest with a high percentage of beech woods is the region known as the Kermeter.  This forested area is accessible and offers a large number of interesting walks. The Eifel National Park is home to over 900 species of endangered animals and plants on the red list. A total of 1,300 species of beetles have been discovered in its woods. Other kinds of wildlife in the park include the wild cat, the black stork and the wall lizard which is rare in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Cologne : a major cultural and tourist German city

COLOGNE - Allemagne

COLOGNE - Germany© william87 - Fotolia.com

Cologne is Germany’s fourth city and one of the largest European metropolitan areas with over ten million inhabitants. It lies on both sides of the Rhine. The city’s famous cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne is one of Europe’s oldest and largest universities. Cologne is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland and a tourist German city. It boasts more than thirty museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archaeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number of  trade shows such as Art Cologne, imm Cologne, Gamescom, and the Photokina.

Palace of Augustusburg and Falkenlust (on the way between Bad Munstereifel and Cologne)

The Augustusburg Palace and the Falkenlust hunting lodge, along with their gardens, have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a fine example of a German rococo. The works on Augustusburg Palace, the favourite residence of Clemens August of Bavaria, Archbishop and Elector of Cologne, started in 1725 under the Westphalian architect Johann Conrad Schlaun. From 1728 to 1768, it was converted into a superb residential palace by the Bavarian court architect François de Cuvilliés. The palace’s great staircase, used for official receptions by the German president until 1996, was designed by Balthasar Neumann. The Baroque gardens were created by Dominique Girard, modelled on French design. Falkenlust, a small summer residence, used as hunting lodge, was also built by Cuvilliés, in a fairly short time. It is one of the German rococo era’s intimate and fine creations.

Cologne Cathedral

The Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church in Cologne, Germany. It is a famous monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture making it a World Heritage Site. As Germany’s most visited monument, it attracts an average of 20 000 people daily. The construction of Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 and was stopped in 1473, leaving it unfinished. Cologne’s medieval builders had planned an imposing structure to house the reliquary of the three kings and make it suitable as a place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor. Despite having been left incomplete during the medieval period, the Cologne Cathedral later became as a “masterpiece of exceptional intrinsic value” and a “powerful witness to the strength and perseverance of Christian belief in medieval and modern Europe”.

Practical Services

Brandenburg : FerienRemise

Brandenburg : Havel Cruiser

Brandenburg : City Hotel Pension Brandenburg

Bad Münstereifel : Hotel Kurhaus Uhlenberg

Bad Münstereifel : Hotel am Orchheimer Tor

Bad Münstereifel : Hotel Restaurant Wolfsschlucht

Cologne : Mercure Hotel Koeln Belfortstrasse

Cologne : Hotel am Augustinerplatz

Cologne : Hotel Esplanade

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