Don’t tell us that you have never intended on visiting the smallest countries in the world! Of course you did because it is so fascinating to see how things can function with such enclosing borders. Well, Luxembourg is one of these tiny countries but when you come to think of it, it isn’t even that minuscule compared to Monaco or Andorra (wink). So, without further ado, let us see the top five things to know before visiting it!
Tipping is usually one of the most talked-about subjects when it comes to international etiquette. Why? Well simply because people want to stay on the polite side of the coin. So, tipping in Luxembourg is technically unnecessary due to the fact that a service charge of 15% is usually added to the bill. What people do tend to do, however, is add 1 or 2 extra Euros if they consider the service to be impeccable. Taxi drivers, on the other hand, are usually tipped with 10% extra because they do not have service added to their bills. And here comes the interesting part: Luxembourg has people that are called “movie ushers”. Now, we know that these individuals are fairly common in some countries but you might be visiting from a place where such a profession is unheard of. So, regardless of where you hail from, tipping them with 1-2 Euros is considered polite.
2. Language barriers:
It is important to understand that Luxembourg is a melting pot of cultures and, hence, of languages. For this particular reason, there are three distinct official languages recognised in the country: French, German, and Luxembourgish. While German isn’t that far away from the last one, French is on the other side of the linguistic spectrum. If you speak either one of these three languages (although speaking Luxembourgish is quite a feat since only 390,000 people in the world are versed in its intricacies), you are going to get by just fine within the bounds of the country. English is also very well-spoken there and Luxembourg is proud to state that most people with higher education are adept at it. The younger population is much more likely to be able to help you out in any given situation since their understanding of the online world has granted them a vaster English vocabulary. So no, you are not likely to get lost in such a small country with such intelligent and helpful people (wink)!
Alright, so we have already discussed that Luxembourg is considered one of the smallest countries around the world. But here’s the thing: people only dramatize that which they hear. Why? Because even though its objective size isn’t that big when we compare it to Russia, it really is just the 169th country out of 195 in terms of area size in the world. Stretching upon 2,586 square kilometres, it wildly outruns other contestants such as Singapore, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Maldives, Barbados, and other minuscule sovereign states. We recommend that you read more about country sizes because it really is a fascinating subject.
4. Castle heaven:
You read that right! Even though Luxembourg may seem minuscule in size, it harbours countless fascinating castles for you to explore. If you are up for some sightseeing and peeking into the ancient world, you are not going to be disappointed there. Famous castles that must not be left out include: the New Castle of Ansembourg, Aspelt Castle, Beggen Castle, Ansembourg Castle (this is what the locals usually call the old one), Bettange-sur-Mess Castle, Bettendorf Castle, Bourglinster Castle, the Grand Ducal Palace, and innumerable others.
5. Getting around:
As you may expect, moving about within the bounds of Luxembourg is a pretty effortless experience. Though there are coaches and taxis to get you where you need to go, the best possible way to hop between grandiose sights is to rent a car. The local roads and streets are never congested and people are laid back and calm behind the wheel. Driving is by no means hectic – the only things to keep an eye out for are foreign truck drivers (as Luxembourg is located in a place where it is traversed by hundreds of them daily) and they can sometimes honk your head off. Oh, and since you are located in an inviting, natural and friendly country, you can even consider going eco-friendly and getting yourself a bike (wink)!
Did you enjoy our list? What experiences have you had in Luxembourg and what aftertaste have they left you with? Tell us all about it in the comment section below and be sure to check back regularly for exciting updates! Safe travels and don’t forget to check all the nooks and crannies of those wonderful castles (wink)!