Regional Overview

Fortress of the Ardenne

Luxembourg sits at a strategic intersection of the French and German-speaking worlds. Indeed, by the 19th century, it was one of Europe’s most heavily fortified regions. At the center of European conflict for centuries, the region is a distinctive combination of German, French, and Walloon, offering a glimpse into a more multi-cultural past and the nation-state of the future.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The Blue-Stone architecture of the Ardenne in the North, particularly Durbuy, Boullion, and St. Hubert.
  • The French-Baroque cityscapes of the South, e.g., Luxembourg City and Arlon
  • The monuments of architectural innovation in d’Orval, Saint-Hubert, Vianden, and the Fortress of Luxembourg




My suggested travel destinations with the top three destinations highlighted.

What is Luxembourg?

Proud of its heritage as a cultural crossroads, the people of Luxembourg learn to speak their language, Luxembourgish, German, and French. Their cultural heritage is simultaneously French, Walloon, and German, creating something unique. This cultural blending is evident in the architecture, from the early French Gothic of the d’Orval Ruins to the Liégeois Saint-Hubert to the avenues of Germanic Historicism throughout the South.

A trip through Luxembourg need not end with a simple visit to the capital. A journey from the Luxembourgish South to the Walloon North offers beautiful natural and cultural landscapes.

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My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

7.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 10
  • Transportation: 3
  • Volume/Capacity: 10
  • Infrastructure: 10
  • Interactivity: 5

6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 5
  • Monuments: 8
  • Quality: 5

9 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 8
  • Tradition: 10



A borderland where France meets Germany

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