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Old 05-05-2017, 01:19 PM
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Anyone have recommendations for sights to see, places to stay, great roads to drive or fabulous restaurants, in the area surrounding Luxembourg? We'll be there for four days in mid-June, and plan on visiting Bastogne and the museums, the Nordschlief, and definitely spend some time in Trier / Saarburg, looking for our family's roots.

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We had a good, but certainly not spectacular, lunch at Il Tartufo, just off the A6 to the west of Luxembourg City as we were shooting through the country on our way to Bruges in April. The sort of food you can get in most Italian chain restaurants, but it was lunchtime.

We stayed in an interesting hotel in Sedan, France. It is inside an old fort, the Hôtel Le Chateau Fort de Sedan. The hotel was nice, not incredible, but you have to drive up through a narrow passageway to get inside. Then, the road along the Meuse River was pretty good.

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]If you are a WWII buff you might like to visit Fort Hackenberg near Thionville. It was part of the Maginot Line and is open to visitors. Quite interesting to see what life underground might be like during a war. It's more or less between Saarburg and Trier.

While in Trier drive the Mosel Valley along the riverside road. There are riverside roads on both sides of the river so you could drive on both if you are making a round trip. You might also visit Burg Eltz just a short distance from the north side Mosel river road. We had a nice lunch in Beilstein (on the southside of the river) and the town itself is worth an hour or two.

In Luxembourg, on the east side, is an area called Little Switzerland. We drove through it and were somewhat underwhelmed - but it may have proved more interesting if we had researched it before heading to Luxembourg.

I would also visit Bruges and Ghent in Belgium. See each one by taking a canal tour before touring on foot. This way you know what you want to explore in more detail.
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Anyone have recommendations for sights to see, places to stay, great roads to drive or fabulous restaurants, in the area surrounding Luxembourg? We'll be there for four days in mid-June, and plan on visiting Bastogne and the museums, the Nordschlief, and definitely spend some time in Trier / Saarburg, looking for our family's roots.

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Thank you all!

Kanuck, I took your advice and booked a night at the Hotel Le Chateau Fort de Sedan. I also discovered Tucker Tours, a very highly rated historian who gives tours of the Maginot Line around Sedan. It will be a fascinating add-on to our trip, which will include Bastogne and the D-Day beaches. I've also booked a ride around the 'Ring in the Ring Taxi while we are in the area. A little spendy (295 E for up to 3 people) but I suspect it will be a highlight of the trip for my son.

SculptedEscapes, I wish I'd known about you a month ago when I started planning this trip. I will PM you, and wish you great success with your new venture.
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Thank you all!

Kanuck, I took your advice and booked a night at the Hotel Le Chateau Fort de Sedan.
Pic is inside of the Fort de Sedan. Note the orange M3 at the far wall! Most of the rooms are in the building on the left with all the windows. A few rooms at the top of the building on the right open out to the outside on the other side. Dining room there was ok, not exceptional, although service was a bit surly. I wonder if the place is owned by the Government. There is also a museum there but it was closed by the time we arrived.

From Sedan we took the D5 to Charleville-Mézières and then the D1 along the Meuse River to Revin. Pretty drive but slow going. Would like to have gone to Bastogne but no time. If you are also going to Normandy you have a lot of driving to do.
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.......our trip, which will include Bastogne and the D-Day beaches. .
Since you didn't mention Normandy in your first post I assume that you have fully researched the area. I have one place that could easily be overlooked and that I thought was worth the few minutes it will take to see - the D-Day Museum in Arromanches.

When you arrive in Arromanches to see the remains of the Mulberry Harbor all that is left are a few of the supports. It is hard to picture how it would have worked. The museum has a "working" diorama that shows how it functioned. When you consider the tons of supplies needed each day to support the Allied troops it is obvious what an important role it played - especially after its twin harbor on the US side got destroyed by a storm.


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Thanks Trinitony. I will add the museum in Arromanches to our list!

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If you want more info on the entire Normandy/D-day area I would suggest buying a copy of
"Major and Mrs. Holts Definitive Battlefield Guide of the D-Day and Normandy Landing Beaches"

It's an excellent resource, extensively researched, with detailed maps and sites to see that are not well known but interesting.

They have a series of guides including the WW I battle sites including the Maginot Line.

You can buy these guides on Amazon.
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I can see a potential European Delivery vacation just around Luxembourg, Belgium and northern France. On the way from Munich to Luxembourg, there's the Sinsheim aviation museum, where there's the Concorde and Russian Tupolev Tu-144 "Concordski" and other planes. In Luxembourg, there's the Vianden castle, German and American cemeteries, and many other fine places to visit. Bastogne, the Battle of the Bulge site, is in nearby Belgium. Canadians may like to visit the Vimy Memorial near Arras, south of Lille, France. Pick what you like and there is plenty to do in that region for a week. One could then end in Brussels or Paris.
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I suggest seeing the Huertgen Forest if you enjoy military history after you read the book. Museum 'Hürtgenwald 1944 und im Frieden' is very interesting but it is open on an irregular basis. I made reservations 8 weeks in advance. The Bloody Forest: The Battle for the Huertgen, September 1944 - January 1945 Hardcover – July 11, 2000 by Gerald Astor is worth reading before you go. The battle of the Huertgen Forest is one of the few US defeats after Normandy and never gets much recognition. If one had to pick to worst place to fight the German Army in WW II, this is it.

It is worthwhile to see the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. Patton is buried there. It is quite moving the final resting place of 5,000 US soldiers, which is a fraction those who died in that area.

If you are interested in WWI military history. This book is an excellent read before you go. https://www.amazon.com/Before-Endeav.../dp/1870067622 If one to pick one area to go to for WW I suggest Arras and its environs.
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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2005, we winged a trip into Lux and had a ball tooling around what seemed to be the downtown area. I was thoroughly impressed by Lux and will be visiting again soon with our next ED on 6/12!! So while I don't have nor can remember anything specific, winging it worked out very well although it was in March and not a high tourist traffic time like summer.
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