Luxembourg can be considered as the fulfillment of a fairy tale dream. For centuries, it has been the land ruled by countless dynasties and monarchs, it hasn’t been able to escape the wrath of invaders and lost lives of its cavaliers in countless wars; but still, majority of this triumphs have resulted to victories and happy endings. All the glorious historical pasts can still be mirrored from the numerous fortresses, promontories, historical walls, and century old trees.
Geography and climate
Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe and the rest of the world where it only occupies 2,586 square kilometers. Most of its early territorial land regions have been assimilated by Belgium and some of its neighboring countries. Though it is relatively small, the country has rich flora and fauna resources from the low mountains, rolling hills, down to its lovely river connections (aside from taking note that it is one of the richest countries in the world). The small country is land locked and bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany.
Luxembourg enjoys the same continental weather of Europe. Winter days can be mild or pretty tough. When it’s cold, frigidness can drop down to as low as -15 degrees Celsius, alternately, it can be hot during the high precipitation months from July to August. The hot oceanic climate often reaches 30 degree Celsius and above.
History and Politics
Luxembourg was originally a city of the great Roman Empire, later on overrun by the Rule of Charlemagne. It has received its autonomy as an independent state as early as 963 AD.
As an empire subdivision, it was ever since subjected under the leadership of a count or duke. Today, Luxembourg is the only remaining Grand Duchy state in the world maintaining a form of government under the rule of grand dukes or duchess. Siegfried, count of the Roman Empire territory Ardennes is its first ruler, after autonomy was awarded to Luxembourg (Lucilinburhuc or “little fortress”). Descendants of Siegfried like Conrad took successions, but monarchs from Spain, France, and Austria also took turns from the 15th to 18th century.
During the latter part of Austrian rule in Luxembourg, the governance of the state was awarded to the king of Netherlands (William I) as enacted by The Congress of Vienna in 1815. The Belgian Revolution during the 1830-1839s led the transfer of majority of its territory and land area to Belgium. Germany occupied the territory during World Wars I and II and was liberated only on 1944. Luxembourg is also one of the original founding members of the European Union in 1999.
A peek of Luxembourg’s culture, people, and the arts
The national language is Luxembourgish. Germans and German speaking individuals will have an advantage conversing with the locals because the language can be described as “Germanish” or closely related to German. The culture is very diverse where a mixture of races resides in the country. According to one of the most recent surveys, the 500,000 (estimate) populace is divided into 63.1% Luxembourger, 13.3% Portuguese, French descends at 4.5%, 4.3% Italian, German who are 2.3%, and the rest of Europe and the world at 12.5%. Just like the big old Europe, Luxembourg values art, architecture, and aesthetics. And when it comes to food, Luxembourger tastes have heritage roots from German and French.
The best reasons why tourist visit Luxembourg
The foremost reason is the great blending of architecture and nature; beautifully hailed fortresses and large homes are situated on hillsides giving the best views, natural flow of rivers were kept untouched, and, constant site surprises will be uncovered beneath the forests.
Finally, there are numerous numbers of museums, historical sites, the best restaurants, and many more.