One of the advantages of living in a small country like Luxembourg is that you can easily hop across the border to visit the neighbouring countries (Belgium, Germany and France). During summer I enjoy taking Sunday day trips with friends and explore nearby places.
Château de Bouillon // Belgium
The Château de Bouillon belonged to Godfroid of Bouillon who sold the castle to take part in the First Crusade.
The castle doesn't have any cosy interiors but there is room for exhibitions and the elaborate underground labyrinth is an interesting discovery.
I had the chance to watch falconry show which took place despite the rainy weather. It was fascinating to see various birds of prey from up close.
The Château offers beautiful views of Bouillon.
Bouillon is a very welcoming town with numerous cafés and restaurants.
There are also countless hiking trails around but good preparation is required if you don't want to get lost (like my friend and I did and then had to slide down a steep wooded ravine...).
Roman Villa Borg // Germany
Villa Borg is a reconstruction of a Roman villa that once existed on the same site. The different rooms give you an idea of what life must have been like in the past. I really liked the restaurant which serves delicious food prepared with spices and vegetables harvested in the garden of the villa.
Château de Preisch // France
When I visited the Château de Preisch, I had no idea that the annual public celebration was taking place. My friends and I seized the opportunity to have lunch and dessert outside, enjoy the warm weather and do a guided tour of the Château.
Château de Malbrouck // France
The Château de Malbrouck, a stone's throw away from the Château de Preisch, is a medieval castle that was restored in the 1990s. When I visited it was hosting an exhibition about Hergé, the creator of Tintin.I am looking forward to taking more day-trips involving visits to nearby castles next year.