Day-tripping

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

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The Château de Bouillon belonged to Godfroid of Bouillon who sold the castle to take part in the First Crusade.

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The castle doesn't have any cosy interiors but there is room for exhibitions and the elaborate underground labyrinth is an interesting discovery.

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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.

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The Château offers beautiful views of Bouillon.

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Bouillon is a very welcoming town with numerous cafés and restaurants.

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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

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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.

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Château de Preisch // France

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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

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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.