Visiting two countries in one day is doable if you’re combining your visit to Brussels with Luxembourg. Both cities are only 139 miles apart, and it takes about a 2.5-hour drive (depending on traffic in Brussels), that is, if you don’t plan to stop along the way.
Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the center of the European Union, is well connected by rail, air, and roads to other European countries. Visitors can choose to take day tours from Brussels to Amsterdam, Cologne, Luxembourg, and other cities in Belgium. If you’re looking for the best day trip from Brussels to Luxembourg, here’s an itinerary you should follow:
Brussels to Dinant
It takes about one hour 15 minutes to drive from Brussels to Dinant, one of the most picturesque small towns in Belgium. And it’s located by the River Meuse, a famous river that flows from France, Belgium, the Netherlands to the North Sea.
Dinant boasts of a 13th century Gothic Cathedral called Collegiale Notre Dame, or Dinant Collegiate Church of our Lady, Citadelle de Dinant (the fortress that overlooks the town), Saxophone Museum, and the Charles de Gaulle Bridge lined with 28 multi-colored saxophones, a tribute to Adolphe Sax and the 28 European Union countries. Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, was born in Dinant.
You won’t have time to go on a boat cruise on River Meuse when making a day trip from Brussels, but you can definitely take a walk along the riverside or grab a cup of coffee at one of the cafes. Dinant is also known for Couques de Dinant, the extremely hard honey cookies that originated from Dinant. Get the cookies at Couques de Dinant V.Collard 1774, located on Rue Grande 72. It’s also the best place to use the toilets before heading to Luxembourg.
Dinant to Luxembourg
From Dinant, you’ll need around an hour and a half to get to Luxembourg City.
Perhaps take a quick detour to see Veves Castle, located about five miles (about a 15-minute drive) from Dinant. You won’t have time to take the one hour 15-minute guided tour of the castle if you want to get to Luxembourg by lunchtime.
At just 999 square miles and a population of just over 600,000, Luxembourg is one of the tiniest countries in Europe tucked between Belgium, France, and Germany. The official name of the country is the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where the head of state is the sovereign Grand Duke.
For your day tour, you only have less than four hours to see Luxembourg City’s main attractions. Before starting your guided tour, enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants near Place d’Armes, the city’s main square. Make sure you try the local wine with your meal. Most of the local wines are grown in Moselle Valley, the southern part of the country, bordering Germany and France. Try Riesling and Pinot Gris.
Besides offering good wine and a variety of cuisine, Luxembourg City is picturesque. It’s a modern city with a rich history and attention-grabbing architecture. Most half-day guided tours of Luxembourg City include the following:
- Place d’Armas (main square)
- Palace of the Grand Duke
- Passage du Palais – old passage that leads to the old town
- St. Michael Church
- Chemin de la Corniche (known as the most beautiful balcony in Europe)
- The Grund
- Notre Dame Cathedral
You’ll need about 12 hours to take a day trip from Brussels to Luxembourg.