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Summer in the City

Staged at a number of indoor and outdoor venues across the centre of Luxembourg City, this is a three-month series of musical events that take place throughout the summer. Most performances are free – for an agenda, pick up a free brochure from the Luxembourg City Tourist Office, or visit the website.


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Echternach International Festival

For six weeks from mid-May to late June, Echternach becomes the focus of attention for classical and jazz music enthusiasts, who converge on the town for a season of musical events at several venues. Many of the concerts are now performed inside a new purpose-built 650-seat arena, the Trifolion, which opened in 2010. Echternach is located 30km (18 miles) northeast of Luxembourg City.


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Vianden Medieval Festival

Held over eight days in early August, the centre of Vianden and the grounds of its castle are transformed into a large medieval market and funfair, with stalls leather goods, toy swords, jewellery and hot snacks. There are also demonstrations of weaving, a smithy, and recreations of sword and axe fights, as well as a chance to try archery. Despite the name, the festival’s historical origins only stretch back one decade. Vianden is located 50km (31 miles) north of Luxembourg City.


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Echternach Dancing Procession

Held each Whit Tuesday since medieval times, this is an unusual dancing procession with obscure origins, the cultural significance of which has been recognised with a UNESCO listing. Believed to pay homage to the city’s founder St Willibrord, teams of dancers dressed in white and interspersed by bands, hop and skip together around the town streets and up to his tomb in the abbey basilica. Around 12,000 dancers and musicians take part. Echternach is located 30km (18 miles) northeast of Luxembourg City.


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Luxembourg National Day

A national holiday held to celebrate the Grand Duke of Luxembourg’s official birthday. The day itself is a fairly formal occasion, but parties are held across the country the evening before (22nd), lasting into the early hours. The centrepiece of the celebrations is in Luxembourg City, where a large musical firework display starts at 2330, centred on Pont Adolphe.


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Riesling Open

Centred in four Moselle villages within 30km (18 miles) of Luxembourg City, all the local wineries throw open their doors to celebrate the harvest, with plentiful opportunities to sample their produce. To get between each locality, a free shuttle bus runs half-hourly in each direction, while the cruise ship MV Princess Marie-Astrid also makes the same round trip at a slower pace on the Sunday, and is free for one day only.


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Christmas markets

Christmas markets are popular throughout the country, and take place throughout December. The largest is held on the Place d’Armes in Luxembourg City until and including Christmas Eve. It offer a good opportunity to stock up on festive decorations while enjoying warming sausage and glühwein, and is part of the city’s Winter Lights festival (www.winterlights.lu).


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Wiltz Festival (Festival de Wiltz)

Offering a mix of classical music, opera, jazz and dance featuring international artists, this has been held every July in the northern town of Wiltz (60km/37 miles north of Luxembourg City) since 1953, and become Luxembourg’s biggest annual musical festival. Everything from opera and classical to jazz is represented. Performances are held on a leafy outdoor stage beside the town’s castle, which acts as a floodlit backdrop. Visit the festival website or ask in the tourist office for details.


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Nëssmoort (Vianden Nut Market)

Taking place on a Sunday (usually the second) in mid-October, Vianden’s festival of nuts offers a chance to try walnuts not just as whole nuts, but also in the form of bread, cakes, sausages, and a variety of liqueurs. The latter are particularly popular and things can get rowdy by early evening. Vianden is located 50km (31 miles) north of Luxembourg City.


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Grevenmacher Wine Festival (Fête du Raisin et du Vin)

One of Luxembourg’s two biggest festivals to celebrate the grape harvest, stalls around Grevenmacher – capital of the Moselle region, 28km (17 miles) east of Luxembourg City – sell wine, food and other souvenirs, while marching bands play on the streets. The culmination of the Saturday evening (at 2145) is a firework display on the Moselle river. On Sunday a carnival parade begins at 1500 – people walking beside the floats dispense wine to anyone with a glass.


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