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When is the best time to visit Luxembourg?

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg can be enjoyed year-round, so when you choose to go depends on what you want to see and do. There’s hiking in the warm months and winter sport during the snowier months, while you can enjoy the perennially packed calendar of festivals and cultural events, as well as a plethora of museums, at any time of year.

The summer months between June and August bring long sunny days and warm temperatures, making Luxembourg a popular spot for Europeans who come to hike and enjoy the mountains. Crowds can be an issue, but the landscapes make up for it. April and May are also good for outdoor activities, and you’ll encounter fewer other visitors plus plenty of wildflowers. September and October also see mild temperatures and fewer people, though harvest festivals can draw crowds.

The Christmas season begins in November, when festive markets start to appear — lights twinkle in the cities and the mountains are transformed by a blanket of snow. After New Year, things quiet down for several months. This can be an excellent time to escape crowds and enjoy the museums all to yourself.

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Month-by-month guide for traveling in Luxembourg

Great War Memorial, Luxembourg City

Visiting Luxembourg in January - March

January, February and March are the least-busy months, with temperatures near freezing and short days, making it an excellent time to visit if you want to avoid crowds and spend time indoors at museums. Additionally, hotels usually offer better rates for this time of year.

Events & Festivals

  • Carnival (February): The carnival season is a mix of Latin American influences and costumes, with parades, food and music taking over the streets.
  • Buergbrennen (February or March): These massive bonfires take place across the country on the first Sunday in Lent, intended to banish evil spirits and welcome spring.
Casemates du Bock, Luxembourg City

Visiting Luxembourg in April - May

In April and May, temperatures begin to increase and outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking become possible. There’s likely to be few other visitors, so this can be a nice time to enjoy improving weather.

Events & Festivals

  • Emaischen (Easter): The spring months are quiet, but an interesting event happens on Easter Monday when locals buy peckvillercher (small, clay, whistling birds) and enjoy folk dancing and street festivities.
  • Museum Days (May): For two days, over 40 museums in Luxembourg open their doors free of charge to celebrate the country’s culture, history and art.
Defensive fortifications of Luxembourg City

Visiting Luxembourg in June - August

June, July and August are mild and sunny, with long hours of sunshine, warm temperatures and plenty of outdoor concerts and festivals drawing visitors from Europe and abroad. The increased numbers can cause crowding and higher prices.

Events & Festivals

  • Fête de la Musique (June 21): One of Luxembourg’s largest music events, this day-long event involves multiple venues across the city and music ranging from pop to folk to jazz and everything in between.
  • National Day (June 22): Originally celebrating the Grand Duke’s birthday this event begins with the traditional changing of the guard followed by fireworks and celebrations throughout the city. Impromptu concerts and parties feature street food and plenty of dancing.
  • Medieval Festival (June and July): Musicians, blacksmiths, acrobats, knights and merchants transport visitors back to medieval times in a series of festivals taking place in June and July throughout the country.
Vineyards of Moselle Valley outside Ahn, Luxembourg

Visiting Luxembourg in September - October

September and October cover wine-harvest season in Luxembourg. This is an enjoyable time to visit with comfortable temperatures, diminishing crowds and plenty of outdoor events celebrating the grape harvest in the countryside.

Events & Festivals

  • Grevenmacher Wine and Grape Festival (September): An important three-day weekend, on the border with Germany, celebrating the many grape growers and wine producers throughout the country. Tastings and competitions happen throughout the day, with concerts and fireworks in the evenings.
  • Schwebsange Wine Festival (September): Another wine-themed weekend in the Moselle Valley, with a wine fountain, traditional local dishes and live music in addition to family-friendly games and horse-carriage rides.
  • Riesling Open (September): Four small villages unite to celebrate local wine producers with tastings, a pageant, an orchestra and live music performances.
Mullerthal Trail, Luxembourg

Visiting Luxembourg in November - December

In November and December, the country readies for the holiday season. Temperatures begin to drop and snow falls in the mountains. You can glide across skating rinks and browse festive Christmas markets, which sell handmade gifts, local foods and mulled wine. There’s little sunlight at this time of the year, but museums and galleries are mostly empty to enjoy.

Events & Festivals

  • Haupeschfest (November): A two-day event in the small town of Berdorf, where over 100 local artisans come together to sell handmade arts and crafts. You’ll see few visitors here as this is a true local celebration.
  • Christmas markets (November and December): Luxembourg City has three major Christmas markets taking place during December in Place de Paris, Place d’Armes, and Place de la Constitution. You can expect an abundance of light installations, ice skating, food and craft vendors and Ferris wheels.

Luxembourg Climate Guide

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