The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in autumn

The third season of the year floods the country with golden light.

Atmosphère automnale dans la vallée de la PétrusseAutumn officially starts on 22 September, and slowly but surely the beautiful landscapes of the Grand Duchy take on their typical warm colours. It's the season for schoolchildren and politicians to get back to work, and for the cultural offer to take off again. After a calm and restful summer, diaries of all kinds start to fill up again. So much to choose from!

Autumn is above all a fabulous season for discovering the Grand Duchy. Not only for discovering the many tourist attractions, most of which are still open, but also because autumn is a great season for walking in the Grand Duchy's forests and in the centre of the country's capital city.

The Nature and Forestry Agency is proposing a number of special walks (guided tours, mushroom-spotting walks, etc.) over the next few months.

Wine harvest 

Autumn is also the season for the wine harvest. Technically speaking, harvesting began in the summer this year, but will continue into the new season. In this respect, let's not forget the Fiederwäissen, the first wine of the season, which usually starts to be available in early October.

Vast cultural offer

Autumn is also a season rich in cultural events:

  • the theatres launch their new seasons;
  • Echternach International Festival offers concerts of classical music and jazz by internationally famous names as well as promising new talents and winners of national and international competitions, with the season going on until the end of the year;
  • Museum Night, 8 October, provides an opportunity to discover displays in the seven museums in Luxembourg City as well as a wide entertainment programme;
  • the Luxembourg Festival (7 October to 24 November 2016) offers major international productions in areas as diverse as opera, dance, theatre, orchestral music, jazz and world music;
  • the 'Live at Vauban' festival offers rock, pop, jazz and blues concerts, with a number of international headliner acts;
  • le Festival Rainy Days (02.12.-11.12.) propose un programme varié dédié à la musique nouvelle;
  • the Walfer Bicherdeeg ('book days' in Walferdange; 19 and 20 November) give you a weekend of opportunities to buy and sell new and second-hand books, and also to meet writers, publishers, translators, graphic artists and many other people involved in publishing.

Traditional festivals

Among the traditional festivals, don't miss the 'Veiner Nëssmoort' (walnut market in Vianden) on 9 October, or the 'Munzer Haupeschmaart' (St Hubert market in Munshausen) on 6 November 2016.

In September and October, many municipalities also organise apple, plum, potato and pumpkin festivals. In Steinsel, , in the Alzette valley, for example, apple (juice) fans can pick fruit for themselves.

Sports events

Autumn is also the season for many sports events; the most important of these are:

(article written by the editorial team of the portal
  • Updated 22-09-2016