TOP 5: Special villages worth visiting

In our Top 5 series, we're taking you on a journey across the country to discover some of Luxembourg's most remarkable villages. Join us as we explore both well-known and lesser-known ones – from tiny hidden hamlets to important places in European history. So, grab your map and let's dive in!

The smallest village: Rindschleiden

Our first stop is the little gem of Rindschleiden (Luxembourgish: Randschelt), situated in the western part of the country and said to be the smallest village in Luxembourg. According to official records, this village in the municipality of Grosbous-Wal only has one registered resident – and even he has his main residence in the neighbouring village! But this sparsely populated spot nestled amidst the picturesque landscape is far from deserted and neglected. The quaint little village comes alive each day with numerous visitors, tourists and school groups who head here to explore the Thillenvogtei rural museum, take a break at the "Klenge Randschelter Bistrot" or visit the protected monument of St. Willibrord's Church.

Want to learn how grandma used to bake bread, or how to make Viz (cider) from apples? The Thillenvogtei has made it its mission to preserve Luxembourgish traditions and customs. The museum has been attracting young and old alike with an interesting living history programme for over 30 years.

The "Klenge Randschelter Bistrot Miro" is the perfect place for a culinary stop-off when exploring this charming one-soul village. Formerly a pigsty, this cosy restaurant boasts a unique interior: its walls are covered with quotes and photos that take the guests on a journey through decades gone by.

Conclude your visit by immersing yourself in the enchanting local nature on the 1.5-km-long Meditation Path Rindschleiden. Leading past waters, through forests and over meadows, this serene route lets you round off a relaxing visit to Randschelt with a mindful and relaxing walk.

The most famous village: Schengen

The next stop on our Top 5 list takes us to what is perhaps Luxembourg's most famous village: Schengen. You've probably heard of the Schengen Agreements, which permit the free movement of people and goods within the borders of Europe. The landmark agreement, which makes daily travel and commuting considerably easier for most Europeans, was concluded on 14 June 1985 in this peaceful village on the Mosel river. 

Located at the tripoint of Luxembourg, France and Germany, the village became a symbol of European values and a cornerstone of European policy, when the  Schengen Agreements were signed on board the MS Princesse Marie-Astrid. In 1985, the original treaty was agreed between just five countries. Today, 27 nations make up the Schengen Area, which allows over 400 million people to travel freely without border controls.

For visitors wanting to learn more about the birthplace of borderless Europe, the European Museum offers an interactive exhibition and numerous themed tours. To get an authentic sense of the historic moment when the agreement was signed, you can take a leisurely boat ride along the Moselle river on the new MS Princesse Marie-Astrid.

The picturesque setting along the Moselle river makes Schengen an ideal starting point for a stroll on the Circular walk Schengen, which leads along the esplanade and through the characteristic vineyards overlooking the beautiful Moselle Valley. Wine lovers can enjoy an excellent glass of Riesling or Crémant in one of the numerous wineries in this winemaking village.

The village with the longest name: Schlindermanderscheid

The name of the next village is a real tongue twister: Schlindermanderscheid (Luxembourgish: Schlënnermanescht). Just try to pronounce it! With 21 letters, the village in the northern municipality of Bourscheid bears the longest place name in Luxembourg. The name comes from its proximity to the Schlinder river (Luxembourgish:Schlënner), which winds its way through a small rocky gorge in this region.

But this small village with 144 inhabitants is not just known for its long and complex name – it is also the home of the Renert, from the fable "Renert oder de Fuuss am Frack an a Maansgréisst" (Renert or the fox in a tailcoat and in human shape) by the Luxembourgish writer Michel Rodange. In the tale, considered one of the most important works in the Luxembourgish language, the clever fox lives in "Malpaartes Castle". Although this castle never existed, a wooded slope bearing the same name can be found in Schlënnermanescht.

Visitors who want to immerse themselves in the story in person can explore the Schlënner Valley and Malpaartes on the picturesque Auto-Pédestre Schlindermanderscheid circular walk.

The most cosmopolitan village: Strassen

Luxembourg City is known for being multilingual, multicultural and open-minded. As the next village on our Top 5 list shows, the same also holds true for Luxembourg's villages. Situated near the capital, Strassen (Luxembourgish: Stroossen) boasts 111 different nationalities, making it perhaps the most cosmopolitan village in the whole country. An impressive 60.26% of the population, that is 6,380 residents, have a non-Luxembourgish nationality, and 33% of the remaining 4,208 Luxembourgish citizens have dual citizenship. And the village's younger population is equally cosmopolitan: 83.8% of primary school children cite a language other than Luxembourgish as their main language. 

Stroossen may be a village in the Grand Duchy. But thanks to its close proximity to Luxembourg City, its array of restaurants, shops and leisure activities, and last but not least, its international population, it boasts all the benefits of a suburb.

Despite its urban location, the village borders on the municipal forest "Stroosserbësch", which, together with Luxembourg City's "Bambësch" and the municipality of Mamer's "Juckelsbësch", forms one of the largest forests in the Grand Duchy. A variety of walking and hiking routes, such as the Auto-Pédestre Strassen circular walk, offer a haven of tranquillity and relaxation just a stone's throw from the city.

If you're keen to explore Strassen's cultural side, be sure to check out the internationally renowned Biennale d'Art Contemporain, which showcases both established artists and emerging young talents in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography and installation every two years. The next edition will take place on from 10 to 26 May 2024.

The most colourful village: Kahler

A real gem awaits you on our final stop! Kahler (Luxembourgish: Koler) is perhaps the most colourful village in Luxembourg. Between 2017 and 2018, it was given a makeover as part of an art project featuring the tagline "Make Koler Kooler". For his bachelor's thesis, illustrator and street artist Alain Welter transformed his small and sleepy home village in southwestern Luxembourg into a unique open-air gallery. Since then, this hamlet with 344 inhabitants has stood out in the Luxembourgish countryside with its façades adorned with vibrant artworks and creative illustrations.  

You'll encounter anything you can imagine: whether it's a funky monkey orchestra, a motorised biker snail or a vibrant barn mosaic – a new, fantastic piece of urban art is waiting to be discovered around every corner. The artworks can be leisurely explored on foot as part of the Circular walk Garnich, for example, or by bicycle. And if you happen to get lost, you can always rely on the large map of Koler – conveniently placed on a barn door – to guide you back on track!

Why not combine a visit to Kahler with a trip to the cinema? The Kinoler, which opened in the centre of the village in 2018, is Luxembourg's smallest cinema. But despite its tiny size, this movie theatre with 46 seats offers visitors a top-notch cinema experience. With state-of-the-art technology, comfortable seats and the latest blockbusters, it has everything you need for a cosy night at the movies!