The pocket-size nation of  Luxembourg’s capital Luxembourg City is regarded as one of Europe’s quietest. Scenic, pretty, and located high above a valley, the city boasts nearly a fifth of the country’s population. In fact Luxembourg is so small that on leaving the city’s outskirts you find yourself close to either France, Belgium, or Germany. Here, the lush forests of the Ardennes make for a pleasant retreat where you can view hill-top castles and rivers aplenty. As a crossroads of Europe, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was destroyed and rebuilt some twenty times over four centuries until it finally achieved independence in 1830 and since then it’s flourished, albeit quietly!

When to go

All these nations enjoy cool, temperate weather with mild summers and cool winters and rainy variations throughout the year – particularly in the Netherlands. Summer temperatures average 77°F while winters average 45°F. Summer extremes can reach 90°F. May to mid-October are best for vacations. Although July and August are the warmest months, May and June are the sunniest.

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