Our Luxembourg self guided motorcycle tour is a perfect season opener. It could also be your first ever bike holiday abroad or even add on to a longer journey.
Not that long ago, we didn’t have a single tour in any shape or form that included this beautiful place. None, not a single one. Not even in transit. Well, not until we stumbled upon it. And even then, it was by chance while travelling from Northern Germany to the South of France. Since then, we can say with certainty that ‘the rest is history’. Now, whenever we meander along those perfect roads, we are glad that we put this one on the RideWithUs map.
Despite its proximity to the British shores, Luxembourg isn’t exactly the first motorcycling destination that pops to your mind. However, it should be. Luxembourg is slap bang in the middle of Western Europe and only a leisurely morning ride away from the UK. With its small size, it also affords you the added luxury of venturing into neighbouring Belgium as well as Germany.
Your base for four nights is in a charming town just a stone’s throw away from the German border. Vianden is set in a small valley between a fast-flowing river and a thickly forested mountainside. With its vividly coloured houses and cobbled streets as well as a magnificent medieval castle, it’s a perfect place to relax.
The hotel restaurant is well known for serving a wide range of local specialities. You can try smoked ham, snails, trout, game and of course chocolate and pastries. And finally, while here, it would be a shame not to sample some of the famous locally brewed beer.
There is much to do and see as well as many traffic-free roads to ride here. Our suggested itinerary includes the day rides that will take you deep into the panoramic countryside of Luxembourg and Belgium. Furthermore, you’ll also venture as far as the lush wine-growing region of Moselle Valley in Germany.
The first-day excursion follows the quiet country highways and byways to the historic towns of Arlon and Dinant. On your way back, you can stop at the popular biker destination, the riverside town of Esch-sur-Sûre.
If your interests lie in war history, a visit to Bastogne might be a good option. The town was made famous by the Battle of the Bulge, Easy Company and Band of Brothers TV series. Here you can also pay a visit to the War Museum and Mardasson Memorial as well as Army Barracks. Your journey continues to Clervaux and Malmedy to explore the imposing medieval castle and visit the War Memorial.
Traben-Trarbach and Cochem in Germany are perhaps the most famous towns in the Moselle region. They are certainly well visited and busy with bikers. The towns are also connected by a fantastic road that follows the contours of the river. There are numerous wine houses, historical sites and castles to visit everywhere along the river.
Cochem Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions around here and definitely worth visiting. The old town in Traben-Trarbach has many traditional restaurants as well as cafés, making it a perfect spot for lunch. It is also easy to park as there are several car parks with dedicated motorcycle bays.
For more day-to-day information, please spend some time studying the below tour itinerary.
To extend the tour, please use this link: Black Forest
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Day by day tour itinerary
Following an early morning Eurotunnel crossing and quick ride through France, you’ll head towards Belgium. Around lunchtime, you’ll clear the motorways and start riding some fantastic rural highways and byways towards Ardennes National Park.
The town of Bastogne was made famous for its WW2 history and the Battle of the Bulge. But it is even better known as the movie set for the “Easy Company” in the USA war series “Band of Brothers”. Bastogne is always a popular place to stop. However, if you do not stop today, you’ll be able to return. It is part of one of your day-rides.
Your base hotel is located in the historic town of Vianden. The town is also home to one of the most magnificent castles in Europe. It is perched high on the hillside overlooking the town below. It’s about twenty minutes uphill walk from your hotel to the castle. However alternatively (and fortunately) you can take a cable car.
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