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All new Luxembourg travel guide hits bookshops

Check out the third edition of the Bradt travel guide to Luxembourg (in English)
Check out the third edition of the Bradt travel guide to Luxembourg (in English)
Pierre Matge

If one of your new year's resolutions was to see more of Luxembourg, help is at hand from a new English language guide to the Grand Duchy.

Travel guide publishers Bradt released the third edition of its Luxembourg guide in January 2015, packed with handy tips and background information.

Penned by travel writer Tim Skelton, who wrote the first two editions, the comprehensive book offers 240 pages (up from edition two's 232 pages) of cultural, historical and gastronomical things to see and do in the country and the Greater Region.

“Finding new stuff for the third edition was no problem at all. What really changes most are the places to stay, eat and drink,” the author told wort.lu/en, adding: “There’s always a host of new restaurants and bars to try out, as well as new hotels and shops to visit.”

Tim added that while the fixed landmarks such as castles may not change, he has also managed to find some “interesting new additions”, for example he cites the Bitter Years photographic exhibition in Dudelange.

Travel writer Tim Skelton enjoys a glass of Luxembourg cremant at the Pavillon in Parc de Merl
Travel writer Tim Skelton enjoys a glass of Luxembourg cremant at the Pavillon in Parc de Merl
Photo: Tim Skelton

The book's eight chapters cover the country's different regions as well as practical information and historical and cultural background. There are plenty of maps to help tourists and residents alike find their way around and some colourful photos to provide a flavour of what the country offers.

The writer, who lives in the Netherlands, was commissioned to write Bradt's first Luxembourg guide in English after winning a competition at a travel seminar.

In an earlier interview with wort.lu he said that when he started out, he did not know if there would be enough to fill a book about Luxembourg. “It was a very pleasant surprise that there was, and more,” he said.

And the book appears to be contributing to Luxembourg tourism as travel editor for The Independent Simon Calder noted: "The secret of a good travel story is that it makes you want to book your ticket right now. That was my response after reading Tim Skelton's guide to Luxembourg."

The Bradt Luxembourg edition 3 can be purchased online via the Bradt Guides website. ISBN-13 978 84162 8547.

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