Clervaux Castle © Donar Reiskoffer
In the heart of the Ardennes Mountain region, about 30 miles (50km) north of Luxembourg City, the village of Clervaux is overlooked by a 12th-century castle, a Romanesque church with twin spires, and a large Benedictine monastery. The castle houses three small museums, including one that features a collection of World War II memorabilia from the Battle of the Bulge that was fought in the region. Another room is dedicated to the Luxembourg Holocaust victims, its walls lined with mementoes of Luxembourgers who died in concentration camps. The castle is the town's most famous attraction, but it has been known to close without notice so it is best to confirm it is open before making the trip, if it is the reason for your visit. Behind the castle a road leads uphill to the St Maurice Abbey, built in 1910, where the Benedictine monks sometimes hold Gregorian chant concerts. There is a church service every morning at 10.30am at the abbey.
The town is picturesque and has numerous appealing restaurants and cafes, as well as good hotels. It also has a charming little shopping district and is fun to stroll around. Clervaux is easily accessible by train, which is a bonus for those who have not rented cars, and is a popular excursion from the capital. Two days will be more than enough to explore the little town and its attractions.