People rarely visit landlocked countries simply because they love the beach. Countries without beaches rarely get any attention from tourists because who does not like sitting beside the ocean or sea for a quiet time?

My friend who works at Plano hardscaping was telling me that one country in Europe has proven to attract tourists without the sandy shores that many run towards. Situated in the heart of Europe, nestled between Germany, Belgium, and France, Luxembourg has done what was thought impossible.

Sure it has no beaches, but there is a reason why tourists are flooding this little country year after year. It is filled with castles, quirky and charming towns filled with friendly locals. If you are a fan of history, you will have made the right decision to visit this historical country.

Elegant Castles

If you need a good reason to visit Luxembourg, the elegant castles should draw you right in. The country is home to the most amazing castles in the world, from Renaissance Style Châteaux to Medieval Ruins, that even have torture chambers.

These breathtaking sights will take you back to how the rich and royal lived their expensive lives. Be sure to check out the most famous spots, including the two castles of Beaufort, and the straight out of a fairytale castle of Vianden.

Country-Side Walks

What Luxembourg lacks in beaches, she makes up for in the countryside. It is the perfect place to take long walks as it has plenty of scenic routes that will introduce you to beautiful landscapes. Gentle lakesides are perfect for afternoon strolls, and if you are feeling adventurous, you could trek up the many mountain tops. From Luxembourg City, you can easily explore either side of the country, so opt to stay in the city.

Historical Hub

Luxembourg is the home to many museums, galleries, and cultural highlights that will stun you. In Luxembourg City alone, you will find stunning museums that host many historical artifacts and even more stories.

These 7 museums are clustered together on the street, fittingly named Museumsmile. A quick stroll along this street will introduce you to a rich history and a lot of contemporary art. The rest of the country has many towns, and the larger ones have castles that have been transformed into museums and galleries because cultural transformations here are quite popular. 

The Only Grand Duchy in the World

Although this is not the most prominent attraction of the country, it is essential to note that Luxembourg is the only Grand Duchy in the world. The current Grand Duke Henri has residences spread throughout the country. 

Fun Architecture and Charming People

Taking a stroll through the cities and countryside, you will notice that Luxembourg has many quirky and impressive architectural styles, as evident in the castles and buildings. Explore the many different styles and admire the public buildings as you interact with friendly locals who will undoubtedly teach you a few new worlds in different languages. You will rarely feel like a tourist as the people of Luxembourg are very welcome. 

Lately, tourists are heading to Croatia to get a taste of what this upcoming island has to offer. Located along Croatia’s Riviera, Dubrovnik has become a hot spot for people who love the beach blended with culture.

This celebrity-worthy island boasts big shot visitors such as Richard Gere Jay-Z and Beyoncé. It is a refreshing alternative for people who love European seaside spaces as it is enveloped in the fascinating culture and quiet communities. 

In the fall, temperatures come down to between 60 and 80 Fahrenheit during the golden hours, making it the perfect time for beach lounging and swimming. However, further examination reveals that this hub of serene spaces has more to offer than sandy beaches and blue waters. 

The Game of Thrones Tour of Dubrovnik

It was a stunner in its own right, but its fame was recently enhanced when it became a backdrop for HBO’s hugely popular series Game of Thrones. If you are a fan, be ready to visit King’s Landing in all its glory.

Though you will have to climb up 1275 flights of stairs, the view at the top is fit for kings as it is where the Lovrijenac Fortress is situated. From here, you will see the site of the tournament honoring the fictional King Joffrey.

After a twenty-minute drive just outside Dubrovnik, you will meet the lush 15th-century Trsteno Arboretum that was responsible for all the palace garden scenes. For a fully authentic experience, splurge in the Game of Thrones tour from Calvados Club. 

The Buža Bars

Few people know Dubrovnik for its bars; however, those who do know two exceptional posts because of their unique setting. Buža, or ‘hole in the wall,’ is what you will find, where each of the spots is cut into the sea-facing cliffs that support Dubrovnik’s City Walls.

Each faces the beautiful endless waters if the Adriatic. One of the bars also has sunbathing spots and access to the Adriatic through metal steps below. The second bar has a tranquil and organized feel perfect for relaxation. Cold drinks and spectacular views are what you can expect from these two places. 

The Franciscan Monastery

If you manage to tear yourself away from the sites and beverages, seek a tranquil option, and visit the Franciscan Monastery. This peaceful cloister is the perfect place to get away from the crowds and enjoy a serene environment. It is home to one of the oldest pharmacies in the world that is still operating. It is located in the inner courtyard by a peaceful garden. It implements styles and vessels from past centuries channeling days when alchemy was an inexact science.

The D’vino

Wine is an integral part of this coastal region, so no trip would be complete without a signature glass of wine from the best. Visit D’vino, a charming wine place hidden within Palmotićeva Street off the main Stradun. Enjoy a glass of local wine untainted, rich in color, and possessing vibrant flavors. A sip of this wine may be enough to make you stay forever.