Luxembourg is a small country landlocked by Belgium, France and Germany. It has a wealth of fertile landscapes crisscrossed by rivers. The nationâ€™s motto is inscribed everywhere throughout Luxembourg City - Mir wÃ«lle bleiwe wat mir sin - â€˜We want to remain what we areâ€™. German and French languages are used in the press, in politics and in daily life. French is most common in government and schools. Luxembourgish is the language most frequently heard on the street. The country achieved freedom in 1867. A major event held in the country is Carnival six weeks before Easter. BÃ¼rgsonndeg which means Bonfire Day is celebrated the following week. Other events celebrated are National Day on 23 June, Octave - a Catholic festival held from late April to early May with a street parade headed up by the royal family and Schueberfouer, a fortnightâ€™s worth of fair-type fun held in late August. The attractions of the country are Luxembourg City, Ardennes, Moselle Valley and MÃ¼llerthal. Luxembourg city, the capital city is famous for the remains of the original structure of Sigefroidâ€™s fortress. Ardennes is the countryâ€™s most spectacular region. It is also known as Oesling. It is popular for winding valleys, fast-flowing rivers, verdant plateaus and towering castles. Moselle Valleyâ€™s attraction is the Cellars of Poll-Fabaire in the hillside village, the larger Caves Bernard-Massard and St. Martin. Mullerthal is also known as Little Switzerland. Luxembourgâ€™s cuisine includes pork, fish and game, and some heavy German influence in local specialties like liver dumplings with sauerkraut.
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Published: 12:00 am Jun 03, 2005