You could probably spend an entire day shopping at the Hydrion shopping centre, but if that’s not your style, there’s beautiful countryside ready to be explored through hiking and cycling with trails for all skill levels. For a taste of traditional Belgian cuisine, head to one of the many gastropubs and restaurants around town.
Check out the ruins of a medieval fortress and a functional Renaissance castle that was inhabited until 2012. The latter has only been open to the public for a few years and can be seen through pre-booked guided tours. And be sure to get a taste of the castle’s black currant liqueur, still produced there today.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous trip to a castle, head to Wierschem and take the Eltzer Burgpanorama. Regarded as one of the most scenic hikes in Germany, the trail climbs along natural footpaths with views of the fairytale-esque Eltz Castle. There are many other trails of varying lengths and intensities.
Sure, the city’s impressive Gothic cathedral, Michelin-starred dining scene and the Centre Pompidou-Metz are already worth a visit, but those are only a prelude to Metz’s other charms. There are more than 580 acres of parkland to explore; check out picturesque views along the Moselle and the city’s rich 3,000-year history.
After taking the 2½ hour drive, you deserve a glass of champagne, and the capital of France’s Champagne region is the perfect place. Once you’ve had a drink, take a guided tour around the city, marvel at the 13th-century Notre-Dame Cathedral or head to the vineyards. For all you foodies, a gourmet tour is offered every Saturday.
Need to escape the summer heat? This family-friendly nature reserve along the Moselle has a shallow lake dedicated to children, with a lifeguard onsite and plenty of space near the lake for a picnic. Various water sports are also offered in the area. Once you’ve cooled off, you can walk on the trail around the reserve.
Due to its close proximity to France, this German town offers a mix of cultures and enchants visitors with its French charm. The sights of the city can be best discovered through a guided tour that highlights the 18th-century Baroque architecture. But be sure to spend some time in St. Johanner Markt, too.
The Grand Canyon may be over 5,000 miles away, but the Saar Loop in Germany is almost as grand. With a new, wheelchair accessible, 1,250m treetop walk and a view tower, experience the breathtaking views from 23m above the trees. Activity stations and other kid-friendly features ensure a great time for the whole family.
Known as the “Rome of the North,” this ancient city has a history of over 2,000 years. Experience original Roman architecture such as the Porta Nigra or take a short walk from the city centre to the house where Karl Marx was born. Even if you’re not a history buff, you’ll find plenty to do in this German town.
Home to around 2,000 animals from 5 continents, the zoo is perfect for a quick trip for families with kids of any age. Where else can you walk from the Amazon jungle to African plains in one day? Be sure to check for the special animal shows taking place during the summer. Open all day, every day, no matter the weather.