GETTING THERE: Icelandair flies twice weekly to Luxembourg from BWI Airport. The round-trip fare, with a 14-day advance purchase, is $559 midweek, $609 weekends. Until Oct. 14, a special $458 round-trip fare is available, no advance purchase necessary, although your stay must be seven to 14 days. (And there is a $100 charge for changing or cancelling that reservation.)

Luxembourg's airline, Luxair, has frequent flights to and from most major European cities. In this country, Luxair reservations can be made through whatever airline you are flying to Europe.

If you're driving, Luxembourg is about two hours from Brussels, three from Paris and Frankfurt, and four from Amsterdam via excellent highways. Train service is also frequent, and visitors may purchase special passes for unlimited train travel around Luxembourg.

WHERE TO STAY: In the capital city of Luxembourg, the Inter-Continental, with its indoor pool, is the newest hotel; a double room costs about $80 per night. Near the center of town is Le Royal, also about $80 per night. The Cravat overlooks the Alzette River, which winds through town; rooms are about $50 per night double.

In Vianden, double rooms at the charming Heintz Hotel are about $30 per night. In Echternach, the Bel Air is the place to stay at $50 per night double.