Diekirch is a small town in Luxembourg, best known for its brewery of the same name and the National Museum of Military History.
Diekirch is located along the N7, which is a continuation of the A7 highway which runs from Luxembourg City and Mersch to the north. The N7 connects to Clervaux and Troisvierges in the north, and Ettelbruck (where it becomes the A7) in the south. When travelling from the banks of the Moselle (anywhere between Schengen and Echternach, travel downstream the Moselle and Sauer via the N10, switching to the N19 in Reisdorf.
By public transit
Diekirch can be reached by train in about 40 minutes from Luxembourg City. There are a direct trains every hour (except on Sundays), but usually you'll need to transfer to a shuttle service at Ettelbruck as the 1 Diekirch train station is located at an awkward branch from the main line, which it being the only station on the branch.
Diekirch can be easily covered on foot. The town center is about 1 km away from the train station, just follow the crowd down the road. The Military Museum is just up the hill from the central church.
- 1 National Museum of Military History (Battle of the Bulge Museum), 10 Bamertal, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Apr-Oct 10 AM-6 PM, Nov-Mar 2-6 PM. Large museum largely dedicated to the Battle of the Bulge of World War II, which took place in Luxembourg in the winter of 1944-1945. Don't be put off by the first impression of a warehouse full of junk: the museum is actually a large, sprawling, multi-level complex, and the more impressive lifesize dioramas lie elsewhere, the star of the show being the mock-up of the night-time Sauer river crossing at Diekirch on January 18, 1945. Showrooms feature very extensive collections of weapons, small arms, uniforms, military equipment of all kinds, wheeled and tracked vehicles, in addition to numerous personal soldier’s belongings, photographs, documents and maps. There are also exhibitions of Luxembourg's contributions to various UN peacekeeping efforts and even an exhibit on the Soviet gulag that some Luxembourgish soldiers (a lot of men were forced by the German occupants to fight in German Wehrmacht units on the Eastern Front against Russia) ended up in after the war. The presentation is starting to look rather dated, but there's still plenty to keep military and history buffs busy. The total number of artifacts on display is in the thousands, and it is easily the largest collection on the Battle of the Bulge in the entire region. The museum places a special emphasis on the impact the battle had on local civilians. Several tanks and artillery pieces outside. Hand-held narration devices provided in English and several other languages. €5, optional audioguide €2.5.
- 2 Musée d'Histoires Diekirch (Museum of Diekirch History), 13 Rue du Cure, ☎ . 10:00-18:00, closed on Mondays..
- 3 Musée Automobile - Conservatoire National de Véhicules Historiques (Historical Car Museum), 20-22 Rue de Stavelot, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. 10:00-18:00, closed on Mondays..
- 1 Parc Municipal, Avenue de la Gare. A decently sized park by the side of the river Sauer offers a good getaway from the city.
- 1 Gudd Dikrich Restaurant & Takeaway, 8 Place de la Libération, ☎ .
- 2 Restaurant ATITHI 2, 15 Rue Clairfontaine, ☎ .
- 3 Restaurant Appel A Biren, 1 Rue d'Ettelbruck, Ingeldorf, ☎ .
- 4 Restaurant Asiatique Le Bonzaï, 6 Avenue de la Gare, ☎ .
Diekirch has a large brewery building right across the tracks from the train station, but alas, there are no tours available for visitors. You can console yourself with a freshly made brew at any of the many restaurants in town.
- 1 Café des Ardennes, 2 Esplanade, ☎ .
- 2 Café Miche, 8 Rue de Brabant, ☎ .
- 3 Café Beim Frank, 5 Place de la Libération, ☎ .
- 4 Riva Café, 1 Route de Larochette, ☎ .
- 1 Hotel-Restaurant Beau-Séjour, 12 Rue Esplanade, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. €95.
- 2 Hotel du Parc, 28 Avenue de la Gare, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. €95.
- 3 Camping de la Sûre, 34 Roude de Gilsdorf, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. €24.
- Ettelbruck and Diekirch both border the town of Ingeldorf. Combining your stay with a visit to Ettelbruck is by no means discouraged.
- Vianden can best be reached via the N17 within half an hour. Its main attraction is the castle of the same name, which without doubt is the best visited tourist attraction of the country.
- Luxembourg City, the nation's capital, is found at the other end of the A7, which starts just south of Ettelbruck.
- Using the motorways south of the city (A3 and A4) will end you up in the Land of the Red Rocks, which is filled to its brim with industrial heritage.