LUX­EM­BOURG

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Stuffed in be­tween France, Bel­gium and Ger­many, it’s ba­si­cally a city and a cou­ple of fields, right? Wrong. It may be Europe’s small­est mem­ber state, but out­side the cap­i­tal is a quiet coun­try­side crammed with amaz­ing roads.

This is a small coun­try – a quar­ter of the size of York­shire – but with the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion in the cap­i­tal, it feels like the coun­try­side is de­serted. It’s beau­ti­ful, too – all rolling hills with well-tended fields, small vil­lages and patches of dark and shady wood­land.

The roads are sub­lime, like the best of Bri­tish B-roads but with per­fect sur­faces and a frac­tion of the traf­fic. It’s as­ton­ish­ing – like a day out in the Peak District af­ter the zom­bie apoc­a­lypse has emp­tied the roads.

You can ride for hours along the stun- ning Gorge de Loup, in the shadow of huge Vian­den Cas­tle, cov­er­ing miles of ser­pen­tine tar­mac and even­tu­ally loop­ing round to Lux­em­bourg City with­out stray­ing across the bor­der. So next time some­one asks you what you know about Lux­em­bourg, re­mem­ber: it’s packed with great bik­ing roads.

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