40km (25 miles) NW of Luxembourg City; 18km (11 miles) NW of Ettelbruck

Wiltz is split right down the middle, with a difference in height of 150m (500 ft.) between Oberwiltz ("uptown") and Niederwiltz ("downtown"). This popular vacation town (pop. 4,500), which lies in a beautiful and heavily wooded setting and is a great place for hiking and other outdoor activities, witnessed fierce fighting in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.

Getting There -- One or two trains depart every hour or so from Ettelbruck; the ride takes around 40 minutes. By car, take N15 west from Ettelbruck.

Visitor Information -- The Syndicat d'Initiative is at Château de Wiltz, 9516 Wiltz (tel. 95-74-44; fax 95-75-56; www.touristinfowiltz.lu). The office is open July to August daily from 10am to 6pm; September to June, hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to noon and 2 to 5pm, and Saturday from 2 to 5pm.

What to See & Do

Just as the town itself is divided geographically, the town's attractions are divided historically between the medieval and the modern. Witness the 1502 stone cross outside the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) at whose feet the powerful lords of Wiltz once meted out justice, and the 1944 battle tank that sits at the bend of the approach road. The 12th-century Château (Castle), "modernized" in the 1600s, perhaps best represents the town's dual traditions, since its ancient left wing houses a museum commemorating the fighting in 1944 and 1945. A memorial recalls those killed during and after a general strike protesting military conscription during the Nazi occupation.

The Eglise Niederwiltz, a Romanesque and Renaissance church, holds richly ornamented tombs of the counts of Wiltz. A 1743 Renaissance altar made by a local artist stands in the Eglise Oberwiltz.

A good side trip to make is southeast through the scenic wooded Wiltz Valley for 11km (7 miles) to the handsome village of Kautenbach.

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