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Day 226 - A Day in Luxembourg: Tracing the Schengen Story in the Birthplace of Borderless Travel

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Day 226 (15 Aug 2023) - Luxembourg


DAY 226 (15 AUG 2023) – After breakfast, since it was raining, I couldn’t visit the city. So, I headed to the European Museum Schengen, which was about an hour away from my stay. This museum is situated in Schengen, a small wine-making village and commune that serves as a tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet. I had passed this place yesterday night before arriving at Luxembourg.

This museum was inaugurated in 2010, and is dedicated to the history and significance of the Schengen agreement, signed in Luxembourg on the 14th of June, 1985. This treaty led to the abolishment of the national borders, of most of the European countries.

The purpose was to build a Europe without borders known as the “Schengen Area”, signifying freedom of movement and the end of border control between member countries. The treaty was initially signed by 5 EU countries.

The “Schengen Area” now includes 27 countries, and is considered the world’s largest visa free zone. Malaysian citizens do not require a visa while travelling to these member countries, but the stay should not exceed 90 days.

After a short educational tour, I left Schengen for a 5 hour ride to Amsterdam, Netherlands, crossing 4 open borders – Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Netherlands.



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