Hey hey! My January is quite intensive so far but I am not complaining at all! This year I am turning 30 years (I am old, I know 🙁 ) and I made a promise to myself – 30 before 30. What does this mean? I am planning to visit 30 countries before turning 30. Luxembourg was my number 28. Let’s find together what to visit while in Luxembourg.
was on my radar for a long time now as one of my oldest friends lives there.
Finally I found time to visit her and I had an amazing time! Bulgarian
hospitality is a thing, people!
some important things to know before you go:
country itself is not as tiny as you might think and there are plenty of
interesting things to visit.
speak 3 official languages but the most used in Luxembourg city is the French
is quite expensive country, don’t be surprised.
most touristic places in Luxembourg city are easily reachable by foot, if you
check Google maps it always shows 20 minutes walking distance, so funny!
is a really international country. This is why you can find every type of
restaurant you want to visit!
weather is pretty unpredictable. It is normally cold and humid during the
winter. During my first day there I experienced rain, sun, hail storm and snow
within three hours! Yes, it is absolutely crazy!
Luxembourg can be reached by every type of transportation. I
went by plane as Ryanair has cheap flights from Barcelona to Luxembourg. Unfortunately
there are just few low cost destinations and the rest of the flights are quite
Bus number 29 will take you directly from the airport to the
central station. Do you know that Luxembourg will be the first and only country
which will make the public transport absolutely free? It is not a joke! It will
be probably implemented in 2020. But for now it is paid. They have a really
cool system though. The price of the ticket is 2 euros and the ticket is valid
for 2 hours. You can change the transport as many times as you want during
these 2 hours. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Every Saturday the public transport is
Here is my list of 20 interesting places to visit in
Luxembourg (most of them are in Luxembourg city as I spent most of my time there):
The old town of Luxembourg
You can easily spend some
hours just wandering around the old quarter of the city. You can still see the
remains of the old fortress that was surrounding the town. The ancient landmark
gives many spectacular views of the city from above, old bridges are crossing
the river, narrow cobbled streets are lined with impressive traditional houses.
I really loved this part of the city!
Notre Dame cathedral
This Roman Catholic
cathedral is the only cathedral in the country. It is a mix of Baroque and Renaissance
architecture. The royal family graves are located in the crypt.
Casemates du Bock
The Bock Casemates is a 17
kilometer long tunnel, initially carved out of the rock by the Spanish in the 18th century. Being a shelter for more than
35,000 locals and thousands of soldiers during the WWI and WWII, the casemates
is known for its historical importance in Luxembourg. Consisting of atmospheric
passages, different levels and impressive rock stairways, the historic tunnel
of Casemates is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately it is closed during
winter time between October and February and I was able to see it from distance
Palais Grand Ducal
Impressive palace, initially used as a residence for the Duke and the royal family. While it’s still the full-time home of the Duke, the public are permitted an opportunity to visit it inside during special organized tours made available from mid-July to the first week of September, when it becomes one of the city’s most visited attractions. Nine tours are available daily, and are conducted in a variety of different languages, including English. Tickets are made available through the Luxembourg City Tourist Office from their office in Place Guillaume II.
Highlights of the tour include a chance to see the plush, elegantly furnished interior, including the ceremonial rooms used on significant occasions, such as visits by foreign dignitaries.
Also known as the Old
Bridge, it connects the city center with the rail station. It provides
spectacular views towards the city.
Place Guillaume II
The square Guillaume II is a large square in downtown Luxembourg, also called the “Knuedler”. The name derives from the knots on the frocks of the Franciscan monks whose monastery was located nearby.The statue in the middle of the square depicts William II, King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg.The City Hall is on the square, as well as the Luxembourg City Tourist Office providing with free maps and lots of information on Luxembourg City.
Walls of the Corniche
spectacular Walls of the Corniche (le Chemin de la Corniche) in Luxembourg City
have been called “the most beautiful balcony in Europe,” towering as
they do over the old city in the river valley below. It’s here you’ll find the
big Gate of the Grund dating from 17th century. Its
ramparts reveal several aristocratic houses and refuges. I really found this
breathtaking view by chance, I was heading to the Grund quarter when I saw the
stairs. The view from the wall is truly spectacular!
The Grund area is calm and still has the feel of a small village; it is a nice place for a walk and an ideal place to stroll in Luxembourg. With its quiet and relaxing atmosphere, the Grund district is a great place to wander around, in both summer and winter, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes surrounded by trees, stone buildings and ancient bridges. There, simply look up to enjoy a magnificent view of the green heights of the center of the city or discover a detail on the historic buildings.
Located in a basin, you will have to go down the small winding cobbled streets and along the water points to be able to walk in the Grund. But it’s worth it!The place was historically the most populated area in the seventeenth century. Today, the Grund is a district with less than 1,000 inhabitants and is preserved from traffic. The Grund today is a charming place, which beautifully combines its architectural heritage, culture, and places to go out.
The new glass elevator connects the “Pescatore”
park located in the city centre to the Pfaffenthal area at the bottom of the
Alzette valley. The ride in the glass elevator features sweeping views (71m
high) for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Using the elevator is free of charge.The
elevator is out of order due to maintenance (from 9.00 am
till 5.45 am the following day) every first Monday of the month.It took me
a while to find how to get to it, but once I found it I was absolutely amazed
by the view!
Abbey of Neumünster
abbey is located in the Grund district. Neumünster was opened to the
public in May 2004 as a meeting place and a cultural centre. It hosts
concerts, exhibitions, and seminars.
It is an
arch bridge named after Grand Duke Adolphe. It is one of the main roads in the
city. It also known as the New bridge.
Luxembourg may be small but the
Philharmonic of Luxembourg is known for being one of the premium concert venues
in Europe.It is the home of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and
guests play here from all over the world including a range of famous conductors
and orchestras.The building is known for its powerful acoustics and you can
come here to take in a local concert that showcases the best musical talent in
– European institutions’ buildings
The neighborhood is also home to one of the several
seats of the European Union. The European Court of Justice, the European
Investment Bank and the European Court of Auditors are also located here as
well as the Philharmonic and the museum of the modern art
The monument is located at Place de la constitution.The
“Gëlle Fra”, a monument which is located on this square,
was set up to commemorate the Luxembourgers who perished in the First
World War, today it symbolizes freedom and resistance for the Luxembourg
The Lambert Redoubt was part of a fort of the same name. Constructed in a pentagonal form, it contained two floors and was surrounded by a network of casemates which are still in excellent condition today.
The towers were
incorporated into the old fortress to reinforce the walls.
Located at the end of Grand Rue by Rue du Fossé, the
“Hämmelsmarsch” fountain, also known as the “Roude Pëtz”, represents the
Luxembourg traditional mutton parade. The 2.80-metre-tall bronze fountain represents
a music band – an accordion player, a drummer, a tuba player and a horn player
– together with sheep and two children holding an umbrella, protecting them
from the “rain”, or the water dropping from the well.
museum of History and Modern Art
I haven’t been inside
(surprisingly!), but the building is quite impressive from outside. Located in
the historic Fish Market area (the old town center), the MNHA’s collections –
art objects, archeological finds, furniture, tools, coins, arms, and documents
dealing with the history of the country – are housed in a stunning new
Again – I found it by
chance, trying to find my way to the Philharmonic.
Vianden is an extremely picturesque town straddling both banks of the River Our. Also of note is the medieval outer wall encircling the town with many impressive guard towers. If you can, try to time your visit to coincide with the annual Vianden Medieval Festival, held the first weekend of August and popular for its jousting and sword fighting tournaments, its market, and knights’ camp.
The house where author Victor Hugo lived during his exile in 1871 now houses a collection of souvenirs of his various visits to Vianden. A large network of walking paths, well maintained and signposted, offers access to the beautiful countryside of the Our Valley, and a chairlift climbs to a height of 440 meters where visitors can enjoy splendid views.
Vianden Castle was built between the 11th and 14th
Century on the foundations of a Roman castle and a Carolingian refuge. This
Castle-Palace bears the Hohenstaufen characteristics and is one of the largest
and finest feudal residences of the Roman and Gothic eras in Europe.
Lubembourg also has vibrant nightlife. As I mentioned above
the variety of nationalities living there helped the city to develop rich
diversity of places to eat and drink. For my four days stay in the city I could
say that we have visited many places, some of them I liked a bit better than
others, but in general I really enjoyed Luxembourg’s night life!
Here are my recommendations for excellent restaurants and
bars in Lux:
Bar/club. It is spacious and
pleasant. Popular for after work gatherings, especially during the summer as it
has a nice garden.
In a summary, I could say that Luxembourg was a nice
surprise. In the heart of Europe, this small country offers big variety of
beautiful landscapes, historical heritage and modern attractions. If you
haven’t been there now is the time to plan your long weekend in Luxembourg.
This is all, folks! More interesting destinations you can find in my travel section.