Vacations, we all love them; we all need them. Once a year or once a month, they are a good break from the mundane life. Far from the hustle-bustle of everyday life, one can find some peace while resting on a beach. Some opt the hills to trek and start a soul-searching tour.
But what do you think of when the word ‘vacation’ comes to your mind? Most people talk about short weekend breaks. Well, why not? They are fast, concise, and affordable. But some imagine themselves chilling on the streets of Paris; sun-bathing on beaches of the Maldives or exploring the exotic food of Japan.
Now imagine yourself in a small town; a town where you can explore, walk around, and enjoy the regional culture. If this got you confused then, let me tell you about a place called Luxembourg. It is a small landlocked country. Once in Europe, you will find this beautiful town. With Germany in the east, Belgium in the west, and France in the south, Luxembourg is paradise on earth. If your German and French is strong enough, you are good enough to pack your suitcase and plan your trip to Luxembourg.
Being a small city, Luxembourg has to deal with a lot of judgments. People often prefer the neighbouring countries like Belgium, France, and even the Netherlands. While Europe tours include cities like London and Berlin, Luxembourg rarely finds a place on the list.
But once in the city of Luxembourg, you will realize how much this city has got to offer. Like any other small city, this city too has got a lot of hidden jewels. For instance, Luxembourg houses more than 130 castles. How interesting is that? There are other regions like the Mullerthal region. Luxembourg is so versatile; there is so much to explore that once on the land, you will be amazed.
Luxembourg city is a great start. The capital promises scenic and lush sights with great viewpoints. Anyone visiting Luxembourg should never skip the countryside tour. You need to save some time for exploring the countryside.
Let’s see what other gems are hiding in Luxembourg.
1. Walk around the old city and explore the aesthetic essence of the city
To explore any city, to discover all the unknown corners and paths, it is necessary to take a walk around. A walk around the city will let you know about the ways, the people, the food, and the true essence of the city. You should start your adventurous walk with the Old City. It is not a big city, but it has many interesting sights. Start with the place called Guillaume. It is the main square; here you can see the equestrian monument. This monument is in the name of William II of Orange-Nassau. He was the one to convert Luxembourg into a constitutional monarchy. Right across the square, you will see the beautiful City Hall, also known as Hotel de Ville. From here just a minute walk will take you to the Grand Duke’s Palace. Here you will find yet another architectural marvel, Parliament of Luxembourg. Once tired from all the walking, you can seek for some refreshment at another leafy square called Place d’Armes. The alfresco restaurants here will satiate your hunger and thirst.
2. Chemin de la Corniche
You cannot sit this one out. It is one of the most memorable experiences to have, once in the old city. Chemin de la Corniche is an ancient pedestrian path. This pathway will take you to the Citadel of the Holy Spirit. It is a short walk of 500 meters which promises scenic surroundings.
3. Bock Casemates Tour
his is one of the must-dos when in Luxembourg. Do you know back in the days Luxembourg was famous as the ‘Gibraltar of the North’? The name is so because of its complex fortification system. These are now ruins, mostly. The casemates have historic importance. It protected the citizens of the city fro two major attacks. One during the siege by the French Republican Army and again during World War II. Visiting this place is like turning the pages of the history book.
4. Ride to the Lower City
Once you finish your walk on the Chemin de la Corniche, take an elevator to the Grund. It is the lower part of the city. The Grund is a cool place to walk around. Here you can click Instagram-worthy pictures.
5. Food for the foodies
If you are a hardcore foodie then Luxembourg city will be a food paradise for you. Authentic Luxembourgish food is a blend of the Greman and French cuisine. In the capital city, you will find foods like kniddelen, wine-flavored sausages served with mustard sauce. Places like Brasserie du Cercle in the Old City will give you the taste of authentic Luxembourgish cuisine.
Luxembourg is not just the capital city of Luxembourg. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations for the ardent history lovers. So if you are someone who has an affinity for the lovely architectural monuments, the mighty castles, and scenic landscapes then Luxembourg City is your next stop. So pack your bags and get ready to peel out Luxembourg from the scratch-off map of the world.