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Luxembourg City Guide

August 15, 2015

Le Chemin de la Corniche is a must-see location. A promenade that runs along the ramparts, just beside the Alzette Valley, it offers unrivalled views of the city. Beneath the surface of the city lie the Bock Casemates, a series of underground tunnels that were built in 1644, during the Spanish rule. Later on, the city tried to demolish the casemates. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the rest of us, it proved impossible to destroy all the casemates without destroying the rest of the city. As a result, some tunnels were left untouched and are open to the public between the months of March and November. If you’re looking for something less militaristic and more luxurious, visit the Palace of the Grand Dukes during the summer. It is the official town residence of the Grand Duke, and has an iconic Flemish Renaissance facade.

Luxembourg City Ravine

The Philharmonie Luxembourg is a concert hall, not only known for its orchestra, but also for its unique architecture, that the architect de Portzamparc envisioned as a natural filter for the music. Outdoors, the Passerelle, also known as the Luxembourg viaduct, stands picturesquely bridging the chasm of a valley. You can enjoy the view from the viaduct, or climb down into the lush green Petrusse valley below.

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The Gelle Fra Memorial stands as a tribute to those who fought in the two world wars. It was erected in 1923, only to be taken down during German occupation in 1940. It was restored later on, and the golden lady on top found in 1984, after being hidden from the Nazis. Today, it symbolizes freedom and resistance for the people of Luxembourg.

There are many annual events too, one of the most notable being the Dancing Procession of Echternach, on Whit Tuesday in May, that sees thousands of pilgrims and spectators come together to dance.

The Tale of the Robber Baron of Predjama Castle

A bird's-eye view of Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City Guide: Where to Stay

Hotels in Luxembourg can generally be booked for around 100 to 200 CAD a night during busy season, and may drop to two thirds that during off season. You can choose to stay in a cheaper family hotel, or a fancy boutique hotel in a historical building. There are also many bistros and brasseries in the city to dine in within a wide price range.

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Ultimately, what makes Luxembourg City worth visiting is its mix of history, culture, and rugged nature. It’s a sure thing that you’ll fall in love with its eclectic beauty.

Happy travelling!

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