The City of Luxembourg is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a teeny tiny landlocked country in Western Europe. Built on beautiful steep hills and precipitous valleys, the city occupies several levels, all the way down to the bottom of a ravine. The city itself is a UNESCO world heritage site because of its fortifications, and houses many historical and cultural landmarks. Though it may look sleepy on the outside, the city is in fact bustling with activity, not least because it’s a major European financial hub. Are you planning your adventure to Luxembourg City? Check out our Luxembourg City Guide for recommendations on what to do, where to stay, and when to go.
The Luxembourg City Guide: When to Go
Peak tourist season occurs in the summer, from May to October. Pretty typical of European destinations, I know. If you’re opting for the off season, keep in mind that temperatures may dip below freezing in the winter months. Visually, Luxembourg can be stunning in the fall, and as the climate is generally mild, visits during the shoulder season can be very pleasant as well.
The Luxembourg City Guide: What to Do
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.
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.
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.
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.