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Luxembourg City

The capital of Luxembourg is an "out of the way" place and usually not on  the route to anywhere else in tourist Europe. Many visitors travel from Brussels, which is a three-hour ride on an InterCity (IC) train.  The city has a scenic physical setting, good food and  pleasant people  Although Luxembourg City's attractions are limited, they are of historic significance.
  • Unless it is raining heavily (which is not uncommon), the town and its attractions are walkable from the train station.
  • If it is raining, buy a bus pass at the train station. An all-day pass can be purchased for approximately 5 Euros.

        

Sights in Luxembourg City

Walk to the Old Town from the train station by hoofing it up the Avenue de la Gare. There are some terrific pastry shops on this route but the ones in the "Old City" are even better.

  • The bridge (The Viaduct) across the valley of the Petrusse River provides delightful views of the lush valley and  remnants of the Fortress.
    • Luxembourg City was known for its incredible defensive Fortress started in the 900’s and added on as the centuries passed. The Fortress was considered  "The Gibraltar of the North" by other countries and seems to have served as a magnet for invasion during a period lasting several hundred years.
    • It is somewhat ironic that Luxembourg was guaranteed its independence by the second Treaty of London in 1867, a treaty that required demolition of the Fortress.

     

  • The remains of the Fortress, particularly its casemates (tunnels  reputed to have extended 24 miles in length under the city), are one of the town’s main attractions but they are only open during the summer tourist season. Due to safety issues, only limited sections of the tunnels are available for touring.
    • Wenzel’s Walk, a well-marked route that starts at the Bock Casemates on the Montée de Claussen, provides access to the casemates and a tour that is described as a thousand years of history in ninety minutes.
    • A second area to view the casemates is at the Petrusse Casemates at the Place del al Constitution, across from Cathédrale Notre-Dame on the Boulevard Franklin D. Roosevelt. The stairs into the valley are steep and long, so be prepared for some walking.
    • The city’s Old Town is small but attractive and features quality shopping.

      

  • The Grand-Ducal Palace, a modest building on the outside, is a short block away from the Place Guillaume where various markets are held during the week.
  • The town’s two best churches (Notre Dame and St. Michael’s) are unremarkable with Notre Dame being relatively new.
  • Aspects of the town history can be seen at the Musée National d’Historie et d’Art Luxembourg  which can be found by turning left at the Grand-Ducal Palace and turning right at Rue de la Boucherie – the museum will be on your left.
  • The pastries and food in Luxembourg City are excellent and you should plan on a meal or two. At the very least, stop in for a tea or cappuccino and an tasty dessert.

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Additional Resources

For more information on visiting Luxembourg City and its attractions, try the official tourism website, which offers additional details on our recommended best places to visit, as well as details on locations that did not make our list.

For country facts on Luxembourg, as well as travel information related to visas, driving rules, safety, medical conditions, visas and other travel-related information, see this page on Luxembourg Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State Department.  Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the information provided to be useful when planning a trip to Luxembourg.

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A section of the fortress walls in Luxembourg City

Looking from the Corniche towards the Bock Casemates

Saint Jean Baptise (Neumunster) in the Valee De La Petrusse, Luxembourg City

Chapelle Saint-Quinn built into the Petrusse Valley wall, Luxembourg City

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