Hi guys! This is Alex and today I’m going to tell you about my favorite places in Luxembourg. I visited this country four times and there is always something new to discover, despite the tiny size of this country.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg – the official name of the country, is the marvelous place right in the heart of Europe, which you can reach very conveniently from all the surrounding countries – France, Belgium and Germany via train or car.
Luxembourg is one of the smallest and richest countries in the world because of banking and financial services, industry and tourism. Many people are coming to Luxembourg from neighboring countries for daily work.
It is definitely better to start your trip in the capital – the Luxembourg city. You will love its picturesque views, medieval buildings and remarkable history. After exploring the capital, you can rent a car and go to the North of the country – it is only a bit more than one hour drive.
Luxembourg has so many medieval castles, and the most impressive one on my opinion is in Vianden. The castle set on the top of the hills and looks very dramatic.
When I first came here I was completely fascinated and fell in love with this town because it really looks like a fairy tale village! You will never be tired walking through these cobbled streets with medieval buildings and enjoy picturesque views from the hills.
Luxembourg city has two levels – upper town and lower town or Grund with the canals, cafes and gardens. There is a glass bottom elevator called Pfaffenthal Lift, which connects upper level to the lower level. You can find it within the short walk from the old town and it is free to ride.
Here are my favorite places in Luxembourg city, which is the top – tourist destinations as well but are really great. On the first day of my trip I visited all of them because they are pretty close to each other.
- Cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever visited, it is an amazing place! The building is a remarkable example of the late Gothic style and you can find here the Statue of our Lady of Luxembourg, tombs of Grand Dukes of Luxembourg, the Patron Saint of the city and country and quiet religious music.
- Casemates du Bock is the old fortification in Luxembourg built in the rock. They were used to defending the city during numerous wars and have 23 km length underground. You can get lost there but don’t worry – there is the alarm buttons everywhere and someone will come and help you find a way out.
- Chemin de la Corniche is the most beautiful balcony in Europe! You will find here fabulous view on the city from above and it is one of the top – points to take a picture.
- Grund or the lower part of the town is a wonderful mix of old architecture and nature, dates back to 10Th century. The most impressive building here the Neumünster Abbey, built in 1606.
In Luxembourg city I can recommend to stay at the Youth Hostel, which is located 600 meters from the city center for the reasonable price of €27.
You have to take a train from the Luxembourg city and just in 20 minutes you will be in Dudelange, the nice little mostly french – speaking town in South of Luxembourg. The countryside of Luxembourg is truly fantastic and the tiny towns are worth to visit them. Dudelange is one of them.
This is an oasis of peace and tranquility and if you come here, you definitely would like to stay here longer. Dudelange was famous because of its past – the city had a large steelworks nearby.
First time I visited the city was because of my profession – I participated at the organ competition, which took place at the Eglise Saint – Martin or St. Martin Church. This church was built between 1894 and 1900 in Neogothic style and is the third largest church in Luxembourg. It has the gorgeous Stahlhut organ.
- The Museum National de la Resistance is the best place to learn about the history of Dudelange. You will see among the exhibits many old photographs, books and newspapers.
- Wassertürm and Pomhouse are another good sights of the town and deserve a visit. You will find here an amazing observation deck and a beautiful building.
- The city has two different zoos – one is named Gaalgebierg and specializes in domestic animals and another one is the Parc Merveilleux and offers to look at exotic animals such as parrots, monkeys, kangaroos, and crocodiles.
- Dudelange castle is located on the outskirts of the city and considered to be a mysterious place.
Echternach is my absolutely favorite town in Luxembourg! I went there for the whole day, which I spend visiting local sights, took a pedal boat trip across the artificial lake and walked along the hiking paths. In such places you just desire to stay forever.
Echternach is almost 1300 years old, was one of most prosperous towns during medieval times. Here you will check places which are a must -see in Echternach.
- Abbey of Echternach. It has three parts – St. Willibrord Basilica, Museum of Abbey and Benedectine Abbey. You can go to the Basilica first, then take a walk through the Abbey and enter the crypt where is St.Willibrord’s resting place. He established the first settlement of Ecternach.
- The Abbey Garden is a marvelous place for a walk located nearby the Abbey. You just need to cross the courtyard of the Abbey towards the rotunda and then walk through an arch to explore the gardens.
- The Roman Villa is the place on outskirts of Echternach where you can see the largest remaining ruins of the Romans. They were discovered during the excavation of the artificial lake, which is located nearby. The entry is free.
- Fortified Walls of Echternach date back to the 10Th century and were expanded in the 13 Th century. Today it is a big tourist attraction.
Vianden is another wonderful town in the North of Luxembourg and attracts its visitors mostly of the Vianden castle, which is considered to be a very important historical sight not only in Luxembourg but in whole Europe. Besides the castle you can find here a plenty of interesting places to see as well.
- Vianden Castle is the number 1destination here, which is located on the top of 310 meter hills and dominates the town. You can take a fabulous picture from the top of the castle and enjoy the beautiful interior and exterior.
- Victor Hugo Museum is one of the main attractions in the city as well, offers its visitors a chance to discover Victor Hugo’s house in Vianden. Among the exhibits you will see some of Hugo’s texts, paintings and several of his possessions. Many people travel in Vianden to visit this Museum.
- Chairlift. This is one of the local’s sight, which will take you to the height of 440 meters and provides the visitors with a gorgeous view on Vianden. Opening times 10 am to 5 pm, April – October.
- National Museum of Military History has several exhibits including weapons, military vehicles and a photo gallery.
Written by Alex