Luxembourg City is the capital city of the tiny European country of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is not normally a city break on most peoples radars, and to be honest it wasn’t really on ours either! However we decided we wanted to go on a small city break for our 7th wedding anniversary.
We didn’t have a big budget for this break and while searching for some inspiration and trawling through various flights and hotels, we decided on Luxembourg, I managed to get really cheap flights through the airline that I work for, and we had a hotel voucher that my stepsister had gotten us for Christmas to put towards the accommodation.
Luxembourg is however expensive when you are there. Eating and drinking out there is not cheap, however as there isn’t lots to see and do in Luxembourg you can literally spend 1 to 2 days there really, and that will be more than enough. We decided to book 3 days and 2 nights as we did plan on leaving the city and going to visit Vianden Castle on one of the days.
Our trip to Luxembourg didn’t go entirely to plan as on the second day I woke up feeling really unwell, and unfortunately I lost a day by spending it in the hotel room feeling sorry for myself, and the day after I still didn’t feel 100% so took a slow and steady day wandering around the city.
I have to admit Luxembourg wasn’t one of my favourite city breaks I’ve had in Europe and I have other cities that I much prefer, however if your like myself and your up for giving anywhere new a try and ticking off another country then it’s worth the trip. Also if you can get a good deal on flights and hotel then it’s definitely worth going to visit Luxembourg for a weekend getaway.
Sights & Activities
Cathedral Notre-Dame is Luxembourg’s only cathedral, and is a Roman Catholic cathedral it was erected in 1613. The building has some gothic architecture and is pretty central to most other sites and attractions within the city. Inside the cathedral there are some gorgeous stained glass windows, and it is really peaceful to go in for a wander around.
Casemates Du Bock
Casemates Du Bock is part of UNESCO and is a series of tunnels and fortresses which were created in 1644 when the Spanish were dominating. These subterranean tunnels are full of Luxembourg history and provide impressive views over Luxembourg’s old town. Entrance is only €7 per adult and you can easily spend and hour or so exploring these tunnels and reading the information in the museum by the entrance.
Chemin De La Corniche
Chemin De La Corniche which is also referred to as Europe’s most beautiful balcony and was built by the Spanish and French back in the 17th century. Back in the 1800s there used to be steep staircases but they were removed when dismantling the fortress, and today the area now provides panoramic views over the Alzette Valley, The Grund and the Rham Plateau.
Grand Ducal Palace
Grand Ducal Palace is the home to the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. The palace is closed to the public but opens exclusively in some of the summer months. The palace is one of the prettiest buildings in Luxembourg, and you can see the Grand Ducal guards stood outside. Opposite the palace are some cute little cafes and shops too.
Saint Michael’s Church
Saint Michael’s Church is the oldest religious site in Luxembourg City, it was built in 987 to replace the castle chapel. It has ben destroyed several times over the centuries but has always been reconstructed and resurrected. The way it stands today has been like this since 1688 but has been restored over recent years. The church has gothic and baroque elements and architecture and beautiful stained glass windows.
The Grund is a quarter in central Luxembourg situated in the city centre in the lower valley below the city, and sitting on the Alzette River. It’s one of the most picturesque areas of the city and you can get down to this area by a lift that goes down through the cliff. The old cobbled streets are full of charm and The Grund is also known to have Luxembourg’s best nightlife. The area is traffic free and a great area to explore by foot.
Food & Drink
Beet is located in the heart of Luxembourg and is a vegan and organic restaurant that serves up locally sourced food. When we visited it was really popular and seemed like a locals favourite for delicious food. We came here for lunch unfortunately I still wasn’t 100% so I stuck with fries, however my husband ordered one of the falafel dishes which I did pick at and it was some of the best falafel I have ever had!
Beim Renert is a bistro and bar which has a good selection of beers, it also has plenty of seating outside, and inside has a cosy atmosphere. We stopped in here for a few drinks before heading out for dinner. It has a really nice feel to the place and attracts a lot of locals.
Flowers Kitchen is a small cafe which is decorated beautifully. It serves up healthy homemade vegan food and drinks. It’s a great place to stop for lunch or a snack there’s lots of light options such a soups, salads, quiches and pastries etc. This was one of my favourite places we ate at in Luxembourg. It’s a really popular cafe so if you can try and make a reservation in advance I would recommend it.
Metropolitan is a modern Art Deco bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner or if your not hungry it’s a great place to go for a drink, and serves up a good selection of cocktails. It’s set on the corner in a period building and has a terrace, and it has a friendly ambience to the place.
Nirvana Cafe might not look much from the outside or the inside for that matter, however don’t be put off as the food here is incredible and best of all it serves all vegan Indian food. It’s reasonably priced and big portions we went a bit overboard and over ordered. Its really filling hearty food! The momos were delicious and the mango lassi was also amazing. We visited for dinner, however they do offer a lunchtime buffet too. The service here was also warm and attentive and the best we had in Luxembourg.
Novotel Luxembourg Centre
Luxembourg is notoriously known as being really expensive and over priced. When looking for accommodation unless you have an unlimited budget then your options are quite slim. We opted for the Novotel in the city centre as it is a great location in the centre and was a little pricey but more affordable than other hotels in the city. The Novotel is clean and comfortable and as it’s a chain you know what to expect from a Novotel.
The hotel is situated down a quiet road and the rooms are good size. The hotel staff are also really friendly and helpful. If your on a budget and want a hotel that’s right in the city centre, then I would really recommend the Novotel!
Transport & Getting Around
Getting around Luxembourg is really easy as it’s not a huge capital city, and everywhere is within walking distance. The only public transport we used was bus 16 which runs every 10 minutes from the airport to the city centre and is a bargain at only €2 per person, this is the cheapest and easiest airport transfer in Luxembourg.
My best bit of advice for visiting Luxembourg is to try and get out of the city, I really wish I hadn’t lost a day being ill and would have loved to visit more of the countryside. If your planning a trip to Luxembourg I would suggest allowing for 2 to 3 days for the trip and not any more, as it’s a small city you can pretty much see all the main sites and attractions within a day. Any longer and you might get a bit bored. I’m really glad I visited Luxembourg but have to admit it wasn’t one of my favourite city breaks in Europe, and there are other cities in Europe which offer a lot more to do and have a bit more edge.