Luxembourg City is a very charming historical city! Unfortunately many ONLY know the city as one of the capitals of Europe, full of administrative and political offices, which seems unexciting. So what can you do in Luxembourg city? What makes it worth visiting?
First, lets have a little history lesson. Luxembourg City was founded in the year 963, so it’s a super old city. Like Quebec City, the old Luxembourg City was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. Ok, that’s all (i said it’d be a little lesson). When you visit this city you are immersing yourself in some extreme history!
What to see in Luxembourg City
While I was unfortunately only in Luxembourg City for a day, I was able to do quite a few things. I recommend visiting MUCH longer since there are many things to do in Luxembourg City not to mention the country of Luxembourg itself.
Grand Ducal Palace
Since Luxembourg City has so many political offices, why not get a feel for the city by visiting the Grand Ducal Palace? Plus it’s just gorgeous thanks to Flemish Renaissance architecture (16th century).
Every year during the months of July-September, they open their doors for guided tours (12 euros for adults) in English, German, French, Dutch, and Luxembourgish (yes that’s a real language). While I got to stare at the front of the building, and the guard walking back and forth at the front, I couldn’t tour since we visited in May, so do it for me and send me a photo on Instagram!
These underground tunnels were built to hold thousands of soldiers and their horses too! However, when the city declared neutrality, most of the military defenses were destroyed. They found that they could not blow up the casemates without the destruction of a major part of the city. To preserve the city, they sealed most of the casemates. The small part that is still accessible is what you can visit when you go to Luxembourg city.
These casemates were also used as a bomb shelter for world war ll. Visiting left me in awe, as you walk through you can only imagine what happened in those tunnels many years ago.
Luxembourg City has such a beautiful lookout over the whole city. It’s called Le Chemin de la Corniche which is also known as Europes most beautiful balcony. The best part is you can get some excellent photos, and it’s free!
Where to eat in Luxembourg City
We were in Luxembourg city on a Sunday, most of the restaurants were closed or only serving drinks. Then we stumbled upon this restaurant Lux’burgers! The food was so good! I really recommend coming here if you are in Luxembourg city. I got the chicken burger with egg, avocado, and sweet potato fries. Brett (my husband) got a bacon blue cheese burger with fries. We both got the pear beer and it was really good!
Like I mentioned earlier, I only had the chance to visit Luxembourg City for less than 24 hours. This small list of things to do does not encompass the many things to do in this city! Have you been to Luxembourg City? What did you enjoy?