4 Reasons Luxembourg is a Must-See Destination
By: Hannah Drew
Most people think of one of three things at the mention of Luxembourg—cheap petrol, cheap alcohol, or cheap tobacco. However, Luxembourg City has so much more to offer.
The first thing to mention is how visually stunning the city is. My favorite thing about this city has to be its greenery. I distinctly remember walking beneath the Adolphe Bridge and marveling at the trees which surrounded it. The green space this city has to offer is incredible, and the old architecture that surrounds it is also beautiful.
Another fantastic thing about this city is how easy it is to travel. Public transport in Luxembourg is completely free and boarding does not even require a ticket, so it’s simply a matter of getting on and off a bus. The city also has train links straight to Paris and Brussels, perfect for a multi-city trip.
The city is layered with incredible views up high and lower down. The Casemates du Bock will provide you with a stunning view of the city from above. Below, however, you can explore the tunnels of a subterranean defense system, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If history is your thing, a trip to the National Museum of History and Art in the Old Town is perfect after exploring the tunnels. Visitors can learn about the history of Luxembourg and view artworks and artifacts spanning many periods.
The temporary exhibition commemorating 100 years of universal suffrage in Luxembourg was incredibly interesting, combined with plenty of interactive exhibits. Close-by is the Grand Ducal Palace, the residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, a stunning building surrounded by guards in uniform.
Another interesting spot is Kirchberg, also known as the European district. Here tourists will find the Philharmonie Luxembourg, a grand concert hall with spectacular acoustics. It is also the location of the European Union institutions within Luxembourg and hence has very different buildings than the Old Town.
Hidden away slightly is also the very interesting Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, and the Musée Dräi Eechelen which features a fully restored 18th-century fort. While visiting the latter, we explored the fort’s vast system of underground tunnels, converted into museum exhibits and galleries.
Finally, Luxembourg City also has a wide variety of pubs and clubs for your nightlife needs. Examples include Tube, an English-themed bar influenced by London, and Scott’s pub, which offers food and drink in a beautiful location next to the river.
I would recommend Luxembourg City to anyone looking for a new little slice of European culture to discover!