Luxembourg may be a small country, but it is Europe’s richest country and provides many things for visitors to enjoy. Whilst, unfortunately, it is often not high on travellers’ wish lists, it can give people that somewhere different in Europe that they are looking for. It is the only country in the whole of the world to be ruled by a Grand Duke; it is known as a Grand Duchy. Be pleasantly surprised, and visit Luxembourg for a taste of something unique, and a chance to tell your friends you have been to a Grand Duchy!
It is really easy to explore and the environment is safe. One can do many of the main sights in a few days, thanks to the excellent public transport links and the relatively small distances between places. It is an ideal adventure for solo travellers, as well as groups of friends, couples, and families.
Some popular sights to see on a weekend trip to Luxembourg include:
This architectural gem really is a sight for sore eyes. It is one of Europe’s largest castles from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Sitting high on a rocky outcrop, it overlooks the local town, providing excellent and incredible views.
Grand Ducal Palace
Built in the 1500s, this palace has a grand and impressive facade, reminiscent of the courtly days of old. It is one of the Grand Duke’s residences, and as such, visitors can only go inside at certain times of the year. If you want to take a peek inside, visit in the summer months. Nevertheless, when wandering around the capital city it is a must see sight in any season.
Notre Dame Cathedral
A major attraction in Luxembourg City is the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. Inside and out, one cannot help but be impressed by the Gothic architecture with its embellishments from the Renaissance period.
The Casemates Bock
Built in the 18th century, this is a series of fortifications designed to protect the city. One can stand on the rock where the original castle proudly stood, and enjoy the lovely panoramic views. Once you’ve enjoyed your high, head low and go underground into the maze of tunnels and chambers. An immense underground network, it was big enough to house troops, civilians, and horses, and contained kitchens, workshops and other vital facilities. You can also stroll along the sections of walls above ground. Be sure not to miss the pedestrian only walkway called Le Chemin de la Corniche; built on the ramparts, it is referred to as the most beautiful balcony in Europe.
Place Guillaume Market
In the heart of Luxembourg City, every Wednesday and Saturday a vibrant market takes over the large main square of Place Guillaume. With a variety of products, it is a fun and exciting experience. You may even spot some bargains to take home with you as a memento of your trip to Luxembourg!
Esch Sur Sure
A small hamlet some way out of the city centre, Esch Sur Sure is located atop a steep and rugged hill, looking down onto the valley and river below. In the distance, you will see stretching visions of green, with meadows, fields, forests, and farms dominating the surrounding countryside areas. Some enchanting castle ruins and a watchtower allow your imagination to run free in this supremely stunning part of the country.
Let Luxembourg capture your heart and mind and see the very best that this small but priceless country has in store.