Little pearl

The capital city of Luxembourg has a lot to offer: small mountains on which the city is located, forests and many old fortifications. Lëtzebuerg was a fortress for a very long time and you can experience this at nearly every corner. Today it feels like the ideal city, a visit is very much enjoyable and leads very fast to the typical vacation feeling. Lëtzebuerg is a little pearl; you don’t need more than a weekend to explore it – but not visiting it would be a bad decision.

The city center itself is a UNESCO world heritage site and that’s very well deserved. The country is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with Luxembourgish, French and German as official languages. The city dates back to the year 963 CE and came under Habsburg rule and French rule. It was occupied by the Germans twice. Today it is interconnected with the countries surrounding it and in no other region of Europe the exchange and cooperation is as high as there.

I arrived by train and had booked a hotel close to the railway station, the Hôtel Perrin. As always the region around the main railway station isn’t the most beautiful, but the hotel is located in a clean and quite street with some bars and international supermarkets. From there I explored the main sights in the city center: the Gëlle Fra, the casemates, the most beautiful balcony of Europe. I strolled along river Alzette in the city quarter Grund and had a look at the Palais Grand-Ducal and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg.

On rainy days the city can also be a paradise because of the many wonderful museums like the Musée Dräi Eechelen, the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, the Musée national d’histoire et d’art, the Lëtzebuerg City Museum, a nice Natural History Museum and last but not least the Villa Vauban. So much to discover! Lëtzebuerg offers free public transport and interesting options like funiculars and panoramic lifts. A special place is the European quarter which is a bit separated on another hill. If you want to experience everyday life then head over to the Parc de Merl. Small but full of treasures, this little gem.


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