Villa Vauban

Villa Vauban - Musée d'Art de la Ville / Lëtzebuerg

Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban was a French general and an expert in fortification building. He was responsible for many fortresses and fortifications in the French-speaking world and also created a fortress in Luxembourg. As a result of the London Conference of 1867 the fortification of Lëtzebuerg was removed and on the grounds of the former fortress built by Vauban a villa was created in 1873. As the rest of the fortifications has been converted into a large park, this villa is now standing in a nice green area close to the city center.

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Natural history

Musée national d'histoire naturelle / Lëtzebuerg

It’s one of the perfect places when you have a rainy day at Lëtzebuerg: the Musée national d’histoire naturelle. The museum is modern, fun and educating; it gives you insight into natural history on three floors, from the big bang to life in the seas, from biodiversity in the city to minerals and volcanoes. Or you just use your time to watch leafcutter ants to their work.

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Hidden funicular

Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg funicular, Lëtzebuerg

Public transport at Lëtzebuerg is based on buses, tramways and elevators. Maybe someone thought that a funicular is the missing piece: in 2017 the Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg funicular was opened; a funicular that is only 200 meters long with a height difference of 38 meters. If you travel by tramway from the historic city center to the European quarter you might easily miss it, as it is located in parallel to the Pont Grande-Duchesse Charlotte.

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Panoramic lift

Lift Pafendall-Uewerstad, Lëtzebuerg

Yes, it is only an elevator. But one that can trigger your fears and can give you wonderful views on Pfaffenthal and Kirchberg belonging to Lëtzebuerg. Whether you want to explore the lower city and the former fortifications or if you want to cross on foot over to the European Quarter, the lift saves you from climbing up the hill to the Uewerstad. It looks futuristic, needs around 30 seconds for a trip and was opened in 2016.

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Gëlle Fra

Gëlle Fra, Lëtzebuerg

On a terrace facing the valley of river Pétrusse, next to the city center of Lëtzebuerg, you’ll find a monument with a golden woman on top: the Gëlle Fra. It is a monument erected in 1923 to commemorate the people of Luxembourg who joined the Belgian and French armies during World War I. But it is much more. It symbolizes the independence of the small state of Luxembourg and has a high emotional value to the inhabitants.

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