Little pearl

Chemin de Corniche, Lëtzebuerg

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.

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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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Hôtel Perrin

Hôtel Perrin, Lëtzebuerg

Only 300 meters away from the main railway station of Lëtzebuerg the Hôtel Perrin is a good place to stay for people travelling by train. It was built in 1932 and the Art Déco architecture combines well with the modern approach of the hotel. The heart of the hotel is the gentleman behind the desk who seems to speak every language of the modern world.

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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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City history

Lëtzebuerg City Museum / Lëtzebuerg

Ready to learn more about the city of Lëtzebuerg? The Lëtzebuerg City Museum is a modern museum located close to the Chemin de la Corniche and it is just around the corner of the Palais Grand-Ducal. It was opened in 1996 on eight levels containing a standard exhibition on the history of the city and changing exhibitions. The architecture itself is wonderful: modern elements connect the historic buildings dating back to the 17th century CE.

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History on the rocks

National Museum of History and Art (MNHA) / Lëtzebuerg

When visiting Luxembourg you shouldn’t leave out the Musée national d’histoire et d’art. It is located at the fish market in the old town very close to the Casemates. Even if it would be completely empty this modern building would be worth a visit. It is like an iceberg – you just see some floors of a museum building in a contemporary style, but most of the museum is underground. The lower of the nine floors are carved into the rock and the archeological items exhibited blend with the rock surrounding it.

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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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Fort Thüngen

Fort Thüngen, Musée Dräi Eechelen / Lëtzebuerg

When you climb up to the Kirchberg mountain or pass the bridge from the city center you’ll find the Fort Thüngen (or Draï Eechelen, Trois Glands). It is part of the extensive fortification system of the city of Luxembourg. The ancient fortress with its special structure would already be worth a visit, but within the old walls you can also find the Musée Dräi Eechelen.

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