While I have already covered most of the big cities I covered during my trip of Europe, I haven’t done one for The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (even typing that makes me feel fancy!). One of the reasons for this was we didn’t really plan on doing very much there, so we just spent a day wandering aimlessly; a welcome change from all the guided tours. So here is a quick recap of the random bits we saw while walking around.
We started walking from the Boulevard Royal, which is one of the major roads near the city centre. This is also the area where most of the financial buildings of the city, including the Bank of Luxembourg are situated and the part of the city where the more modern of the buildings are.
Further south, we came across the National Monument of the Solidarity, where an eternal flame burns in memory of those who lost their lives in the second world war.
One thing that struck us about Luxembourg is how close various government buildings are to each other (also how small they tend to be). Within a space of ten minutes, we saw the judiciary buildings of Luxembourg, the ministry of agriculture, until we reached the grand finale- the Grand Ducal Palace.
The palace is also directly connected to the Chamber of Deputies, the Luxembourg Parliament building via a glass walkway.
We didn’t get to go in, as the palace is only open to public a few weeks in a year, but there is a lovely little cafe called the Chocolate House that serves delicious chocolate cake directly opposite the palace.
We managed to get the outdoor seats, so we had an excellent view of the palace, and were also able to see the changing of the guard.
After being stuffed full of chocolatey goodness, we set off again and came to Place Guillaume II, a 13th century square named after King William II. Guess who the statue in the square is dedicated to?
After that,we passed the Church of St. Michael, which is the site of the oldest church in Luxembourg; though the building itself had been destroyed and rebuilt over the years.
Luxembourg is strategically placed to be one of the most fortified places in Europe, so much so that it was known as the Gibraltar of the North. So we had to visit the fortifications, which have been classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
After this, we decided to head back via the Chemin de la Corniche, which runs along the Alzette valley and has been called one of the most beautiful balconies of Europe.
Luxembourg is small enough that even though we only spent a day, we did manage to see a lot. Covering the area by foot was also a good idea, since we got to see the details we might have otherwise missed. Due to the low taxes in Luxembourg, it’s also a great place to fill up your car before you head off!
Have you been to Luxembourg? What were your favourite bits?
Until next time, Love, Me 🙂