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Luxembourg City Guide

Luxembourg City Guide

DSCN1658Luxembourg City is the capital and largest city in the Luxembourg, officially, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.  The city was created around Luxembourg Castle which was created by the Franks in the Early Middle Ages. Luxembourg is close to many large cities in Western Europe including Paris: 231 miles away, Brussels, 132 miles, and Cologne, 130 miles.  In 2011, Luxembourg was ranked first for personal safety and 19th for quality of living.  It is a seat of several institutions of the European Union, including the European Investment Bank, European Investment Fund, and the European Stability Fund.  From those examples, it’s easy to guess that banking and finance are important aspects of both the city and country of Luxembourg.

Transportation

By Air: There’s one international airport in the country: Luxembourg Findel International Airport.  It is 6 km from the city. Despite it being pretty small Findel was Europe’s 5th busiest airport in 2010 for cargo.
Getting to and from the Airport:
BusBus 16 (Eurobus) goes from the airport to Kirchberg, City Center, and the Central Station and leaves every 10 minutes during the week, and every 20-30 minutes on weekends.  Bus 9 stops at Neudorf, Clausen, City Center, and Central Station, leaving every 15 minutes during the week, and 30-60 minutes on weekends.

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By Train: There is one railway station,Luxembourg Station, the main one in the country.  It is connected to the German, Belgian, and French railway networks several times an hour.

Public Transportation

Bus: There is a network of 25 routes throughout the city.  They’re all operated by the city (AVL).  There is a free service from Glacis to the Central Station.

Major Sites

Monuments:

  • Gëlle Fra Memorial
  • Archeological Crypt
  • Bock Casemates
  • Bock Promontory
  • Grand Duchess Charlotte
  • Monument of the Millennium
  • National Monument of the Solidarity

 

DSCN1699Museums:

  • Art Gallery “Am Tunnel”
  • Casino Luxembourg- Forum for contemporary art
  • Deportation Memorial
  • Bank Museum
  • Luxembourg City History Museum

My Thoughts

I didn’t spend much time in Luxembourg, but what I saw was extremely charming.  The small, winding streets reminded me of Prague.  My favorite parts of Prague.  The statues, and memorials reminded me of Paris and their extravagance. It’s easy to see that this small city is wealthy and proud of their history.  I would suggest walking around the city, and possibly take a walking or bus tour.  I did a hop-on/off bus City Sightseeing Tour because I had so little time.  I liked that I learned a lot about the history and current dynamic of the city while also seeing many important sites quickly.  While I don’t always recommend doing the quick way, sometimes it has to be done.

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