When booking our first ever weekend break away, it’s fair to say Luxembourg wasn’t particularly high on our list, or even on our radar. After finding flights for £40 we had a ‘why not’ moment.
It’s a city built on history, financial trade and culture, with a population of just under 600,000 people. While the country itself is made up of mostly rural areas and dense forests, Luxembourg City proved to be surprisingly vibrant. We arrived in the evening and wheeled our way (via an easy bus ride – line no. 16) into the city and straight to a bar called Bananas on Place d’Armes.
Post-flight pints finished, we walked from the centre to our boutique hotel on the outskirts of the city (about 17 mins). Hotel Parc Belair was in a great location and was cute and quirky and perfect for 4* on a budget.
A massive perk of the city is that you can walk everywhere, so make sure you grab your daypack and a decent pair of trainers. On top of that the public parks and gardens in the city centre are great. Keeping it short and sweet, here are our top 3 picks from Luxembourg City.
City Sightseeing Tours
Sightseeing buses, they give you everything, a handy navigation point, interesting facts on the area, cheesy music and terrible jokes. Could you ask for more?
The City Sightseeing Tour took about an hour and had 7 main points, which you can read all about here. It’s the best way to get your bearings and learn more about the city.
Start the tour opposite the renowned Adolphe Bridge, at Constitution Square. If you have time to kill and want to see some greenery before the next bus, you can also wander into the valley underneath the bridge.
This is the best viewing spot in Luxembourg, hands down. The glass bottomed corridor offers beautiful views of Luxembourg City’s gorge of the River Alzette. It’s also a handy lift from the upper city down into the valley.
Escape reality for a couple of hours and take time to wander around Barrio Grund, below the city. Take in the architecture and impressive views of the Casemates – an impressive series of defensive works built into the rock. These came in a close number four, so you can read about them here.
Potter around and visit a handful of quaint restaurants and cafes. Our favourite pub (Scott’s pub) overlooked the river and held BBQs in the evening. We went in June and it was still warm until the sun went down. Virtually opposite, we ate dinner at Brasserie Bosso – the food was incredible and it’s nicely tucked away.
Unfortunately not a whole house made of chocolate, this chocolate café serves the cutest, most take-home-to-mom worthy delights. A lush place to take a rest and have a slice of cake and hot chocolate (the portion sizes won’t disappoint).
Positioned in front of the Grand Ducal Palace, you won’t have a bad view. The only downside is how busy it gets, their hotchocospoons draw in the tourists so it may need to be a bit *elbows out* to get a spot.
Those were our top three things to do in 48 hours in Luxembourg City, let us know in the comments what yours are! Thanks for reading.
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