Luxembourg is one of those locations where lots of people visit yet many still don't know much about. The city is a diverse modern metropolis with a fascinating history, beautiful landscapes and friendly locals. This city will surprise you in a lot of ways.
24 hours may seem like a short amount of time, however for Luxembourg it is do-able. Luxembourg City is quite small and so is the country itself. It's borders are 3 larger countries; Germany, France and Belgium.
Begin your morning with a Luxembourgish breakfast at The Melting Pot, Luxembourg Youth Hostel. What is that? Well, Luxembourgish breakfast is similar to the French style, which consists of breads with butter and cheese, jam or meat (open sandwich), fruits and cereal.
After breakfast make your way to the Casemates du Bock, a fortress used to protect the city until they were destroyed. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and major tourist attraction for the city of Luxembourg. For 6 Euros you can wander through the tunnels and check out the dungeons, chambers, balconies and archeological crypt. An estimated time of 40 mins is needed to go through the tunnels and take photos.
After the Casemates check out the Luxembourg Viaduct (Passerelle) as well as the Petrusse Valley below. It's a nice historical area to explore with beautiful views. The Viaduct was built in the 1800s and has stunning views of the old city. There are also lots of shops and churches to check out. In the valley there is mini golf, a skateboard park and a lot of grassy areas if you just want to hang about or have a picnic.
Start your afternoon having lunch in a cafe. Luxembourg is pretty expensive, my suggestion is to walk around and find a cafe that has something that you want to eat and is under 20 Euros. Or you can go back to the Luxembourg Youth Hostel. They have an extensive menu and most dishes are under 15 Euros!
After this, head to the Old Downtown district and do some shopping. There are lots of cute stores to check out. Buy some post cards and mail them at the Tourist Centre. Check out the Grand Dual Palace, where the Grand Duke still currently lives today. In the summer they offer guided tours of the palace. The City Hall is also a popular place to visit, as you can go inside and snap photos.
Place Guillaume is a popular square frequented by tourists. There is a bronze statue of the King and Grand Duke William the II who ruled for 9 years. There are also two history museums; Luxembourg City History Museum and Luxembourg National Art and History Museum which are worth a visit. Casino Luxembourg is another museum but specializes in modern art and also has a library and eatery.
The best time to see the Grund is just before sunset. The Grund is a really cute distract popular for it's medieval architecture eateries and riverside promenade. There are also beautiful views of the Casemates from the lower city. By the evening, most of the shops are already closed but it's nice to just walk around and take in the scenery. Or, you can sit at one of the riverside restaurants and have a drink.
End your night with a walk along Le Chemin de la Corniche, a scenic walkway along the Alzette River that overlooks the Grund. If you are getting there from the Grund be prepared to walk up a steep flight of stairs! As it gets darker, the street lights turn on for a beautiful night views of the lower city and the Casemates.
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