It may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, yet it is one of the richest in the world! Luxembourg has a lot to offer in terms of history and beauty.
Climate: Oceanic climate
Currency: Euros (€)
Official Language(s): Luxembourgish, German, French
Luxembourg has 1 airport located just outside of Luxembourg City; Luxembourg airport (7 Km away). However, most people who travel to Luxembourg do it by train anyways.
From the airport to the city centre you can take bus 16 or 29 to Luxembourg Gare (train station) then take another bus to wherever you need to go. The bus costs 2€ ($3 CAD) so it is very affordable. On Saturdays the buses are FREE! The bus ride is only about 30 mins give or take, depending on traffic.
Luxembourg City is quite small, so depending on where you are staying you may be able to walk everywhere you want to go. You do have the option of taking the bus if you wanted to travel elsewhere outside the city centre.
I found in Luxembourg most people spoke English, however it's always nice to greet people in their language (Luxembourgish). So, here are a few phrases:
Please- Wann ech glift
Thank you- Merci
What to See
Luxembourg is one of those places that many people still don't know about and haven't visited. As a small, wealthy country, Luxembourg might turn people off because of how expensive it is. However, there are a lot of beautiful places to visit throughout the country.
Luxembourg's city centre is home to lots of it's attractions. A must see is the Casemates du Bock, the remains of underground tunnels from 1644. From the street level (on top of the fortress) you get breathtaking views of the Grund. The Grund, is the lower city of Luxembourg at the bottom of the Casemates. There are riverside bars and restaurants as well as amazing views of the Casemates. Palais Grand Ducal is a very gothic style palace. It's a great place to walk by, if you are lucky you will catch the guards at their post. Summer is the only time you can actually go inside the palace. Le Chemin de la Corniche is a great walk to go for a walk. It offers a different perspective of the city walls and the valley below.
What to Eat & Drink
Not much is known on what Luxembourgish food is, but there are a lot of potatoes and sausage. I found a lot of places served worldly cuisines like Portuguese, Middle Eastern, Italian, Vietnamese, etc. So I ended up just eating at the Youth Hostel. Luckily they have a few Luxembourgish dishes on their menu with reasonable prices.
Foods to try:
Where to Stay
There aren't many budget friendly hotels in Luxembourg City. One of the most popular places is the Youth Hostel, as they have dorm rooms, private rooms, family rooms, etc. This hostel is great for everyone and is right in the city centre which allows you to walk to all the attractions. The hostel even has its own restaurant, playground, conference rooms, etc. Prices for a dorm room cost 25€ ($38 CAD) which is quite expensive for a bunkbed. You can only imagine what hotel prices would be like!
Vianden-- Home to Chateau de Vianden, travelling up to the town of Vianden is worth the trip. If the historic streets and history aren't enough to entice you to visit, I don't know what else it.
France-- Being nestled beside this country has it's benefits. You can get to major cities in France like Metz and Nancy for only around 5€ ($8 CAD).
Belgium-- In about 3 hours, you can get to the city of Brussels from Luxembourg by train. Why not visit?!
Germany-- Germany is the other country that sandwiches in Luxembourg. To get to a major city like Frankfurt, you are looking at a train ride of about 3.5 hours and only 30€ ($45 CAD).
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