CASTLES AND RAINBOWS IN LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourg

It’s so close to home (for me) and it still feels like a proper holiday. I sometimes go to Luxembourg just for groceries, but I’ve never been in Luxembourg city before. So is it really worth your time?

How to get there? Car (from Belgium)
How Long? A weekend is more than enough
Hotel? DoubleTree by Hilton
Must do: Vianden (castle), city center

Luxembourg

The first stop was in Vianden where I decided to stay for one night. Vianden is the home of a fairytale castle. It is one of Luxembourg’s hot spots for tourism, not only because of the castle, but also for the walking trails. I stayed in hotel Belle-Vue with an indoor pool and sauna. What does a girl need more? Well the service of the staff was amazing and they even gave me a little present. I do love to get presents!

The best way to get a good view over the city is by taking the chairlift. A retour ticket will cost you around five euros. During the summer months the chairlift operates from the banks of the river in the lower part of town. It takes you high above and you’ll have some magnificent views over the glorious landscape. You can also visit the castle of Vianden. Much of the original castle construction is still preserved today and the chapel from 12th century is still standing as well. I enjoyed the views the most.

Luxembourg

Would I go back to Vianden? Maybe, but in one day you’ve seen everything so I wouldn’t book a room there anymore. After Vianden I went to Echternach for a couple of hours. Echternach is the oldest city in Luxembourg. This city is extremely touristic and is really close to Germany. The language there is a mix between French and German. It sounds funny.

Now let’s talk about the real deal. The DoubleTree hotel is located 10 minutes from Luxembourg City. In front of the hotel you can take a bus that takes you directly into the center. The best thing about this hotel was the welcome gift. They have chocolate chip cookies! Everything is perfect for me as long as you give me cookies.

Luxembourg
Luxembourg

I didn’t look anything up for this trip, so I didn’t know what to expect. I only knew that Luxembourg is really expensive. I just walked around the city and did everything that crossed my path. I really like to just do things in the moment. One of the interesting things to do is the partially underground city called the Bock Casemates. It’s pretty cool because the walls and rocky cliffs form a natural fortitude around the city.

Did you know the old quarters and fortifications of the city of Luxembourg are UNESCO World Heritage Listed?

Luxembourg

Another fact about Luxembourg that I didn’t knew before this trip is that there live a lot of Portuguese people in the city. I accidentally ended up at the annual Portuguese party. That’s the fun part about not planning anything. The downside of not planning this trip is that I can’t share some amazing touristic spots. I just wandered around the city for hours on end.  I guess I’ve seen a lot but just can’t put a name to the picture.

So maybe you can help me by commenting your favorite spot in Luxembourg. What do I really need to see in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg

4 Comments

  • Great post Stephanie! I’ve never been to Luxembourg (yet!!) but one of the most amazing people I’ve met on my travels is from there, so I definitely need to go! Love the photo of the rainbow… amazing shot. And the castle looks stunning. Also, we stayed in a Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Bristol, England a few weeks back AND WE GOT A COOKIE TOO. It made my weekend. You’re not alone in the cookie love ;).

    Gabby

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Gabby! I really enjoy reading comments like this one. The people there are so friendly. It’s something I love about traveling, meeting people from all over the world. The other things (next to cookies) that I love are rainbows and unicorns. I could’t find a unicorn so a rainbow is the second best thing.

      Every hotel should give a little present (read: cookie) when you check-in! Let’s make a post about that!

    • Oh Stieny, super! Heb je nog leuke tips voor een dagje Luxemburg? Dan kan ik misschien nog eens een dagje terug gaan. Dank je wel voor je reactie.

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