A local friend, £15 return flight tickets = weekend of catch ups and discoveries in the city of Luxembourg. Having friends scattered across the globe is a real perk. I didn’t think I would get to travel much during my final year, but thankfully I was wrong. An invite from my Lux babe came my way, so I didn’t think twice about discovering this [very] little European gem. Here is what my quick weekend away consisted of (and it’s more than counting how many banks I saw across the city… ;)). When in Luxembourg, make sure you do the following…
This view. Forest full of colour and fields full of sheep and goats. With birds chirping away and it being warm in the house (compare the EU insulation with the British, I dare you). Scandi architecture all around, the dream.
Lucie was hosting me for the weekend in Kopstal, which is only a 10 minute bus drive from the city. I was getting the complete local scoop, and nothing less!
To get to the city, we took the 262 (but you can also hop on the 275) bus which due to the kindness of the drivers we didn’t pay for ;). Off to the Christmas-spirited city we go!
The annual Christmas market was JUST getting set up, and although I missed it when it opened, it didn’t bother me at all (there was so much more to see and do!).
Even if the temperatures advise you differently, Luxembourg city is best seen on foot. Take a stroll down to the Royal Palace (Grand Ducal Palace) to see the most beautiful façades in the city – notice the lack of gates and strict rules when it comes to the treatment of the royal family. Want to take tour around the palace? Tours are also available throughout the year, for all you royalty fanatics.
Walk through the splashes of orange, red, and yellow at places like the Parc De Merl, and Municipal Park but also the grounds of MUDAM museum.
I remember I used to be the person to always look down on the ground when walking, but it changed gradually over the years and became a tendency of always looking somewhere else than in front of me. Especially when I travel. Come on, there is so much to see, and it was no different in Luxembourg.
Walk up to the courthouses of Cite Judiciaire (which house a number of courts and legal offices) for a special spot, perfect for a sunset view and a glimpse on the twinkly-fairytale-like-houses. Another city, another sunset. I think by now I’ve seen a sunset in every place I travelled to in 2017. What’s one thing you always make sure to do/see when travelling?
In the meantime, catch an amazing panoramic view…
I love spending time in galleries and I find art fascinating, so a visit to the MUDAM Museum was an ideal end to the weekend. The entry is free for students and the museum is filled with contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, along with fashion and movie screenings. It’s worthy of a day or an evening out, both for architecture and abstract art lovers, perfect for alone time or a quiet evening with a friend.
For a brunch, take a visit to a bakery right at the heart of the city. La Table du Pain will fulfill all your carby needs, and is a cosy little place to warm up before discovering the city in the winter. The price point ranges at around 10-15 euros, with some vegan options available. A Luxembourgish specialty, Boxemännercher, little men-shaped dough snack which is gifted to children on St. Nicholas Day on the 6th of December, can also be found in bakeries around Christmas time.
Now that you’ve seen the city on foot and looked at it from down below, it’s time to catch this view at the The Pfaffenthal Lift – a 60m tall, glass lift in Luxembourg City which takes you from Parc Pescatore to Pfaffenthal in seconds with fairy-tale views along the way… The best part about it? It’s free! Six years in the making, it was built to allow locals for easier and quicker way to reach the riverside. Turns out it’s also a great point where I can imagine a great sunset could be caught too!
An almond latte in between your adventures will surely keep your spirit up no matter of the temperatures. Enjoy one at the Robin du Lac, in a cosy Scandi cafe called Knopes.
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