So I’ve been to Luxembourg’s capital before but I decided to go back 2 1/2 years later! I know I’m posting this a little late but since school’s been back in session I’ve been busier.
Pictured: The Palace, Place Guillaume II and the City Hall (Hotel de Ville)
Luxembourg is a very small, very rich country in the EU. It’s surrounded by Belgium, Germany and France, so it’s been heavily influenced by these three countries. It’s a representative democracy but it’s also got a monarch, Henri the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. It’s the only country left that is ruled by a Grand Duke so you bet you can buy all kinds of post cards with the Royal Family’s face on it. I like the city because it’s very doable for a day trip! And it’s a good workout to see all of the castle ruins because of how much walking and going up and down stairs there is to see all 3+ levels.
Most people who live there are multilingual as they have 3 official languages- French, German and Luxembourgish the local language. However, many do speak English so if you only speak English you’ll be able to get around. It’s truly interesting to see the menus at this Gelato place change back and forth between languages.
Notre-Dame cathedral- the only cathedral in the city, the cornerstone was laid in the 1600’s but it wasn’t completely done until 1938. Also right next door is the National Library!
Lots of European Union buildings are in the city! Above is a statue of the Grand-Duchess Charlotte.
The Grand Ducal Palace- where the Duke lives and conducts business
Saint Micheal’s Church- the oldest in the city dating back to the 1600’s, the original church was from 987.
Neumünster Abbey- today a cultural center
Now the ruins from top to bottom:
The Bock and the Chateau- The Bock is this natural rocky fortification dating back to the 700’s and Castle of Lucilinburhuc. It’s full of different chambers, passages and levels for you to explore.
This is from the ground level and inside some of the passages!
Cercle Cité- a building in the main square (Place d’Armes) had a free Picasso exhibit! Definitely worth checking out.
To my surprise there’s a Laduree in Luxembourg! So obviously I had to stop and get a pastry as well as a local beer made there a Diekirch Radler before I took my train back home. Definitely a day well spent.