Tourist Spots

Grand Ducal Palace (Luxembourg City)

The Grand Ducal family resides in the exercise of its duties at the Grand Ducal Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings of the city center of Luxembourg. Built in the 16th century, this residence, which was enlarged in the Baroque era, has typical elements of Renaissance facade.

Just like Buckingham Palace in London, the building is protected by guards standing still, and is often surrounded by numerous tourists.

 

 

Casemates (Luxembourg City)

The casemates are a network of 23km of underground galleries that were carved into the rock until the 18th century by foreign troops who occupied Luxembourg during four centuries. Among the military, Spaniards, French and Austrians.

Built under Luxembourg’s massive fortress, the casemates were used to connect different parts of the site and to provide shelter during sieges. Their length was reduced to 17km after the Luxembourg declaration of neutrality in 1867. Some of the pieces that compose it are remain visible.

The casemates have been listed as World Heritage of UNESCO since 1994.

Place d'Armes (Luxembourg City)

This square is in the centre of downtown Luxembourg. Surrounded by restaurants and cafés, this is a meeting place for locals and visitors alike called “Luxembourg’s living room”. It is the perfect place to get acquainted with this exceptional city in the heart of Europe.

The place d’Armes also played a part in the birth of the European Union. The Court of Justice of the European Coal and Steel Community was located in the Cercle Municipal, a building facing the square.

Place Guillaume II (Luxembourg City)

Place Guillaume II is the other large square in downtown Luxembourg, also called the “Knuedler”. The name derives from the knots on the frocks of the Franciscan monks whose monastery was located nearby.

The statue in the middle of the square depicts William II, King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

The City Hall is on the square, as well as the Luxembourg City Tourist Office providing with free maps and lots of information on Luxembourg City.

Place de la Constitution (Luxembourg City)

This square is worth visiting for two reasons:

one is the Monument of Remembrance built in memory of the Luxembourgers who died in voluntary service with the Allied Forces in WWI. The monument is topped by a gilded bronze statue holding a laurel wreath - the “Gëlle Fra” - who looks like she were holding it over the Luxembourgish nation. The statue was created by Claus Cito and is one of Luxembourg’s national symbols.

second is the amazing view it offers over the lower valley and the upper discricts of the capital. The silhouette of the State Savings Bank ("Spuerkees") and the Adolphe bridge are especially catching. The bridge is currently undergoing renovation. This huge project due to last several years has also become a tourist attraction.

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin (Luxembourg City)

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin is the largest and most impressive church in Luxembourg City.

Built in 1613 by the Jesuits, it has an interesting facade with Gothic and Renaissance elements. Its crypt contains the tombs of Bishops and the vault of the grand ducal family. There is also a "Entombment" of the 17th century containing the remains of John the Blind, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg.

The Cathedral was enlarged to today’s size just before WWII. (Main entrance: rue Notre Dame).

The "Grund" - the village within the city

The Grund ("Gronn" in Luxembourgish) is one of the oldest parts of the capital once inhabited mainly by craftsmen. Situated in a steep valley on the banks of the Alzette River it has preserved its rural character. No banks, no aluminum-fashioned buildings and (almost) no traffic.

The best way to enter the area is the "Corniche" road, set up by the Spanish in the 17th century as a defense wall, which offers an amazing view over the Alzette valley. For those of you with vertigo, the Grund can also be accessed by an elevator. You can stroll down the narrow streets, check out the variety of local stores or enjoy the cultural offerings. Neumunster Abbey - Neimenster hosts many concerts, exhibitions and public lectures throughout the year and especially during the summer.

The valley is also the starting point of the Wenzel trail that gives a quick insight into the city’s history from the founding of Lucilinburhuc, the first castle built here in the 10th century to the fortress period, all the way to the modern-day city.

The Grund is also the place to enjoy some of Luxembourg’s finest cuisine or simply have a drink.

Vianden Castle

This medieval castle is probably one of Europe’s most beautiful and complete castles.

Once inside, you seem to be part of a medieval story with noble knights and comely sweet princesses. The castle was home to the influential Counts of Vianden who had a major influence on large parts of modern Luxembourg, the Ardennes and the Eifel, thanks to their close relationship with the French Royal Family and the German Imperial Court.

The castle was built from the 11th to the 14th century. Major restoration works were launched in the 1970s. Today, it hosts many cultural events. It is also where you can enjoy many of the country’s culinary delights.

Vallée des Sept Châteaux

In the so-called “Valley of the Seven Castles”, a number of amazing ancient buildings, some completely restored, can be visited.

Most castles can be toured for free during the day; others can only be visited from the outside. The best thing about the valley is that it is only 15 km away from the capital and located in a very beautiful landscape inviting you for a hike to discover Luxembourg beyond Luxembourg City.

The castles are located in Koerich, Septfontaines, Ansemburg, Hollenfels, Schoenfels and Mersch.

Müllerthal Trail

The Müllerthal Trail (video) is the perfect spot for nature lovers and trekkers. There are three tours available, varying from around 30 to 40km. They give you an insight into Luxembourg’s different landscapes. Discover traditional Echternach – large forests, rocky areas and clear creeks. Or the picturesque “Little Switzerland” with its massive freestone rock faces perfect for climbing.

If you want to do some trekking on the Müllerthal Trail, you can choose a number of simple gravel roads or take up a challenge and hop on the narrow trails deep down in the woods!

Located about 30km from the capital, walking tours of the Müllerthal are easily accessible by bus. Müllerthal hiking trails have been certified "Leading Quality Trail - Best of Europe" since 2014.

Upper Sûre Lake

In the northern part of the country, the Oesling, you will find the perfect spot to spend a sunny summer’s day: the Upper Sûre Lake. When the downtown heat is killing you, just grab your swimming gear - and hop on the train. Crystal clear water is waiting to cool you down.

Train "1900 Pétange - Rodange" ("Fond-de-Gras" railway station)

Ever wondered what a journey by train was like a century ago? In Pétange you can experience it for yourself!

Depending on your budget you can either sit on a wooden bench or in a comfy cushioned seat in an old-style waggon car. The train is pulled by vintage locomotives that have been restored in every detail by volunteers.

Near the Fond-de-Gras railway station, there is an old-style grocery store and other remnants of the golden age of Luxembourg’s iron industry. Hiking tours are also available.