Most people who know me and are friends with me on Facebook know that my family and I took a trip to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg in June. We had been looking forward to a weekend trip there for a while now, and decided to go over Father’s Day. It was a fun and busy weekend, with lots of walking and delicious food! We had originally planned on going for one overnight, but not being able to see everything on our “list”, we stayed two nights! Best decision we could have made!
Tip: Highly recommend weekend trips rather than day trips, especially if you have littles who need naps. Naps equal a momentary pause in the itinerary, which equals not enough time to see and do everything! Taking several days in one location allows for more relaxation and less stress for both parents and their little ones.
Anyway, we began our drive to the city with only one mishap…which brings me to another tip: don’t forget the passports.
Yep, we had to turn around and go home to grab them. Lesson learned.
Our first full day was spent walking around the city center (centre), finding the best coffee (Coffeeshop Knopes), visiting the Casemates, and eating lunch at the Pizzeria-Bacchus.
The Bock Casemates were a great visit, and a popular tourist destination in the city. We were able to leave our stroller at the front, and we arrived about 10:00am before the tour groups arrived, so we could take our time without feeling crowded or rushed.
The Casemates are a series of underground tunnels used for military defense and protection for approximately 35,000 people in case of a threat.
While were were exploring the city, we parked our car in one of the car garages in the city center, and walked wherever we wanted to go. Completely doable, but you need decent shoes and a good stroller for your kiddo’s, as the cobblestone can be a little rough. There are blue signs and maps scattered around the city which tell you the nearby attractions and landmarks, and the city is small enough that it is difficult to get lost!
The scenery is beautiful, with an aesthetically pleasing blend of modern shops and buildings with old rock bridges, cobblestone roads, a winding river, and crumbling towers. The three most common languages spoken are French, English, and Luxembourgish (in order of most common to least). We very rarely had language barrier issues, which was helpful! Although, it would be helpful to brush up on your French, as most menus and signs are in French.
The Duke’s birthday happened to be the next week, and the city does an annual, week-long celebration in his honor! The weekend we were exploring, they were setting up music stages on every block (it seemed), bringing in food trucks in the square, and placing random decor (pianos scattered around the city corners, balloons…). It seemed so festive! I imagine his actual birthday would be quite the city celebration!
Another popular destination for tourists (mainly American), is the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, located about 10-15 minutes outside the city. In the memorial are the gravestones of several thousand military members who gave their lives during World War 2 in the last major counteroffensive of the war. General Patton is also buried there.
We loved Luxembourg City. There is some great shopping there, restaurants, and cultural ambience! I want to go back and enjoy it just a little more (I hear they have a great Farmers Market!). I’ll keep you posted!