Luxembourg City is fun and has many attractions! The good thing is that they are all within walking distance of each other. There are several beautiful historic buildings, castles and castles, but you can also enjoy the nature in Luxembourg City. It is a lovely diverse city for a few days! What are fun things to do in Luxembourg city?
11x fun things to do in Luxembourg city
The capital of the Grand Duchy is a very nice city. It is a small city with an area of 2568 km2 and about 100,000 inhabitants. Luxembourg city is in terms of size a small capital, but that does not mean that there is nothing to do in this city. You can easily see all the sights on foot or by bike. Most of the sights of Luxembourg city are located in the Centre, Grund area and in the valley. Centre is the center of Luxembourg city and there you will find cosy shops and restaurants. Grund is the oldest part of the city and is situated on the Alzette river and is the place where you can find the historical sights. There are also excellent restaurants and museums in the city! This makes Luxembourg city a great destination for a city break.
Luxembourg city is a beautiful city where history, modern architecture and nature go hand in hand.
11x fun things to do in Luxembourg city
The Casemates have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1944 and are the city’s most popular landmark. Casemates means gorge and is a fortified space in a fortress that can withstand bombing. The Casemates is an underground seat belt and dates back to 1644. This was during the period that the Spaniards ruled. They housed soldiers, horses, weapons workshops, butchers and bakeries. In total, the complex consisted of corridors of 23 km in length, but there is now only 17 km left of it. These defences are located in the rocks on the outskirts of the city.
From the Casemates you have a beautiful view over Luxembourg City.
- I visited the Casemates via the entrance Bock. This can be found on the Montée de Clausen.
- The entrance of the Kazematten is € 7,- per person, € 3,50 per child.
- With the Luxembourg card you can visit them for free.
- The opening hours are daily from 10:00 to 17:30.
2. Chemin de la Corniche
Chemin de la Corniche is the old fortress wall located on the Rue de Luxembourg. This wall was meant to protect the city from raids during the Spanish and French times. From here you have a beautiful view of the old part of the city and the valley. This piece is called the most beautiful balcony in Europe. Definitely worth a visit! Near the Chemin de la Corniche is also the entrance to the Casemates.
3. Pont Adolphe
The Pont Adolphe was built from 1900 to 1903 and is also called the Pont Neuf. This beautiful bridge has a span of 85 meters and was at the time of construction the largest span bridge in Europe. In total the bridge is more than 150 meters long and has a height of 42 meters. This bridge is a beautiful picture to see! From the Place de la Constitution you have the best view of the Pont Adolphe.
4. The Cathedral
The Cathedral is a 17th century Jesuit church and was expanded at the beginning of the 20th century. It is also called the Cathedrale Notre Dame. This is the most beautiful church in Luxembourg City! In this cathedral there is a 17th century statue of Maria Consolatrix Afflictorum. Originally this statue stood in a chapel outside the city, but it is believed that this statue helped the city during a plague epidemic. During the Oktaaf procession (2 weeks before Pentecost) this statue is still carried every year. In the cathedral the members of the Grand Ducal family are buried. This crypt is open from April to October.
- The cathedral can be visited from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (except on Sunday afternoons).
- Location: Rue Notre-Dame
5. Place D’Armes & Place Guillaume II
The nicest and central square in the city is the Place d’Armes and this square has nice terraces, cafes and restaurants. Around the square are several shopping streets. Every second Saturday of the month there is a busy flea market on this square. During the holidays there is an attractive Christmas market on Place d’Armes.
A small passage leads you to Place Guillaume II with a statue of William II (the Dutch King and at the same time Luxembourg Grand Duke). He is the founder of the modern state of Luxembourg. Place Guillaume II has a vegetable market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Place Guillaume II is the tourist office, where they have a lot of information and you can reserve tickets for various attractions in the city.
6. The city park
The city park runs right through the city and lies in a deep gorge. This makes the park very special. It is located in the middle of the city, but it is very quiet, because the city is a few hundred meters higher.
7. The Hop on – Hop off bus
As in many big cities, there is also a hop on – hop off bus in Luxembourg city. This way you can quickly and easily see the various museums and sights. In total there are seven different stops where you can get on and off the bus 24 hours a day and you will receive information about the city during the bus ride.
8. Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM)
In 2006 this great museum was opened and it is beautiful from the outside. The architect is the famous Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei and he is known from the pyramid of the Louvre. The museum contains contemporary art collections and exhibitions.
- Opening hours: Wednesday – Monday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
- Location: 3 Park Drai Eechelen.
9. Grand Ducal Palace
The beautiful Gand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg city is the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. This building was built in 1572 and served as town hall. It was not until 1817 that it became the residence of the head of state. On Christmas Eve, a Christmas message from the Grand Duke is broadcast from the ‘yellow room’. The palace is a real inhabited palace and when the flag flies on the building, the family is at home. In the months of July and August they leave the city and then you can take a mandatory guided tour of this city palace to take a look.
- Price: € 14,- per adult and € 7,- per child.
- For tickets you can go to the tourist office on Place Guillaume.
- Location: 17, rue du Marché-aux-Herbes
The nice thing about Luxembourg city is that a large part of the center is car-free. The largest shopping street is Rue des Capucins and here you will find exclusive shops like Hugo Boss and La Coste. Also here are the shops of the famous chains such as the H&M. The shops are often beautiful historic buildings with the accompanying fine atmosphere. The largest shopping center is La Belle Etiole and this is just outside the city center. As mentioned before, there are several times a week on the various squares to find cozy (weekly) markets.
The flea market on Saturday on Place d’Armes is highly recommended!
11. Abbey of Neumünster
From the casemates you can see the Abbey of Neumünster (Neimënster on its Luxenburg) well located. This Benedictine monastery was built in the 17th century. Around him you will see unique sculptures by Lucien Wercollier. During the Second World War he was imprisoned in this monastery, because he refused to make Aryan art by order of the Nazis. Interesting exhibitions can be admired in the halls of the monastery. Nowadays it is a cultural Centre and there are regular performances in the large courtyard of the monastery.
- Location: 28, Rue Muster
- Entrance is free
Information for your visit
You can find much more information for your visit to Luxembourg on the extensive website of Visit Luxembourg.
The Luxembourg City Tourist Office is located on Place Guillaume II and is in the center of the city. In the Luxembourg City Tourist Office you can get information about walking routes, various sights, maps etc. You can also buy tickets for the various attractions and the Luxembourg map.
Public transport is completely free in the city on weekends. This makes it easy to take the bus or tram if you need to go a little further. During the week you pay € 2.00 for a “courte distance” ticket and with this you can travel two hours.
The Luxembourg card is available at the Luxembourg City Tourist Office and allows you to travel for free by public transport. More than 60 museums and various other places of interest can be visited for free or you will receive a discount. The card is available for one, two or three days. The price for this card is for 1 day: € 13,-, for 2 days € 20,- and for 3 days € 28,- per person.
Tip hotel Luxembourg city
For me, Sofitel is a chain in which the staff is extremely friendly and extremely helpful. They do everything they can to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The minibar is included in your room and that’s great! The beds are so lovely. I myself have slept in two different Sofitel hotels in Luxembourg city and these are highly recommended!
Sofitel Luxembourg Europe is a beautiful hotel just outside the city center. But with the tram that stops in front of the door, you are in the old town in 2 stops. It is an attractive and stylish hotel with 100 rooms and 9 suites. But it certainly doesn’t feel like a standard big hotel. The lobby is large and nicely decorated. There is a gastronomic Italian restaurant with a top chef! The hotel will be completely renovated in 2018.
- Check here for prices and availability for Sofitel Luxembourg Europe.
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Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal is also a very nice hotel which is located in a beautiful place in the center. This hotel was opened in 2008 and from the hotel you have the best view of the old town. The hotel is so stylish, with a cool use of colors that you can see everywhere in the details, carpets, lamps, elevators and wherever you look. On the 8th floor there is a bar and a restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal.
- Check here for prices and availability for Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal.
- Not what you’re looking for? Look here for more great accommodations in Luxembourg city.
Doing fun things in Luxembourg city
This is what I like to do in Luxembourg city. I really enjoyed my long weekend in this versatile city. A city trip to Luxembourg City is definitely worth it and is very diverse. Luxembourg City is clear and not that big, so you can see the city center in one or two days.
Do you have any tips for this list of fun things to do in Luxembourg City?