Take full advantage of your stay in Luxembourg and make time to discover some of the many things the world’s only Grand Duchy has to offer. It’s easy: what isn’t within walking distance or a short tram ride away will never be far off. And chances are that once you get to know the country, you’ll want to extend your stay or come back for more! By Team T+L
For anyone attending an event in Luxembourg, the capital is a great place to start with when you have a little time to spare before, during, or after your professional duties. As everywhere in the country, public transport is free, so hopping on a tram, bus, or train is easy. Of course, if you head away from the European Convention Center it will only take you a few minutes to walk to the most iconic of Luxembourg City’s many museums: The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg, Mudam. The building itself, designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, and the surrounding park, offering a view over the city, are bound to enthral you as much as the artworks. If you’re more interested in history, the Dräi Eechelen Museum is just next door, in the renovated Fort Thüngen.
Heading into the city centre, you’ll find an array of other museums worth a visit no matter what your interests are. When going to see the Gëlle Fra (“Golden Lady”)— Luxembourg’s must-see memorial monument—you’ll be steps away from the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, which houses contemporary art exhibitions and a hip café-restaurant. For an unusual and unforgettable experience, head to the “Am Tunnel” Art Gallery, a 350-metre- long underground tunnel connecting two bank buildings, with temporary exhibitions all along the way. For a more historical take on art, don’t miss the Villa Vauban and its peaceful park.
You will, of course, want to see the Grand Ducal Palace when visiting Luxembourg City. It’s ideally situated in the centre, amid cosy shopping streets, a variety of restaurants and cafés, and weekly markets. Close by, you’ll find the superb National Museum of History and Art and the famous Bock Casemates, both of which should be on your to-visit list. The Casemates are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Old Town, an intriguing subterranean defence system with kilometres of tunnels.
An adventurous exploration of the galleries awaits you, but don’t forget to stop and enjoy the majestic views too. Because underneath the fortress lies the Grund, where any visitor worth their salt must go. A lift will bring you down to the River Alzette and its picturesque surroundings. Take a stroll and enjoy the atmosphere. Going towards the Neumünster Abbey, where there’s always something cultural happening, you’ll pass the National Museum of Natural History, conceived so that both children and adults are sure to spend some great moments. To round up your visit of the capital, why not head to the Lëtzebuerg City Museum and its interesting glass lift, which will take you on a journey from the medieval foundations to the brand-new UNESCO Visitor Centre.
While you’ll find an array of great places to go and things to do in Luxembourg’s capital, it would be a shame to miss out on what the rest of the country has to offer. The country’s second-largest city, Esch-sur-Alzette, is the dynamic 2022 European Capital of Culture (look out for the new Konschthal mecca of contemporary art!). Its Belval area is the perfect place to do some serious shopping and lunching, alongside old blast furnaces remaining from the great era of steel processing. The rest of the South, also dubbed Land of the Red Rocks, is home to other fascinating places related to Luxembourg’s industrial past, like the Fond-de-Gras site and its 1900 mining train, or the National Mining Museum in Rumelange. If you are interested in military heritage and history, you’ll enjoy visiting the many related sites around the country: the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery in Hamm (where General Patton is buried), the General Patton Memorial Museum in Ettelbruck, the National Museum of Military History in Diekirch, the National Resistance Museum in Esch-sur-Alzette, the WAX centre in Pétange… to name but a few.
Castles are also abundant in Luxembourg and can be found in the most beautiful of settings. In the Valley of the Seven Castles, you’ll notably be able to visit Useldange Castle and Koerich Castle, which are definitely worth a stop. Vianden Castle up north is among the most popular sites, with its surrounding charming streets filled with cafés and restaurants. Not far away, the equally popular Clervaux Castle is home to the world-famous Family of Man documentary photo exhibition by Edward Steichen (a UNESCO Memory of the World heritage). And let’s not forget Bourscheid Castle, the country’s biggest, with great views.
Upon arriving in Luxembourg, you might notice the impressive natural environment (a third of the country is wooded land). To get a taste of the magical landscapes, you can visit the Mullerthal region. Yes, there’s another great castle there—Beaufort Castle—but there are also stunning rock formations, lush forests, and the renowned Schiessentümpel Waterfall. Other picturesque sites include Lac de la Haute-Sûre and its Natural Park, and the Moselle region, with its hills and vineyards overlooking the river. There are many other wonders waiting for you, so if you only have time to visit some of our country, come back soon—we’ll look forward to welcoming you again!