We know Luxembourg as the country for cheap fuel and cigarettes. Yet it has a rich history and the landscape is just like a movie set. A weekend in Luxembourg? Just do it sometime.
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We stayed in the Parc Plaza Hotel. This is less than a 10-minute walk from the old city centre with a cosy square. The hotel was good value for money. We paid 178 euros for a double room from Friday to Sunday. The bed was huge and slept amazing. However, the pillows were on the soft side. Kind of like lying on a towel with your head. The room amenities were also fine. You don’t actually need more than a shower, toilet and bed for the weekend. Are you coming by car? Then parking costs 25 euros per day and if you want to have breakfast this also costs 20 euros per person. Of course we did not do that because it is nicer to explore the centre and eat there.
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Luxembourg city actually consists of two parts and is separated by a large bridge and canyon. The part at the station (the raw city centre) is actually more of a kind of “slum” because you immediately feel uncomfortable. The streets are less clean, the people are poorer. Are you coming to go shopping? Then you are in the right place because here you will find all the big chains such as Five Guys, H&M, Zara, Burger King and MacDonalds.
The other part is a lot more exclusive and is also called the historic centre. The architectural style is very similar to Paris but this mixes with Flemish architecture. You also see a lot of wood on the outside of buildings, which radiates more of a German vibe. A special combination. There are a lot less people walking in this part of the city. In fact, we often had the feeling that we were the only ones on the street. You will mainly find the more expensive fashion stores such as Gucci, Louboutin, Marc Cain and Louis Vuitton. A bit further on, another H&M, Pull & Bear, Zara, etc. Shopping is no problem here.
Enjoying a nice dinner
Finding a nice restaurant is quite a challenge. Google Maps and Trip Advisor are highly recommended here. The first day we had dinner at a restaurant on the square, La Boucherie. We had a 3-course menu for 20 euros excluding drinks. Not expensive at all but the food was just “okay”. The second day we had dinner in a really modern neighbourhood. You have to walk for about 20 minutes because it is not exactly in the centre. Very nice street with a lot of nice bars and tents. In the evening we can recommend the Big Beer Company. From around an hour or 10pm, they have nice music and the beer mugs of a litre are going down very easily here.
We also visited the famous Casemates during our stay. These are underground caves and corridors from before the war. This costs around 7 euros per person. If you are in for a long afternoon walk through a maze then this is perfect. Almost all corridors have a dead end and the narrow circle steps up and down are highly discouraged for people with claustrophobia. Furthermore, you simply have a beautiful view of the city and the canyon that separates the two districts.
Castle enthusiast? Then take your car and drive through the landscape of Luxembourg. You come across enough castles. We visited Chateau Bourscheid. A very old castle that was built around the year 1000. They are currently renovating parts of it and a museum is also being built. You pay 5 euros per person to go in and you get an audio tour in your own language. There aren’t that many tourists so you have all the time and space to walk around everywhere. You just really feel the history, highly recommended!
In short, Luxembourg is a special part of the world with many different influences. You just have to go there once, even if it’s to get cheap fuel 😉
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