Have you just arrived in Luxembourg and would like to know what are the essential sites to visit ? Are you an expatriate in Grand-Duchy and do you want a quick overview of the different facets to know about the country upon arrival ?
Just Arrived has selected for you 10 things and places to see while arriving at Luxembourg !
As a real natural Luxembourgian jewel, Esch-Sur-Sûre is undoubtedly the most popular nature corner in Luxembourg. Located in the heights and surrounded by a green valley, this area is a true haven of peace for nature lovers. With the Lake of Insenborn, highly reputed for its banks, where people can bathe and barbecue once the warmer weather arrives, Esch-Sur-Sûre is the ideal destination for those wishing to get away from the daily hassles at low cost. By car or on foot, the walks are worth the look ! Therefore, this place is a safe bet that well represents the country in terms of nature.
The Grund is one of the most beautiful districts of Luxembourg. Very nice to visit on foot, it is representative of the Luxembourgian capital through its scenery, which is sometimes surrounded by nature and sometimes urban. The small paved narrow streets surrounded by greenery, along many stone dwellings located on the edge of the Alzette, are the charm of this district.
Quiet and devoid of traffic, located in a basin down towards the town, the Grund is therefore a true rustic bubble in the heart of the capital. You will find small individuals shops, a few bars and restaurants, as well as several cultural organizations.
In Luxembourg, the Rockhal is truly a must in the cultural area. Located in Esch-Belval, this concert hall is the room welcoming the concerts of the greatest international artists in the Grand Duchy. Each year, its range of services is broad and varied, allowing you to see, on your doorstep, the current most fashionable artists. Pleasant and easily accessible by public transport, the Rockhal is surrounded by small restaurants, where one can eat or drink before or after a concert.
If you want to feel like on holidays without moving from Luxembourg, having a boat tour on the Moselle river will let you enjoy an unusual and very pleasant activity, while discovering at the same time a facet of Luxembourg which is still little known from the general public.
Indeed, one doesn’t always expect it, but Luxembourg is a country rich in full nature activities, and this boat tour is part of the most appreciated ones. Nothing better, when the weather is good, than enjoying a boat trip and then walking along the shores and grab a bite to eat in a both welcoming and exotic environment !
Located north-east of Luxembourg, "little Switzerland" also known as Müllerthal, is a true natural jewel of the Grand Duchy. Very appreciated for its environment and its green valleys, which are similar to those of Switzerland, little Switzerland is the ideal meeting place for those who enjoy walking in full nature. The Müllertrail, among other things, will allow you to perform a circuit extended over more than 112 kilometers between rocks and forest, punctuated by sumptuous panoramas. A real breath of nature in the country !
The Petrusse and Bock Casemates are 23 km long underground galleries, crossing the whole old fortress of Luxembourg. Thanks to their location and their strong history, the Casemates are a very good way to discover the Luxembourgian history from a fresh perspective : through small windows in the walls of the galleries, you will see, kilometer per kilometer, all the heritage aspects of the region from an original and unusual eye.
The Bock Casemates are open from March to October and those of the Petrusse at Easter, during Pentecost, in July and August. A great adults or family activity to do, in order to discover the country while arriving at the Grand Duchy!
If you are an Art lover, the Mudam is undoubtedly the ideal cultural place to visit when you arrive in the country. Its architecture and its location are almost as surprising as the incredible artwork collection placed inside, on 3 floors.
High up located, in the Park of Dräi Eechelen, against the Thüngen Fort, the Mudam offers a contemporary architecture that blends in with the green environment in which it is implemented. Designed by the Chinese-American architect Eoh Ming Pei in 2006, the Mudam is often regarded as the staple museum of the capital. Very popular, its collection is often renewed and offers the best of contemporary Art from here and elsewhere, all disciplines taken together. The Museum offers customized tours (in group, for the families, schools or children) and is open from Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 am to 08:00 pm and from Saturday to Monday from 11:00 am to 06:00 pm.
If you have children, the Parc Merveilleux in Bettembourg is the ideal meeting place in terms of family outings. There, you and your children will have the opportunity to enjoy family time in a natural setting surrounded by animals and activities for children. Monkeys, bats, birds, rodents, reptiles, ... are all animals from the 5 continents you can observe there. A mini golf, adventure circuits and many playgrounds are also located there. Much more accessible than a zoo in terms of price, the Parc Merveilleux is intended to be an appropriate place for relaxing moments for the little ones, as well as for their parents. Do not miss it !
The capital itself is also, of course, a must seen place on arrival in the country. Luxembourg is indeed a city with many facets, thanks to its many districts and their own specificities. Thus, through Luxembourg-City, you will be able to observe industrial settings in Hollerich, go for a luxury shopping in the beautiful alleys of the centre, enjoy the animation of the station, but also stroll in the green and rustic atmosphere of the Grund or in the upscale neighborhoods of Limperstberg and end up having a drink on the banks of the Clausen. Alternatively, you can go see the many statues and historic buildings in the city which, together, form all its rich heritage. So take advantage of the small size of the capital to take a walk for a day !