9 things to see and do in Luxembourg!
Have you just arrived in Luxembourg and would like to know what are the essential places to visit? Are you an expatriate in the Grand-Duchy and do you want a quick overview of the different things to know about the country upon arrival?
Just Arrived made a list of things to do and places to see when you arrive in Luxembourg!
1. Esch-Sur-Sûre’s nature
As a real natural Luxembourgish jewel, Esch-Sur-Sûre is undoubtedly the most popular nature area in Luxembourg. Located in the northern Luxembourg heights and surrounded by green valleys, this area is a haven of peace for nature lovers. With the lake of Insenborn, very popular for swimming and barbecues as the warm weather arrives, Esch-Sur-Sûre is the perfect place to go for those who wish to get away from the bustling city for cheap. By car or on foot, it’s worth it to get a walk there! It really represents the country in terms of nature.
2. A walk in the Grund district
The Grund district is one of the most beautiful districts of Luxembourg-city. Very nice to visit on foot, it is representative of the Luxembourgish capital with both nature and urban buildings. This district is charming: nature, cobbled streets and stone houses located on the edge of the Alzette. The Grund district is quiet, traffic-free and located in a basin down the city. This is a real and authentic bubble in the heart of the capital. You find small shops, some bars and restaurants and cultural organisations. It is one of the most animated districts to go out at night.
3. A concert at the Rockhal
The Rockhal is the number one concert venue in Luxembourg for all music and concert lovers. It is located in Belval’s former blast furnaces, near Esch-sur-Alzette in southern Luxembourg; the region is known for its mining heritage. The Rockhal concert venue welcomes international artists in the Grand-Duchy.
The Rockhal’s concerts are varied every year, allowing you to see the best current popular artists. You can easily go there by public transport. The Rockhal is surrounded by restaurants where you can eat and get a drink before or after a concert.
4. A boat tour on the Moselle river
If you want to feel like on holidays without moving from Luxembourg, take a boat tour on the Moselle river: enjoy an unusual and pleasant activity, and discover a little known aspect of the country. We do not always know it, but there are a lot of outdoor and nature activities in Luxembourg: this boat tour is one of the most popular ones. Take a boat trip, walk along the banks of the Moselle river, have a bite to eat and enjoy the sunny weather in a welcoming and exotic environment!
5. Mullerthal region, Luxembourg’s little Switzerland
In eastern Luxembourg, the Mullerthal region, also called little Switzerland, is a real nature jewel in the Grand-Duchy. Very popular for its valleys which are similar to those in Switzerland, Luxembourg’s little Switzerland is the perfect place to go for nature lovers and hikers.
Among other things, the Mullerthal trail allows you to hike through more than 112 kilometers of rocks and forest trails with beautiful panoramas. They take your breath away!
6. Petrusse and Bock Casemates
The Petrusse and Bock Casemates are 23 km long underground galleries, crossing the whole old fortress of Luxembourg. Note that there are lot of fortifications of Vauban in the capital! Thanks to their location and strong history, the Casemates are a very good way to discover the Luxembourgish history from a fresh perspective: through small windows in galleries’ walls, you see, kilometer per kilometer, all the Luxembourg-city’s heritage from an original and unusual eye.
The Bock Casemates are open from March to October. The Petrusse Casemates are open at Easter, during Pentecost, in July and August. A great adults or family activity to discover the country while arriving at the Grand Duchy!
7. The Mudam
If you are an art lover, the Mudam, museum of modern art, is undoubtedly the perfect cultural institution to visit when you arrive in the country. Its architecture and its location are almost as surprising as the incredible 3-floor artwork collection. High up located, in the Park of Dräi Eechelen, against the Thüngen Fort, the Mudam offers a contemporary architecture that fits in 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 must-see 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 customised tours (groups, 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.
8. Bettembourg’s ‘Parc Merveilleux’
If you have children, the Bettembourg’s ‘Parc Merveilleux’ is the perfect place to go out in family. There, you and your children will have the opportunity to enjoy family time in a natural environment surrounded by animals and activities for children. Monkeys, bats, birds, rodents, reptiles, … are animals from the 5 continents you can observe there. A minigolf course, adventure circuits and many playgrounds are also located there. Much more affordable than a zoo, 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!
9. A tour in Luxembourg-City, UNESCO World Heritage
The capital itself is also, of course, a must-see place as arriving in the country. Luxembourg is indeed a city with many aspects, thanks to its many districts and their own specificities. Through Luxembourg-City, you are able to observe industrial buildings in Hollerich, go for luxury shopping in the beautiful streets of the town centre, enjoy the animation in the Central Station district, but also have a walk in the green and rustic environment of the Grund district or in the residential and posh district of Limpertsberg and have a drink on the banks of Clausen. You can see many statues and historic buildings in the city which, together, form all its rich heritage. Take advantage of the small size of the capital to take a walk for a day!
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