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4 days in Luxembourg – charming places and castles

written by ipanematravels 18th February 2017
View on the river Our and the castle of Vianden, Luxembourg

Luxembourg is off the beaten track for both the tourist in search of Europe’s hot spots and the average holiday-maker. Nonetheless, Luxembourg is the perfect place to go on a short holiday. 4 days are not much but you can still escape the hectic of your 9 to 5 job and enjoy the laid back atmosphere in this small country hidden between Germany, Belgium and France. I was considering for a long time to travel around the country but in July I ended up with this long-weekend birthday present for me. Planning everything in advance is certainly something that I love doing, keeping a must-see list and a nice-to-see list of  all the places we will visit, where we gonna stay, what we gonna do.  In Luxembourg I think, I’ve manged to do both the lists!

Here’s what we did in only 4 days:

Day 1

Vianden

Vianden is a small town on the river Our with an impressive medieval castle perched on one of the hills. We used this first day to walk literally all streets up and down in the old town and to soak into the atmosphere of cobbled stones, hanging geraniums and charming cafés and restaurants along the way.

The town was established in the 13 c. and got its town rights in 1308. It used to be one of those fortified medieval towns. Nowadays, there are the remains of the ramparts which encircled the city, guarding it with its 24 towers and allowing  visitors in only through one of the five city gates. Take the time to walk along the town walls.

We used Vianden as a base for our trip, travelling each day to a different location and coming back in the evening to enjoy a glass of pastis in one of the numerous cafés watching the passers-by or just holding the moment.

 

 

Day 2

Luxembourg City

On this second day of our trip, being also my birthday, we headed to Luxembourg City, the capital of the Grand Duchy. I knew Luxembourg City as one of the seats of the EU institutions, forming together with Brussels & Strasbourg the Eurocrats’ Walhalla.

Well, Luxembourg is much more than this. The Upper Town with its fortifications is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. There are place d’Armes with its numerous restaurants and cafés, place Guillaume II with the equestrian statue of the Dutch king William II and the town hall, and the Grand Ducal Palace with the adjacent Chamber of Deputies.

Walk down the Chemin de la Corniche and admire the fabulous views along its whole length.

 

 

Grund is the lower town, caught between the steep cliffs in the loop ofthe river Alzette. It has the charm of a small village in the countryside with the Neumünster Abbey and the St Jean du Grund church.

Luxembourg City is also famous for its underground casemates: the Pétrusse casemates and the Bock casements. The casemates are an intricate maze of rock tunnels, used for the defense of the city against invaders.

Luxembourg turned out to be  a city with strict eating habits. If you want to just have a drink in the time between noon and 2 o’clock, you will be shown the door. This is the time when you HAVE to order lunch. Otherwise, you will miss your chance to have anything decent to eat all the way until the evening hours when dinner is served. If you want to have a snack after 3 pm, no café or bar will serve you anything. So, plan well in advance your lunch time.

Day 3

The Castle of Vianden

Early in the morning on the 3rd day we headed to the castle of Vianden. I suggest that you take the chairlift which will take you up the hill and then walk to the castle. From the top of the hill you can enjoy one of those 360° breath-taking views down to the town, the river and the castle.

It took 300 years to build the castle between the 11th and 15th century. In 1820 the Dutch king William I sold it to a local merchant who dismantled it and sold it off in pieces. The locals got mad with Willem I and he had to buy again the castle and begun its restoration.  The castle was finally restored to its glory in the 70-s when it became a property of the Government of Luxembourg.

 

 

Echternach

In the afternoon we went to Echternach – the oldest town in Luxembourg, just at the border with Germany. It’s a lovely small town in the Müllerthal where you can walk around in a couple of hours and simply enjoy the old buildings and the atmosphere.

 

 

Day 4

Clerveaux

On our last day in Luxembourg, on the way home we stopped for a short visit in Clerveaux – another small charming city in the north of the country, dominated by its Abbey, the Church of Saint Cosma and Damian and the white castle.

 

 

If you are in Clerveaux, do not miss The Family of Man – a permanent photographic exhibition in the castle. It was curated by Edward Steichen for MoMA in NY in 1955 and consists of 503 pictures by 273 photographers from 68 countries. It is an absolutely stunning collection! I was totally taken away.

 

 

Find your way on the map

Here’s the map of Luxembourg with the cities pinned on. Luxembourg being a petite country offers perfect possibilities to stay at one place and discover the whole country in one day trips.

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19 comments

neha 28th May 2017 at 3:46 pm

Looks like a wonderful way of spending time around in Luxembourg. The city is indeed so beautiful. Particularly those colorful umbrellas!! A perfect itinerary for 4 days

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Henry 23rd May 2017 at 1:14 am

What a beautiful location! I’ve heard of Luxembourg, but never did much research about it. I had no idea it had so much beauty in its castles…you’re going to inspire me to do some serious reading on Wikipedia in a while!

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ipanematravels 23rd May 2017 at 8:38 pm

It’s absolutely a lovely place!

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Allison 17th March 2017 at 9:49 pm

First of all, your pictures are amazing! So pretty. You can me convinced to visit in pictures alone. Then I got to reading and this place sounds so charming. Just like a fairytale. I have backpacked Europe three times and never stopped in Luxembourg. I’m regretting it now. 4th times a charm I guess!

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ipanematravels 18th March 2017 at 10:34 am

Luxembourg is so tiny, that you would never include it any trip, but it so much worth the visit!

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departureandarrivals 16th March 2017 at 2:36 pm

Lovely pictures. Luxembourg is one of the Western European countries I haven’t been to yet and it seems like I am missing out a lot.

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josiekelsh 16th March 2017 at 12:52 pm

Luxembourg is so pretty! What a great way to spend a few days. I love castles and the history that goes with them, they just seem so romantic. (we don’t have anything like them her in Australia 🙂)

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Viviane Feeney (@feeneyviviane) 16th March 2017 at 11:46 am

Luxemburg sounds like such a relaxing retreat, sans going out into the wilderness! I’m stunned by the strict eating habits for a seemingly laid back place! But when in Luxemburg…

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Sophie 16th March 2017 at 9:34 am

II would love to go there someday! The city looks amazing. especially the street with Umbrella’s on Top, I loved that view. such fascinating! Do you think spending more days there are worth or as you have said that 4 days are perfect?

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ipanematravels 18th March 2017 at 10:31 am

Well in these 4 days we had choose what to visit and we couldn’t do everything, especially in Luxembourg city. So definitely, there’s enough too see even in a 2 weeks stay. The country is so small that you can travel it all around.

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Andrea 16th March 2017 at 4:54 am

I’ve just added this to my next Euro trip. The pictures are amazing. Can’t wait to see it in real life!

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ipanematravels 18th March 2017 at 10:28 am

Happy to have you inspired!

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robyncspice 16th March 2017 at 12:51 am

What a great 4 day trip! Your pictures are super clear and crisp. The Castle of Vianden looks unreal!

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ipanematravels 18th March 2017 at 10:27 am

Thanks!

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travellinn 16th March 2017 at 12:10 am

II went to Luxembourg a few years ago, and completely fell in love! Only went to Luxembourg city and Vianden though, but I absolutely have to go back some day, so I will explore more then!

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Julie 15th March 2017 at 11:07 pm

I have destination envy now. Very inspiring post 😀

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Michelle 15th March 2017 at 10:47 pm

Absolutely in love with this place now – it seems to have everything I adore in any destination I want to go to – beautiful walking paths, architecture suited for a fairy tale and romantic touches.

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ipanematravels 15th March 2017 at 11:49 pm

I hope you can make it there one day!

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Inge 15th March 2017 at 10:19 pm

Wow, amazing! Looks like a well spend 4 day trip! I love Rue Philippe with the umbrellas. So special.

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