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16 Fun Things to Do in Luxembourg City

Ishaan Govardhan Sep 28, 2019
Built around an impressive fortress about a 1,000 years ago, Luxembourg has now become a indispensable cultural hub of Europe. This prosperous home of the world's only Grand Duchy celebrates its diversity everyday. And if you plan ahead, you'll get to experience everything this place has to offer.

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Designed by none other than I.M. Pei, Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art is a work of art unto itself.

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After you've had your fill of art, visit the arrow-like Fort Thungen - just a stone's throw away.

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Book yourself a seat at the Philharmonie Luxembourg concert hall, to catch a performance by the prestigious Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. You'll find it easy to see why this grand auditorium is one of Europe's foremost concert venues.
Back on the streets, you'll come across this distinguished historic structure: the Adolphe Bridge. For the locals, this is nothing less than a symbol of independence. Also check out its older counterpart: the Passerelle viaduct.
A simple stroll around Luxembourg can act as a deep dive into the city's fascinating history. Stop by the iconic Monument of Remembrance, known to locals as 'Gëlle Fra'. Perched on a 21m granite obelisk, Nike (goddess of victory) towers over the city.

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Next, a visit to one of the most striking buildings and the only cathedral in the city: the magnificent Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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Its Baroque architecture has sprinklings of Renaissance elements.

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For a taste of the opulence of nobility, go on a guided tour of the Grand Ducal Palace next. Here lives the Grand Duke of Luxembourg himself.

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Luxurious state banquets and receptions for the elite are often held here.
Built in 963 AD, the Casemates du Bock do stand out from the modern cityscape, but these ancient fortifications don't seem like they're out of place. Overlooking the Alzette, they're a reminder of Luxembourg's illustrious past.
As evening falls, the nightlife scene comes to life in the city's Grund quarter. This is the lowest part of the city, a valley with River Alzette running through it. Stroll around or have dinner before you take the lift back up to Luxembourg's old town area.
For a change of pace, visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial to pay your respects to over 5,000 American soldiers, including the great General Patton himself, who is also buried here.

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Feel like going off the grid? Visit the nearby villages of Berdorf or Mullerthal. From those basecamps, you can hike off into the surrounding wilderness, to discover babbling waterfalls, rolling hills and quiet greenery as far as the eye can see.
You'll feel like a treasure hunter if you join one of the local geocaching tours. Spice up your exploratory hiking adventure, and challenge your sense of direction by seeing if you can track down all the caches hidden around Luxembourg City.

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If you're feeling adventurous, pit yourself against the sheer rock faces of  the hills near Berdorf. The harder the climb, the sweeter the reward!
Here is a Quick Itinerary of the City

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In Luxembourg, it's easy to find one of the 75 'vel’oh' kiosks where you can rent a bicycle, grab a map and set off exploring the countryside's biking trails and back roads.

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A whopping 16 million bottles of sparkly wine are produced from the Moselle River valley region alone, each year. So prepare to tease your palate with the some of the very best of European wine, including Riesling and Chardonnay.

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And before you leave, make sure you stop by the local French bakery Laduree. This place is known for its delectable macaroons!

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In the weeks before Xmas, a lively Christmas Market thrives in the shadow of the Gëlle Fra. Locals and tourists mingle at this winter wonderland every year. Get your shopping done here, and end your trip with a festive spirit!