So far, Luxembourg City has been my favorite city to wander through since our arrival last fall. It’s charm lies in a seamless mixture of ancient Europe (think Roman’s), old Europe (Gothic and Romantic architecture with narrow alleys), and Modern (Ikea-esque, but much cooler). Since this post is packed with photos, I’ll let them do the speaking for the most part, interspersing some commentary to give context.
As we drove into the city, one of the first sights to catch our attention was this construction area (above). I’m quickly learning that in Europe, it’s common place to have ruins right in the middle of everything. In the center of the photo are the remains of a turret. Not the best photo as I was leaning across the Hubs to take a photo as we zoomed past.
We parked on the outskirts of the city center and walked in to meet our friends J, L, and their kids. We roamed through a very posh shopping district and after a quick lunch at a very McDonald’s like burger place we headed off towards the only cathedral in Luxembourg, the Notre-Dame.
As far as cathedrals go, this one has seemed the most modern inside. It was even heated! Very peaceful interior with lovely paintings and stained glass depicting various scenes from the Bible (make sure to click on the link above, and here, to see some interior photos). After the cathedral we wandered into what appeared to be a judicial complex, with modern buildings and underground parking garages. That was about the time Charlie, our youngest, decided she had to go to the bathroom. We tried to find one within our immediate area, but had no luck. So we headed back to visitor information in the city center. On our way there, we passed the changing of the guard and stopped for a brief moment to watch before continuing in our search for a bathroom.
Eventually we wound our way down to the river, along the way we discovered narrow allys, closed restaurants and pubs (it was Monday, and much was closed), and more great views.
By the time we got down to the river our kids were starting to get grippy (just wait until it’s time to go back up!). We managed to find an Irish pub open. We ordered coffee, beer, and apple pie, for the adults; water and ice-cream for the kids. The staff was very friendly and spoke English (in fact, almost everyone spoke English that we came across – the main language in Luxembourg is French). We knew our kids wouldn’t hold out much longer and we wanted to make it home before dinner time, so we started our way back up the hills. A few more twists and turns and we were back where we had started. We said goodbye to our friends and headed for our car. The drive home was very pleasant as the kids slept most of the way home, and the fog had lifted so we could enjoy the country side as we drove through it. Less than two hours away from us, I can’t wait to go back and explore more of this amazing city.