If you have already used up all your holiday time, or are planning a staycation, here are a few tips to play the tourist and discover more about Luxembourg's must-sees.
Marvel at the palace of the Grand Duke
Until 3 September, the official residence of the grand ducal family opens its doors to visitors. This site used to house the first local council building of the city. After an explosion in 1554, a new building was constructed. In the eighteenthcentury, the building was enlarged and in 1890 the chamber of deputies was built. Since then, the main building is dedicated to the grand ducal palace. During the Nazi occupation, the place became a tavern. Extensive renovations took place between 1992 and 1995.
Guided tours are available every day from 9:00 to 17:00 in different languages. Guided tours are available in English at 9:00, 12:00, 17:00 during the week. On Saturdays and Sundays, English guided tours are at 9:00 and 12:00. Reservations and tickets are available at: [email protected]
Roam around the Bock casemates
These underground tunnels were first built in 1644 under the Spanish, and extended successively by Vauban, the French military engineer and fortress builder, and the Austrians in the eighteenth century. These defensive tunnels go down as deep as 40 metres. Take solid shoes as the ground is uneven.
This walk offers some of the most panoramic and stunning views of Luxembourg city. It connects the Upper and Lower towns and you’ll be sure to discover something new at every turn. It takes you from the “Bock” promontory to the Old Town, across the Wenceslas ring wall, and down to the Alzette valley with its unique fortifications.
Valley of the seven castles
Follow medieval trails and travel back in time by visiting the ruins and castles of Mersch, Schoenfels, Koerich, Hollenfels and Septfontaines as well as the two castles of Ansembourg.
Flock to Vianden
Join the tourists and bikers and explore Vianden! The feudal manor, set on an impressive hill in the middle of town, dates back to the ninth century. The town is one of the prettiest in Luxembourg. Located on both sides of the river Our, the town has an open-air swimming pool, a chairlift, and a doll and toys museum with over 500 dolls in an adjoining building.
Admire exotic butterflies in the butterfly garden which spreads over 600 square metres. With a constant temperature of 28° Celsius and a humidity rate of 70 to 80%, the tropical garden is a paradise-like oasis on the shores of the Moselle for butterflies from the tropics. Afterwards, take a walk around Grevenmacher city centre and stroll along the river.
In Bettembourg, the parc merveilleux offers kids plenty of activities, adventures and discoveries. There are games and play areas, but in the forest, you find little dolls in houses which tell fairy tales. There are also lots of animals which kids can admire.
In the Minett Park, Fonds-de-Gras is an open-air museum which explains the steel mining history of the country. The highlight is the steam train 1900, which circulates between Pétange and the Fond-de-Gras, and the Minettsbunn which takes you into an old mine.
For history buffs, the national museum of military history in Diekirch is a must. With an impressive display of military equipment, dioramas, and everyday objects that US military personnel brought over, the museum has acquired quite an international reputation. Afterwards, stroll through the pedestrian high street of the army town and enjoy a refreshment on one of the many terraces.
Learn about why everyone talks about “Schengen”--the birthplace of the treaty which opened borders in the EU. Visit the European museum and then hike across countries in the “dream tour boundless Schengen”.