Why does no one go to Luxembourg?? This place is amazing! Yes it’s small, but what it lacks in size it definitely makes up for in charm. Back in the Brussels hostel one of the guys at reception was really surprised by my choice of location, I guess Luxembourg doesn’t have the greatest reputation round these parts? Well I for one am all about Luxembourg!
It’s this crazy mix of French, German, Flemish and Spanish yet so incredibly it’s own. Apart from all the influences, Luxembourg is unlike any other place, they even have their own language which is crazy!
Luxembourg City is broken up into three main parts. There’s the new area with all the chain stores, banks, the central station and modern architecture. Then you head up to a slightly older area complete with cute cafes and random little streets where you don’t know if you’re walking on a footpath or road until a little car comes hurtling up behind you. And might I just say that all the cars around here look so expensive! Although everything in Luxembourg seems a bit more expensive than elsewhere.
Anyway, the third area of the city is where my Auberges de Jeunesse (Youth Hostel) was. It’s the old village or Ancienne Ville which is a little residential/I-don’t-know-what area surrounded by old stone walls and battlements built by many different nations including the Romans.
In the 1600’s the Spanish added tunnels and other fortifications to these “Casemates” which are open to the public to explore. There’s not too much to see but it certainly gets your imagination working over-time!
You can certainly see all the main attractions of Luxembourg City in a day, but why not take things a little slower? Explore the churches, side streets, speak a little French and soak up the ancient atmosphere!