Let me begin with this piece of advice: if you have the opportunity to visit Luxembourg City, even if just for a day, do it. That’s all I had, and I wish I had built an extra day into my itinerary to continue exploring this beautiful city.
I arrived by train from Brussels, so Gare de Luxembourg was my first point of reference in the city. The stained glass depiction of the city’s skyline inside the main hall is a treat to see.
I had arrived later in the day, so I took a bus to where I was staying. The station staff were very kind with helping me purchase a bus ticket and then making sure I stood in the correct bus line and took the correct bus. Lots of buses serve the train station. Once I settled into my B&B, I wandered the neighborhood a bit but waited until the next morning to start my daylong exploration of the city.
Fortunately, I was staying about a 15 minute walk from downtown, so I started out on foot. Luxembourg City offers a wonderful combination of the old and the new, and because parts of the city are situated high above the valleys below, there are some magnificent scenes.
The view into the city’s Ancient Quarters, designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, is breathtaking. I mean that literally. I’ve made it no secret that I’m terrified of heights, so it took me a few moments to get up the courage to stand next to the city’s fortification walls and take these photos. The scene was stunningly gorgeous.
When I don’t have a lot of time, I’m prone to taking a sightseeing bus. They’re usually not terribly expensive (if it is, I skip it), it’s an easy way to get around town all day long, and they usually stop at several of the places I want to see. And, when the weather is great, sitting up top is fun.
Even when I take a sightseeing bus, my first preference is to wander around and take photos of things that interest me: churches, architecture, city squares, special events. Here are several of those photos from my wanderings through Luxembourg City.