I recently spent a long weekend visiting the tiny European country of Luxembourg, after finding £20 return flights online. Luxembourg is considered one of the smallest countries in the world at only 82km long and 57km wide. It borders Belgium, France and Germany and is the only country in the world with a Grand Duke as the head of state.
Although it’s a beautiful city and one I loved exploring it’s definitely not a destination you would want to spend a significant amount of time in. We had two days to explore Luxembourg and within an hour we were already worried about what we could do to pass the time. I always used to scoff when certain people (Contiki Tourists for example) would brag about visiting three countries in a day as I just couldn’t understand how you could really see a place in such a short time frame, and whilst I still hold those beliefs for anywhere else in the world Luxembourg is definitely one destination where you could literally go for lunch, it really is that tiny!
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LUXEMBOURG
Everything you’d want to see in Luxembourg is within walking distance and can all be seen within an hour. It’s the perfect city to wander around aimlessly and get marvelously lost in, finding tiny medieval streets along the way. Place d’Armes, Palace of the Grand Duke, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saint Michaels (oldest church in Luxembourg) and the Bock Castmates are some of the sights to see but our highlight was 100% the views from the Corniche and City promenade, from here you can admire the fortified medieval old town in all its beauty. I also loved walking around the Old Town itself.
WHERE TO STAY IN LUXEMBOURG
We booked our trip pretty last minute but ended up getting an incredible deal at the Grand Cravat Hotel. Whilst the room decor was a bit dated (fitting to the city style though) the room was comfortable, the hotel was exceptionally located and the included buffet breakfast was delicious. I would definitely stay here again.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg is very easy to get around. From the airport the bus costs €2 and takes around thirty minutes each way. Note that on Saturdays all public transport is free, including the airport bus – amazing! Within Luxembourg city itself everything is within walking distance, which makes it nice and easy.
WHERE TO EAT IN LUXEMBOURG
If I’m honest the restaurant scene in Luxembourg was pretty disappointing. Whenever I read blogs on the city The Chocolate House was always mentioned so we thought we would give it a visit to try some of their famous Hot Chocolates and cakes. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed, the service was terrible (and rude) and the treats not as delicious as the packed out cafe would make you believe. Perhaps I just had a bad day, try it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts…
WHAT TO DO IN LUXEMBOURG WHEN YOU’VE RAN OUT OF THINGS TO DO
If you have more than a day on your hands to explore the country of Luxembourg I recommend getting out of the city for the day. We rode the bus forty minutes out of the city to Echtarnach, the oldest town in the whole country. Whilst the architecture was picturesque there wasn’t a lot to do, everything was closed on the Monday we visited. Apparently the Mullerthal region is considered the Switzerland of Luxembourg, which could be worth checking out also. Visiting one of the neighbouring countries for the day would also be an excellent option.
There you have it, my mini guide for a mini visit in the mini country of Luxembourg. It may not be the most exciting country in Europe but it’s the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway if you are lucky enough to be based in Europe.