February 14, 2016 Wander-lust

24 hours in Luxembourg

Last weekend we were invited to visit Luxembourg. Even though it’s near the Netherlands, we had never been before! Shame on us but this was a great opportunity to find out what you can do in Luxembourg in 24 hours!
Are you looking for a good place to enjoy nature in Europe? Then Luxembourg is the place for you! It takes about 4,5 hours driving from Amsterdam by car. We turned up the music and made a small roadtrip from Amsterdam to Luxembourg.

GOOD TO KNOW!
» Traveling by bus in Luxembourg City is free on Saturdays & Sundays!
» If you come for shopping then you should avoid Sundays, since all stores are closed on this day.
» There are a lot of spots in the city of Luxembourg where you can park for free – pay attention to the signs.
» You need to pay 6 euro to get in the castle of Vianden.
» Luxembourg is a chill and relaxed city so don’t expect a busy vibrant atmosphere. They are re-building the city at this moment so our advise is to visit the city during spring and summer.

» Take your hiking shoes with you, Luxembourg (and it’s surroundings) offers beautiful walking and hiking routes.

“24 hours in picturesque Luxembourg”

Stop at Vianden
Close to to border of Germany, you will find a small little village called Vianden. It’s just a 45 min. drive that will bring you to this beautiful castle located in the northeaster part of Luxembourg. ‘It is one of the largest and most beautiful feudal residences of the Romanesque and Gothic periods in Europe’ – source

When you enter this little village you will see the castle overlooking the beautiful quit little area that is surrounded by greenery, small colorful houses and a river.

Vianden Luxembourg
The cute town of Vianden is worth seeing

SLEEPING
After Vianden we drove for another 45 min and we checked in at Sofitel.

A beautiful hotel that overlooks the centrally located Pétrusse Valley and the historic district of the city.
We had a beautiful large suite with a massive bathroom and separate seating area. For us this was great as we always try to get some work done whilst traveling.
The beds are unreal and perfect for chilling all day! From the hotel you can walk to the main town in about 35 minutes by going over the bridge. On Saturday we took the bus (for free!) to the other side. Make sure you don’t skip the included breakfast as it’s amazing! They certainly know how to keep their guest healthy as they offer a wide variety of fruits. 

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The most delicious tropical fruits and a nice note awaited us in our room

Sofitel Luxembourg

Time to explore
Nature, gardens, architecture, castles and historic houses lining the river is what you will find when you walk through Luxembourg.

Make sure to take enough time to explore this beautiful city with a lot of different hiking paths. Find out the best hiking trails here
One of the things you should check out is:
» Casemates du bock, close to the city center, a natural fortification on a rocky cliff.
» Edouard Andre Municipal Park, a lot of green in the heart of the city.
» Place Guillaume II, beautiful architecture at town square in Luxembourg City.

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Beautiful view at Casemates du Bock

Parc Luxembourg
English garden at the very heart of Luxembourg

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Numerous bars, restaurants and shops at Square Place Guillaume

SHOPPING
Shopping in Paris and Milan can be overwhelming, but let us tell you that also Luxembourg is great for shopping!
Hereby a few of our favorites:
» Maje, beautiful, feminine, understated and glamorous fabrics.
22 Rue de la Poste, 2346 
» LaduréeFrench luxury bakery and sweets, the world’s best-known sellers of the double-decker macaron
18 Rue Philippe II L-2340 
» Zakka, accessories
1 Rue de la Reine, 2418

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The best macarons at Landurée!

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Enough sneaker stores!

FOOD & DRINKS
People in Luxembourg love to eat! The center is full of fine places to eat and drink. From cozy bars,  cultural restaurants to Michelin-starred eateries.
The restaurants here are very traditional and people enjoy no nonsense food. Don’t be surprised if they haven’t got soy milk
» Kaale Kaffi, vintage and Coffee combined!
1247, 9 Rue de la Boucherie, 1247
» Golden Bean, Straight down good coffee (and soy milk!) We wonder if they used real golden beans as 1 coffee cost 4 euro’s..
23 Rue Chimay, 1333

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Expensive but good coffee at the Golden Bean (they probably use real golden beans!)

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Vintage shopping & fresh coffee at Kaale Kaffi

» Come Prima, traditional Italian food at Come Prima. We recommend the truffle risotto that is served in a crust of Parmesano cheese!
This place is tucked away in a alley so not easy to find. Walk up the 2nd set of stairs!
32 Rue de l’Eau, 1449 

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Real Italian food at Comme Prima

Luxembourg is great for walking, history, shopping and enjoying the fine hotel we stayed in. The scenery around town is amazing and when you live in a flat country like The Netherlands, it’s a privilege to see this landscape within a short drive.

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Love,

Wander-Lust

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