Finding ourselves in Brussels and noticing that Luxembourg is only 3 hours away by train, we decided we would fit two countries into our weekend away (it all helps with the Facebook list of countries challenge). And it was only 23€ per person after all, so off we went. The train was, well a train journey. Nothing much to speak about. However Luxembourg was a surprise for me: a very nice city, old, beautiful architecture and clean. It also turned out to be their National Holiday (note to self: read about a country before you visit).
We wandered up to the city from the station – not a long walk – Luxembourg is not like London or Paris. Most places are a short, easy walk.
Now we only had a few hours in Luxembourg, so getting to see everything was impossible. Also the fact that the Grand Ducal Palace was closed to tourists did not help. We did however go inside the Bock Casemates.
“What are casemates?” I hear you ask…simply put, they are an underground set of passages which were part of the old castle and fortifications.
The Casemates as you might expect gives great views over the valley, formerly places for the cannons to shoot from, now just viewing areas.
This was the only building we got to go into, the remainder of our time was spent having lunch and wandering around the city. The views were really very nice and I would recommend giving Luxembourg a visit if you get the chance, and if you like history and architecture then make sure you have a couple of days.
A big thanks to Nokia Maps for identifying this building as Google maps had no idea!
To be honest I have ran out of things to say so I will leave it there – we were only there for a few hours.