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Things to do in Luxembourg City

Best attractions to visit in Luxembourg City

1. Neumunster Abbey - Luxembourg City

Neumunster Abbey

When you go to a new place, it is always important to soak in the local culture, and there is no better place to see Luxembourg culture than at Neumunster Abbey. This is a historical site which has been turned into a cultural center. No matter when you visit, there is bound to be something interesting happening here. This was a beautiful historical site but sadly not much remains of the ruins. The original buildings were destroyed in the 15th century, and were then burnt down again 100 years later. This place was also used as a prison for political prisoners by the Nazis. Nowadays Neumunster Abbey is an important cultural center. There are many different types of performances here, from the classical to the cutting edge. Our favorite cutting edge shows were the one which used 3d projection to create beautiful visuals on the buildings. There is also the site where the famous local sculptor Lucien Wercollier was locked in due to dissidence by the Nazis, and nowadays, the works of Lucien Wercollier are on display at the abbey. We would recommend checking the program before visiting and going on the day there is some entertainment you like.


2. Notre Dame Cathedral - Luxembourg City

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral is the most beautiful church in all of Luxembourg. Not only is it historically important, it is also one of the most spiritual places to visit in the city. If you are even a little religious then this place is a must for you. Even if you aren’t religious you will love the beautiful gothic architecture of the building. The most notable thing about the architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral is that while the whole design is very gothic, it also has some elements of the renaissance era, which makes it very interesting for people interested in architecture. The inside of the Notre Dame Cathedral is just as beautiful as the outside of it. There is a grand feeling due to the beautiful wooden work that is inside and the beautiful lighting as well. An important piece of art also resides in this church; The Political Prisoner, a statue by the famed local artist Lucien Wercollier. It depicts a prisoner whose hands are bound; it shows the plight of a prisoner Lucien Wercollier himself saw being tortured while he was locked up in the prison by Nazis. The sculpture does a great job of showing the despair of the prisoner.


3. Grand Ducal Palace Luxembourg - Luxembourg City

Grand Ducal Palace Luxembourg

The Grand Ducal Palace Luxembourg is one of the few castles in Luxembourg which is still in use. Most of them have been opened to tourists or converted into something else, but the Grand Ducal is still the official residence of the Duke of Luxembourg. This is also the place where foreign dignitaries stay when they are visiting Luxembourg. The palace is normally closed to the public and is guarded by the army, who do not appreciate people taking too many pictures of the residence. The palace is, however, worth a look. Most of the tour guides from the city will include the Grand Ducal Palace Luxembourg in them, as it is considered one of the more iconic spots in Luxembourg. The palace is closed for the public usually, and you will only be able to enjoy its views from the outside. We would recommend doing a bit of research before going, and if any public tour is being held then we would highly recommend taking it. The building used to be the city hall of the city centuries ago, and was also used by the Nazis as a concert hall during the World War 2.


4. Monument of Remembrance - Luxembourg City

Monument of Remembrance

Luxembourg is not short in historical riches. The affluent nation has showcased plenty of ways they commemorate the events in history. One of these is the Golden Lady Monument aka Gelle Fra, or what is referred to by the world as the Monument of Remembrance. There are plenty of things to do in Monument of Remembrance. Don’t forget to make it one of your stops as you explore the city. Standing on the constitution square, the monument was built in 1923. This was as tribute to the valiant people of Luxembourg who lost their lives in World War I. The memorial portrays a gold plated female on top of a stone obelisk. The monument was pulled down in 1940 by the Nazis. However in 1984 extensive restoration gave the monument back its original appearance. To this day Gelle Fra remains a symbol of resistance and Freedom for the people of Luxembourg. Including all the things to do in Monument of Remembrance, the best is to enjoy the view of the Petrusse Valley, which is surrounded by fortresses. This is one of the few places that offer this splendid a sight of the place.


5. Fort Thungen - Luxembourg City

Fort Thungen

Luxembourg had some of the best and most effective fortifications when it comes to old cities, and that is why we have great sites like Fort Thungen to visit. The fort has been repurposed into a museum and we would highly recommend putting this on your things to do list. The museum is called Musée Dräi Eechelen and tells the story of Luxembourg from 1443 and onwards. Most of the fortifications were destroyed but this fort has been reconstructed to house the museum. The museum in Fort Thungen is laid out in a very interesting manner. The aim of the museum was to tell the story of the city and it is done by dividing exhibits into era. The exhibits are then in different rooms. What basically happens is that the first room you enter starts the exhibition at 1443 and as you go into different rooms you go further in time as well. It is a great way to easily show the changes that happened in the city and tell the story in a linear manner. It also means that if you want to see something from a particular era you know where it is going to be located.


6. Bock - Luxembourg City


If you ever wondered if a place could hold a structure that goes back more than a millennium, then Luxembourg is the place for you. Built in 963 AD, Count Siegfried created a fortified castle on Bock. It too no time for this place to become the “cradle of the city”. In time the western side extended the structure with powerful ring walls. In present day there are so many things to do in Bock Casemates. The picturesque cliff top site, is visited for its reputation as an atmospheric honeycomb of rock passages and galleries. This work of Spaniard carvers, it was not always a tourist attraction, or a place that might make one stand in awe at the architectural glory of it. Bock Casemates has seen its days as garrisons to huge bakeries, a slaughterhouse, and a shelter to 35000 locals during both the First and Second World War. Part of the reason that this place was never demolished was because breaking the structure of Bock would take with it half of the city. Therefore, this eerily majestic collection of passageways has only piled on more charm over the years, owing to the cultural evolution that it has catered to. Add mindless exploration on the things to do in Bock, you won’t be disappointed. If those walls could talk, they would have some seriously intriguing stories to tell.


7. Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge - Luxembourg City

Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge

The Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge is a fascinating sight. Bridges always fascinate us, and big ones like this one are especially exciting. The bridge was made in 1965 and has been captivating drivers since. Luxembourg is a beautiful city, and crossing over this bridge going over a valley is a marvelous experience. This isn’t something which everyone will enjoy, but if you are one of those people who like to explore cities fully when touring them should keep this on their things to do list. The bridge was made with beauty in mind; it was made to woo the European Commission to choose it as their seat. The view is great when you look down from the Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge. The area below the bridge is absolutely beautiful, with lush greenery, old buildings, and a church steeple, in a quarter of Luxembourg called Pfaffenthal. If you stand a bit far away then the bridge also makes for a great photo opportunity. Everyone who looks at your vacation pictures will end up asking what it is, when they see this big bridge hanging in the air between two mountains.


8. National Museum of history and art - Luxembourg City

National Museum of history and art

The National Museum of History and Art is among the smaller museums we have been to, but that is because Luxembourg is itself so much smaller than any other place we have been to. The museum is a great place to go to, and the most surprising part of going there is how comprehensive the collection is. We would think since Luxembourg was so small it would be hard to have a lot of things in the museum, but the museum has an impressive collection of art from the history of Luxembourg. The building is simple but beautiful and very modern, since the museum was moved to this newly constructed building only in 2002. There was a roman settlement called Dalheim, where there are roman ruins dating to 2nd century AD and the findings from the ruins have contributed a lot to the National Museum of history and art in Luxembourg. Thus you will be able to see art thousands of years old, as well as art from much more recent times. The location of the museum is also great, as it is located right in the heart of the historical part of the city.


9. Petrusse - Luxembourg City


The Petrusse river side has to be one of the most beautiful sights in the urban world. Mostly, you see beauty in nature, but here, the riverside with the old buildings makes you feel like you are in a painting. This is the True Luxembourg, plain yet beautiful buildings made alongside nature, and both are present in harmony. We often see in cities that whole areas are razed to make urbanization easy; however in Luxembourg the philosophy seems to be very different. Here what matters is that the greenery and natural beauty be maintained alongside the city, and it is easy to see them from this river’s side. The beautiful town which contributes the visuals to the side of the river is called Hollerich. The Petrusse casemates are also a very important thing to do if you are in Luxembourg. The casemates are tunnels which were made to keep the city safe so forces can move easily. It is very eerie to travel the tunnels with the river outside. Do note that the casemates are often closed for renovations and cleanup, thus if you are planning to visit the casemates we would highly recommend inquiring about their status first.


10. Philharmonie Luxembourg - Luxembourg City

Philharmonie Luxembourg

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