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Tiny Tiny Country: Luxembourg 

23 April 2016

How could I not visit Luxembourg, now that I am in Trier, which is less than one hour away from this tiny and wealthy country. My traveller instinct forced me to visit there because, even though Luxembourg is quite a small country embedded between France, Germany and Belgium, has its own culture and language. Not by chance, the official languages are even 3: German, Dutch and French! They also speak the autocton language: the Luxembourgish, which is something like a mix between German and French. Luxembourger are crazily good at speaking languages, they can change from French to German or from German to English in a blink of eye, without showing signs of confusion…ahh how much I admire them!

Some History

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The history of this lovely country started from an exchange between Siegfried from Luxembourg and the Saint-Maxim Abbey in Trier. The Noble built a castle on the ruins of a Roman settlement that, throughout the time, develops into a fortress. When the family of the Luxembourg earls was extinguished, various European rulers took over the small territory: Dutch, French and Spanish. Now the country is not only independent, but one of the wealthiest country in Europe thanks for its banks; these small countries like Andorra and Lichtenstein (even Switzerland) are known as tax havens for their bank-friendly policies. Moreover Luxembourg make up Benelux, a free-trade organization that allows the countries of Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg to exchange goods, services and capitals freely, without any additional taxes. Indeed, it was used as model for the EU. A small curiosity about Luxembourg is that is the sixth country in the world for the highest percentage of cars per capita.

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Luxembourg has not many big cities, we can even say it does not have at all….the only city that can be awarded with this title is Luxembourg City, the economical and political heart of the duchy. The other inhabited places in Luxembourg are merely more than a town. From a natural point of view, it has much to offer with its green sceneries and fairytale villages along rivers but here I will talk about what to do in the capital to enjoy it at its best!

Visiting The Picturesque Grund

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Luxembourg is a fortress city, that dominate the surrounding area, standing on a hill with a valley at its foot. This valley is home to the Grund, the loveliest place I have ever visited. It is like a mini fairytale village with pastel colour houses, all near each other creating an intersection of tight alleyway. It can be accessed through the Belle-Vue Rue, the path I advice as from there you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Grund, or by a lift that descends the cliff. The river Alzette, one of the few Luxembourgish rivers, flows through the Grund, making it even prettier ?

Admire The Notre-Dame Cathedral….

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We came across this church simply wandering around as here in Luxembourg city you do not need any kinds of public transport. The centre is relatively small and it is a friendly pedestrian city. The Notre-Dame Cathedral was built 17th century in late gothic style and is the only cathedral in the country. The church is very imposing with nice glass windows that I just saw from the outside because when I went to visit, there was a massa going on inside.

…And The Royal Palace

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luxembourgThe Luxembourgish name is Groussherzogleche, I like noticing how this language reconciles French and German. German is more predominant but there are some French elements like the OU in the word. Let’s back to our Royal Palace that was originally used as town hall but later destroyed because of a thunder and reconstructed by a Spanish architect following the flemish fashion, as we can tell from the style of the façades. The building went through other damages in the next centuries but now it is the residence of the royal family. The palace is in the middle of the city, it is not hard at all to encounter it, and if you are lucky enough, you can witness the guard marching (something like the guard changing in Buckingham Palace in London).

Finding Markets Around

While wandering aimlessly around, we came across a small flea market located on the town hall square and a small food street market where there were many stalls selling various food: French fries, Brettell, bratwurst, waffles…wait waffles?! We both love them to death so we could not resist to the temptation and bought one with cream on the top ? too good! Now I am drooling…

A Breathtaking Sight Over The Old Town From The Casemates Du Bock

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Casemates is a place, situated a bit far away from the centre (but here the distances are relatively small) with a breathtaking view over the city and on the Grund. Casemates were some underground tunnels, dag by the Spaniards at first and expanded by the French later, used to defend the territory of Luxembourg. Now it is a tourist attraction where people can enter to explore around. I did not go inside but I just sat down outside in order to enjoy the view and take some photos.

Tasting Local Restaurants 

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Luxembourg is famous for being very expensive, especially when it comes to food but for us a trip is not complete if we do not, at least, taste something from the local cuisine. I really do not have idea of what dishes Luxembourgish cuisine is made up of but I supposed it was similar to German cuisine. We decided to eat in a restaurant in the Old Town, otherwise known as Grund, because the price was fair and hey, we did not expect such price in a such picturesque place! I ordered Spätzle, which is a typical dish from the south of Germany, that came with a big salad. I really loved the taste of Spätzle with cheese but I must say it is a bit heavy so I advise you not to take more dishes or else you will explode ahah

Have a Look at The Shopping Street

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I am not a fan of the shopping tourism, I rarely hunt around for famous shops when I travel but I never deny a visit to the shopping area of a city, it is also a good way to see how locals spend their day and who knows, you can even find something cheap and nice! In Luxembourg, we stopped at the main shopping street of the capital, Grand-Rue: It is a pedestrian street that flows through the city centre and connect many parts of the city so we used it as a transit to a place to another and, since we were passing by, we decided to stop and have a look.

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First of all, let me state clearly that I am a human: two legs, two arms, brown hair etc (yep, everything is at its place) and then, I am Federica from the corrupted and mainly-famous-for-pasta-and-mafia country, otherwise known as Italy. I am a temple geek, I totally love temples, every kind: from Buddhist, to Taoist, to Shinto ones ? Other thing I am fixated on are anime (my God, I watched so many that I lost the count), pasta (of course, I am italian), ramen ? and travelling.I am really interested in travelling and discovering the world, I can say, it is my greatest passion and I try to persue it, everytime I am not busy with studying or attending some lessons at university

13 thoughts on “Tiny Tiny Country: Luxembourg ”

  1. You know, before I went to Luxembourg, I didn’t know what to expect. But I really liked it. It’s an extraordinary town! And it was funny to see all the lamborghinis and ferraris… It’s not a myth – they are really rich 😉

    1. Yeahhh they are very rich xD I can tell from the prices of things there but besides the expensive stuff, I really enjoyed the town and the picturesque alleyways ? and then if you search well, you can even find restaurants with fair prices just like I did ?

  2. Very nice post! Luxembourg City is one of those places that is difficult to describe to people who haven’t seen it. The landscape of the city is complete unlike any other city. You did a great job and I am looking forward to going back. In fact I think that I need to explore the Grund a bit more now that I’ve seen your post. 🙂

    1. It is usually underrated, many people do not go there or even just do not know about it but when I visited there, I really enjoyed the place and environment ? Grund was great and sooo cute, it seems to be in a fairytale! If you go back, I advise you to have a nice stroll there and explore a bit and why not?! Even try to eat in a local restaurant there ?

    1. If u will ever happen to pass nearby, stop and have a look because it is very cute ? after visiting Luxembourg u can even stop in Belgium or France or germany in order to make your trip better and not just stop in Luxembourg for 2 days ?

      1. I’ve been to France, Belgium and Germany, but not to Luxembourg =) Anyway there are still many places in those countries which I would like to visit or just come and check twice)

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