The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. This tiny landlocked country, sandwiched between France, Belgium, and Germany, is surrounded by rolling countryside, has a wealth of culture, and nature all packed into a country the size of Oxfordshire.
And right now the city, just an hour’s flight away from the UK, is undergoing some huge changes as it strives to hold onto its status as a major player in the European Union.
There’s never been a better time to enjoy a short break in the city. So grab your free pass and check out the highlights.
Currently, 170,000 commuters come into Luxembourg each morning from nearby Belgium, France, and Germany and predictions are that this will increase threefold in the next 40 years.
To combat the effect of climate change, a sleek new tram system from Spain, with trendy light-up seats has been introduced to transport you neatly and quickly round the city. Joined by a funicular and giant panoramic lift, cars may well be the thing of the past.
Tip: Central station is a hive of activity for the thousands of commuters and is also home to a huge mosaic window depicting the outline of the city and an artistic ceiling that welcomes the workers who are vital to Luxembourg’s economy.
Luxembourg Old Town
One thing the Luxembourgers are keen to keep is their old town and its fabulous architecture. You can spend hours strolling around the beautifully kept buildings, peaceful squares, and ancient bridges.
One of the most impressive bridges is the 16th century Grand Ducal Palace – the former home to the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. It is now used for state occasions and weddings and has its own guards. Watching over it are three lampposts with gold faces curved inside, best seen at night, the middle one even gives you a sly wink.
Schueberfouer funfair – Magical fun
Every August to September the locals join in the Schueberfouer funfair, a traditional affair that began after John the Blind, Count of Luxembourg founded it. He is buried in the crypt of the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral and the exhibition shows how the fair has changed from its wooden roller coasters and strongmen competitions to today’s modern attractions.
The Luxembourg City Museum has a wonderful exhibition on the funfair showing some weird and wonderful amusements across the centuries.