Luxembourg City to Brussels

Luxembourg City to Brussels

Luxembourg City is the capital of Luxembourg which is part of the EU and Schengen community.  Luxembourg City offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Casemates du Bock
  • Grand Ducal Palace
  • St Paul Church
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Mudam
  • Many museums

Most people think that Luxembourg is only Luxembourg City, but the country is a lot bigger than you think.  There are many hiking opportunities in the country which would warrant more than a single night stay.

St Paul Church, Luxembourg City

St Paul Church, Luxembourg City

St Paul Church is in the valley making it great for photographing, on the left hand side of the church is Neumünster Abbey.  The beautifully colored river is the Alzette river.  As the church is in the valley you can walk on the Casemates du Bock walls and get views of it from different angles.  It’s also possible to take some reflection shots when down in the valley using the Alzette river.

Casemates du Bock, Luxembourg

Casemates du Bock, Luxembourg

Casemates du Bock is a UNESCO world heritage site, rightly so as this fortification dates back over 1,000 years.  Today it’s possible to visit some tunnels and stairways inside as well as walk on the structure which is actually a main road into the city.  There is an award winning cultural route through Luxembourg City called the Wenzel Circular Walk, you can pick up a leaflet from the tourist information office or download it before you go.

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg

Located in downtown Luxembourg City you’ll find the Notre-Dame Cathedral.  You may be thinking, hold on, isn’t this in France?  There are actually many Notre-Dame Cathedrals all over the world from Africa to America.  The Notre Dame Luxembourg dates back over 400 years but more recently has been modified with Gothic architecture.  The building on the immediate left is the national library (above).

Banque De Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Banque De Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Luxembourg is the top tax haven within the EU (Switzerland is not in the EU).  Whilst waking around you’ll see plenty of banks, in fact there are over 141 banks in Luxembourg.  Luxembourg offers security to investors which other tax haven countries such as those of the Caribbean can’t offer.  Luxembourg states that it is a European center of finance which doesn’t encourage anyone to engage in tax evasion but for all the banks and money to be here there must be something going on.

Grand Rue, Luxembourg

Grand Rue, Luxembourg

The main shopping street in Luxembourg City is called the Grand Rue.  As there are many banks and lots of money in Luxembourg, you’ll find lots of high end shops, restaurants and hotels located in this part of town.

Train from Luxembourg City to Brussels

Train from Luxembourg City to Brussels

Trains from Luxembourg City to Brussels are direct, take less than 3 hours and cost around €40 one way.  I thought this was a little expensive so explored other options.  You could try the Benelux train pass which covers travel in Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, another option would be the Benelux + Germany pass if you are planning on visiting Germany too.  I thought the train passes were still expensive unless you were planning a lot of train travel in a few days.

The cheapest option to get to Brussels is by bus but the buses leave at inconvenient times.  Flixbus offers services to Belgium but not to Brussels and with departures in the early hours of the morning.  Another bus company called Flibco connects to Brussels, Bruges or Ghent via Charleroi airport.  This works out cheaper than the train to Bruges or Ghent but the same price as the train direct to Brussels.  Regio Jet have direct buses for around  €20 one way to Brussels but like Flixbus, they leave in the early hours of the morning.

I would recommend you take the train unless you want to travel in the middle of the night.  It’s possible that an advance train ticket booked online would be around €25 to Brussels.

Brussels to Ghent

2017-03-29T12:17:24+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Luxembourg|24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Rhiannon February 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    I did this exact route a few years ago on an Interrail Europe trip! Luxembourg was so beautiful, I really didn’t spend enough time there! I think it’s overlooked far too often by people thinking it’s “too expensive” but I didn’t find it to be so bad at all. The only issue for me was lack of budget accommodation options. I can’t stop looking at your photo of St Paul’s Church! You have some crazy photography skills.

  2. Loudy March 2, 2017 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Very informative post thanks for sharing it. I had no Idea what Luxembourg had before till I saw your post. I love to hike so I think it can be a good place for me. I need to visit it asap

  3. Hendrik March 3, 2017 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Interesting and cool shots, James! Which cam did you use here?
    Belgium and Luxembourg I haven’t seen both – such shame, since I live more or less around the corner…
    The Casemates du Bock looks very interesting to me, I would love to see this from inside with these tunnels. I think I will plan a trip somewhere in summer to visit these places by train, prices are even totally ok.

    • James Smith March 3, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

      You would love Luxembourg and the Belgian cities Hendrik, it would be a worthwhile trip for you guys. I used the Canon 8-15 mm fish eye lens to take these shots.

  4. Mel I TravelingMel March 3, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I never would have guessed there are hiking trails in Luxembourg. I guess I was one of those people who though the whole country was just the city. I think Luxembourg might be a little out of my tax bracket, but it would be interesting to walk the streets and see all the banks. And the Notre-Dame looks beautiful

  5. Louiela March 3, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Hope to have soon my Schengen Visa and able to go around Europe following your suggested train routes. It seems St. Paul Church is a must-place to visit in Luxembourg… And I would love to know more also of the hiking routes around this area… You showed us amazing and inviting photos of Luxembourg.

  6. Ali May March 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Luxembourg is such a beautiful city, and I would love to visit more places around it. Hiking opportunities seems like something I would love to do. Arriving into Luxembourg by train through the Mosel Valley was one of the best train travel experiences I’ve ever had. Definitely a place I would love to visit again.

  7. Christina March 4, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Luxembourg looks so beautiful. I didn’t really know much about Luxembourg city or the country. I didn’t realize it was so close to Brussels. I would love to visit all the places you mention. Especially, the Casemates du Bock- my kids would love to go inside secret tunnels.

  8. Cat | For Two, Please March 4, 2017 at 3:05 am - Reply

    I didn’t know where Luxembourg is but thanks to your post, now I do! What a beautiful place to visit and do some hikes in! I love how you included suggestions on the different options to get there!

  9. Angie (FeetDoTravel) March 4, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

    What an informative read, I didn’t know much about Luxembourg before now so this has been very educational. I also didn’t know that there were Notre Dame’s all over the world! Thanks for providing all the tips as well, it’s most helpful for anyone who wants to travel here and you have certainly given people enough evidence to want to check this place out! #feetdotravel

  10. Bhushavali March 4, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

    I so badly wanted to visited Luxembourg when I was in Europe. I had planned everything infact. But unfortunately the flights got cancelled and I missed it!!! Too bad!!! 🙁
    Being a big fan on UNESCO sites, my worst part is missing Casemates du Bock!

  11. Tracy March 4, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

    The most I have seen of Luxembourg is the airport over 30 years ago. Definitely somewhere I would like to visit and see though! #feetdotravel

  12. Midori March 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    you’re now on the other side of the world of where you used to travel! much closer to my hometown!

  13. Jacklyn March 4, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    I’ve been dying to visit Luxembourg and now I totally need to add it to my next trip to Europe. Your pictures are beautiful and I love the fisheye effect so you’re capturing more in the photo than with a regular frame. You’ve given me some serious wanderlust!

  14. Stella the Travelerette March 6, 2017 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I’ve never been to Luxembourg but I want to go! I’m sure it would be pretty easy to get a Blablacar from Brussels. I didn’t really know anything about it aside from the banking. But Casemates du Bock is really impressive looking!

  15. Jitaditya Narzary March 6, 2017 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Really glad to see these sights from Luxemburg. During my the school days I was really fascinated by these very tiny European countries. I wondered how such small countries even existed. Finally, I am seeing it myself!

  16. Mike Clegg March 6, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

    I’ve been to Brussels before but not Luxembourg. It’s high on my list though and thanks so much for suggesting things that should be done. I often use Flixbus so may have a look at connections.

  17. Travel Lexx March 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I would really like to visit Luxembourg – I work for the government and some people in other teams go there for work because of EU stuff. It sounds like there is plenty to do and cool places to explore!

  18. Anneklien Meanne March 8, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I have been to Brussels but not had time to check out neighbouring Luxembourg, maybe I’ll check out next time.

  19. Amanda Tran March 8, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to visit both Brussels and Luxembourg one day so this post was great to read for the anticipation. Love seeing all these sights, great photos. I also had no idea that there Notre Dame’s all over the world, so learned something new, thanks!

  20. Sandy N Vyjay March 9, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Hiking in Luxembourg is something I never heard of. The scenic beauty and architecture is quite amazing. But I think I got to try the hiking as well! The pictures are really good.

  21. Kellyn March 9, 2017 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Well done James. It seems as though we both started our blogs around the same time. Well done, you have such amazing well thought out content. Luxembourg is certainly at the top of my bucket list, seems like such a historic country. Loved the pictures. Will be back for more.

  22. jithin March 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Luxemburg was one of my favourite destinations in Europe. The blog is very informative.

  23. yukti June 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Your photography in this city is amazing specially the St. Paul’s Church with Alzette river. Luxembourg looks very stunning and enchanting from your post. I will go for Benelux train pass as three countries Belgium , Holland and Luxembourg are covered in it and I have not seen all three. Great informative post.

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