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
- 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 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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.