Despite the small size, Luxembourg is a stunning holiday destination with beautiful towns and villages. The city setting is full of the mythical legend, rustic cottages, pastoral charm, and each of the corners are rich of history. Luxembourg City combines modern and ancient, luxury and simplicity, local and global. It is such a lovely city with a beautiful blend of culture, history, natural landscape, and art. As a holiday destination, Luxembourg City is a real multicultural city. Here are the top 6 places to visit in Luxembourg City.
Luxembourg City History Museum
The Luxembourg City History Museum is the house of the history of Luxembourg as a city and nation. Besides, the museum also includes architectural diversity as well as the development of the population since the 10th century. Housed within a group of four 17th century houses, the museum collections consist of ceramics, postcards, attestations, topographical models, and various arts for daily life exhibitions.
The Vianden Castle is located in Vianden City. The castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Luxembourg. The Vianden Castle is built around 11th to 14th century and considered as one of the biggest feudal castles in the Gothic period in Europe. The castle is renovated in 1977 and now considered as one of the monuments of European importance.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Besides breath-taking castle, the Notre Dame Cathedral is also one of a beautiful a must-visit place. Different from the Vianden Castle, the Notre Dame is baroque-inspired cathedral which was built in the 17th century. The north gate of the cathedral becomes one of the most memorable parts which embellishes attractive stained glass, modern sculpture, other luxurious details. In addition, there is also the graves of the royal family which located in the crypt and safeguarded by two lions inside the cathedral.
Museum of the Abbey Echternach
Move to the eastern of Luxembourg, there is Museum of the Abbey Echternach. Located in the cellars of the former Abbey, the museum caters the history of the Benedictine monastery of the Echternach town. This museum includes outstanding works of art which dedicated t the Echternach scriptorium. The Museum of the Abbey Echternach is divided into two sections in which the visitors can admire the good quality of the manuscripts and atmospheric rooms as well as indulge in the interactive audiovisual presentation.
The concert hall of Luxembourg can be said to represent the multicultural character of the city. The concert hall is the home for Orchestre Phillharmonique de Luxembourg. The contemporary architectural design is the home for great soloists, conductors, and also orchestras all over the world. As one of the most famous concert hall in Europe, Philharmonic Luxembourg has the remarkable quality acoustics and close collaboration with numerous musicians.
Takes the name from the nation’s best beer, the Diekirch is a place all tourists love. The colorful local taste can be found in Diekirch. Diekirch is located in the north side of Luxembourg, close to the River Sure. Check out pedestrian area for cafes, shopping, public concerts, and also head to St. Laurentius Church in the old quarter. There are three museums which are available for a public visit which are the Beer Museum, National Museum of Historical vehicles, and the National Museum of Military History. If it is not enough, try a little adventure in the nature of Diekirch such as a hike, kayak, bicycle, and fishing.
Besides those six places, there are still lots of spots to visit in Luxembourg such as the old town of Luxembourg, Petrusse Park in Alzette Valley, and more. Even though the city is kind of small, but there are lots to explore from the history, nature, culture, and even the local.
Despite the tiny size, Luxembourg has plenty of festivals and holidays. In general, the traditional festivals are an amusing fusion between France and Germany but still have a local twist. Most of the holidays and festivals in the country are not included in any guidebook. However, if you come during this time, this means that your vacation is right in time. Here are some of the festivals all year round in Luxembourg.
Festivals and holidays in Luxembourg are mostly held around the Easter holiday. Starting from Bonfire day which held in the first Sunday after Lent. Around 75% of the total population will celebrate the festival by burning a huge pile of wood with some leftover from Christmas three. The next festival is pretzel day or Bretzesonndeg and dadu online which is part of Lent tradition. Other festivals in spring are Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday, Emaischen or Pottery Birds, Oktave Market, and Ascension Day.
in Eastern town of Luxembourg, Echternach town, people will celebrate Whit Tuesday with dancing festivals in Mid-May. On June 23, the country will celebrate National Day to commemorate the Grand Duchess Charlotte. From spring to late summer, there is a summer wine festival in which you can taste traditional Luxembourg food, local wine, and beer, and also live music. Other festivals in summer are Schueberfouer, Festivals de Wiltz, and Echternach International festival.
Not many festivals held in fall, but Luxembourg celebrates Vianden Medieval Festival. This year, the festival is held from 28 July to 5 August. The festival is the largest in Luxembourg with various events throughout the week such as campfire, combat shows, calligraphy shows, juggling, and many more. Another festival in fall is Nut Market which celebrates the harvest of walnut in Veiner Nessmoort nut market.
Winter in Luxembourg has plenty of festivals such as Christmas holidays and New Year’s Day. Other festivals in winter are Three King’s Day or Draikinneksdag, Liichtmess, dan Fuesent. One thing not to miss during winter festival is the Christmas market which has German influence with full of gift huts. Every year during Christmas, the Grand Duke Henri will give a speech on the Christmas Eve to greet citizens.
Another great festival in the country is Fuesent which is a pre-Lent celebration similar to the neighboring countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and German. The festival is full of carnival with the people dress in costumes. This festival usually starts on Candlemas and end on Ash Wednesday.
Traveling without tasting traditional dishes is such a bad idea. The Luxembourgish cuisines are a combination between French and Belgian taste. In recent days, the country cuisine is also influenced by the immigrants from Portugal and Italy. The main ingredients for the cuisines are meat and fish from the local fresh water. But, you can also find vegetarian cuisines easily in most restaurants in the country. Introduction to Luxembourg Cuisine
Bounerschlupp is a kind of soup made of potatoes, green beans, sausages or bacon. Some people will add other vegetables such as celery, leeks, carrot, and even cream or milk. The soup is simply best served during winter as the warm steam will melt the cold weather.
F’rell Am Reisleck
There are lots of fish dishes variations in Luxembourg such as F’rell Am Reisleck. Literary translated as trout in Riesling Sauce, it is a kind of fried fish which then cooked in cream sauce and sublime wine. The dish is very simple and tasty suitable to enjoy whilst playing poker online.
Despite the difficult name to pronounce, Huesenziwwi is definitely the most favorite menu in every restaurant. This dish is a popular dish, especially during the game season. It is a kind of stew with hare is the main ingredients. The hare is marinated for around 72 hours and then fried in lard and cognac to flame it up. The dish is served with a delicious sauce made of cognac and red wine.
Judd Mat Gaaedebounen
This dish is basically the national dish of Luxembourg. It is made of salted pork and broad beans. The pork collar will be soaked in the water and then cooked for hours until tender. When the dish is ready, the pork will be cut and served on a plate of beans and potatoes. This dish is perfect when you are terribly hungry because it is served in a huge portion.
If you have such as a sweet tooth, Verwurelter is delicious dessert to never miss. It is like a sugar-coated doughnut but it is made in small size which is perfect for bite-size.
Pastries are all over Luxembourg. It is combined with chicken, mushroom, beef, and many more. It is also made for dessert when combines with cream, apples, cherry, pear slices, and also plum. The pasty-based dishes are also a must-try when you are in Luxemburg.
Those are a shortlisted of Luxembourgish dish to start your foodie journey. Do not be surprised to find the huge portion for every dish that you order because that is the normal way in the country.