Luxembourg City is the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s capital and is located right at the heart of Western Europe. Nowadays, it has developed to become an administrative and banking center, with numerous European Union institutions found inside the city – European Investment Bank, European Court of Auditors, and the European Court of Justice. Many Eurail pass holders travel here to add another country to their tally.
The city boasts of panoramic views brought about by valleys, bridges, monuments and other structures. As one of the smallest capital cities in the world, the city definitely offers big-time experiences for visitors.
History Of Luxembourg City
European military groups considered Luxembourg City’s as strategically-placed. The Burgundians, Spanish, French, Prussians and Austrians had largely placed their interests by occupying the city, turning it into their respective fortresses. During the 1st world war, Luxembourg City exerted much effort to remain neutral but was subsequently occupied by German Forces who made the city their headquarters. During the 2nd world war, the city still tried to become neutral but the Germans took advantage of its strategic spot and used it as their fortress. It ended its desire for neutrality after World War 2 by opting to join several inter-governmental associations and organizations.
Things To Do In Luxembourg City
There are many things to do and places to see in little European capital. The Grand Duke’s Birthday is a national celebration and is considered as the country’s national day. Various parades are being held including street parties. The Grand Ducal Palace is open to the public during the times when the Duke and his family are out for the holidays. The Casemates Bock, a UNESCO world heritage site, is worth the visit. It is a tunnel found under the city and was built during the 18th century. Another must-see place is the Alzette River, known to be small but has soft sandstones. For the art lovers, there are two museums worth mentioning: Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle and Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art.
A tourist with a Eurail pass won’t be having much of a problem getting in and out of Luxembourg City. Almost all buses and trains lead in and out of the city. It is also recommended that getting around by foot, by bike or by bus are the best choices if one wants to get deeply immersed in the beauty of the city. For long term stay Vauban&Fort offers studios for rent in Luxembourg or more budget-friendly options as flatshares.