Luxembourg

Luxembourg | Tiny Cities and Freezing Valleys

The older I get the more I appreciate a lay in. Especially on holiday, and especially when I’ve just travelled through 4 countries in as many days and am totally knackered.

The day started much later than anticipated, but thankfully we had breakfast in our room after our supermarket raid the evening before, and fuelled up before heading out. Eventually leaving about midday, we took the short walk across the bridge and into the city centre. The receptionist had circled the Christmas markets on our map, so first stop was a charming market near the valley. Promising ourselves we’d come back later, we quickly moved on as we were on the hunt for a café so we could jump on the Wi-Fi and find out what there was to do in the city. Yes, our hotel did have Wi-Fi, but we’d both forgotten to actually look what there was to do.Luxembourg Christmas market, with the drinks building and a Christmas treeFire pit at a Luxembourg Christmas market

Anyway, any excuse for a bit of cake and a coffee, we soon stopped along one of the main shopping streets. Still not sure which language was spoken here, as we kept hearing French and German, our attempts to order a sandwich and cake were amusing to say the least. I tried to explain using some of the French words I’d picked up in Strasbourg, but it turns out the waitress spoke more German than French. If only I’d known, I could have saved us a good few minutes of weird gestures and funny looks. All’s well that ends well, as we had our drinks, food and Wi-Fi, and were soon circling away on the map things we wanted to see.

Luxembourg is a compact city, and there aren’t a huge amount of things to do, so spreading everything out over the two days we had meant it was going to be a bit more relaxing than the time we’d had so far. Once we’d finished up with our lunch, we made our way to the next street to find Place Guillaume II square. There’s supposed to be a cool building there, but as the square was full of Christmas market we couldn’t work out what was what, so ended up just having a look around the market before heading to the cathedral.Interior of Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg CityLit candles in Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg CityStepping in to Notre Dame was somewhat underwhelming, though probably only because the last few cities we’d been in had had such incredible cathedrals that we were comparing it to – one downside of city hopping. Moving further in we had a good look around, took a seat and tried to soak up the ambience, which is one of my favourite things about churches. Unfortunately, there were lots of people just sitting having a chat and laughing…loudly. I’ve never found this before in a church, and it stopped it feeling like a place of worship and more like a big, fancy cafe. Before long I found myself getting really frustrated, so we quickly moved on to venture into the valley that surrounds the inner city.

Luxembourg City Valley
It’s much further than it looks, and there are many, many more steps than you’d think…

Searching for Casemates de la Pétrusse, which would give us an insight into the old town fortifications, we found ourselves clambering down hundreds of steps into the valley, still none the wiser how to get to Petrusse Casemates. We later found out that it was actually closed, and the entrance is at the same level as the main shopping area. However, after looking around for a bit to see what was down there, we soon had to make the ridiculous climb back out of the valley. Knackered and finally out of the valley, we wandered a bit more before heading back to the now busy and totally rammed Christmas market to grab a bite to eat before heading back to the hotel for the night.

Fountain in a park in Luxembourg City as the sun setsFerris Wheel at dusk in a Christmas market, Luxembourg

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14 thoughts on “Luxembourg | Tiny Cities and Freezing Valleys”

  1. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to struggle with the language barrier. I’d have been fine with German but everywhere I went they seemed to speak French (or English luckily).

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      1. Haha I can sympathise with that. My French isn’t good enough to fall back on so I was left with English or German. Good read anyway and some great photos (both posts on Luxembourg). I’ve been a little absent from WordPress so just catching up!

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