Luxembourg City Walking Tour Part 1 – Travel Tuesday

Luxembourg City Walking Tour Part 1 – Travel Tuesday

It’s time again for Travel Tuesday, a weekly linkup with Belinda of Found Love. Now What? and Bonnie Rose of A Compass Rose. This weekly linkup is a fantastic way to meet other bloggers and also to find great travel inspiration. Please stop by the linkup and make some new blog friends!

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Today, I’m taking you to a few churches in Luxembourg City.

Luxembourg City

 

Oh, Luxembourg City. Where do I even begin? The city travel office, that’s where. If you’re in a foreign city for the first time, this should always be your first stop. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just do it. You’ll thank me later. I promise.

As soon as I found a parking space in a garage, I hot-footed it on over to the Luxembourg City Travel Office at Place Guillaume II, the city’s main square. The Saturday market vendors were just setting about moving out for the day, so it was a bit of a madhouse. The young lady at the counter in the office was very helpful and gave me a handful of free brochures and maps to help me throughout my day. I also bought the “Discover Luxembourg” travel guide for a few Euro, and it was very helpful in giving a bit more detail about the sites on the self-guided walking tour.

I also purchased a Luxembourg Card. This is a great deal for those who know they will be making repeat visits. You can buy the card for one, two, or three days, and the tickets are either for individuals or families. The days do not have to be used consecutively. I bought the three day pass for 27 Euro, as I definitely plan to return. The brochure that comes with the card is very helpful and details the free access to 61 attractions and discounts to many others that you get with the card. You are also entitled to free transportation on the bus and rail lines within Luxembourg. Great deal! I did not get paid to endorse this deal, but I had to because it’s just that fantastic. Go to visitluxembourg.com for more information.

I recommend requesting the City Promenade brochure, which has detailed directions on how to go about a self-guided walking tour of the city. The brochure estimates that this self-guided tour will take you about four hours, but that’s only if you do not plan on reading anything interesting, taking pictures, or grabbing a bite to eat. I only got through about half of the tour and had to call it a day.

Wear comfortable shoes and make sure your camera battery has a full charge. Luxembourg City is absolutely gorgeous and you’ll want to capture as much of it as you can. Visit the Luxembourg City Tourist Office’s website for more information on guided tours.

Aaaaannnd here we go with the picture overload. I had THE BEST time on this day trip, and took almost 500 pictures. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Because I took so many pictures and visited so many sites, I’m going to break this travel post into two parts. Come back next Tuesday if you enjoy what you see today. Today I’m going to focus on the churches I visited in Luxembourg City.

The Cathedral to the Blessed Virgin in Luxembourg City is also known as the Notre Dame Cathedral. It is quite an impressive structure. With two entrances on different streets, I ended up visiting it twice. The first visit occurred when I exited the parking garage and the alternate entrance was right in front of me. Later on, after I had started on the self-guided tour, I entered through the main entrance.

These are the pics I took on my first visit…

Notre Dame, Luxembourg City

 And then again, this time with some help from a handy pamphlet…

Notre Dame, Luxembourg City

Notre Dame, Luxembourg City

The Ancient Jesuit College is attached to the Notre Dame Cathedral, but has been used as the National Library since 1970.

Ancient Jesuit College, Luxembourg City

I visited two other incredibly beautiful churches this day. This is the Congregation Church:

Congregation Church, Luxembourg City

Congregation Church, Luxembourg City

The final church I visited was Saint Michael’s Church, which is the oldest shrine in the city.

Saint Michael's, Luxembourg City

Saint Michael's, Luxembourg City

That wraps up the churches I visited on my trip to Luxembourg City. Please come back next Tuesday to catch the second part of my recap, where I’ll cover the casemates, the city administrative offices and palaces, and the public squares. I hope to see you then!

Have any of you made a hobby of visiting and/or photographing amazing churches? 

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  • http://Girl-Meets-Globe.com/ Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe

    Stopping by from Travel Tuesday. Beautiful churches! Look forward to seeing more!

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      Thanks for dropping in, Tina! I had a hard time narrowing the field of possibilities for this blog. The churches are all so beautiful and I couldn’t help taking a ridiculous amount of pictures.

  • http://www.diariesofanessexgirl.com/ Kate Hall

    Wow, that Luxembourg pass does sound like a pretty good offer. I’m planning on going before Christmas as I’m so close here in Germany, will definitely be bookmarking this post to plan my trip 🙂

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      It’s an AMAZING deal. I highly recommend it.

  • http://www.thebartlettsabroad.blogspot.com/ Erica @ thebartlettsabroad

    That’s beautiful! You know, it never occurred to me to visit the tourist info centre thing here in Cologne until the other day, and it really is helpful! Definitely underrated! Thanks for sharing about Luxembourg!

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      A friend of mine let me in on that trick when we were deployed together to Qatar. I had no idea before then.

  • http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/ Amy | Club Narwhal

    Oh goodness, these photos are lovely! I adore stained glass and remember being totally awestruck standing in Chartres Cathedral staring at all the delicate panels. Seeing your photos and remembering Chartres makes me wonder just how long it took to create such amazing works of art. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      Oh, Amy, I was so frustrated to not have better pictures of the stained glass. I was really hungry and didn’t want to stop to eat because it was all so beautiful. Shaking hands kept me from taking better pictures. Next time I’m putting snacks in my bag!

  • http://weiderjl.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I love old churches, they are always so beautiful! I wish that style of architecture was still popular today!

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      I was like a kid left to run free in a toy store. I could have wandered around and taken pictures in those churches for hours.

  • Bonnie Rose

    My favourite thing of traveling is going to old churches. My parents use to drag us into them as kids and now I love it as adult. Great details! Thank you for linking up with me for Travel Tuesday and I hope you link up with us again tomorrow!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose – an expat lifestyle blog

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