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Last week I showed off three of Luxembourg City’s gorgeous churches. The history, the architecture, the stained glass…. All so beautiful, and all still in use. This is one of the things about Europe that amazes me. The US is so “new” compared to the countries in Europe. The churches I toured were all older than my home country, and they were so beautiful that I had to give them their own post. This week, I’m showing off the rest of what I saw on my walking tour of Luxembourg City.
I have to reiterate my recommendation to visit the city travel office. They gave me tons of great info, including a map of a couple of different walking tours and some info on the Luxembourg Card (which is a great deal!). The statue above is of William II, King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg. It is located in Place Guillaume II, or William II Square (imagine that), and the city travel office is on the west end of the square.
From here, the self-guided tour moves on to the Palace of the Grand Dukes.
The Chamber of Deputies (on the right) is an annex to the Palace.
There was a large market set up in the square in the Place d’Armes, a large square known as “the Parlour of the City.” The City Palace, an administrative building that also houses several festival halls sits one the east end of the square. To the west end of the square is a monument paying homage to two national poets, Dicks and Lentz.
The centerpiece of Constitution Square is The Gelle Fra, or Golden Lady. It was set up in 1923 to commemorate Luxembourgers who died in World War I. It was pulled down by the Nazis in 1940 and restored to its original appearance in 1984. Today, it symbolizes freedom and resistance for Luxembourg.
This is the street corner at Constitution Square on the left. I thought the phone booth was adorable, and caught a shot of it with the Ancient Jesuit College and the Cathedral to the Blessed Virgin (the Notre Dame) in the background. On the right is a peaceful little park down in the Petrusse Valley.
Below on the left is the Place de Metz. The Viaduct Bridge, which has 24 arches, is on the right.
The Grand Duchess Charlotte Memorial is the centerpiece of Clairefontaine Square.
I took this next picture on the walk up to the Corniche, known as “the most beautiful balcony in the world.” This shows the Bock Promontory, Casemates, and Archaological Crypt along the Alzette River and above the Grund. The center of the picture shows the exposed foundations of Luxembourg’s first stronghold.
I also took several more pictures of the Grund on the walk up.
I opted to take the tour of the Crypt and Casemates, but getting good pictures was a challenge. After finding myself in a tight space that made me more than a little bit uncomfortable, I decided my tour was finished. I did catch a shot of a beautiful park below the casemates, as well as another view of the Grund before I hotfooted it to the exit.
At this point I decided that I was ready to give up the walking-tour guide and just wandered for a bit, taking in the scenery and architecture. This whimsical art piece was just outside a metro station.
…and then I wandered a bit more before grabbing a quick lunch and some macaroons before heading home for the day.
I had a fantastic day in Luxembourg City. Of the day trips I have taken since moving to Germany, this has been my absolute favorite. I have a list of the attractions I did not have time to see, and I will definitely be making a return trip!
Have any of you been to Luxembourg City? What was your favorite part of your trip?