A small town in a small country
More than one city is described as the pearl of a given country. But what about a city that covers almost 2% of its country? A country that is so attractive and at the same time so tiny that it can be considered a treasure in its entirety. This is what Luxembourg is like, or rather the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Nestled between Germany, France and Belgium, the country tempts visitors with a wealth of attractions and their proximity. It's not far away here.
The country's capital, Luxembourg, is the Grand Duke's residence, seat of parliament and government. It is also, next to Strasbourg and Brussels, one of the three community capitals of the European Union. It is situated on a high rock plateau surrounded on three sides by the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers, and on the fourth side by a city park. Everyone who comes here will be delighted with the beautiful architecture of the city and great cuisine, especially the traditional hare stew and delicious trout or pike dishes. Not to be overlooked is the excellent white wine made in the Moselle valley.
Luxembourg - bridges and religious monuments
The most important monuments can be found in the Old Town, on the northern bank of the Petrusse River. They are connected with Nowe Miasto on the southern bank of the river by two bridges: Pont Adolphe and Pont Viaduc. The first, majestic, based on arches, was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is also called the Grand Duke Adolf Bridge. A particularly interesting bridge connects the Old Town with Kirchberg. This structure is the steel Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge, thrown over the Pfaffenthal district. Due to its color, it is called the Red Bridge by the inhabitants.
A valuable monument in Luxembourg is the Notre Dame Cathedral with its eye-catching black tower. The original building comes from the first half of the 19th century. XVII century, later it was rebuilt several times. The temple known to us today has three naves, and in its crypt lies John the Blind, the King of Bohemia and the Duke of Luxembourg, as well as members of the princely family. The linden wood sculpture in the apse is noteworthy - it is the Madonna and Child, the Comforter of the Afflicted, surrounded by the faithful with great veneration.
Tourists who love sacred art will surely take the chance to see the Church of St. Michael. Its origins date back to 987. Today, the temple impresses with its façade, in which Gothic and Baroque influences intertwine. A priceless monument is also the Chapel of St. Kwiryna, the oldest church in the city. It's worth getting to know him.
North Gibraltar - casemates
The castle of Count Siegfried once stood on the bluff of the Alzette River. It existed for less than five centuries to burn in a fire in 1459. Dent Creuse ("The Leaky Tooth"), a stone tower that is a remnant of fortifications, has survived to our times. It offers a beautiful view of Clausen and Pfaffenthal, the suburbs of Grund, and of the Alzette Valley.
Another interesting fact is the famous casemates Bock and Petrusse, tunnels carved in the rocks. Originally, they consisted of 23 km of tunnels and galleries, going down to the surface to a depth of up to 46 m. In its heyday, Gibraltar of the North covered 180 hectares, more than the entire city. It houses warehouses, kitchens, craft workshops and barracks. In turn, during World War I and II, shelters for civilians were arranged here. In 1994, the casemates and fortifications along with the Old Town were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Worth visiting as well Grand Duke's Palace (La Palais Grand-Ducal) with a Renaissance frontage of the building. Previously, there was a town hall here, blown up in the 16th century. Since 1890, the palace has been the winter residence of the princely family. Luxembourg museums are also noteworthy, especially the National Museum of Natural History (Le Musse National d'Histoire Naturalle) with interesting exhibits of the fauna and flora of the Grand Duchy, and the Historical Museum of the City of Luxembourg (Le Musse d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg), presenting history cities, local traditions and everyday life of residents throughout the centuries.
Campsites - where to stay?
There are many well-stocked campsites in the Luxembourg area. There are several places of interest right next to the capital. One of them is Camping Mamer (Route de Mersch 4, L-8251 Mamer Luxemburg), where the cost of an adult's accommodation is EUR 3.50, a child - EUR 1.75, and a place for a motorhome costs EUR 9 / day. The campsite is located next to a forest and you can reach Luxembourg city center in 15 minutes. The Mamer River flows nearby, so the area will definitely appeal to fishing enthusiasts, especially those who like trout.
The next place is “Bon Accueil” Camping ( L-5815 Alzingen Grand Duchy of Luxembourg ). In the high season , it is very popular with tourists, so you should book your seats well in advance. It is located by the city park , with the ruins of Hesperange Castle on the horizon, and guests staying at the campsite have easy access to both Luxembourg city center and La Croix de Gasperich, the transport junction where the motorways to Germany , France and Belgium meet. The price of accommodation for two people who came here with a camper is, depending on the time, from 16 to 20 euro / day.
The Kockelscheuer campsite (22, route de Bettembourg, L-1899 Luxembourg ), located approx. 4 km, is also noteworthy . from Luxembourg. Guests are attracted by an attractive tourist offer - there is an ice rink, a mini golf course, tennis courts, bowling alleys, numerous walking paths and two restaurants. Two adults stay here for EUR 13 / day, including a place for a motorhome.
Trip to Luxembourg
Regardless of what type of accommodation we choose, we will be satisfied. Same as a trip to Luxembourg, a city on a plateau. We will not forget about its intimacy and wealth at the same time, and although we will quickly pass the borders of this tiny country, we will remember it for a long time.