Historic City Center, Luxembourg
Luxembourg contains several attractive city squares. This municipal building stands on one side of it. Here, one can find information for visitors and tourists. There are several shops and restaurants in this immediate area.
The building that every princess dreams about. A big tower where she rests till the Prince "the Right One" will rescue her from the dragon.
Forget the fairy tales, this building is a seat of Spaarkasse and makes a great company to the famous Adolphe bridge.
Luxembourg is a Gran Duchy (the only one in Europe), but the royal family lives in a very low-key lifestyle compared to some other countries. Here, on an ordinary street are the Royal Apartments (at least, that's what I wrote down on the slide ;-) ).
Parliament is situated right next to the Ducal Palace. In Luxembourg the Grand Duke can override any decision made by government and parliament. There is a single chamber parliament. The chairman of parliament and the prime minister meet with the Grand Duke every week so that problems can be solved in advance. Therefore it is rare that the Grand Duke will override a decision.
The German flag is in front of the parliament because some German official is visiting.
You can read more about the constituency of Luxembourg at the link below.
Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat, also known as the BCEE, is French for the State Savings Bank. The BCEE was created in 1856 and is the oldest bank in Luxembourg. This impressive building was constructed from 1909 to 1913. Once the headquarters of the bank, it now is home to the bank's museum.
The bank's tower is one of the most noticeable landmarks in the city and can be seen from many locations.
That may look like a castle, but it's not. It is the tower of the "Spuerkees" Bank which is one of the best known landmaks of the skyline of Luxembourg City. The Spuerkees is one of the over 180 Banks present in Luxembourg. The financial services sector is nowadays the main pillar of Luxembourgs economy.
Place d'Armes a.k.a “Parlour of the City” is the center of the city and meeting point for everyone. Here can be found tons of cafes, shops and of course tourists. According the plans of Sebastian van Noyen from Utrecht it became true in 1671 when Jean Charles de Landas had been ruler. And why to pay people for decorating when French Army should do that as witty Louis XIV got this idea. The French Army paved the square and planted trees that the square should be a great place for parades and other cultural events. Nowadays there is a street animation all the summer and a lot of other cultural actions around ...
The old fortress was built by Count Siegfried in 963, the remains of the old fortress could be seen very visible in the middle of Luxembourg. In 1994 UNESCO listed them as World Heritage and now, it attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Have a drink in the oldest pub in town. Not far rom the palace, near to St. Michaels church, you'll find the pub, which opend in 1410. Quite a long time, and always a pub. Luxemburgians like to eat and drink well, this might be the proof...
The Bock is the site of ruined Castle of Luxembourg, pulled down for the last time in 1875, and the Bock Casemates, 23 kilometers worth of tunnels dug in 1746 through the sandstone base upon which the city rests. A small section of the Casemates is open to the public; some of the tunnels peek out with excellent views of the rest of the city.
Take a walk on the next bridge down (towards town) from the big red one and check out the old fortification towers that are on it. They're pretty cool looking. Plus, there are great views of everything Luxembourg is, all around you. I found it pretty cool that these towers were once completely functional in the city of Luxembourg.
From up there we started our little guided tour through the city.We had to wear headphones in the train and the history of the city was brought to us as a hear play. Very funny, especially my youngest one (5)loved it!
THE OLD TOWN.
Its core is the Fishmarket, the oldest part of the capital. Cosy cafés, speciality restaurants and artist haunts enhance the attractiveness of the narrow, sinuous lanes in this district. The Old Town boasts of the National Museum for History and Art, the Museum of the History of the City of Luxembourg, St. Michael's Church, the Bock Promontory with the Casemates and the Grand Ducal Palace.
The city, while lacking in particularly impressive architectural monuments, is pretty, pleasant and enjoyable. There are many pedestrian streets with shops and restaurants.
The area in the ravine along the Petrusse river is called Grund. As elsewhere in Luxembourg it is very lovely and beautiful.