Historic City Center, Luxembourg
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.
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 large leafy square in the city center is the prime place for relaxation and good food as virtually every building here appears to be a restaurant. The locals seem to particularly like Italian restaurants.
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.
Luxembourg's wealth comes in large part from the many banks headquartered here. It is basically a mini-Switzerland. Area South of the city center in particular is full of banks. The gracious XIX century building of the Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat hosts a bank museum in addition to beautifying the city's skyline.
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.
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.
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 ;-) ).
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 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.
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.
The tower with the nickname "Hollow Tooth" (Huelen Zand / Dent Creuse) is probably the best known ruin of the Bock casemates sytem. Luxembourgs defense structures were destroyed as part of a peace agreement from 1867 on and all that remains above ground are the ruins of this tower. There is pretty nothing to see in the tower itself, but it makes a nice photo motive. The big sight are the casemates underneath it.
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.
This is the central square of the city, a very pleasant space with an equestrian statue of a monarch, a small city hall and gracious buildings around. You can also see the spires of the cathedral.
Luxembourg is a parliamentary monarchy. The tiny parliament adjoins the royal palace, and the office of the Prime Minister is located a couple of blocks South.