Luxembourg City can be seen from a roofless double-deck bus.
You can 'hop on hop off' during 24 hours, the validity of a ticket.
The onboard-audio equipment gives you comments of the different sights in 8 different languages through head-phones.
VIDEO of my bus tour:
Need cash in a flash in Luxembourg? In the city there are plenty in the pedestrian area and at the train station. Between them they are connected to every international network. It could not be easier to get money and you will need a lot here.
There are various sorts of tours of Luxembourg city available - walking tours, the Petrusse Express train tour and so on. ... I did a CitySightSeeing Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. I'm glad I did, because it was only because of that that I went out into the soulless business and administrative district and saw things like the European Court of Auditors and the European Investment Bank, which one reads about so much.
Of course we also saw more beautiful, famous sights in the centre (the Bock, the chasm, the opera house, which is fabulous, Patton's headquarters in the battle of the Ardennes...), and we learnt a few words of Luxembourgish.
(The hop-on hop-off bus runs in winter too,, but only on Saturdays and Sundays.) .
The casemates are underground fortifications that extend all over Luxembourg (City). They are a series of caves and tunnels carved out of the rock by the Spanish rulers in 1644. Over the centuries they were expanded and at one time stretched to 23 kilometres in their entirety. There are actually 17kms of the casemates still open. The Bock Casemates are the most publicly accessible and are right in the heart of the old town. The admission price is cheap and you can climb in and around a huge section of the casemates. They have housed everything from bakeries, kitchens, slaughterhouses, troop barracks over the years. During the 2 World Wars they served as a bomb shelter with a capacity of 35,000 people. I would recommend an electric torch and you can climb into smaller passages within the larger tunnels. A must see site with lots of tunnels opening out into panoramic viewing areas of the city. The casemates were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
These folks are superb. They are right in the Place Guillaume II, offer free (and very good!) maps, speak a load of languages, are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They are also open virtually everyday, including Holidays & Sundays and even have roving helpers across the city. Well done! They offer the following services:
• General Tourist and cultural information
• Information services by mail, phone, fax and e-mail (contacts below)
• Hotel bookings
• Advice on activities
• Tickets for concerts, theatre, plays and guided tours
• Guided visits of the city and country for individuals and groups
• Multilingual and highly trained guides
• Sales of books, road maps, city plans and souvenirs
• Free city map
Their opening hours are:
October-March: Mon to Sat 9 a.m-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
April-September: Mon to Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Holidays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Luxembourg City Tourist Office offers a really impressive service. They have staff who walk around the city with loads of leaflets and maps looking for tourists to help. These nice folks even work on Sundays and are really friendly. If you see them and have a question – just ask. In fact their shirts and bags say “ASK ME!”
A really impressive service!
Both the city and country of Luxembourg are amazingly clean, tidy and beautiful. Please keep it this way. There are plenty of rubbish bins and even recycling receptacles for everything including old batteries. Public parks ask that you not throw organic waste (apple cores, etc.) onto the ground. Although there is some mindless graffiti done y criminals, I can say I never saw any rubbish on the ground. Please help it stay that way!
This international company pioneered the concept of an open-top tour bus with on-going commentary in a myriad of languages with a ‘hop on – hop off’ 24-hour ticket. I have used them here, Stockholm and Rome. It’s an excellent way to get a good orientation to the city and help you decide which sights you would like to go back to and spend some more time exploring. They even provide raincoats during bad weather. Keep your receipt as it’s good for a full 24 hours. Their stops are well marked (bright green) across the city of Luxembourg and they arrive every 15-20 minutes.
A few details:
* Start Point is at the Place de la Constitution (or any other stop)
* Tour lasts 60 minutes
* Their season is 19 March - 2 November
* Pre-recorded tour is in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian & Japanese.
During the warmer months this market opens at 8am. Its an interesting mix of quality antiques, over-priced antiques of dubious heritage and absolute rubbish that really should go straight into the local landfill. Its worth a stroll through, but there’s no need to be here right at 8am. There aren’t to many bargains to be had and I even found broken pots being sold for more than 15 Euros! There are some interesting children’s toys of differing eras. I found some interesting old photos and postcards of bygone years in Luxembourg’s history. There are quite a few glass display cases full of jewellery and other ornaments of all descriptions. A lot of items have a marked price on them. They will not negotiate, so don’t ask.
Years ago this was about the only pedestrian area in the centre of Luxembourg (City). Today it’s the centre of a large area of pedestrian only streets with absolutely loads of parking. It’s the vibrant heart of the city and features a stage for live music during summer months and is ringed by restaurants with outdoor dinning areas including the MacDonald’s. The square is overlooked by a large balcony on the side of an imperial looking building (closed for renovation). It was on this balcony in 1945 that the Royal Family appeared in front of the people to celebrate the end of World War II and liberation. It was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a parade ground for French Troops. There is a market on Sundays in warmer months featuring everything from antiques to over-priced junk.
The impressive building of the State Savings Bank (Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat) was constructed at the beginning of the 20th century.
It used to be the headquarter of the bank and is nowadays home to the bank museum which even includes an exhibit about bank robbers.
The State Savings Bank is located at the Place de Metz near the southern end of the bridge Ponte Adolphe.
Luxembourg is one of the founding members of the EU, and sits right at its very heart. Despite the countries small size, it has some of the most important institutions in the world sitting on the Kirchberg in European Center. The European Court of Justice, the European Bank of Investment and the General Secretariate of the European Parliament are among the many important chapters of the European Union's government.
Luxembourg is the richest country in the world, per capita, and much of that wealth comes from its huge banking sector. Along with the famous EU institutions, Kirchberg's modern office buildings also host a range of banking headquarters, as well as high profile companies from other service industries, like media and sport.
One of the most striking aspects of Kirchberg, is the way the bright, shining glass towers of the EU village contrast with the old, rambling streets and buildings of the old city.
This has to be by far the poshest Numpty Train I have ever seen!
Obviously (once again because of demanding children) there was no escaping the fact that at some point we would end up chugging the streets of Luxembourg of The Numpty Train... and we did indeedy!!!
In The Grand Duchy it becomes so much more than a Numpty Train and you are almost expected, as a visitor to this fine city, to go on it - complete with headsets, adjustable to most languages, to get the full history of Luxembourg.
I have to put my hands up and hang my head in shame when I say that for what you see and hear it is a worthwhile thing to do.... obviously I am in a position where I can sit there proudly next to small children (who would clearly be seen by anybody to be the purpose of our ride!!!) - if you dont have small people - get a fake moustache and a pair of dark glasses!!!!
It's 1 hour in duration
There are two - The Bock Casemates & The Petrusse Casemates which are prettymuch the same but the opening hours in the Petrusse are more limited.
In 1744 The Spaniards carved a load of passgeways out, under the Bock and these are in essence are what the casemates are. The casemates have been used for just about everything over the years but most recently they were used in WWI to house slaughterhouse, garrisons of soldiers etc... and in WWII 35,000 locals used them as bomb shelters.
They are damp and dark and you are escourted around by a tour guide who will probably be fluent in enough languages to make you feel highly inadequate!
Next to the entrance of the Petrusse Casemates there are toilets - always a good thing to know :)
I'm still trying to figure out what this is, when I Googled "Luxembourg sheep statue" I found a reference to Kiermes Day and how a troupe of musicians dressed as 19th century farmers play the Hammelsmarsch (March of the Sheep) behind a shepard and some sheep. I think Kiermes Day is part of the Schueberfouer, an amusement fair that used to be an annual market held around St. Bartholomew’s Day, a traditional post-harvest holiday.
If anyone knows if this is correct, please send me an email.
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