The Rham Plateau is a high ground on the right bank of the river Alzette. It offers brilliant views of the Alzette valley and the Walls of Corniche.
At the northern end of the Rham Plateau the Tower of Jacob can be found. It is an old town gate whose history dates back to the 16th century.
Among other buildings the Rham Plateau is also home to a water tower from the middle of the 19th century.
The Rham Plateau is situated east of the city centre and it is part of the "Wenceslas Circular Walk".
When I was walking in the streets of Luxembourg city center and heading to the Ducal Palace, there are some of weirdest lamps I have ever seen in my life. When you are going from the Luxembourg Parliament House towards the Palace there are lamps with masks which follow you by their eyes and they turn around like you are passing. You should really think you have a paranoia because if you will stay for a minute without moving they will look at you and then again move their faces when you will do that. Really funny and weird in one
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.
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.
State and Savings Bank, Luxembourg (BCEE) is the oldest bank in Luxembourg. After crossing the bridge on Pont Adolphe you can observe both sides of the road impressive identical building of bank. I am not going to tell you about the product and offer of that bank but I will recommend a visit to this building.
The building of the post office at 25 rue Aldringen is one of the very impressive, situated next to main bus station. It has all the facility available like, post, fax, telegram and internet. I know no one need telegram service but it is still available all over the world.
Do you believe tourists would behave differently while visiting a hectic city and a quieter one ? I do.
This is what I noticed while taking pictures of Palais Grand Ducal and it made sense.
With my parents, we were looking at the facade, moving around, still impressed and a little amazed how centrally located this Palais was, when I noticed there were tourists trying to adjust the lenses to catch te best view on the building. I hadn't noticed them immediately. It was only when I tried to adjust my own lenses and that I saw them in my visual field that I noticed I was not the only one taking pictures. They were Japanese and probably German.
I think I haven't noticed them as I easily spotted the noisy tourists on Place de la Bastille in Paris because the Palais area was quiet, no cars running neither horning. So, quite naturally, one tends to respect this quietness.
It changed me a lot from the hectic, laughing, noisy crowds on Place de la Bastille. I had to elbow my way there.
...but you will have to search for them.
Luxembourg's buildings mainly date from the late 1600s/1700s. By 'older bits' I mean before that time. Luxembourg most certainly existed then, but there is very little to show for it.
One of the most atmospheric parts I came across was a little street near the Bock in Vielle Ville, Rue de la Loge. There's a very old building there...you can tell from the early-Medieval windows on the Rue de l'Eau side. And, if you walk a little further up Rue de la Loge, you can take the Passage du Palais up through a restored but still very evocative passageway, with a well and ancient exposed beams, to emerge onto the Rue du Rost.
I spotted one or two ancient bits of stonework too: a rather Romanesque lion and a very worn carved deer which was obviously once part of a more detailed, and important, decorative sculpture. Perhaps a Luxembourg VT-er can tell me more about it?
Those small parts of Luxembourg, and the Grund, gave me the best sense of how the city once was, long before the twirls and twiddles of 18th and 19th century architecture.
From the beginning the Neumünster Abbey was a hospital known as St John's Hospital but in 1547 Benedictine monks settled there and put up several new buildings. They stayed there until 1796 when they were driven out. The buildings have since been used in several ways but for 115 years from 1869 to 1984, there was a prison for men. However nowadays nobody has to be ashamed if he is seen coming out from the buildings since there is now the "Cultural Meeting Place of Neumünster", a major venue for culture.
Although Luxembourg's Vielle Ville is not really so very old there are some interesting architectural twirls, turrets and twiddles. It's worth keeping an eye open as you wander round...make sure you look up.
I particularly liked the way some older houses had their date of construction in huge metal numbers fixed to the exterior.
Even if the building dates from the late 1800s, there are often interesting embellishments..pretty blue & white tiles high up near the roof, a beautiful oriel window.....
And, if you walk in the side-streets, just occasionally you can get a glimpse of how Medieval Luxembourg must have looked before the building of the 1800s.
Rue Plaetis is the road that runs just above the Alzette River Valley above the Grund and provides arguably the best views over the lower town. Check out the three pictures here for some examples of the views. Just above Rue Plaetis is Rue Sosthene Weis and above that is the pedestrianized chemin de la Corniche, both of which also provide excellent views.
One can enjoy a very nice day just strolling about the old city center of Luxembourg. There are excellent views of the city's upper and lower parts, fine architecture, and plenty of shops and cafes. You don't really need to be going anywhere in particular.