A few months ago Ryanair had to change a return flight I had booked back from Hamburg, Germany. Unbeknown to them, the change is my flight time actually did me a HUGE favour and gave me more time to explore (but I didn’t tell them that).
As an apology for the ‘Inconvenience’ they randomly sent me an £80 voucher to spend with them. Naturally, I jumped straight on sky scanner looked at my options, and obviously, as you can tell by this post, Luxembourg City was the chosen destination.
I then called up my sister to see if she wanted to be my plus 1, to which she obviously said yes.
Facts about Luxembourg City
So before this, Luxembourg City was never on my destination list and I didn’t really know anything about it, so here are a few facts about Luxembourg assuming that you don’t know a lot about it either:
1)Luxembourg borders on Belgium, France and Germany
2)Main Languages in Luxembourg are German, French and Luxembourgish (Yes it is really a language)
3)Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in the world.
4)Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the world (apparently the same size as Northamptonshire)
5)Luxembourg City is built around the fortifications of an old medieval city and parts of this are on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Now enough of the fun facts and time for the good stuff.
As we arrived late at night into Luxembourg City we had to get a taxi to our hotel and it was very expensive €40 for a 10-15-minute journey to be precise. My advice would be to get a bus or walk as often as you can. If you are here on the weekend like we were, then you can catch ‘Multiplicity’ bus routes all throughout the city free of charge, be careful though, on our last day we did witness one sneaky bus driver charge unsuspecting tourist for the journey.
We stayed at the ‘DoubleTree by Hilton’. It was a lovely hotel with a restaurant/bar, gym, swimming pool and sauna, they even give you a free complimentary cookie upon arrival -every food girl’s dream (unless you are allergic to nuts like I am, then you have to put the cookie down).
The hotel was about an hour’s walk out of town but we used the city bus service to get into town as there was a stop very close by.
Top 5 things to do in Luxembourg City
With Luxembourg being as small and quaint as it is, there isn’t a huge amount of site seeing to do, and you can definitely get the most part of it done in a day. Regardless it’s a very picturesque place to visit.
Place d’Armes- This is the main ‘square’ of the city filled with restaurants, shops as well as a mini market
La Chemin de Corniche/ Old City Quarters- This is where you can catch the best views of Luxembourg and look down at the river and the little villages beneath you. It’s also where you can eye up and stand on the remains/ruins of the old city fortress.
Scenic Elevator- This is a little glass elevator that takes you from the top of the city to the little villages and river below. It’s a pretty little walk once you’re down there, but if heights make you queasy, then it’s probably one to avoid – You’ve been warned!
Adolph Bridge – A very impressive looking bridge with yet another amazing view!
Palace of Grand Duke Henri– Now, I have to be honest here, this doesn’t compare to our Lizzy’s palace but its right in the centre of town so you can’t miss it.
Best Places to Eat in Luxembourg City
Konrad Café- The cutest little coffee shop in Luxembourg City on ‘Rue du Nord’. This is a must-do! Not only is it situated down a quirky little candy coloured street but it also does a mean oat milk latte and some of the best quiche I’ve ever had in my life (I promise I’m not exaggerating here, I’m not the world biggest quiche fan so this is really saying something).
Oberwies Pastry Shop- From the outside, this place looks like a jewellery shop but when you head inside you are greeted with a colourful display of macaroons, mini cakes and even cured meats. It’s a good place to stop and get some sweet souvenirs.
Um Plateau- This is hands down the best restaurant in Luxembourg City. Not only did they have a 20-page strong Gin Cocktail menu displaying Gins from all across the world, but the food options were fabulous too. I had Creamy Lobster in a brioche roll… it was dreamy, GO HERE!
Chocolate House café –This restaurant is a chocoholic heaven and is most famous for its chocolate spoons. You pick your chocolate spoon (so many flavours to pick from), choose what milk you want to be heated up and stir in your spoon for some hot chocolatey goodness. They also serve up slices of cake the size of your head as well as offering a savoury breakfast and lunch menu too.
I had an amazing weekend in Luxembourg City and I’m very glad I got to see this cute little country. However, if Ryanair hadn’t given me that voucher it’s somewhere I would never have even thought to have come.
So basically this is thanks to Ryanair, even though your flights are ALWAYS delayed, cheers for the voucher and cheers for helping me tick another country off the list.
It’s also a little reminder to pick a random destination from time to time ‘cause you never know what little gems you might find.
Dates: 26-28th January 2018
Spending Money: €175