A Day’s Visit to Luxembourg City from Paris

Just four days were left to leave Europe and we had to exit Paris, France towards Frankfurt, Germany. The route map was drawn with a halt at Reims and Strasbourg. Luxembourg would be a diversion from the route. It looked so near, both my children insisted we take the diversion to Luxemborg. It would increase the count of countries visited from 13 to 14. They didn’t want to stop at unlucky 13! Ah! Some reasoning there! Arunabha (my husband) very willingly obliged.

Grand Duc in City Center

We had just two hours to spare to tour the city; we set the GPS to Luxembourg City. 371kms, four hours drive, we halted at Reims for some time, we then reached Luxembourg City at around one. Reaching the city and finding a parking slot was hassle free. This was totally unplanned; hence we were not sure where to start from. Luxembourg is counted among the world’s three richest countries. After touring Paris and some spots in the outskirts of Paris for five days I was not sure what to expect from Luxembourg.

Grund, Centre of Luxembourg City

We decided to simply wander around the old town. Stepping on Grund, centre of Luxembourg City, we found the area flooded with stalls. We had a quick bite here, glad that we didn’t have to search for a restaurant. The first place we halted was the ‘Palace of Grand Dukes’. The Grand Ducal family resides here. It is a 16th century structure recently restored. Guard here was marching to and fro undisturbed by the tourists chatting and clicking around him. Nobody came out to wave at us from the palace windows.

Cathedral Notre Dame, Luxembourg City

Cathedral Notre Dame had very impressive structures. It is a 17th century Jesuit Church. The church is surrounded by modern structures and I found it difficult to get a good picture of the façade. The ceiling was painted so beautifully, so different from other cathedrals I have seen. Later we walked along the cobbled streets of the Old Town, the Chemin de la Corniche, often described as Europe’s ‘most beautiful balcony’. More pictures from the walk to follow.


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25 Responses

  1. DeniseinVA says:

    It is always a lot of fun traveling with you. Great photos!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    I agree, it is always fun traveling with you, Indrani!! Wonderful captures for the day! Hope you have a great week!

  3. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots. Looks like a great trip.

  4. Cloudia says:

    What a good trip!:-)


  5. George says:

    I'm glad you made this stop and got these wonderful pictures to share with us. Both the palace and the cathedral are very imposing structures.

  6. ladyfi says:

    Love these shots – what a nice diversion…

  7. Very nice series!

    Greetings from the Netherlands,

  8. Jim says:

    How interesting.

  9. richies says:

    Looks like country number 14 was very nice.
    An Arkies Musings

  10. Krishna says:

    Nice trip and good photos


  11. Beautiful, Indrani!!!! I recently got a postcard from Luxembourg city and seeing it made me want to go there.. and now the yearning just grows stronger with your photoblog!

  12. eileeninmd says:

    Well worth an extra stop and to add an extra country to your growing list. The cathedral is beautiful and your photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing your tour.

  13. Fun60 says:

    I love the excitement of the unplanned trip. Your children were quite right in persuading you to visit.

  14. Gattina says:

    I like Luxemburg especially the town, it's not so far from here and we can go there in the morning and coming back in the afternoon.

  15. Gary says:

    Wonderful tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  16. With only two hours to tour the city I think you made the right choice to see the old city. But two hours is definitely NOT long enough, I'm sure. 🙂

  17. Hello!
    Nice post. Great pictures.
    Temple N.M.P. is very beautiful inside and patron of the city of Luxembourg.
    I send greetings.

  18. Even though it is a tiny country, it has its own identity! I remember when we visited after our 4 year stay in the US, it as beautiful! The cathedral is out of this world:)

  19. Your blog is always an adventure. Thanks for this post.

  20. Sridharan says:

    Superb pictures..

  21. Amazing is what I can say about your travel

  22. beautiful shots, wish could be there right now

  23. have more fun. nice read.

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