Luxembourg Tripguru Guides

Tripguru Guide for Luxembourg

0 votes

A Good Luxembourg City Walk

created by fodors-partner on 2018-01-16

A Good Luxembourg City Walk
Start at the Pont Viaduc, spanning the Pétrusse valley, for a view of the ledges on which the city was built. The Monument National de la Solidarité, at the north end of the bridge, commemorates Luxembourg's World War II victims. East of the monument stands the 17th-century fortress, the Citadelle du St-Esprit. To the northwest, along the city wall, lies Place de la Constitution and the entrance to the Casemates de la Pétrusse, the tunnels carved into the fortifications. A block north of the Place on rue des Capucins and two blocks east on rue Notre-Dame stands the late-Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. East of the cathedral, the outstanding Musée d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg traces the city's history. The town's three main squares align diagonally from southeast to northwest: first comes elegant Place Clairefontaine, then the market square, Place Guillaume, and finally, the welcoming Place d'Armes. On the southeast corner of the Place d'Armes stands the Cercle/Palais Municipal. Once the residence of the dukes, the Palais Grand-Ducal, east of Place d'Armes, now hosts state occasions. Behind the palace is the square known as Marché-aux-Poissons, the oldest part of town. On the square, inside a row of 16th-century houses, is the collection of the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art. Northeast of the museum is the Porte des Trois Tours, part of the original battlements. The promontory on which Luxembourg's original castle was built, Le Bock, with an entrance to the casemates, a fascinating museum, and some ruins, looms above the Alzette valley on the eastern side of the city. Return south to Place du St-Esprit, where you can take an elevator down to the Grund district, in the river valley below the Bock. Here the excellent, interactive Musée d'Histoire Naturelle explores the secrets of the natural world. North on the riverside rue Munster is the Baroque Eglise St-Jean Baptiste. In the other direction, past the confluence of the Alzette and the Petrusse, the parklands of the Vallée de la Pétrusse spread westward. Walk up narrow switchbacks from the valley or take the elevator to Place du Saint-Esprit and cut across on Boulevard Roosevelt to Boulevard Royal, Luxembourg's Wall Street. Perpendicular to Royal is Grand-Rue, Luxembourg's pedestrian-only shopping street. Northeast of the center, across the Pont Grande Duchesse Charlotte above the Pfaffenthal district, lies the Plateau Kirchberg, a moonscape of modern architecture housing banks and European Union institutions.
  • 1
    Pont Viaduc

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 2
    Monument National de la Solidarité

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 3
    Citadelle du St-Esprit

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 4
    Place de la Constitution

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 5
    Casemates de la Pétrusse

    1 votes

    Sight

  • 6
    Notre-Dame Cathedral

    4 votes

    Sight

    Blessed by Maria Consolatrix Afflictorum, patron saint of Luxembourg.

  • 7
    Musée d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg

    0 votes

    Museum / Gallery

  • 8
    Place Clairefontaine

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 9
    Place Guillaume II

    1 votes

    Sight

    Place Guillaume (also known in Luxembourgish as the Knuedler) is the venue for a market every Wed...

  • 10
    Place d'Armes

    9 votes

    Sight

    In summer months the Place d'Armes is filled with tables and chairs from the surrounding cafes an...

  • 11
    Cercle/Palais Municipal

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 12
    Palais Grand-Ducal

    10 votes

    Sight

  • 13
    Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art

    0 votes

    Museum / Gallery

  • 14
    Porte des Trois Tour

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 15
    Bock

    3 votes

    Sight

    The rock on which the first castle stood, founded in 963 by Sigefroy (Sigfried). It is tied to a ...

  • 16
    Grund

    2 votes

    Neighborhood

    The Alzette, thought it is very small now, because the sandstone of the area is very soft, it dug...

  • 17
    Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle

    0 votes

    Museum / Gallery

  • 18
    Vallée de la Pétrusse

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 19
    Boulevard Royal

    0 votes

    Sight

    Boulevard Royal is a street in Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg. The boulevard is a one-w...

  • 20
    Grand-Rue

    0 votes

    Sight

  • 21
    Kirchberg

    2 votes

    Sight

    This area houses a number of banks and most of the European institutions in Luxembourg (Parliamen...

back to top

comments on A Good Luxembourg City Walk

  • You are currently not logged in. or register to write a review.

    MY TRIP PLANNER

    0

    locations added to

    how to plan your trip