As many of you would know from my Instagram, I recently travelled to Europa-Park in Germany. However, we travelled by car meaning it would take around 11 hours to get there, so we broke up the journey by staying in Luxembourg. I’d been to the city and the country as a whole before, and I had a wonderful time! The whole country is really worth exploring (and fairly easy as it is very small!) and the city is very pleasant. However, I wouldn’t recommend much more than a day for the city, as it is very small and there is not a long list of things to see. However, below is a brief little guide where I’ve illustrated what I liked doing, what I recommend to do, and where to eat and stay! I will be blogging about the highlight of this road trip, Europapark in Germany soon!
HOW TO GET THERE AND WHERE TO STAY
We travelled by car. Hopping on the Eurotunnel Shuttle at Folkstone and driving through France and Belgium to get to the city. You could also use the various ferries from places like Dover too.
However, it is easy to now fly to the city, as the airport is centrally located. There are also regular trains.
We stayed at the Novotel Suites near the European Parliament buildings. It is out of the city centre, but this brings the cost down and means you can have much peace and quiet. Plus there is a lovely shopping centre and eateries nearby! We booked the ‘Suite’ Novotel over the regular Novotel next door as there were four of us, and it was nice only having to book one room. However, the Novotel and also the Sofitel next door are also great options. It takes around 15 minutes to walk into the city from here.
WHAT TO DO
It is a pretty beautiful city to wander. With the old town and fort ruins in the valley, and the modern polished streets to walk down, it is a pleasure to walk around. It was a pretty cloudy day when we were there but it was still great. I really recommend using the lift from the old town to the city centre, it’s a glass one which allows you to take in the city as you ride up.
Home to the lovely shops of Europe that the UK does not have such as Sephora, it’s a lovely place to buy a few things. With the main shopping street having lots of choice and a large Auchan shopping mall near the East of the city, you won’t struggle to shop here.
Museums and culture
You have the Madam, the Museum of Art and History, the Natural History museum and even smaller museums for the city, trams, banks etc. If I was here for longer than one night, I would have totally soaked up all of the history!
Do day trips to see the rest of the country
As I’ve mentioned, it really is a small city and what I enjoyed the most was just wandering around and taking in the views as there is not much else to do except immerse yourself in the city. Which is why I really recommend you go and explore the rest of the country. From beautiful castles, to picturesque villages, you could create a lovely city break and exploring combo trip!
WHAT TO EAT
JFK Bar and Kitchen
This place is essentially a lovely American themed gastropub near the European Parliament buildings. With an English menu and English speaking staff, a dinner here after a long drive was nice and simple. This place specialises in Wagyu burgers – which for the meat/burger lovers reading, is probably the best meat you can get your hands on, and here it is actually affordable. However for the lovely veggies reading they do have a couple of vegetarian burgers on their menu also!
Now, this is a place my sister and I discovered in France a few months back! It’s a really cute healthy cafe where you can easily grab lots of fresh food on the go. Of course, there are lots of good smoothies to chose from too.
Another healthy cafe…I know I know…but this place specialises in homemade style food, and they too do take out. However, the decor inside was also too nice to miss, despite being a chain it seemed like a lovely place to sit in and fuel up.
As one of the most expensive cities in Europe, it can be difficult. However, just stay in affordable hotels that aren’t in the centre.
You could also rent an apartment and cook everything yourself by going self-catered. There are many supermarkets around, and the prices there are not too inflated.
However as I had mentioned earlier on, I really recommend exploring the country as a whole rather than just the city, as the country just has so much more to offer (and other towns and villages will be much cheaper)
Thanks for reading! I hope you get to visit someday, and I hope the whole country is on your travel list, one day I cannot wait to go back to see it all again!