Luxembourg

Luxembourg

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  • Day178

    Travelling day today, and time to leave Belgium. Up quite early as we had to get our rental car back to the depot near the station by 9am, and then a 9:15am train. Left the hotel at 8:30, drove the five minutes to the station, then spent 10 minutes waiting for another customer to get sorted out which was a bit frustrating! In the end the worker was happy with the car, and off we went.

    Surprisingly long walk to the station since it looked like it was "right there", but there was a bunch of construction work (not) happening, and we had to take the long way round. But we still made it with plenty of time to spare which was nice. Train for 90 minutes to a city in Belgium's south-east called Namur, where we grabbed a quick sandwich at the Panos chain and then hopped on a connecting train to Luxembourg for another 2 hours.

    Considering Luxembourg is known for being a micro-nation, it's actually surprisingly large. It's only seventh smallest in Europe (Vatican, Monaco, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Andorra, and Malta are all smaller in that order), and at 2500sqkm it's about the same size as Hong Kong. So there's plenty of farmland and smaller towns dotted around, though the capital city and main town, Luxembourg City, is obviously the dominating place.

    We arrived into the station around 1pm and walked about 10 minutes down the main boulevard to our hotel. The area around the station (creatively known as Gare) wasn't that nice or interesting, though as we got further from the station it got nicer. Our hotel is OK, a little tired and small but it'll be adequate for two nights.

    After a brief rest we headed out into the city for a proper late lunch. I found a spot on Foursquare called "Charles Sandwiches" which did apparently the best sandwiches in town. And, well, they were pretty good! I had a Philly Cheesesteak which is strips of tender beef with melted cheese, capsicum and onions. By now it was around 3pm, so it was a very late lunch!

    We wandered around some more, eventually making it to the older part of town which was much more interesting. It's surprising to find that Luxembourg is actually an old hilltop fortress town, and through most of it's thousand-year history it's been strategically important and heavily fortified. Although a lot of the defences were dismantled in the 1850s or so, plenty of it still remains and it's cool to wander around and check it out.

    Eventually we just found a cafe and grabbed a beer to relax, neither of us felt like filming or taking photos particularly since it was quite overcast and nice weather was supposedly incoming for tomorrow. Eventually we just wandered back to the hotel and stayed in for the evening, though I ventured out late in the day for a snack - only to discover that literally everywhere closes on a Sunday in Luxembourg! In the end I found a chain coffee shop that couldn't sell me any hot food since their machines were switched off (they were about to close), so I had a blueberry muffin instead. Healthy dinner!
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  • Day179

    Time to explore Luxembourg today, after having a look around yesterday. Up and out fairly early after a rare hotel breakfast! We walked around the old town, both the upper city and the lower city (basically there's a river that cuts the city in two, and the areas down in the valley are the lower city).

    For our filming, we decided to follow what's known as the Wenzel Walk, named after Saint Wenceslas who was one of the original kings of the area I think. Anyway, it covers most of the interesting fortifications and stuff, so we followed that route for the next few hours. Lots of filming, and it was great weather so things were turning out pretty nicely which I enjoyed! Plenty of sunshine too.

    The walk was quite tiring, and by 2pm it was definitely time for lunch. At the end of the walk there was a riverside bar selling homemade burgers, but apparently we'd have to wait an hour for food! Starving, we headed up in to the main square of the upper city and eventually settled on a French brassiere type place. I had a schnitzel, while Shandos had a traditional Luxembourg dish of ham with mustard, served in gravy with boiled white beans.

    Having a big meal at 3:30pm sort of tires you out, and since we'd seen most of what we needed to we headed back to the hotel, stopping one last time for another drink. Spent the evening in the hotel room relaxing, ahead of heading back to France tomorrow for a week off!
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  • Day20

    Nach einer erfrischenden Dusche und besserem Wetter haben wir uns früh auf den Weg gemacht und uns für einen Abstecher nach Belgien entschieden. Nach einem Stopp an einer traumhaften Pâtisserie waren wir ready to go.
    Kurz vor der Grenze haben wir noch einen französischen Einkaufsstopp gemacht um etwas Bier und ein paar Grützwürstchen zu kaufen. 😇
    In Belgien haben uns zuerst bloß schlechte Straßen erwartet, das ist leider auch bis zur Abfahrt so geblieben. 🛣
    Da wir ziemlich nah an der Luxemburgischen Grenze vorbeigekommen sind, sind wir nach Pommerloch gefahren um dort einen Tankstopp einzulegen. Der Ortsname war einfach zu verlockend und der Superpreis lag bei 1,15 €/l. 😆
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  • Day3

    Soeben in der Dämmerung sind wir im Luxemburg angekommen. Zumächst wollten wir zur Abwechslung mal auf einen kostenpflichtigen Campingplatz etwas außerhalb der Stadt (Luxemburg-Stadt ist sehr eng und aufgrund des kostbaren Bodens gibt's kaum Abstellmöglichkeiten), allerdings war der komplett voll. Daher stehen wir nun abseits in nem Feldweg und erkunden morgen die Stadt...

  • Day4

    Eine wirklich sehr schöne Stadt. Eine der wenigen Gegenden, wo drei Sprachen (Französisch, Lezteburgisch und Deutsch) gesprochen werden.
    Durch den internationalen Einfluss und die nur noch wenigen ursprünglichen Letzeburger ist das Französische mittlerweile die faktisch dominierende und in den Geschäften in Luxemburg-Stadt (auf dem Land ist es sicherlich etwas anders) am meisten gesprochene Sprache. Die meisten einheimischen können sich das Wohnen in der Oberstadt (es gibt noch eine etwas günstigere Unterstadt) kaum leisten. Man merkt, dass hier das Geld zuhause ist - ohne dass es aber unangenehme "Protz-Ausmaße" angenommen hätte. Die hügelige Landschaft und auch einige Sehenswürdigkeiten (Kasematten sind UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe) sind wirklich hübsch anzusehen. Definitiv ein Ort zum Wohlfühlen!Read more

  • Day2

    Anreise über Ulm, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Ludwigshafen und dem Saarland nach Luxemburg. Ca 470 KM und 6 Stunden Fahrzeit.

    Nach der mühsamen Parkplatz-Suche im Parkhaus hinter dem Hotel geblieben für 40 Euro. Dann ein Spaziergang durch das Zentrum und Essen im Restaurant L'Entracte mit Muscheln und Pizza.

    Übernachtung im Grand Hotel Cravat im Zentrum.
    Luxemburg ist das letzte von einst 12 Großherzogtümern in Europa und ist das zweit kleinste Land der EU (nach Malta).

    Die Stadt hat ca 116.000 Einwohner und ist Sitz von mehreren EU-Institutionen, z.B dem Europäischen Gerichtshof.

    Das Staatsoberhaupt ist Großherzog Henri (Luxemburg - Nassau). Das Land ist als Grafschaft im Heiligen Römischen Reich Deutscher Nation entstanden. 1354 wurde die Grafschaft Luxemburg ein Herzogtum. Auf dem Wiener Kongress 1815 wurde das Herzogtum Luxemburg zum Großherzogtum erhoben.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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