Luxembourg

This characterful capital may only cover a small area of the hilly landscape, but it’s a big enough city to be full of surprises.

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With world-class museums sitting alongside fine dining destinations and scenic viewpoints.

Arriving at Luxembourg Airport 

Fly into Luxembourg from London City Airport and you'll land just moments from the financial and historic centres of the city. The views get dramatic as you come in to land as you should be able to see the gorges of the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers carving up the landscape. Keep an eye out, too, for the glimmers of glass and steel that represent modern Luxembourg, a centre of finance and the home of several European institutions.

The airport is just east of the city centre and offers easy access to the capital’s key areas. Buses run regularly from outside the arrivals area and stop in the heart of the city, although it’s even quicker to hop in one of the taxis waiting outside for door-to-door service.

If you’re planning on staying in Luxembourg for a longer spell, or you want to explore outside the city, then consider hiring a car. Book a car in advance with London City Airport and head into the country.

Essential sights

Bock Casemates

Head right into the heart of Luxembourg City by following these tunnels that burrow into the cliffs. They’re fortifications from the 17th and 18th centuries that carry a rich and varied history. Wander through these atmospheric warrens and learn about how they’ve been used for different functions, including serving as bomb shelters during World War II.

Chemin de la Corniche

Luxembourg’s most famous walkway is one of the best ways to see the city centre. This is a balcony to the city, leading from the Casemates around the Alzette valley and offering views into the dramatic gorge below. Stroll along it to get a sense of the city’s enchanting character.

MUDAM

Kirchberg’s modern art gallery is a marvel, designed by 20th-century genius I.M. Pei (the man behind the Louvre pyramid). The interiors are light and spacious, hosting the work of contemporary masters such as Cy Twombly and Daniel Buren. It’s worth visiting at different times of the year, as MUDAM welcomes a calendar of temporary exhibitions.

The Ducal Palace

Visit Luxembourg’s grand Ducal Palace in summer and you’ll be able to explore inside the residence of Luxembourg’s royalty. Come outside visiting hours, when the Duke and Duchess are home, and it’s still worth seeing this city-centre palace and its elegant façade.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The thin, climbing spires of Luxembourg’s stunning main cathedral share the same fairy-tale aesthetic as many of the country's landmarks. Notre Dame, built in the 17th century, features an impressive array of artworks inside its vaulted, awe-inspiring nave.