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.
With world-class museums sitting alongside fine dining destinations and scenic viewpoints.
One of the great joys of Luxembourg is that it packs the sights of a capital city into the space of a small town. To best appreciate its rich character, lace up some sturdy shoes and wander around the town centre, enjoying the old-world atmosphere of the cobbled streets. To reach some of the higher parts of the city, save yourself the walk and take the free lift between the different levels.
Buses run regularly around Luxembourg, making it easy to hop on at any point. Pay for a single journey or get a ‘long duration’ ticket that lasts the whole day. Use the country’s buses for free with the Luxembourg Card, which also works as a ticket for most museums and attractions.
You can hail metered taxis on the street and at taxi ranks throughout the city. Their rates are displayed both outside and inside the car. Depending on the day and time, the meter should start at around €3, give or take.
Book a hire car with London City Airport and you can collect it at Luxembourg Airport or in the town centre. While it’s not always necessary for exploring the city centre, a car can open up access to the rest of the Grand Duchy, including places such as the Moselle Valley and the Ardennes.
Kirchberg: for business
Glimmering Kirchberg sits on a plateau above the Old Town – there’s a free lift that will carry you up the steep ascent. If you’re coming to Luxembourg to work, you will probably end up in Kirchberg, the most modern corner of the city. It’s the home of the city’s European institutions, such as the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors and the Investment Bank, among others. Geopolitics aside, Kirchberg’s sleek skyscrapers and office blocks also host numerous banks and businesses. While you’re here, don’t miss the national concert hall or the city’s leading modern art gallery, known as MUDAM.
Old Town: for sightseeing
Luxembourg City’s scenic Old Town is packed full of attractions, with landmarks, monuments and museums hiding around every corner. Wander around the city centre, which sits wedged between the two rivers that meander through the city, to find the Museum of National History, the 17th-century Cathedral of Notre Dame and the tunnels that run through the cliffs, known as the Bock Casemates. Find a map of this densely packed quarter in the tourist office on Place Guillaume II, next to the elegantly symmetrical Hôtel de Ville.
Grund: for partying
Luxembourg’s young and carefree population mixes in the central Grund area. By day it’s a fascinating area to visit if you want to see historic abbeys and charming cobbled streets. By night it transforms into the most fun place to be, with numerous bars, restaurants and pubs bringing its medieval streets to life. If you want to relax after a day of hard work in Kirchberg, drop down from the plateau and visit the Abbaye de Neumünster, now a popular events venue, or simply hang out in one of the charming pubs that line the streets here.
Time zone: Central European Time Zone (GMT +1) and Central European Summer Time (GMT +2)
Languages: There are three official languages: French, German and Luxembourgish. Many people use Luxembourgish in everyday life, with administration done mainly in French. You can generally get by with English due to the multicultural nature of the city.