Luxembourg is a country that many people seem to overlook and/or underestimate. Maybe it has to do with the size of the country, but after visiting I feel like this country deserves more attention than it’s getting right now.
My friend and I had a few days off work last year so we decided to do a little European road trip to Luxembourg (both the city and its surroundings). We first visited the Vianden castle and the Beaufort castle, before continuing our trip to the capital city.
Where to stay in Luxembourg city
We stayed at the Légère Hotel in Munsbach, a town just outside of Luxembourg City. The best thing about our stay was the breakfast buffet. They had many vegan options to choose from. I didn’t even have to ask for soy milk, since they had already put it out. The downside was that our room had glass bathroom walls. So far for privacy ;-) There was a bus stop close to the hotel, so getting to the city was really easy and only took about 30 minutes.
Free self-guided walking tour through the city
When we got to the city we decided to start with a short self-guided walking tour. We downloaded a free app to help with directions and to provide us with more background information about some of the sights. I can’t quite remember which app it was but if you search for ‘Luxembourg tour’ you’ll be able to find something similar.
The tour led us to sights such as the Notre-Dame cathedral, Neumünster Abby and Grand Ducal Palace. We walked through the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Ville Hauteis (Old Town) and enjoyed some of the beautiful views over the city.
Vegan burgers at cafe Beet
After about an hour we walked past some restaurants and I recognized one of the names ‘Beet’ from a Happy Cow search I did earlier. It was perfect timing since it was around noon-ish and we were starting to get a bit hungry. We had some delicious vegan burgers and fries and then continued our tour.
Casemates du Bock – UNESCO World Heritage site
After finishing the tour we made our way further east of the city center to visit the Casemates du Bock, one of Luxembourg’s most popular attractions and another UNESCO world heritage site.
The casemates are a 17 km long network of tunnels, which used to be part of an incredibly strong fortification that gave the city its nickname “Gibraltar of the North”. The tunnels are the only part that’s left today, simply because it was impossible to destroy without also blowing up a part of the city.
As you can see on the photos, the main part of the tunnels is really well lit and it’s not narrow at all. But the further you go down the narrower and darker it gets (as you can see on the bottom right photo). We did go down quite a few steps to visit the narrow parts but it’s easy to avoid if that’s not your thing.
Entree to the casemates is €6 for adults and you will need about 1 to 2 hours to explore most of it. A little tip from me: don’t forget to enjoy the view over the city from the castle bridge on your way out.
Vegan dinner at Nirvana Cafe
After visiting the casemates we took a stroll through the park and we headed over to the central train station where one of Luxembourg’s most popular vegan restaurants was located, Nirvana Cafe. We had a delicious curry and dhal and a quick chat with the lovely owner of the place, before heading back to our hotel.
How much time do you need to explore the city?
We only explored the city for a day, which doesn’t sounds like a very long time, but it’s enough to cover the main sights. Luxembourg has so much more to offer outside of the city too, like the Müllerthal region, the Moselly Wine Valley and the Ardennes.
But if you have plenty of time maybe a few more days to explore the city wouldn’t hurt. I know I will probably go back one day and have a closer look at some of the museums and churches in this city. And obviously visit a few more vegan restaurants to review :)