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48 Hours in Luxembourg - The Ultimate Itinerary For A Refreshing Break

Welcome to Luxembourg, a hidden gem in the heart of Europe! Despite its small size, Luxembourg offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a perfect destination for a quick getaway. This guide will help you make the most of your visit, ensuring you experience the best that Luxembourg has to offer.

Start your adventure in Luxembourg City, the vibrant capital known for its stunning blend of modern and medieval architecture. Arriving early will allow you to maximize your day, and there's no better way to start than with a hearty breakfast at one of the city's charming local cafés. Konrad Café & Bar is a cosy spot renowned for its delicious pastries and freshly brewed coffee. As you enjoy your breakfast, you’ll quickly find yourself charmed by the city’s unique atmosphere.

Luxembourg City’s Old Town is a must-see for any visitor. The Grand Ducal Palace, the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, is a great starting point. Its grand façade is a sight to behold, and if you’re visiting between July and September, you can join a guided tour to explore the palace’s lavish interiors. A short stroll will take you to Place Guillaume II and Place d'Armes, two bustling squares that serve as the heart of the city. The narrow streets surrounding these squares are filled with beautiful architecture and quaint boutiques, perfect for souvenir shopping and people-watching.

For lunch, dive into Luxembourg’s culinary scene at Brasserie Guillaume. This local favorite offers a variety of traditional dishes, such as Judd mat Gaardebounen (smoked pork with broad beans) and Bouneschlupp (bean soup). Pair your meal with a glass of local wine for a true taste of Luxembourg. The restaurant's inviting atmosphere makes it an ideal spot to rest and refuel before continuing your exploration.

Luxembourg’s rich history is beautifully showcased at the National Museum of History and Art. Spend some time delving into the museum’s extensive collections, which span from ancient times to the present day. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the country’s heritage and cultural evolution. Next, make your way to the Bock Casemates, a network of underground tunnels and fortifications that date back to the 17th century. Exploring these passages offers a fascinating glimpse into Luxembourg’s strategic military history.

For a leisurely walk, head to the Chemin de la Corniche, often referred to as "Europe’s most beautiful balcony." This promenade offers breathtaking views of the Alzette Valley and the Grund district below. It’s a perfect spot for photography or simply soaking in the panoramic scenery.

As evening falls, treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Mosconi, an upscale restaurant offering exquisite Italian cuisine right in the heart of the old town. After dinner, immerse yourself in Luxembourg City’s nightlife. For a laid-back evening, visit The Tube Bar, known for its creative cocktails and vibrant atmosphere. If you prefer a cultural experience, check out the Philharmonie Luxembourg for a world-class concert or performance.

A visit to Luxembourg would not be complete without exploring its picturesque countryside. A short trip from the city will take you to Vianden, a charming town located about an hour away from Luxembourg City. Vianden is home to the majestic Vianden Castle, one of Europe’s most beautiful feudal residences. Take a guided tour of the castle to learn about its fascinating history and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The castle’s well-preserved architecture and stunning location make it a highlight of any trip to Luxembourg.

For lunch in Vianden, head to Auberge Aal Veinen, a historic restaurant situated in a building dating back to 1687. Enjoy traditional Luxembourgish dishes while taking in the scenic views of the town and the castle. The restaurant’s rustic charm and delicious food provide a perfect midday break.

Back in Luxembourg City, continue your cultural immersion at the Mudam Luxembourg (Museum of Modern Art). Designed by the renowned architect I.M. Pei, the museum houses an impressive collection of contemporary art. If time permits, explore the Petrusse Casemates or spend more time wandering through the Old Town, discovering hidden gems at every corner.

Conclude your visit with a memorable dinner at Clairefontaine, an elegant restaurant offering a blend of French and Luxembourgish cuisine. Reflect on your journey and the unique experiences Luxembourg has offered. The restaurant’s sophisticated ambience and gourmet dishes make it an ideal spot for a farewell dinner.

In just a short time, you’ve glimpsed the rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes that make Luxembourg a must-visit destination. While this guide covers many highlights, there’s always more to explore. Visit Luxembourg's website provides plenty of inspiration for your visit and also offers engaging stories and handy travelling tips.

Luxair Luxembourg Airlines

Luxembourg is the perfect European escape for UK travellers. Luxair offers three flights per week from Manchester to Luxembourg and up to seven flights per day from London City Airport. Book your flights at


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