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A Day in Luxembourg: Self-guided Walking Tour

Here is a travel itinerary of things to do and see in Luxembourg for a day.

Luxembourg, a landlocked country in Western Europe, is a hidden gem with stunning landscapes, rich history, and culture. For travelers looking for a perfect day trip, this small country has a lot to offer. From exploring the scenic beauty of the Ardennes forest to wandering through the historic city of Luxembourg, this itinerary covers all the must-visit spots. So, get ready to experience the charm and beauty of Luxembourg in just one day.

Before you Exit the Train Station

Before I exited the train station, I stopped by the Tourist Information Office. There, I asked for a map for my walking tour. The lady gladly showed me the best way to start from the train station and added a few places to check out “if I had time.” Also, the station has luggage lockers, so leave whatever backpacks you have. 

A Day in Luxembourg: Self-guided Walking Tour
A Day in Luxembourg: Self-guided Walking Tour

Where to Stay in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is expensive, so I didn’t stay here for a night. 😞. If you want to stay for a night, there are plenty of options but not cheap. Hotel Empire, located across the train station, offers comfortable rooms and excellent service. Auberge de la Pétrusse provides cozy rooms overlooking the valley. For budget-friendly options, check out City Rooms Luxembourg, which offers clean and well-maintained rooms at an affordable price. The city doesn’t have a hostel. 

Walking Tours and Getting Around

Do you know that public transport in Luxembourg is free? Yes, you can get on and off as long as you like. Going around is easy, convenient, and, yes, free! If you are not confident following this self-guided tour below, you can join an almost-free walking tour or “the Best of Luxembourg City Guided E-bike Tour.

Self-guided Walking Tour in Luxembourg

Start your tour at the Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, located in the city center. This museum provides an excellent introduction to Luxembourg City’s historical context. Plan to spend about an hour here. 

Then, head to the nearby Cathédrale Notre-Dame, a significant landmark with impressive architecture and rich cultural history. It’s a short 10-minute walk from the museum. Plan to spend about 30 minutes here.

Next, make your way to the Grand Ducal Palace at Palais Grand-Ducal. The palace is located near the cathedral and is worth exploring. It’s about a 5-minute walk from the cathedral. Plan to spend about 30 minutes here.

Afterward, take a 10-minute walk to Chemin de la Corniche – known as “Europe’s most beautiful balcony” – to enjoy stunning views of the village below. Plan to spend about 30 minutes here.

A Day in Luxembourg: Self-guided Walking Tour
A Day in Luxembourg: Self-guided Walking Tour

Close to the Chemin de la Corniche are the Bock Casemates, which provide historical fortifications and tunnels to explore. It’s a 5-minute walk from the balcony. Plan to spend about 1 to 2 hours here.

Then, head to Saint Michael’s Church, a historic church near the Bock Casemates. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the casemates. Plan to spend about 30 minutes here. Don’t forget to visit the Dicks et Lentz Monument, a point of interest not far from Saint Michael’s Church.

Walking through the Old Quarter gives you a feel of Luxembourg’s historical ambiance. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Golden Lady (Gëlle Fra), located on Constitution Square near the Old Quarter, symbolizes Luxembourg’s independence. It’s about a 10-minute walk from Saint Michael’s Church. Plan to spend about 1 hour walking around the Old Quarter.

Make a detour to Am Tunnel, a unique art gallery within an old bank tunnel. It’s a 5-minute walk from the Old Quarter. Plan to spend about 30 minutes here.

The MNHA (National Museum of History and Art) is located near the Am Tunnel and offers many art and historical artifacts to explore. It’s about a 5-minute walk from Am Tunnel. Plan to spend about 1 to 2 hours here.

The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, or Mudam, is slightly farther out but a must-visit for art enthusiasts. It’s about a 20-minute walk from the MNHA. Plan to spend about 1 to 2 hours here.

Finally, end your tour in the lower part of Luxembourg City, The Grund, where you can relax in one of its charming cafes or restaurants. It’s about a 20-minute walk from Mudam. Plan to spend about 1 to 2 hours here. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and take in the sights and sounds of this fascinating city.

A Day in Luxembourg: Self-guided Walking Tour
A Day in Luxembourg: Self-guided Walking Tour

End of the Day

An hour and a half later, I left The Grund. I wandered aimlessly until I found a tram stop. Without hesitation, I got on the next tram and needed to figure out where to go. I just wanted to experience it – because it’s free! 😂. And then, I realized I was heading west, so I got off, crossed the street, and waited for another tram. I got off on a busy street and leisurely walked until I reached the train station. I collected my bag from the luggage boxes and waited for my train to the next destination.

From Luxembourg to other European Cities

From Luxembourg, you have many options for your next destination. Paris, France is just a 2-hour train ride away, making it the perfect day trip. You can also visit Brussels, Belgium in about 3 hours or explore the beautiful city of Bern, Switzerland, in about 4 hours. You can buy your train tickets here

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