City breaks are an easy way to explore parts of Europe but sometimes that options get a bit lost when you are planning your travels.
Thanks to my job, I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in Luxembourg a while back and the trip was a real eye-opener.
While I’d heard about the small country, I have to admit it was never really high on my list. I was far more interested in visiting neighbouring lands Belgium, France, and Germany first.
Sometimes you just need a weekend away from the stress of life and work but there’s only so many times you can make a trip over to France.
Luxembourg is slowly coming up as the new spot for a chilled out holiday. Previously appreciated only by businessmen and surrounding countries, it’s time you got to experience the country with the second largest investment fund centre in the world after the US.
The main language in the city French so even if you haven’t learnt that native Luxemburgish, you won’t find it any harder to get around than in France.
Of course, English is understood in most restaurants, bars, and clubs so you’ll be just fine.
I recommend the lovely Hotel Simoncini. Not only is it a lovely modern hotel, but thanks to the owners’ love of art and poems, it also doubles as an art gallery!
Even if you don’t visit any museums, you can still tick off your ‘culture’ box and brag about the amazing art you saw on the ‘gram!
If you’re after a real luxuries stay then the beautiful Le Place d’Armes is a great place if you want to feel like royalty.
WHAT TO EAT
Luxembourg is all about good food.
You have to go to Restaurant Kniddelkinneg aka Dumpling King for a huge portion of the most delicious dumpling meal you’ll ever eat. The restaurant is found in the Old City of the town so it’s a great spot to get a taste of the local cuisine.
Not only is Le Place d’Armes a beautiful hotel, they also have a lovely restaurant which you can go to for dinner and some of the prettiest desserts.
Brasserie Schumeun is the go-to restaurant after locals watch a play or the ballet.
The Argentian Steak was to die for and this is the place to try out oysters for the first time. Yum!
HOW ABOUT BARS?
One thing I should mention before you go out drinking in Luxembourg – smoking is still allowed in bars.
It had been years since I’d walked into the smoky cloud of a bar or nightclub but it’s a permanent presence in Lux bars.
You only have to wander around for about two minutes before you’ll find yourself a place to go drinking but I suggest you stop at Interview. Named after the popular magazine it’s a chilled out place to grab a drink.
THINGS TO DO
The ever helpful Tourist office is the first stop to help you plan your exploration! You can join a Segway tour or just take a stroll down to the ‘Old City’ for some lunch.
But you can’t go to Luxembourg without taking a bike ride through the picturesque old city and their various parks.
Even if you’ve hopped on a bike in a while, it’s worth a go. Just walk up some of the hills and you’ll be fine.
Luxembourg also has luxury shopping with stores like Gucci, Hermes, Chanel if you want to treat yourself to a cheeky present. But there are some high street brands like Vero Moda and H&M too.
However, you might want to check out the Saturday markets to find more unique gifts and mementos.
The amazing Choco House – it’s all about the huge slices of cake which you can wash down with the super cute choco spoons.
Pick from a wide range of options and then dip up choco spoons into the hot milk, watch the chocolate melt and sip on the chocolatey goodness.
You can buy some to take back home with you so it’ll make a perfect gift for friends and family.
HOW TO GET THERE
With regular Citijet flights from the stress-free London City airport, you have no excuse not to get yourself booked on a flight asap. It’s only a two-hour flight and you still get nibbles and a coffee.
Have you been to Luxemburg before? Know other locations I need to visit? Let me know below or send me a message over on Twitter – @nolamarianna.
Thank you to the Luxembourg tourism board for hosting Nola Likes.
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