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A Couple Days in Luxembourg City

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An August 2001 trip to Luxembourg City by kpvincent

A View Into Town Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg More Photos
Quote: Luxembourg City is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a tiny but sovereign state to the south of Belgium. I only managed to do a few things during the 2 days I spent there, but I would love to go back.

A Couple Days in Luxembourg City

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A View Into Town Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Luxembourg City is most famous for its fortifications, and they certainly do impress. The city appears to exist on numerous levels, which indeed it does. These fortifications are a testament to the historic importance of this strategic spot in Europe, even if most people have never even heard of Luxembourg or its language, Luxembourgish, which evolved from a dialect of German but is awash with French vocabulary. There are several ways to appreciate these fortifications. My friend and I caught a glimpse of the great model of the city and its ramparts at the Maquette de la Forteresse. We also walked around the city and looked down into the river valleys, especially in the Place de la Constitution...Read More
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This is a very big Hostelling International hostel, with several floors and several different types of rooms available, from private double rooms to gigantic dorm rooms. We stayed in one of the dorms, which had (I believe) 20 beds. Since it’s an HI hostel, the room was single sex. The way our room was set up, and I imagine it’s the same for other rooms, was that we had one door to go through to an area with a big block of lockers, and two other doors. One led to a room with several sinks and a bathroom with a single toilet. The other led into the actual dorm room itself. Both of these doors could be locked. Breakfast was included in the price, and this was a decent but typical hostel breakfast:...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2002

Youth Hostel Luxembourg City-Mansfeld
2 Rue Fort Olisy
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
(352) 226-889

Petrusse Express

Attraction | "Pétrusse Express"

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We read about this "mini train" in our guidebook and then went to the Place de la Constitution looking for train tracks. We didn’t find them, but we did find a small stand with Pétrusse Express stamped on it. We managed to buy our tickets for a tour about 45 minutes later. I was still looking for train tracks in the Pétrusse valley, where the tour was to take place. As a result, I felt at least a bit cheated (and like a complete idiot) when the "mini train" pulled up — it looks like a train, sure, but its just a glorified, train-shaped bus with three separate "carriages." The tour itself was okay. In each car on the "train" there were about 6 rows of bench seats for three people each. Above eac...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 28, 2002

Petrusse Express
Place de la Constitution
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Dent Creuse

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Attraction

Dent Creuse Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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The original fort which the Luxembourg City sprouted up around was at this location. In 965AD, Count Siegfried of Lorraine built a castle here, which over time was picked apart and integrated in all the subsequent fortifications. The Dent Creuse ("Hollow Tooth"), a smallish stone tower, is the only part of that original castle to survive. Visiting the tower wasn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever done, but it was highly convenient, and there is no admission charge. The Dent Creuse lies on the Montee de Clausen, right across from the Casemates du Bock. It took almost no time to climb the short flight of steps, and there was only one simple plaque with information to read before climbing the sta...Read More

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Dent Creuse
Montee de Clausen
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Casemates du Bock

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Attraction

Casemates du Bock Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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A combination of digging and other work between the 15th and 18th centuries created a network of tunnels that were intended to support fortifications on the Rocher du Bock (the large sandstone rock that this road crosses), directly underneath the original castle in the area that was built in 963 by Count Siegfried. The Burgundians, Spanish French, Austrians and Germans all had a hand in constructing the Casemates. The Casemates du Bock are actually simply tunnels and rooms that served various menial purposes, such as kitchens, stables, bedrooms, and of course also rooms devoted to defense, such as cannon chambers. When we first entered, we paid our entrance fee and were given a map and guide to...Read More

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Casemates du Bock
Montee De Clausen
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Green Cow Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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There were these cows all over the city. It was weird, because you’d be walking around and you’d turn a corner and suddenly you’d be face-to-face with the dreaded Green Cow! Or, there was the one that was divided in half by a wall and different on either side of it. Very strange. I am happy to report that (I have determined by exhaustive methods) that no real animals were harmed in the creation of these displays, or in the taking of the photos. Please do take a look at the photos below. We never could find anything out about why there were painted plaster cows all over the Old Town, but I have my suspicions, based on an experience we had with a woman working in a booth selling snacks and tourist...Read More