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A May 2000 trip to Luxembourg City by Re Carroll

Petrusse Express Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg More Photos
Quote: The old section of Luxembourg City has been designated a heritage site by UNESCO. The country is small & so is the city but there is much to see and I had no trouble keeping busy during my 3 day visit.

Lots to do in Little Luxembourg

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Overview

View from inside the casemates Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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The castle built in 963 was continually added to and protected by 3 fortified rings and a 23 km. long underground network of tunnels that were hewn into the brick. They housed soldiers and citizens during various sieges. It was one of the most powerful fortresses in all of Europe and was called Gibraltar of the North. The fortress was evacuated in 1867 and the 16 year dismantling started. When it came to the casemates however, they realized that blowing them up would also demolish part of the city so they were pretty much left alone. Nowadays, there are 2 entrances but the Petrusse one is usually only open in the summer. The Bock entrance also has the Archaeological Crypt and different levels o...Read More

Ft. Oilisy Youth Hostel

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Hotel

Ft. Oilisy Youth Hostel Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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This was my first ever hostel stay and the most difficult part was actually getting from the train station to the hostel. English isn't as readily spoken in Luxembourg as in the Netherlands and my pronounciation of the name and address of the hostel wasn't great. After head shakes and shrugs from a couple of bus drivers, one fellow led me to the right bus. The ride took about 15 minutes and luckily, I struck up a conversation with a woman who worked at the hostel so she got me right to the door. A good thing too since the downhill path from the bus stop isn't that easy to find and the hostel isn't visible from the road. It's located under the arch of one of Luxembourg's bridges and is surround...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2000

Ft. Oilisy Youth Hostel
Rue de Ft. Oilisy
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Walking Tours

Attraction | "Exploring"

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The city is small and there are so many interesting shops, etc. that it's a wonderful place to walk around. The lanes are narrow and twisty with cobbles and some of the architecture reminded me of medievel times. There are a few hills as well as ruins of an old castle to wander through. Lots of restaurants & sidewalk cafes to rest your feet in. Many places for photo ops with great views over the city. Further afield, there are lots of walking trails throughout the country.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2000

Walking Tours
Throughout Luxembourg City
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Petrusse Express

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Attraction | "The Petrusse Express"

Petrusse Express Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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This 1 hour mini train trip starts downtown on Place de la Constitution. It is high above The Alzette & Petrusse valleys and offers great panoramic views of the bridge over the valley. There are earphones that provide an historical commentary (in various languages)on the beginnings of Luxembourg. It's done as a play and I found it a bit melodramatic. The train passes through one of the original city gates and through lots of green park land. There is a stop at an old hospital (?) building where you can get out for about 10 minutes and wander about. I found the ride a fun way to sightsee and relax at the same time.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Petrusse Express
Place de la Constitution
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Castles

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Clervaux Photo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Luxembourg City is the country's transportation hub and there are many day or 1/2 day trips via train/bus that are worth doing. My favourite was to 2 towns famous for their castles. One was Vianden & I've devoted a separate journal to it. The other is Clervaux & it was actually the easiest to get to. The train trip takes about 1 hr. followed by a 10 min. walk into the centre of town. If you have your own car, it's even easier. Clervaux Castle reminded me of a large manor house in France's Loire Valley. It's all white with grey roof & is very pretty. There are only 3 sections open for viewing - each houses a museum. One is a war museum (closed during my visit), another highlights the C...Read More

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Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia