how to spend a day in luxembourg

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I had a 23 hour in layover in Frankfurt and after exhausting the itinerary there, I hopped on a train to Luxembourg City to see what neat things I could find.

How to Get There

I took the train from Frankfurt Airport at the international rail station to Luxembourg Hbf (Hauptbahnhof or Central Station). There was one brief change at Koblenz where I had to changeover platforms onto a different train that would carry me the final way.

If you are able to plan this excursion in advance, I would always try and book Deutsche Bahn tickets in advance as they are far cheaper. My round trip cost 38 euros (approx. $54), and these were the cheapest tickets available. The train is a double-decker, so try and nab a top seat to get prime window views as you zip along the Rhine River.

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How to Get Around

Walk! Luxembourg is pretty small, and you’ll find all the best spots by wandering through the crooked streets and just getting a bit lost.

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What to Do

Take in the views from the Passerelle Viaduct.

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Hear the bells chime at the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Visit the Place de la Constitution.

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Wander the square at Place Guillaume II.

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Wave to the Monument of Grand Duchess Charlotte.

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Watch the guards do their laps at the Palais Grand-Ducal.

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Get lost in the pretty streets.

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Take in the view from Casemates du Bock.

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Hang out in Place d’Armes, the central hub in the city.

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Where to Eat

I stopped in at the Vapiano across the road from the train station. Having experienced Vapiano in London, I was keen to have it again here. When you first walk in, each guest is given a meal card to use for the evening. Whenever you buy a drink or order food, you swipe the card at various locations around the restaurant. At the end of the evening, you return your card to the front desk and pay off your balance. It’s a delicious way to enjoy fresh pasta with a communal and inviting atmosphere.

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Luxembourg Travel Tips

The main language spoken here is French; I found that even those in the service industry had difficulty explaining things in English. Try and communicate with basic French words; facial expressions and hand gestures should do the trick! The currency is euros.

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