Expats staying in Luxembourg City and looking for activities to do during their stay have a plethora of options, as the city and neighboring districts are full of cultural history, boutique shops, and parks. It is impossible to list all the outstanding activities and site-seeing destinations in Luxembourg, but the following list of activities in Luxembourg City outlines just a few of the many exciting things to do:
For History Buffs:
- The Sandweiler German War Cemetery and the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial provide those with an interest in World War II a place to honor fallen American and German soldiers. The cemeteries are within close proximity to one another, so visiting both in one afternoon makes for a surreal, yet educational, experience.
- The Old Quartier sits conveniently in Luxembourg's city center, and is home to an array of museums and historic sites, such as the National History of Art and Place Guillaume II. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, walking around the Old Quartier feels like taking a step back in time.
- The Bock Casemates are one of Luxembourg’s greatest historic destinations. Remnants of an old castle, dating back to 963, stand strong, and the remaining 10.56 miles of multi-floor tunnels connect pathways and rooms to one another inside the earth. This ancient castle overlooks the Alzette River and provides beautiful panoramic views of Luxembourg City.
- St. John’s Church is a highly-regarded church in the city. Renaissance characteristics, an organ dating back to 1710, and the Black Madonna all make this church a site to see.
- Grand Rue, located in the Old Quartier, is the go-to street for a day of shopping. Designer shops mixed in with trendy boutiques and local markets pepper the storefronts, ensuring something for everyone.
- Boutique shops, restaurants, and supermarkets fill the dazzling City Concorde Shopping Center and Auchan Kirchberg shopping mall (pictured below). With a variety of clothing, shoe, and accessory stores, shoppers can easily spend an afternoon in either of these malls. Shoppers should come hungry, too, because these locations host a variety of cultural restaurants.
- Established in 1999 as Luxembourg’s first nature reserve, the Upper Sûre National Park provides breathtaking views of Mother Nature, and the man-made lake allows for water-sporting, such as swimming, canoeing, windsurfing, diving, fishing, and sailing. Solar boating is also a popular activity on the lake, but motor boats are strictly prohibited. Although the park is an hour drive from Luxembourg City, it is well worth the trip.
- Steep slopes, rock formations, and ancient ruins, entwined with hiking trails, a skate park, mini-golf, and an open-air gym create a charming oasis at Parcs de la Petrusse. This park is great for outdoor workouts, casual walks, picnics, and daily jogs.
- Not ready to partakte in water sports and skateboarding? Taking a leisurely walk around the Walls of Corniche (Le Chemin de la Corniche) provides picture-perfect views of the city below without breaking a sweat.
- Housed inside of a medieval building from the 15th century, the Chocolate House produces the finest chocolate creations in Luxembourg. A royal aura accompanies the Chocolate House, as it is located across from the Palace of the Grand Duke.
- Luxembourg City is home to many delicious, world-class restaurants, located throughout its 24 quarters, or neighborhoods. To explore current options, check out the Luxembourg tourism website.
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