The last time we were in Luxembourg City I started chatting to an English mum who was there on holiday with her toddler. Initially, I was like, “eh? You’ve come to Luxembourg? On holiday? With a child? How random..” but then I realised that we love visiting regularly, so maybe it wasn’t that weird after all.
Living on the border of Luxembourg and Germany, it’s a short 40 minute hop for us and an easy and enjoyable way to spend a Saturday. I love the fact that because it’s so ex-pat dense, the local Auchan sells lots of British food that interestingly Germany doesn’t recognise as essential nutrition. And coffee. It has the best coffee.
Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe at just 51 miles long at its longest point. But the tiny Sovereign State holds my heart and is one of my favourite places to explore.
On a sunny day there’s nothing better than heading to the capital, Luxembourg City, and wandering the streets.
This time we ate at Chiggeri and sat on the terrace overlooking the gardens below. I enjoyed every second of my beer and charcuterie plate.
We wandered along the cobbled streets, people (well tourist) watching and just enjoying the general atmosphere of the city.
Because we had a friend from the U.S. staying, we hit the Musée d’histoire de la ville de Luxembourg which would have been much more enjoyable if I wasn’t trying to stop Joe scream or run around terrorising the exhibits. It looked pretty interesting as I ran around trying to stop him in his 18 month old tracks, and I really loved the room that was a big circle that made you feel like you had stepped back in Luxembourg time.
And we always end up at the Pirate Ship playground which is absolutely the best place ever. For children.
As well as the capital, Vianden Castle, a bit further north, is the epitome of a proper European castle. I hate walking around fortresses, palaces and castles. I just find them so dull. But this one was much better than most others I get dragged to. Plus the village is quaint, pretty and has a great playground too. That’s my top tip for traveling with children; always find a playground!
And if none of that tickles your fancy, maybe the macarons at Ladurée will?
It’s most definitely worth a visit if you’re in the vicinity. You should seriously consider taking a detour if you’re traveling through France this summer.