A very underrated European country, Luxembourg is still a fascinating place to visit, full of history and charm. Situated between Belgium, Germany, and France, its capital, Luxembourg City, is, together with Strasbourg and Brussels, one of the three capitals of the European Union.

The culture of this small country is a mixture of German and French customs, adopting the best parts of both. Since many of the people who work in Luxembourg, mostly in the banking and financial sector, leave to go home for the weekends, the end of the week is the perfect place to visit it, when it is serene and not overcrowded. These are some of the things you can do there, as well as some of the places you should check out.

 

Explore the Old Quarter

To really get a feel for Luxembourg’s history, there’s no better place to start than its Old Quarter, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of medieval Luxembourg has been torn down in the 19th century, but there are still a couple of sections that have withstood the test of time and are now popular tourist attractions.

Luxembourg was once one of the most heavily fortified fortresses in all of Europe. In fact, the country itself can even trace its beginnings to a military fortification. In 963, Siegfried I, Count of the Ardennes, built a castle on top of Bock Casemates, with many underground passageways and rooms. You can visit it yourself, or take part in the famous UNESCO Walk.

 

The MuseumSmile Museums

Luxembourg is also well-known for its many museums. The MuseumSmile is composed of seven museums that stretch across a single mile. These museums are: Villa Vauban – Art Museum of the City of Luxembourg, Casino Luxembourg – Forum of Contemporary Art, Lëtzebuerg City Museum, National Museum of History and Art, National Museum of Natural History, Dräi Eechelen Museum – Fortress, History, Identities, and Mudam Luxembourg – Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean.

Relax in the Parks

Luxembourg City has a lot of trees and other greenery. The parks there are numerous for a city of that size and are really well-kept. There are impressive displays of flora, sculptures, fountains, and other activities and attractions. Some of the fountains allow you to run through the water, an ideal way to cool off during a scorching hot summer day.

 

Eat at the Chocolate House

Right across from the Grand Ducal Palace – the office of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg – is a popular place to eat sweets while in Luxembourg. Naturally, this place is all about chocolate, in almost every form and variety you can imagine: hot chocolate, cookies, cakes, chocolate bars, etc. Definitely try out the local Hotchocspoon – chocolate on a spoon that is stirred and dissolved into a cup of hot milk. It comes in dozens of flavors and is absolutely delicious.