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Luxembourg

A view over Luxembourg. - Luxembourg

A view over Luxembourg. - Luxembourg

Luxembourg.

I have been to Luxembourg only once and that visit was many years ago and short. This page will be of no help whatsoever to anyone planning a visit to Luxembourg now; it is purely for me to record my own travel history and add my travel photos to. Visiting Luxembourg sparked an interest in us for visiting all the tiny countries in Europe. We have not got far with this plan, so far we have only managed the Vatican and Liechtenstein. On our to do list we still have Andorra, Monaco and San Marino. (We have now been to Monaco,too.) Luxembourg City is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is located at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers in southern Luxembourg.

A Brief History.

In Ancient Roman times a fortified tower stood at the crossroads of two roads at the site of present day Luxembourg City. Later in 963, Siegfried I of the Ardennes built his castle, Lucilinburhuc, here. Over time houses, markets and churches were built near the castle. In 1443, Philip the Good of Burgundy conquered Luxembourg. Luxembourg over the following centuries came under the control of Burgundy, Spain, Austria, France and Prussia among others. In 1890, Grand Duke William III died with no male heirs and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg passed to Grand Duke Adolphe. This was the start of Luxembourg's existence as an independent country.

Luxembourg - Luxembourg

Luxembourg - Luxembourg

Geography.

Luxembourg City is located on a sort of plateau which is divided up by gorges hollowed out by the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers. We started off in the high area and walked down into the gorges. The gorges are crossed by many bridges and viaducts.

Luxembourg - Luxembourg

Luxembourg - Luxembourg

My memories of Luxembourg are as follows. We arrived there at the main railway station after taking a train from Brussels. We spent a long time looking for accommodation as everything was either full or out of our price range. We had very little money in those days. The accommodation we eventually found was utterly horrible but all we could afford. The bed had a variety of old musty smelling blankets on it. It had not been aired for a considerable period of time. The toilet upstairs had a leak and water was pouring down from the floor above us into a bucket placed just outside our door. We could hear it splashing down all night. I had nightmares about drowning during the short and restless sleep I had. The time we spent sightseeing was short but enjoyable. We looked over the city's gorges from several of its bridges. We also walked down into the gorges for a quick look around. After our night in Luxembourg, we left by train for Strasbourg.

Luxembourg - Luxembourg

Luxembourg - Luxembourg

"Getting to Luxembourg"

Luxembourg City has one railway station. Its railway is connected to the German, Belgian and French railway networks. There are connections from here to Paris, Strasbourg, Basel and Zürich. Luxembourg has an international airport - Luxembourg Findel International Airport which is located about 6 kilometres from Luxembourg City. Buses run from the airport to Luxembourg City.

Luxembourg viewed from the valley. - Luxembourg

Luxembourg viewed from the valley. - Luxembourg

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