In these times of health crisis, we all need to break the monotony by finding ways to distract ourselves. What if this period was conducive to strolling and discovering cities that we have not yet had time to survey? The city of Luxembourg, capital of the small European country of the same name, built in the heart of deep gorges formed by the Pétrusse and Alzette rivers, is the ideal place to stroll through the streets and alleys, while stopping in front of its architectural richness to take full view. The capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is steeped in history, and it is to combine the pleasure of the eyes with the historical and cultural aspects that an application has emerged, offering the possibility of strolling on foot or by bike, alone, as a couple or as a family, and marvel at a town that never ceases to amaze. A secure, flexible and independent way to go on a getaway and have as much fun as possible.
Self-guided discovery of the treasures of Luxembourg city
Install an application on your smartphone, put on good shoes or get on a bike and go exploring the different districts of Luxembourg City while learning more about its history, this is what Sightseeing offers , in order to continue to give us moments that we need more than ever. Already known for its excursions aboard the Hop On Hop Off City Line buses and the Pétrusse Express tourist train, the Sightseeing Luxembourg team is offering a new formula adapted to walkers and cyclists. The principle is simple: we buy a tour on the site, we download the free application, we scan the QR Code of the tour and the self-guided tour starts through the city. Thus, as soon as we pass a point of interest in the city of Luxembourg, historical facts, stories but also anecdotes are told to us via audio guides.
And there is no shortage of points of interest in Luxembourg. Many neighborhoods are indeed conducive to strolling, such as the Grund, splendid with its beautiful riverside buildings and terraced gardens which give it a rural atmosphere. Without forgetting the Abbey of Neumünster, a former monastery of Benedictine monks converted into a cultural center. The walk in this lower part of Luxembourg is really bucolic and the application will know how to reveal all the secrets. In the upper part, the old town never ceases to amaze, with the presence of old colored buildings, monuments dating back several centuries and historic squares. We guess then that there are a thousand things to learn about this architectural wealth perched on a rocky outcrop, and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How then to pass next to the Bock casemates, which remind us that the city was fortified for several centuries? If the castle, built on the Bock and the network of fortifications, designed by Vauban, were dismantled in the XIX th century, there remains today 17 km of underground, incredible raw galleries that can borrow, and which allow you to immerse yourself in the history of Luxembourg.
Luxembourg is also one of those cities which unveil breathtaking panoramas. You realize this when you reach the Chemin de la Corniche, along the old ramparts that surround the city. We can then contemplate the Alzette valley and the Grund district. Later, we are delighted to join the Passerelle, an arched bridge that not only connects the station district to the upper town, but also reveals, from its 40 m height, an incredible view of the lower town. And lovers of beautiful views will not be able to miss the Pfaffenthal panoramic lift.
And then, of course, the self-guided tour will lead walkers to the must-see monuments. We think then of the Palace of the Grand Ducal, residence of the Luxembourg Head of State in the Flemish Renaissance style, of the Notre-Dame de Luxembourg cathedral, with Gothic elements, and the facade decorated with figures of the former seat of the ARBED. The capital of the Grand Duchy, it is also unsuspected treasures such as the memorial “Gëlle Fra”, erected in memory of the Luxembourg soldiers who fought during the First World War, the Malakoff tower or even the equestrian statue of the King- Grand Duke William II of Orange-Nassau, another symbol of the city’s history.
An initiative to escape in complete safety
The health crisis has restricted possibilities at the cultural level, and in particular the fact of meeting in the framework of large events. In the city of Luxembourg, the main museums have also set up gauges in order to respect physical distancing. In this context, walks in the heart of cities are welcome and offer an opportunity to take a closer look at their heritage, the essentials of course, but also the elements that can quickly be missed. A self-guided bike or walking tour is a perfect time to slow down time, and focus on what the cities reveal over unsuspected squares, streets and paths.
A self-guided tour is conducive to the practice of slow tourism, that is to say, tourism where you take your time and where you break with the frantic pace of everyday life. Patience, serenity, deepening of discoveries and improvement of knowledge about the heritage of cities, their history and their development, this is what guarantees a self-guided tour through the city of Luxembourg. It is also the opportunity to practice sustainable tourism, emitting less CO 2 . We walk or cycle and take advantage of the environment offered while respecting it.