MisterAirmiles’ guide to 36 hours in Luxembourg 

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a small land-locked country in the heart of Europe – literally and metaphorically given the concentration of European Union departments based here. It is a multicultural, multilingual place that is perfect for a weekend away.

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Travel

British airways fly twice daily to Luxembourg City from London Heathrow’s Terminal 3. The flights are perfectly scheduled to maximise time, arriving into Luxembourg at 0945 and leaving at 2120.

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Departing from T3 allows BAEC Gold are holders access to the exquisite Cathay Pacific First lounge (although given the early flight departs at 0725, you need to get there early to try it!)

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At the weekend travel within Luxembourg is free, although a daily travel card good for all the busses and second class train travel in the country is only €4 so it is not going to break the bank!

Stay

There are lots of options, but staying on the Kirchberg Plateau in the European Quarter will save you some money and it is only a short bus-ride or a scenic walk into the centre. Try the Sofitel Europe, reviewed here, for its luxurious amenities and great service for a reasonable price.

Eat

There are loads of restaurants to choose from – dinner in the Place d’Armes is a must as you can be serenaded with live music at the weekends.

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There is a huge choice from chains including McDonalds and PizzaHut, to delicious restaurants. Both Cafe de Paris and Brasserie du Cercle are recommended.

Do

There is lots to see and do whilst in Luxembourg City and even more in the environs. Get a Luxembourg Card (from the app or Tourist Information) for free or discounted entry into many of the top sites and it also covers your travel if you are there during the week.You’ll pay €20 for a 2 day card.

There is a SkyTower by the Casemates de la Petrusse which gives a great view over the city.

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The open top bus tour lasts about an hour and is worth the €10 (discounted from €15 with the card). The Casemates du Bock are interesting (although badly signposted)

The Musee Drai Eechelen (Museum of the Three Acorns) at Fort Thungen has an excellent audio guide to give you some detail of the city.

Also excellent was the Luxembourg City History Museum too with its detailed displays and interesting taken on sustainable development of the city in the future.

A little further afield is the Luxembourg American Cemetery, resting place of General Patton and over 5,000 other soldiers.

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A really interesting place and easy enough to get to on public transport. It is also at the end of the runway at LUX so you could easily pop in if you had a layover at the airport or were on the way to or from town.

Verdict

A fantastic place for a weekend away – cheap to get to, decent places to stay and a huge choice of attractions to keep anyone entertained!

What are you waiting for?!

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