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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I'm off to Luxembourg City next week for 2 days. I'm planning to do the obvious highlights such as the balcony walk, the Bock Casemates, the museum and the cathedral but can anyone suggest any hidden gems which might be worth seeing? Also can anyone suggest a traditional, reasonably -priced restaurant which serves typically Luxembourgish cuisine (and preferably one where I'd feel comfortable dining solo!)

Thanks.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 720 posts) 24w 1 Star this if you like it!

I'm keen to see any suggestions for Luxembourg City; we'll be there in December. And I'm keen to hear your experience of the city too, Bex please.:)

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I'll post back up here when I return, Steve. :)

4. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 307 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I'm also interested to hear what you think and find Bex, Luxembourg is on my list for 2017 also.
By the way i really know where you're coming from with the "eating solo", not everywhere, but there sometimes is an element of self consciousness. :)
I usually have a book, or fill in some travel notes to amuse myself if dining alone, perhaps not the best table manners, but a better option than staring around the room waiting for my food to arrive, well, for me anyway.
Andy.

5. Posted by harbinger (Budding Member 39 posts) 24w 1 Star this if you like it!

I was in Luxembourg for a weekend 18 months ago, and was surprised by how much I liked it.
The National Museum of History and Art is excellent, and is well laid out. It attracts some good temporary exhibitions - when I was there, there was an exhibit on mummies (from a wide range of sources, including Egyptian, Inca and naturally mummified bodies) which was fabulous.
Just walking around is lovely, and would be especially beautiful at this time of year. Bring some sturdy shoes, as it is VERY hilly.
In terms of a good, affordable restaurant, I can't recommend Goethe Stuff highly enough. It's located at 32, Rue de l'Eau, in the heart of the old town. It can be a bit tricky to find, as the road signage was somewhat erratic when I was there (maybe because they were doing some major roadworks), but do persist - look for the sign outside a little complex of shops overlooking the casement. I was there solo, and didn't feel at all uncomfortable. Their flammkuchen (an Alsace/Luxemborg take on a pizza, substituting sour cream for tomato) is divine, but so rich that you'll be carrying it on your hips for some time as a reminder of your trip. :)
Have fun!

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

@wizzmor1977 - Yes, eating in the evenings is the only issue i have with travelling alone as there are loads of places, mainly the more upmarket ones, where I wouldn't feel comfortable on my own. It does help having something with you to pass the time though,as you say!

@harbinger - Thanks, those are really useful tips. I have just had a look online at Goethe Stuff and it looks great!

7. Posted by harbinger (Budding Member 39 posts) 23w 1 Star this if you like it!

Have fun!
And perhaps a (somewhat facetious) tip for feeling more comfortable if dining solo. I always take off my glasses, so that even if people stare at me, then I don't see it. :)

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 22w 1 Star this if you like it!

I really enjoyed Luxembourg! It's really pretty with some lovely architecture and the area by the river is very picturesque.

I'd recommend the following:

- balcony walk for good views.
- a visit to the Bock casemates.
- walk or get the public elevator down to the Grund area and from there walk along the river to Clausen and Paffendal. It's a lovely walk.
- stroll around the little streets of the old town.
- Place de Armes is nice place to sit and people watch.

Luggage storage is available at the central station.

Catch bus number 16 from the airport into the city - this costs €2 and takes around 25 minutes.

Luxembourg (City) is an under- visited place in my opinion and after visiting there I'm keen to see some more of the country, which sounds like it's really pretty.

9. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 720 posts) 22w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Bex - we're travelling down from Rotterdam (taking a ferry across the North Sea from Hull) to Rome and we thought we'd take in a few cities and countries on the way. Our options at the moment are either three nights in Amsterdam and just one in Luxembourg or two in each - I think we're going for two in each now. :)

10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 22w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Thanks Bex - we're travelling down from Rotterdam (taking a ferry across the North Sea from Hull) to Rome and we thought we'd take in a few cities and countries on the way. Our options at the moment are either three nights in Amsterdam and just one in Luxembourg or two in each - I think we're going for two in each now. :)

Steve - have you considered Utrecht? If not I'd recommend that too - I thought it was lovely and I actually preferred it to Amsterdam. For me it was like Amsterdam without the crowds and the seediness and it's only around 30 minutes away on the train.

You could probably fit in the main sights in Luxembourg City in 1.5 days.