Where: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
When: 11:58 to 21:31 on 30/12/2014
When you tell people you’re visiting Luxembourg, you generally get one of two reactions: Either (1) Where? Or (2) Why?.
Well there are three reasons. First, bragging rights (how many people can say they’ve been there?). Secondly, it’s an easy layover on the train from Brussels to Berlin. Third, it’s terribly underrated.
To be fair, I didn’t go in with much expectations. I knew it was one of the wealthiest countries in Europe, so I knew it wasn’t going to be bad. I just had no real image of what I thought it would be like.
The best way to describe it is as a cross between two worlds. It has the castles and statues and clocktowers and colourful houses that I’ve come to expect in western Europe. But mixed in with all of that are ultra-modern office buildings and skyscrapers (albeit short ones). Many cities have both of these things, but in Luxembourg they mix so smoothly. You’ll have a nice street of houses that transitions into three banks and a Carrefour, and it doesn’t look terribly out of place. Everything just seems right.
Expect the German. They speak predominately French here, but what German they do speak is adulterated, like Swiss German.
9 hours was waaaaay too long to spend here (five would have been better), but if you’re ever on a train passing through, consider getting off and stretching your legs. You won’t be disappointed.