Luxembourg is a very small country bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. I had been to the country twice and, in each visit, I was amazed how beautiful the cities were – with historical buildings and magnificent sceneries gliding along the green slopes.
I was with a Chinese friend the first time I went there and it was a bit hard finding a cheaper place to stay. The initial plan was to find a hostel.
As travelers, we thought that a youth hostel would provide us a good accommodation where we could just rent beds (like a dormitory) and share a common bathroom, kitchen, and lounge. It took us more than an hour of walking until we found one located on a valley. It was really awesome and we paid less than our budget. We rested the whole night and early the next day, we went off and explored the city.
Luxembourg is a city within mountains and valleys. One moment you’d find yourself on top of a mountain, and in just a few minutes, you’d be in lowlands close to the lakes.We visited the one closest to our hostel – the underground caverns, the so-called Bock Casemates. It was originally built as a fortress by brilliant French military engineer Vauban. It became the strongest fortresses ever built. Today, the casemates are a unique network of underground galleries, 17 km of the original 23 km still exist.
Cobbled streets, historical buildings, museums and art galleries blend with contemporary boutiques and outdoor cafés, giving the place a unique charm.
Luxembourg’s parks and gardens spill out from the Old Town and make this an ideal walking city -especially considering the small size (cf street map) – combining nature with both a modern and a traditional feel.
We only stayed in Luxembourg for two days and then headed on to Germany. But the two days were enough to keep us so excited to come back for more.
Where to stay:
Hotel Luxembourg ($47 a night)
Situated in the heart of Thessaloniki, Hotel Luxembourg is within walking distance of Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and Aristotelous Square. Also nearby are Church of Panagia Chalkeon and Church of Hagia Sophia. Hotel Features. Dining options at this Thessaloniki hotel include a coffee shop/café, a bar/lounge, and a snack bar/deli. A complimentary breakfast is available. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and a computer station is located on site. This 3.5-star hotel features business amenities including a meeting room and limo/town car service. The staff can provide concierge services and tour/ticket assistance. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and coffee/tea in the lobby. This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms. Rooms open to balconies. The 41 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Luxembourg include laptop-compatible safes and hair dryers. Beds have pillowtop mattresses and premium bedding. Guests can use the in-room complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access. 26-inch LCD TVs are equipped with satellite channels. In addition, housekeeping is offered daily and amenities available on request include irons/ironing boards.
ibis budget Luxembourg sud($50 a night)
Conveniently near the airport, ibis budget Luxembourg sud is in Roeser (Red Rocks), close to Parc Merveilleux. Additional area attractions include Notre-Dame Cathedral and Grand Ducal Palace. Hotel Features. Dining options at this Roeser hotel include a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a snack bar/deli. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a terrace, multilingual staff, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Complimentary self parking is available onsite for guests. Guestrooms. The 96 air-conditioned guestrooms at ibis budget Luxembourg sud include hair dryers. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access is provided. 26-inch flat-screen TVs are equipped with satellite channels. In addition, housekeeping is offered daily and amenities available on request include irons/ironing boards.
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