A Promenade in Luxembourg: The Fortifications and Valley Views

Postcard from Luxembourg.

Postcard from Luxembourg.

On a bright sunny morning, we began a day-long promenade of discovery in the city referred to as the “Gibraltar of the North”, owing to its strategic fortifications (which are now a UNESCO World Heritage site).

Armed with walking maps from the Tourist Office at Place Guillaume II, we were all set to explore the city of Luxembourg.

In the midst of this city known for its high GDP per capita, lies an ancient quarter waiting to narrate its tale: of tumultuous history, of fierce battles, of foreign occupation, of patriotism, of dreamy castles and strong fortifications.

Walk on. Luxembourg.

Walk on. Luxembourg.

Chugging along. Luxembourg.

Chugging along. Luxembourg.

Casemates and fortifications. Luxembourg.

Casemates and fortifications. Luxembourg.

Ambling along the Chemin de la Corniche, we stopped to gaze at the lovely views of the valley from the Corniche. The Neumunster Abbey, the castle bridge, the footbridge, and the green spaces in the valley appeared straight out of a postcard!

Our stroll to the Bock Promontory and the Bock Casemates revealed significant aspects of this landlocked country’s history.

What lies beyond? Luxembourg

What lies beyond? Luxembourg

Uphill or downhill? Luxembourg

Uphill or downhill? Luxembourg

Fortifications and a footbridge. Luxembourg

Fortifications and a footbridge. Luxembourg

The Petrusse Express (tourist train) on its journey. Luxembourg.

The Petrusse Express (tourist train) on its journey. Luxembourg.

Neumunster Abbey. Luxembourg

Neumunster Abbey. Luxembourg

As hunger pangs struck, we settled down for a picnic lunch at a quiet spot overlooking the valley. Verdant valley views for B and me, and perfect train views (see photo below :)) for Junior. Needless to say, it was a very satisfying meal for the entire family :).

Lunch with a view. Luxembourg

Lunch with a view. Luxembourg


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