Luxembourg and Germany for a day trip

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg #1

Luxembourg and Germany for a day trip

We have been staying in Belgium with friends and trying to see as much of this beautiful area as possible.

So this day we decided on a road trip to Luxembourg, with a quick side trip to Germany – well across the border a short way anyway.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg #2

It was only a 2 hour drive and we drive with a smooth drive.

We parked the car effortlessly, and then headed into town to explore.

We first went to the Pont Adolphe.  The famous Luxembourg bridge was under repair, so no photos of that. There is also amazing gardens and terraces you can walk to below.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg City –  view

But the view was still incredible.There are old catacombs on the over side.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg catacombs

We then wandered around to “Gëlle Fra”. A remembrance gold statue on Place de la Constitution.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg Gelle Fra

Luxembourg is small and easily walked in one hour on foot around the city centre and past the cathedral.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg cathedral Notre Dame

There is a side fountain there with mosaic fish / shapes inside too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg wall fountain

We wandered past city squares.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg city walk

We then found a guy doing a job we think must be challenging to the mind. He is the guard at Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal).

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg Palace #1

It is a pretty beautiful building right in the centre of the city and easy to find.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg Palace #2

We then headed through the museum and down the elevator and out the rear door for a stunning view.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg Old town #1

Here you find Le Chemin de la Corniche.  The old city.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg Old town #2

This land balcony foes a killer view of  the river below, which was lined with old homes and a nice church at the end.So we head back through Luxembourg for lunch.  Past the famous Oberweis patisserie.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg Oberweis

Lovely florists also filled the street with hydrangeas and lavender.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg Florist

We stop in the town square for lunch and then find our way back to the car park.

Next we want to see a castle right on the border of Germany.

This is a sweet town called Vianden.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Vianden – Luxembourg #1

Explorafriend fell in love with this town – she decided she wanted to live here!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Vianden – Luxembourg #2

It was another place that felt like time stopped.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Vianden – Luxembourg #3

This little town exudes the charm of yesteryear.We however wanted to go to Germany and were running out of time.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Vianden – Luxembourg #4

So we decided coffee in Germany was the call of the day for afternoon tea.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Vianden – Luxembourg / German Border

So over the border we drove – on this trip, that makes it country number 29 for Exploramum and Explorason, and country number nine for Explorafriend.

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Exploramum and Explorason – coffee break #1

We drive on for a few k.m. and don’t find a coffee shop so we turn around after a man tells us the town on the opposite side of the river is Germany anyway. So we go and have coffee there. Technically I think it wasn’t but it didn’t matter as we had at least been to Germany either way.

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Exploramum and Explorason – coffee break #2

It was delightful to sit by the river with the fountain behind us.

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Exploramum and Explorason – coffee break is over !

It was warm and sunny and oh no – nearly 5 p.m. and we hadn’t even been inside the castle!
So off we set over the bridge again.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg – Vianden old building

Back past the gorgeous old homes and old buildings.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg – Vianden Chateau

And up to the castle we drive.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg – Vianden Chateau – racing to get to there before it closes

We discover we are out of time to go inside, so we start our drive back to Belgium. We have to stop for one last look at the castle and the valley below.It was a fantastic day.  We came back to a gorgeous BBQ dinner with our friends.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Luxembourg – Vianden – goodbye

We are going to miss this part of Europe.

It is all too fast, but we have a house-sit to get to, so seeing a bit is way better than missing out completely.

Reference: Vianden Castle – Château de Vianden

 

 

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