Luxembourg might seem like a bit of an odd choice when it comes to holiday destination and to be honest, it wasn’t somewhere on my radar until last year and the reasoning behind the trip is pretty laughable. My boyfriend bought me a scratch map last year and in my hast – and because Luxembourg is so small – I accidentally scratched it off, and because I didn’t want to lie to myself I decided that I needed to take a trip there, and this is how my reasoning came about.
I hadn’t really done a huge amount of research when I booked our return flights but sometimes a bit of spontaneity is a good thing, even for a plan and list-aholic like me. Our British Airways flights from Heathrow were pretty cheap for a good airline and were about £60 each return which is a bargain if you ask me, and due to it being just a short weekend we didn’t need to check in any luggage.
We had decided that this was going to be more of relaxing holiday to recharge after the festive period and a long January which is why we decided to go for a nice, semi-luxury hotel as it had the facilities to book a massage, win-win.
After a very early start, we glided through security and made our way along to the Aspire Lounge’s thanks to Holiday Extra’s where we were swiped in within seconds and left to fill our bellies with juice and food and make sure we were calmed and chilled before our flight. I am a huge fan of lounge’s in general and Aspire are really great for both what they offer and the prices. After no time at all we had boarded the plane and landed in Luxembourg with more time being spent in the lounge than in the air itself.
As we were staying at the Legere Hotel their shuttle service picked us up from the airport where we dropped our bags and headed to get the nearest bus stop to take a 20-minute bus ride into the main city centre. As it was about -2 degrees we hit up the local H&M to get a jumper and hat for Luke as he was getting pretty cold in the temperature. There was quite a lot of snow around but all the pavements, pathways and roads were totally clear, this is a country who know how to deal with the snow and don’t let it ground them to a halt.
I’m going to be honest everywhere was so quiet I don’t feel like we got a real feel for the city but our first stop was the Chocolate House for a massive slab of cake and a hot chocolate to warm us up. This is somewhere I’d seen on a lot of other people’s blogs and you don’t need to convince me to go somewhere with chocolate in the name. You get to choose your exact hot chocolate from alcoholic one’s including caramel, brownie, milk orange and dark mint and you’re then given a mug of hot milk to mix yourself and it was just what we needed on a cold day. And come on just look at those slices of cake?! They were moist, tasty and not too sickly.
After the Chocolate House, we headed out for a walk as I wanted to go to Le Chemin de la Corniche which has been dubbed the ‘most beautiful balcony of Europe’ and runs along the Alzette Valley and offers beautiful views out over the city.
Next up we walked along to the cities only cathedral, Notre-Dame. Now take my advice if you’re doing a Google Map search make sure you specify which country as otherwise it might say it’s a few days walk away venturing into Paris. It’s a Roman Catholic cathedral and is really pretty both inside and outside, and you can explore the inside for free which is always nice when you’re trying to keep budgets down.
At this point, we were a little hungry but found that a lot of restaurants shut after lunchtime and didn’t open up until the evening, now I don’t know if this is because of the time of the year we were there or not but it was a shame as we just decided at this point to head back to the hotel. From Friday evening until Sunday check-out we did not leave our hotel as we had a pretty amazing comfortable room and we just super relaxed (especially after our one-hour massages on Saturday afternoon!)
For me, Luxembourg was a very pretty city but I think next time I’d like to go in the summertime when it’s a bit warmer and easier to explore further out to some of the castles and gardens.
Have you ever been to Luxembourg?