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Luxembourg Information

Luxembourg is a landlocked country in Western Europe in between Belgium, France and Germany. It is the only Grand Duchy in the world and is the second-smallest of the European Union member states. It lies at the crossroads of Germanic and Latin cultures. The city of Luxembourg is the capital of the country of Luxembourg. Its spectacular valleys and plateaus led it to be nicknamed the "Gibraltar of the North".

Things To See

    *  The Casemates Bock is a network of underground fortifications, built in the 18th century, that tunnel under the city. The fortifications and environs are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    * The Bock itself is the rock on which the first castle - founded in 963 by Sigefroy (Sigfried) - stood. It is tied to a number of other remains of the old fortifications. Among others, the famous fortress builder Vauban built much in the city.
    * The river of Luxembourg is the Alzette, which is very small now, but due to the fact that the sandstone of the area is very soft, it dug out a huge valley. This is called the "Grund" (Statgrond) and is a spectacular area. The old fortress surrounded this valley. The Venceslas walk (named after Venceslas, Czech king and count of Luxembourg who built much of the fortresses around) leads along the fortresses, protecting the city on one side (and now forming one of the most spectacular "balconies", the Corniche) and the fortress of the Raam plateau on the other. In the Grund itself you can find a lot of pubs and the
    * Neumünster cathedral, now a cultural and encounter center with a nice church and the old St. John's hospital.
    * The old town is the particular scenic part of the city, but all around town you can spot details that remind you of Luxembourg's historical value.
    * Just near the Hamilius bus station are Place Guillaume and the Place d'Armes. Place Guillaume (also known in Luxembourgish as the Knuedler) is the venue for a market every Wednesday and Saturday. It is also the site of an equestrian statue of William II of the Netherlands and Luxembourg and the neo-classical Town Hall which is fronted by two bronze lions summer months the Place d'Armes is filled with tables and chairs from the surroundng cafes and at the centre of the square is the bandstand around which various concert seasons are based.
    * Just off the Place Guillaume is the Grand Ducal Palace which was fully restored during the nineties. It also houses the Luxembourgish Parliament the Chamber of Deputies.
    * Also of note is the Cathedrale de Notre Dame. This was built between 1613 and 1618 by Jesuits and was elevated to the status of cathedral in 1870. Nearby is the Gëlle Fra - literally 'Golden Lady'. This is a golden figure of a woman holding a wreath a symbol of victory. It was taken down by the Nazi's during occupation, but stands today as a memorial to those who gave their lives in World War II.
    * On the road from the inner city to the Bock you will find the Eglise St. Michel. This church took on its present form in 1688, but was probably built in the early 14th century. It was restored during 2003 and 2004.
    * World War II Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, in the eastern section of Luxembourg City, just south of the airport, [1]. Open daily except for December 25 and January 1; 9AM-5PM. The Cemetery is the final resting place for 5,076 American military Dead, most lost during the Battle of the Bulge. It is also the final resting place for General George S. Patton. A monument is inscribed with the names of 371 Americans whose remains were never found or identified. Two large stone pylons with operations maps made of inlaid granite describe the achievements of American armed forces in the region during World War II. Free.
    * The Kirchberg area houses a number of banks and most of the European institutions in Luxembourg (Parlament, Court of Justice, Court of Auditors, European Investment Bank and some of the Commission's Directorate Generals. A number of buildings were build by celebrated architects like Richard Meyer and Gottfried Benn. Some modern sculptures also appear between the buildings.
    * The MUDAM (Museum of Modern Arts, designed by Ioh Ming Pei, the architect of the much-debated Louvre pyramid) and the Philharmony are also in the Kirchberg area.

Driving in Luxembourg

Luxembourg's road infrastructure is well-developed (if not always very well thought-out). Anywhere that happens to lie along the major motorways is easily accessible via these (including Grevenmacher in the east, Mamer to the west and Bettembourg to the south). Esch-Alzette, the country's second city (more like a small town by international standards) has its own motorway link, the A4. In addition, a new motorway is being built towards the north of the country (Mersch, Ettelbrück), but this won't be completed until 2010 at the earliest. However, the current North Road provides easy access to these areas for the moment.

Current national speed limits are 50km/h in towns and villages, 90km/h on open country roads (110 in some places on N7 and N11), and 130km/h on the motorway (110 in the rain). 70km/h also exists in some places. Speed limits are enforced by random police checks. Be aware that if you have a right-hand-drive car then you are very likely to be singled out for a customs check on the way in. Police are also very keen on stopping drivers for having the 'wrong' lights on in town, i.e. side lights instead of dipped headlights.

Finding parking in Luxembourg city centre on the weekends is a pain. Most parking spaces are quickly taken up with parked cars, and some parking garages close early. Best bet is to find somewhere near the station and then walk around the city centre.