Cheap Flights to Luxembourg From R9025
- Area Total : 51.46km² (19.87sq mi)
- Area Code : (+352) 4
- Currency : Euro
- Population Total : 107,247 (2014)
- Official Language : Luxembourgish, French & German
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST) (UTC+2)
- Airport : Luxembourg Airport (LUX)
‘LUX’ is the country’s international airport, the only one with a paved runway and located just 6.02km east of Luxembourg City. Available transport for passengers from the airport comprises bus, taxi or car hire. Bus tickets can be obtained from a ticketing dispenser (bus stop No. 16) located in front of the terminal. Taxi companies comprise ‘Editus’ and ‘Yellow’ with plenty available at the front of the terminal. Car rentals are located in the arrival lounge on level-1 at the airport and comprise ‘Avis/Budget’, ‘Sixt’, ‘Europcar’, ‘Hertz/Thrifty’ and ‘Enterprise’. Car parking for rental vehicles is in the indoor car park at ‘Parking Indoor A’ on level-2.
From Cape Town International Airport travellers can fly to ‘LUX’ with the following airlines, with one plus stops:
- Air France, Luxair (via Paris) 14h 25m+
- British Airways (via London) 15h 10m+
- Air Namibia, Lufthansa (via Windhoek, Frankfurt) 15h 10m+
- Hahn Air Lines (via Düsseldorf) 15h 40m+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 16h 15m+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 16h 55m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 18h 5m+
- Swiss (via Zürich) 18h 10m+
- TAAG, TAP Portugal (via Luanda, Lisbon) 18h 25m+
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 19h 0m+
Additional airlines flying to ‘LUX’ include:
- LOT Polish
Reasons to Visit Luxembourg:
- Surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany Luxembourg’s capital, ‘Luxembourg City’ is on the ‘UNESCO World Heritage List’ because of its significant historical fortifications. The city is located at the join of the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers in the heart of Western Europe and is renowned for its old fortified medieval town set on sheer cliffs. The country is wonderfully bucolic with northern nature parks, the dense Ardennes forest, the Mullerthal region with rocky gorges and southeast, the Moselle river valley.
- The city has a fascinating history that goes back to the Roman era with invasions and numerous rulers. Visitors have loads of attractions, noteworthy museums, scenic parks and perfect for meandering and great views, is the ‘Chemin de la Corniche’, deemed ‘the most beautiful balcony of Europe’ that runs along the Alzette River. Spend time strolling through book, antique, old toy and flea markets for great bargains, open on certain Saturdays and Sundays in a variety of places. ‘CACTUS Shopping Centre’ offers fresh produce or head for an up-market shopping mall such as ‘Auchan Shopping Centre’
- Accommodation offers a variety of classy hotels that include the ‘3-Star ‘Park Inn by Radisson’ or the 4-Star ‘Alvisse Parc Hotel’ as well as Inns, B&Bs, Holiday Rentals and Speciality Lodgings. For an inexpensive sleep-over stay the riverside ‘Youth Hostel’ that’s unpretentious with a bar and café.
- Visitors have an excellent range of top-class eateries to indulge in gourmet delights that include Greek, Italian, Japanese and more. For visitors on tight budgets there’s a good choice of reasonable restaurants. Highly recommended is ‘Le Gourment Oriental’ restaurant that allows patrons from Wednesday to Saturdays to bring their own wine, saving on the pocket. Another one is ‘Brooklyn Bar’ affording a warm, friendly atmosphere with great food and live music on certain nights. For Italian there’s ‘Chez Vito’ or ‘La Briscola’, located in a small street off the train station that’s void of elaborate lighting but affords pleasant cosy ambience with great food and wine at affordable prices. For Greek head to ‘Taverna Yamas’ or for Peruvian, ‘Dudelange’. In addition to restaurants, nightclubs, bars and cafes take in a show at either ‘Théâtre National du Luxembourg’ or ‘Théâtre des Capucins’ or for fun enjoy a classic or blockbuster movie at an open-air cinema.
When to Visit Luxembourg:
The best months for experiencing this city are from June through September. June affords highs of around 20.1°C, July 22.5°C, August 22.2°C and September 19.4°C. The latter month, although affording the lowest temperature, is the most pleasant.
Places to Visit Luxembourg:
- A top attraction is the stately 16th century ‘Grand Ducal Palace’, also the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Guided tours are on offer during summer.
- The magnificent ‘Notre-Dame Cathedral’ formally a church built by the Jesuits between 1613 and 1621 and extended from 1935 to 1938 is a must see with many splendid treasures to appreciate.
- The 17th century ‘Neumünster Abbey’ stands in an area that was home to one of the earliest known settlements, later becoming the city of Luxembourg. The abbey today is used as a cultural centre and public meeting place.
- The beautiful 17th century ‘St Michael’s Church’ is the oldest holy structure in the city that stands on the former site of the castle chapel of the ‘Counts of Luxembourg’, built in 987. It’s located in the central Ville Haute quarter, in Fishmarket.
- ‘Quirinus Chapel’ has since the 11th century been consecrated to Saint Quirin and stands on the original site of a heathen shrine that Romans once used for worship as a Christian sanctuary. Partly chopped into the rock, the Gothic pilgrimage chapel was built in 1355 with the small bell towers and roof added during the latter 19th century.
- ‘Bock Casemates’ stems from 963 when Count Siegfried constructed a fortified castle on the Bock promontory that soon became the ‘cradle of the city’ as well as one for the most powerful emplacements on the globe, the ‘Gibraltar of the North’. Visitors can also experience 18th century tunnels and shelters from WWII. ‘Schlassbréck’ (castle-bridge) is part of the ‘Bock Casemates’ that once linked the fortress with the external world.
- ‘Fort Thüngen’ built in 1732 was named after Baron Thüngen, the Austrian commander-in-chief of the fortress. Its purpose was to encircle the defence work of ‘Redoute du Parc’ prepared 50 years before by Vauban. Today the fort is also home to two museums.
- The ‘Vauban Towers’ are named after the medieval constructions they replaced, the ‘Bons Malades Gate’ and the ‘Eich Gate’. Vauban, during the French siege, realised weaknesses and incorporated these sections into the fortress in 1685.
- The striking ‘Villa Pauly’ built in 1923 for Dr Norbert Pauly was also used as headquarters for the Gestapo from August 1940 to September 1944 wherein its basement, questioning and torturing of people occurred. The villa today is a document centre on the resistance movement.
- Museums include the ‘Musée de la Banque’, housed in the headquarters of the ‘Banque et Caisse d’Épargne de l’État’, one of the city’s 180 banks that traces 140 years of tradition and development in banking, including bank robbers; the ‘Luxembourg City History Museum’ clarifies history of a thousand years on the city with temporary and permanent displays by way of a glass elevator that vertically takes visitors up 6 stories; the ‘National Museum of History and Art’ (MNHA) also has an interesting archaeological division. Other museums include the ‘Musée Dräi Eechelen’, ‘Luxembourg City History Museum’, the ‘Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art’ and the ‘National Museum of Natural History’.
- For great day and night of fun visit ‘Schueberfuer’, a large funfair located on
Glacis Square, founded in 1340 by John the Blind, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg. It affords 26 major rides, 15 for the little ones, snack, beverage and sweet stores, a variety of lotteries and games and 38 restaurants and stays open until 1 a.m. in the week and till 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
With a combination of buses and trains, the city has an excellent public transport network, accessible to all national cities. Daily, short-term tickets and the tourist pass ‘LuxembourgCard’ can be purchased. The latter is ideal for families or individuals that plan to do plenty of sightseeing in the city and around the Grand Duchy. It affords 1, 2 or 3 day periods with free admission to over 60 museums and attractions in the country, free travel in 2nd class on trains and buses within the national public network of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and a useful visitors’ booklet pinpointing the top attraction sites. Additional information can be found at www.cfl.lu and www.mobiliteit.lu. An added bonus is Luxembourg City bus lines afford free travel on Saturdays and Sunday shopping days.
The city is ideal for sightseeing on foot with most in-city attractions within comfortable walking distance.
Visitors wanting to cycle around the city and country have a network 23 national cycle routes to choose from that include cycling tracks in nature parks, routes for mountain bikes and more. Bicycles and mountain bikes can be rented or visitors can utilise the ‘bike sharing system’. To see a great variety of options go to www.bike-info.lu.
Driving in this city is not difficult but street parking can be problematic, but get a city map from the tourist office that clearly marks parking garages. It’s advisable to rather use your hired vehicle for day trips outside the city. Available rental companies include ‘Sixt’, ‘Europcar’, ‘Avis’, ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Intralux Locations’.