Art and culture
If you're a big fan of art, don't miss the Museumsmile. The route is nearly one mile long and takes visitors on a smile-shaped trail across the city's hilly terrain. The closeness, diversity and uniqueness of the seven museums on this route make it very popular. You can easily get to five of the museums on foot, as they are located in the heart of the city:
- In the middle of the municipal park, the Villa Vauban houses paintings by Old Masters
- The National Museum of History and Art in the Marché-aux-Poissons district showcases Luxembourg’s historical and archaeological heritage and houses the national art collections
- The Lëtzebuerg City Museum chronicles the history of Luxembourg City
- The Casino Luxembourg gives you a flavour of the latest trends in contemporary art
- The National Natural History Museum, in the Grund district, gives you an astonishing perspective on natural history, evolution and biodiversity.
Located just a fifteen-minute walk from the city centre (leaving Grund on a path heading up through the wooded hillsides of Kirchberg), you can visit the brand new Three Acorns Park, home to two adjacent museums:
- the Three Acorns Museum is dedicated to the Fortress of Luxembourg, a World Heritage Site
- the Museum of Modern Art boasts a contemporary art collection and temporary exhibitions
If you are interested in the Grand Duchy's history, we recommend a visit to the Fortress of Luxembourg. Its military and public buildings epitomise the architecture of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to soak up its heritage, visit the casemates, the Chemin de la Corniche promenade on the ramparts, the remaining military fortifications in its parks and on the public promenades, the Musée Dräi Eechelen and more.
The Grand-Ducal Palace is the official residence of the Head of State and its façade is an example of the Hispano-Moorish influence in our region. After its restoration in 1995, it still captivates tourists. Between July and September, the palace opens its doors for guided tours organised by the Luxembourg City Tourist Office. Don't miss the changing of the guard from June to September.
Parks and gardens
A quarter of the city is covered by green spaces, making the capital an ideal place for enjoying a stroll. Here are some of our favourite spots.
Edouard André Municipal Park
Designed by the landscape gardener Édouard André, this English municipal park is an oasis of green in the heart of the city. It's a perfect place to relax.
Parks in the Pétrusse Valley
Designed as a romantic setting, a path winds through the city parks in the Pétrusse valley, giving you views of the cliffs, bridges and river flowing through the valley.
Containing 450 tree species and varieties, the arboretum stretches over 30 hectares across the three public parks in Kirchberg: Central Park, Réimerwee Park and Klosegrënnchen Park. Since 1994, trees and shrubs from all over Europe and neighbouring regions have been planted here, creating a green belt of tree-lined boulevards and paths.
Located just a stone's throw from the centre, Merl-Belair Park is the perfect place for families with children where they can enjoy its play area or recharge their batteries on the banks of its small ponds.
The “Rose Path"
In Limpertsberg, a garden district full of roses, there is now a trail called the "Rose Path" which immerses you in the natural and architectural heritage of the district. Don't forget to visit Tony Neuman Park. This park boasts a collection of sculptures, including some created by famous Luxembourg sculptors.
Markets and popular festivals
Luxembourg City hosts a huge number of traditional popular festivals, such as Emaischen or Schueberfouer, the largest popular festival in the country, as well as markets that take place throughout the year. While the bi-weekly markets on the Guillaume II Square will keep people who love local produce happy, the bric-a-brac stalls will transport you to the world of flea markets.