Luxembourg is the larger of the European microstates with an area of 2,586 sqkm and half a Million inhabitants. While more similar to its neighbours at first glance, The Grand Duchy retains the charm of a small country and complements it with high aspirations - Luxembourg City is a modern European capital and home to a number of EU institutions.

Luxembourg City has an interesting topography, occupying a cliff that drops into the valleys of rivers Alzette and Petrusse (which allows for some spectacular bridges, including the picturesque Adolphe Bridge).

The most beautiful spot is the charming old town. Aim for sunny weather and keep your camera handy as you'll be compelled to take way too many pictures. The city's most spectacular attraction is Casemates Bock - a network of 17km of defensive tunnels dug into the cliffs surrounding the old town. I found the place very interesting with its confusing structure, slightly claustrophobic stairways and a very nice lighting system that adds to the experience.

There are nice places outside the old town as well, with the pedestrianised Grand Rue and the surrounding streets presenting nice walks, shops, cafes and restaurants. Kirchberg, located past the impressive Grande Duchesse Charlotte bridge, is where the EU institutions are: the EU Court of Justice, EU Commission, secretariat of the EU Parliament and the European Investment Bank.

A special note for the food in Luxembourg which I loved, having had some of the best cheese fondue and meringue lemon tart in my life in the Grand Rue area.

Read a detailed account of my trip to Luxembourg here (a part of my series on Europe's Microstates)

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage

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