Visiting Luxembourg wasn’t part of the plan when we visited my aunt in France three years ago. It just so happened that my uncle’s girlfriend, who was traveling with us, has family living in Luxembourg and they haven’t seen each other in years. She was planning to take a train, but then the ticket price is not too far off from hiring a car. So, we thought, why not hire a car and take the opportunity to visit this country?

The car ride from Chantilly to Luxembourg was stunningly picturesque and we got to visit a lot of small French towns along the way. The trip took us around five hours one way. A word of caution: be wary of speed limits. My dad was flashed twice because he was going over a hundred on some segments, so when it was time to get back to France, R took over because he’s had enough of it!

I can’t say much about my travel experience here because we didn’t get to stay for long. So, what I’ll share below are my impressions but should definitely be taken only as an anecdotal supplement guide. If you plan to travel here, I highly recommend the following official guides: Luxembourg City Travel Office and Visit Luxembourg.

Some Tips on Visiting Luxembourg:

  • Philippine citizens need to apply for a visa to visit Luxembourg. You can apply through the Belgian embassy, or through VFS, the visa-handling partner of many European embassies in the country.
  • It’s so much more expensive here than in France in terms of dining out, shopping, transportation, and accommodation. It’s not the best place to do your wardrobe and souvenir shopping as most brands are imported from nearby European countries (especially predominant are French brands).

I was looking forward to having fajitas until I was confronted with how expensive they were in Luxembourg. I then settled for a cup of ice cream (9 Euros, still expensive, but the cheapest I could find)– and this is what locals call a “regular” restaurant.

  • The views are beautiful and we took our time strolling around the city and along the seaside. When everything is so expensive, you must find something else to do other than shopping 😛
  • The cuisine is largely influenced by French and German traditions. Menus are usually written in two languages: French and German (two of the three official languages here, the other being Luxembourgish), which says a lot about the influence of these two countries to Luxembourg. Don’t worry, there’s always a separate English menu, or an English translation after French and German.

Why I want to go back: My stay was so short and I didn’t get to explore outside the business district. I’ve heard hiking is also a popular activity here and would love to try one of its trails one day.

As with any country in the world: Do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂

P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | take good care of your valuables | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in the local language, culture, and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤

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