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Luxembourg is the world’s only sovereign grand duchy and its capital is unexpectedly charming. Check our guide on what to do in Luxembourg City with kids, where to stay and lots of practical tips!
You can find all the points below gathered on the map as always
Which language is spoken in Luxembourg?
The official languages of Luxembourg are French, German and the national language, Luxembourgish. Luxembourgish, or Lëtzebuergesch as the locals call it, is a West Germanic language with several French loan words
How to get to Luxembourg
How to get to Luxembourg from Brussels
Luxembourg is about 2.5 hours away from Brussels by car or by train. Although visiting Luxembourg from Brussels makes for a good day trip, we recommend staying for at least one night to make the most of your trip. See further below recommendations on where to stay in Luxembourg with kids
Several day tours are starting from Brussels, like this tour (with an optional visit to Dinant, which is worth visiting even as a day trip on its own!). This day tour includes also guided tours in Luxembourg and Dinant
There are direct flights from and to Luxembourg with several airlines, like Lufthansa and Aegean. Also low-cost airlines are present, like Ryanair and Easyjet.
The international airport of Luxembourg is about 15 minutes away from the city center by car or half an hour by bus
Public transport in Luxembourg is free!
Where to stay in Luxembourg with kids
€€€€ Sofitel Luxembourg Europe is about 10 minutes away from the center by tram (public transport is free in Luxembourg). This 5-star hotel is one of the best in the area. Family rooms are available
€€€ Novotel Luxembourg Centre is our recommendation, because of its location and the excellent price/value ratio. It has a small indoor play area and is very close to the center. The play area is not much, but it could keep kids busy for a bit. Staying in the center means you can go anywhere around on your feet. Family rooms are available
€€ DoubleTree by Hilton Luxembourg is 15 minutes away from the center by car, so it’s best to avoid unless you have a car or with younger kids. There is an indoor swimming pool, which is the main advantage, but the place is a bit dated, as shared by other travelers
€ hu Birkelt Village is great, if your kids do not mind a half hour drive to the center. It has two swimming pools. There is an indoor swimming pool with a small slide and an outdoor swimming pool. Both have a shallow end that is toddler friendly. Family rooms are available
Where to eat
These are places that have been recommended by locals in our Facebook group on Belgium and around
You can eat at Scott’s pub near the Museum of Natural History
4 Bisserweg, 1238 Lëtzebuerg, Luxembourg
Also Oscar’s Bar has been recommended and is very close to the Museum of Natural History
9 Bisserweg, 1238 Lëtzebuerg, Luxembourg
What to do in Luxembourg City with kids
You can walk around the small and charming Luxembourg City and see the most important sights during this walk. You can find all the points below gathered on the map as always
Take a guided walking tour like this one to learn more about the city! It hits all the major sights and we always enjoy walking around and learning more about the place we are visiting
Starting from Place de la Constitution, continue to Place d’Armes, Place Guillaume II, Grand Ducal Palace, Bock Casemates, Chemin de la Corniche. It might sound like a lot, but all this is less than 1 km 🙂 You will find more details on each place further below.
You can then choose between the short or the long way to reach Grund. The short way is just 10 minutes, the long way is half an hour – but you get to see the panoramic elevator in Pfaffenthal. You will find more details on each option further below as well
Place de la Constitution
Place de la Constitution features an obelisk as a memorial for WWII. The view is breathtaking! Go there for the sunset, it’s really worth it. There is parking for EUR 2 per hour for max 2 hours
The view of Pont Adolphe from Place de la Constitution is stunning during sunset!
Uewerstad, 1212 Luxembourg
Cathédrale Notre-Dame is at the other side of the street. It is the only cathedral in Luxembourg and it was built in 1613
Rue Notre Dame, 2240 Luxembourg
It was named Place d’Armes as it was used for the garrison to parade. Today it is a lively square with lots of cafés and restaurants, perfect for a stop in the summer with all these terraces. You can see Cercle Municipal in the photo, the building is now used for cultural events. This is also where one of the main Christmas markets in Luxembourg takes place
Place Guillaume II
Place Guillaume II is a medieval square named after King William II. You can see his statue there too
Grand Ducal Palace
From Place Guillaume II you are just a minute away from the Grand Ducal Palace, the town residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. The guards are members of the Luxembourg Armed Forces, which is a fully volunteer military. You can also get a guided visit in the summer
You pass by Église Saint-Michel, a 17-century historical church
Rue Sigefroi, 2536 Luxembourg
Bock Casemates, the complex of underground tunnels & galleries, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, you can walk for a few minutes and enjoy an amazing view of the lower city. You can also visit the underground galleries
Chemin de la Corniche
Chemin de la Corniche is a path on 17th-century fortified walls. The panoramic view of the Alzette valley and the city district Grund is stunning!
There are information boards in several languages and several view points
Chemin de la Corniche
Chem. de la Corniche, 1945 Luxembourg
From the ramparts, you can see the Pont du château, a beautiful castle bridge. It was built in 1735 and you can cross it at different levels; at the top by car, at the middle on feet and at the ground
Pont du château
Rue Sosthène Weis, 2261 Luxembourg
You can see the Abbaye de Neumünster, remodeled church buildings where events and concerts take place. Also the Pont du Stierchen next to the Abbaye is beautiful
Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster
28 Rue Münster, 2160 Luxembourg
Grund is one of the oldest parts of Luxembourg. It is like a village within the city. A charming quarter that is great to stroll around. The Museum of Natural History is also situated in Grund and is fun for little ones
There are two ways to get to Grund from Bock Casemates, a short way (A) and a long way (B). You get to see more taking the long way, but it adds about half an hour walk, so it’s best with older kids
A. Short way (10 minutes walk)
A lovely short stroll passing through the Porte du Grund
Porte du Grund
Mnt du Grund, 1645 Luxembourg
You then cross the Pont du Grund and you are there!
Pont du Grund
7 Rue Münster, 2160 Luxembourg
B. Long way (35 minutes walk)
A walk checking out fortifications and taking the panoramic elevator in Pfaffenthal (which is worth seeing anyway)
On your way, you will see the Three Towers, a historic monument. The central tower was built around 1200, whereas the two towers flanking it were added around 1400
B2. You can also see the Spanish Turret right opposite of the Three Towers. These were part of the fortification efforts the Spanish started in mid-17th century. It is said that there were 38 turrets, but this has not been confirmed until today
Grund has so many beautiful corners
Panoramic elevator in Pfaffenthal
About 15 minutes walk from Bock Casemates you can enjoy the panoramic view and take the elevator to go to the lower level in Pfaffenthal. Then you can walk at the lower level of the city until the Museum of Natural History
Panoramic Elevator of the Pfaffenthal
2 Rue du Pont, 2344 Luxembourg
Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History is very kids oriented and definitely worth checking out. It is quite small and very interactive, so it’s perfect for younger kids. There is even a slide from the first floor to the ground floor!! Might be a bit difficult with toddlers, as they are not allowed to touch many of the exhibits [ask me how I know 🙂 ]
Luxembourg National Museum of Natural History
25 Rue Münster, 2160 Luxembourg
Fun with kids in Luxembourg
City Promenade for kids
The Luxembourg City Tourist Office is organizing a city promenade for children 6+ years old (accompanied by their parents). The treasure hunt around the city takes about 2 hours.
You can find more details and book your tickets here
Pirate ship playground
The pirate ship playground at the Parc Communal is awesome! There are big slides and climbing structures, a small toddler section and a water playground for warm days. There are also public toilets near the playground (wheelchair accessible and with a baby changing table)
Kids Playground – Parc de Monterey
45 Av. Monterey, 2163 Luxembourg
A Ferris wheel, carousels, dancing Christmas trees, a gorgeous ice rink and more fun rides for kids!! Luxembourg Christmas market with kids: practical tips to help you plan ahead your visit with the family, photos and a video
*Public transport is free in Luxembourg!
*Parking in the center: You can park at Monterey parking (indoor private parking). It is right next to the pirate ship playground (there are toilets there too) and in the middle from the center of the city, where all the attractions are
[P] Parking Monterey
43 Av. Monterey, 2163 Luxembourg
Alternatively, you can park at Glacis and take public transport to the center (public transport is free in Luxembourg)
All places mentioned above are also gathered on the map!
Indoor and outdoor activities, kids friendly cafés/ restaurants, hotels and more all under separate layers
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