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Luxembourg for Xmas

A typical rainy and halfway foggy day in the capital of our tiny Grand-Duchy. We were actually expecting some snow for the holidays, but that won't be the case. At least the fridge is filled with a ton of goodies, so we are happy. The Xmas stuffing game can begin! Food food glorious food.
But for now, let us tour the city and its historic fortified ramparts on a little photo trail.

The grand ducal palace originates from 1572, when it was built as the town hall, and got modified numerous times throughout the centuries.



A view from the remnants of the ruined castle on the Bock onto the skyscrapers of Kirchberg, with the offices of European institutions such as the courts of justice and translation offices

Luxembourg city boasts a ton of fortifications from the olden days. In 1443, the Burgundians under Philip the Good conquered Luxembourg, which became part of the Burgundian, and later Spanish and Austrian empires and under those Habsburg administrations the city was repeatedly strengthened so that by the 16th century, Luxembourg was one of the strongest fortifications in Europe. Subsequently, the Burgundians, the Spanish, the French, the Spanish again, the Austrians, the French again, and the Prussians conquered Luxembourg.

The "new" castle bridge dates from 1755

The surrounding deep valeys contain a variety of cloisters and churches, as well as charming old little houses that make the city look like time has stopped here a long time ago.



Rock Rock the trashcans

Pray Pray the Jeebus

One of the cobblestoned streets leading up into the medieval city.

One of the remaining city gates




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5 Responses to “Luxembourg for Xmas”

  1. # Blogger koala

    I know it's a small country but I've expected something bigger in terms of architecture.  

  2. # Blogger Bookish.Spazz

    none the less it's very lovely architecture :]  

  3. # Blogger Lenny from Arkansas

    I have enjoyed following your blog from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I know we are out here in the backwoods, and have enjoyed living the European life with you. Keep up the great blog.  

  4. # Blogger Mom in High Heels

    Wow! It's so beautiful! I'm going to have to schedule a day trip there when it warms up. It's too cold and dreary right now for me to properly enjoy it. Stupid European weather.  

  5. # Blogger Dakota Bear

    Wonderful pictures.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences in photos.

    Merry Christmas  

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