LUXEMBOURG – THE TRAVEL AND TAX HAVEN

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  |  August 19 to 22, 2017

Luxembourg is a small nation the borders France, Belgium, and Germany. It's a remarkable country that founded the European Union, has a tri-lingual population, and is known as a tax haven, although in recent years has become more transparent. Finances aside, it is a beautiful place with a gorgeous city perched on top of a winding, lush green valley.

On top of the city lies numerous fortified bunkers connected by tunnels, which were built in the 17th century and used as bomb shelters in World War II. Known locally as "casemates", Casemates du Bock, offers scenic views of parts of Luxembourg City that leave many tourists in awe.

As you're walking across the bridge that separates Garer Quartier and the old town, you'll see a beautiful Jesuit cathedral, Cathédrale Notre-Dame Luxembourg. Started in in 1621, it was finished in the early 19th century and is the pride and joy of many Luxembourgers.

Luxembourg City offers numerous luxury and other high-end shops on or near Rue Philippe II. After moseying around a few shops, checking out some British- and Italian-made clothes, Swiss watches, and other neat things, I stumbled upon this bizarre installation on Rue Philippe II. Apparently the city promotes installations by various artists and this years winner was Air Deluxe by the French artist duo, HeHe. The installation resembles a sky of 'clouds' formed from what is meant to be breathing tubes. Its a metaphor for pure, fresh air that has become a luxury in many cities throughout the world.

On the north side of the city, a little distance from the old town, is the MUDAM Luxembourg (Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean), the museum of modern and contemporary art. While Baroque and Neoclassic art is my favorite, this is definitely a museum worth visiting. During my visit, bizarre glass sculptures by Tony Cragg and the strange political and social pictures and writings of Ad Reinhardt were the featured exhibitions.

And last but not least, the ever-stately Palais Grand-Ducal. As a residence for the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, this charming building in the heart of the city adds a little extra pizazz. Make sure you don't miss it!

Quick Tips:

  • The whole city has free WiFi and the bus is free on Sundays so utilize that!
  • Although Luxembourg City is a fairly safe city, stay away from the train station (and the Garer Quartier) at night. With the influx of economic migrants, petty—and sometimes violent—crime has increased. Do not be afraid though, most people are harmless and are just trying to make ends meet.

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