Often forgotten by anyone other than bankers, Luxembourg City hasn’t really been on the top of my travel list. Ever. But in hindsight, it should have.
This tiny country is only 51 miles long but, according to Lonely Planet, is consistently in the top 3 richest nations and of wine consumption. In the World. Completely land locked, the locals in the city easily switched between French, German and English mid sentence and didn’t bat an eye lid when my very rusty French gave up and I slipped back into English.
Landing into Luxembourg Findel airport, less than 5 miles away from the city centre, it was a painless entry into the country (after the police woke up) and then an efficient (and free on Saturdays) bus connection into the city. Ignore all the other tourists buying tickets and simply get on the bus. If in doubt check with the tourist info in the airport first next to the ATM.
We stayed in the excellent located Novotel Luxembourg Centre which is a mere 10 min walk into the old Unesco city centre. A little cold and business looking on the inside couldn’t be more different from the warm and friendly welcome we received inside. A (very) early check in wasn’t an issue in the slightest, the room was all ready for us, and a very late check out the following day was offered free of charge. Two free welcome drinks for having already checked in online prior to arrival also went down a treat.
After dropping our bags off, we ventured into the city for a quick coffee in the delightfully named Golden Bean which claimed to sell the top 1% coffee beans in the world. The coffee was certainly amazing and the service was brilliant. It’s a small yet cute cafe and I’d imagine it gets very busy during peak season.