A Promenade in Luxembourg: The Fortifications and Valley Views
On a bright sunny morning, we began a day-long promenade of discovery in the city referred to as the “Gibraltar of the North”, owing to its strategic fortifications (which are now a UNESCO World Heritage site).
Armed with walking maps from the Tourist Office at Place Guillaume II, we were all set to explore the city of Luxembourg.
In the midst of this city known for its high GDP per capita, lies an ancient quarter waiting to narrate its tale: of tumultuous history, of fierce battles, of foreign occupation, of patriotism, of dreamy castles and strong fortifications.
Ambling along the Chemin de la Corniche, we stopped to gaze at the lovely views of the valley from the Corniche. The Neumunster Abbey, the castle bridge, the footbridge, and the green spaces in the valley appeared straight out of a postcard!
Our stroll to the Bock Promontory and the Bock Casemates revealed significant aspects of this landlocked country’s history.
As hunger pangs struck, we settled down for a picnic lunch at a quiet spot overlooking the valley. Verdant valley views for B and me, and perfect train views (see photo below :)) for Junior. Needless to say, it was a very satisfying meal for the entire family :).