Planning a Trip
By Plane -- Luxembourg Airport (tel. 24-56-50-50; www.aeroport.public.lu), with its two modern terminals (2004 and 2007), is at Findel, 6km (4 miles) northeast of Luxembourg City. Regular flights arrive from all major European capitals. A ticket on city bus lines 9 or 16 from in front of the terminal building to Luxembourg Gare, a 25-minute ride, costs 1.50€ ($2.40); one to four buses depart every hour. A taxi (tel. 43-43-43) to the center city costs around 20€ ($32); add 10% from 10pm to 6am, and 25% to 35% (depending on the time) on Sunday and holidays.
By Train -- Luxembourg City has rail connections from Belgium, France, and Germany. The main station, Luxembourg Gare, in the southern part of town, has a national tourist information office, currency-exchange office, and luggage-storage facilities inside, and stops for city bus lines just outside. For train information (and bus service outside Luxembourg City), contact Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (tel. 24-89-24-89; www.cfl.lu).
By Bus -- Eurolines buses arrive in Luxembourg City from London, Brussels, Paris, and other European cities. The main bus station is in front of the rail station.
By Car -- Expressways A1/E44, A4/E25, and A31/E25, and highways N4 and N6 converge on Luxembourg City from Germany, France, and Belgium.
The Luxembourg City Tourist Office, place Guillaume II 30, 1648 Luxembourg-Ville (tel. 22-28-09; fax 46-70-70; www.lcto.lu), is in the center of town. The office is open April to September Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm, and Sunday and holidays from 10am to 6pm; October to March, hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday and holidays from 10am to 6pm. It provides a free, detailed city map that lists the main attractions.
The Luxembourg National Tourist Office operates a Bureau d'Acceuil (Welcome Desk) at Luxembourg Gare (tel. 42-82-82-20; fax 42-82-82-38; www.visitluxembourg.lu), open June to September Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm, Sunday from 9am to 12:30pm and 1:45 to 6pm; October to May, it's open daily from 9:15am to 12:30pm and 1:45 to 6pm.
Both the English-language weekly magazine 352 Luxembourg News and its website www.352.lu have a "What's On" section. For information on cultural and tourist events and exhibits around the Grand Duchy, visit www.agendalux.lu.
The heart of Luxembourg City revolves around two main squares in the Old Town. The small place d'Armes was once a parade ground, and this is where you find sidewalk cafes and band concerts during summer months. The larger place Guillaume II is the setting for the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), the city tourist office, and for statues of William II and Luxembourg poet Michel Rodange; it hosts morning markets on Wednesday and Saturday during the summer.
Main arteries bordering the Old Town are bd. Grande-Duchesse Charlotte to the north, and bd. Franklin D. Roosevelt to the south. The principal shopping street is Grand-Rue. A pleasant walkway, the promenade de la Corniche, connects the Bock Casemates to the Citadelle du St-Esprit fortifications. There are steps, in addition to an elevator, from place St-Esprit down to the Grund neighborhood in the valley below.