48 hours in Luxembourg
Firstly, if you’re thinking of visiting Luxembourg – DO IT! Such a gorgeous place to spend a weekend with plenty to keep you busy, while being a really relaxing place to explore.
This blog is a mixture of travel and health, sharing my experiences of Luxembourg City and sights to see, bearing health in mind as someone with IBS. After all, IBS isn’t something that you can leave at home while you sneak off on a break!
Here goes – 48 hours in Luxembourg…
Travel Guide Luxembourg – Day 1
We arrived in Luxembourg in the afternoon and headed to our hotel, the Park Inn, by getting bus 16 from the airport. Easy peasy 20 minute bus ride. We checked in, found our bearings and before we knew it the evening had arrived.
I’d done a little research of tummy-friendly places to eat in Luxembourg beforehand and came across Lenelife – the first gluten-free and lactose-free eatery in Luxembourg!
As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have an specific food intolerance (that I’m aware of), but I am affected by too many high-FODMAP foods so I tend to go for gluten-free options when eating out (to balance out the other FODMAPs often hidden in the dish).
I was planning on this as a lunch option for Saturday or Sunday, but after messaging Lene found out that they’re open during the week only (noooooo!) BUT on the particular Friday we were arriving she was having a special event in the evening launching her new autumn menu – timing or what! I booked a table.
What I love about Lene’s menu is the transparency. EVERY ingredient is listed, the food is fresh and it’s not messed with. That’s one of the things the FODMAP diet really taught me way back – make as much from scratch as possible. Hence why I jumped on going somewhere like this – eating out has never been simpler.
I opted for a rainbow salad, followed by the banana cookies and vitamin boost juice – all of which were vibrant and delicious. The juice had a real ginger kick to it – yummy. The boyfriend had the Parma ham pizza and banana cookies. He wouldn’t usually opt for a gluten-free pizza but still very much enjoyed it. Thumbs up. We also tried a new bread on the menu that was paired with a sunflower seed tapenade. Let’s just say if I lived in Luxembourg I’d be making regular visits…If you’re visiting Luxembourg during the week and enjoy fresh and IBS-friendly food, I can definitely recommend Lenelife!
Konrad Cafe and Bar
Tummies happy we moved onto Konrad – mojito time! Great little bar with character and a relaxed atmosphere. And one amazing mojito. One of those places where you could quite happily settle there for an entire evening.
Travel Guide Luxembourg – Day 2
Day two started with a big brekkie to fuel all the walking that was about to take place…
There’s so much to do in Luxembourg and although we’d done some research before heading there we were a little unsure where to start! We based our planning on the ‘hop on/hop off’ tour bus as a rough guide for where to go which was helpful and ‘number one’ on the map listed a whole load of places – a number of which I now recognised having done the research.
Place de la Constitution
We headed for Constitution Square first. Despite a gloomy start to the day the views were still incredible up there. Here you’ll see the Monument of Remembrance.
I’d read up about The Casemates and this was next on the list to explore – 23km of tunnel, built originally as a defence system. Sadly The Petrusse Casemates were temporarily closed, however, the Bock Casemates at the other side of the city were open so we headed there and attempted to navigate some of the many tunnels! Not one if you suffer with claustrophobia, I should add!
Seeing the light of day once again we wandered to the market in the main square. It’s a foodies dream offering lots of fresh produce as well as cheeses, meats, condiments and pumpkins, lots of pumpkins! Nice flowers for sale too.
Close by to here is the extremely impressive Notre-Dame Cathedral. The stained glass windows are something else.
Time for a break. Where better than the Chocolate House?! I’d researched this place and was maybe just slightly looking forward to visiting. It’s an eatery which is also a shop. Savoury and sweet options on the menu with some gluten-free options too, but of course the focus is heavily around chocolate. Loads of choice – goes well with someone as indecisive as me 😉
The ordering system was a little… different though. You order drinks, then you get a ticket, then you go and order your cake separately and get a different ticket. Then you go back down and pay. We got there in the end! Anyway, a cuppa and a rather sizeable (not to mention, delicious) slab of chocolate cake later, we were refuelled.
On the way out we picked up a chocolate spoon to enjoy at home (love a souvenir). If you haven’t seen these before, they’re basically a wooden spoon with a block of chocolate that you dip into warm milk, et voila – you have hot chocolate. I chose dark mint – what a surprise 😉 As you may expect, a place like this is not cheap, but if you enjoy chocolate then it’s a must-visit.
Next, we went to Corniche – back near the Bock Casemates. (The great thing about Luxembourg City is that the majority of sights are all in walking distance, so it’s nice and easy to get about!) Corniche is known as one of the most beautiful balconies in Europe – it certainly is stunning, overlooking the Petrusse valley.
We carried on wandering. En route to working our way down to Petrusse valley (let’s say we took a slight detour!) we went up Pfaffenthal lift. This is a pretty special ‘ordinary’ lift that’s free and open for the public to use. Luxembourg City is very hilly and presumably the lift was built to address this but it’s a cool tourist attraction if you ask me. Great views from the top.
We finally navigated our way down to Petrusse valley (as I mentioned, it’s very hilly and we got a little confused as to how to get down to the valley. We could see it but bloomin’ heck, how d’ya get there?!) Anyway, we made it and enjoyed the views from down below.
After a fair bit of walking, it was time for a drink stop and then back to the hotel for a freshen up.
Dinner was booked at Bosso (the boyfriend found this one). Family-run and very relaxed atmosphere (are you sensing a theme here?) Dinner was one of my favourites – fish! With grilled veggies, potatoes and a side salad. Very few FODMAPs, if any.
Travel Guide Luxembourg – Day 3
Hop On, Hop Off Bus
We had the whole day to make the most of, with our flight later that evening. Another decent brekkie later, today was the day to be even more touristy and actually take the hop on, hop off bus. Probably the most touristy you can possibly be, but I think they’re a great way to see the city and it’s great being able to get on/off as you please (I’m not one for structured guided tours – prefer freestyle!)
Bearing in mind Luxembourg City isn’t big, we knew the bus route wouldn’t take long. A hop off later we were back near the centre of the city. One of the key things we noticed was that nearly all shops and a number of eateries are closed all day on a Sunday. I think this is a really good thing as means people are enjoying some weekend, but bear this in mind if you’re heading there as it will limit your activities.
Back to Konrad
A wander round later, we enjoyed a delicious bowl of sweet potato, broccoli and potato soup at Konrad, where we’d been on Friday night. This place is just as great in the day. Accompanied with a fresh mint tea. Yum.
We hopped back on the bus and continued the tour, ending up back at Constitution Square. The rest of the afternoon was extremely chilled – exploring areas of the city we’d missed, soaking up the Luxembourg atmosphere and eating chocolate. Shame we had to leave!
- Luxembourg City is a great place to explore in 48 hours – if we’d have been there longer we’d have liked to explore outside the city.
- The city itself is easy to get around by walking – great place to wander. It tended to take us a maximum of 15/20 minutes to get from one location to another at any one time.
- There are IBS-friendly places to indulge your taste buds. There’s also gluten-free and lactose-free options in supermarkets. As someone who has to watch what they eat, I found the experience of eating out pretty easy and didn’t have any flare-ups (wahoo). Anxiety-wise (often as part of the vicious cycle with IBS), it was one of the best city breaks – taking it easy and not trying to cram in too much of a busy schedule definitely suits me better.
- Autumn is a beautiful time of year to go – the colours are stunning and the temperatures are fairly mild.
- One of the most relaxing city breaks I’ve been on and highly recommend!
Have you been to Luxembourg? What were your favourite places?