At times, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city feels incredibly refreshing, even if you don’t venture far. Whether you’re a traveller or a resident of Luxembourg City, embracing the concept of slow travelling in Luxembourg city can be truly rewarding. Taking the time to immerse yourself in the local culture, forging connections with the city, and savouring its essence like a local allows you to experience it on a deeper, more meaningful level. To help you make the most of your slow travel experience in Luxembourg City, here’s a curated list of twelve delightful activities to consider on your next travel to this city:
1. Have a yoga session in the open-air
Nothing compares to a yoga session in the open air when it comes to embracing the essence of slow travel. The Sunday yoga sessions led by the delightful instructors, Sarah and John, at the picturesque Kinnekswiss (Ville Haute) have become an unmissable rendez-vous for yoga enthusiasts. To be a part of this experience, simply head to the Kinnekswiss lawn, where you can connect with the friendly locals who gather for a blissful and relaxing moment guided by these two adorable yoga teachers. This inclusive yoga gathering welcomes everyone, regardless of their skill level or background and payment is made through voluntary donations. The Kyosk (Kirchberg) also offers open-air yoga sessions on Wednesdays and Sundays.
2. Visit the local market at the Stater Maart (Ville Haute)
Exploring the open-air market that takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Place Guillaume II (or Knuedler) is not only about getting in touch with the delicious flavours produced in the region, it is also about interacting with the more than 30 vendors that come with their products. You will find an interesting variety of offerings at the market, including fresh bread, cheeses, charcuterie, roast chicken, and, because Luxembourg city is so multicultural, try also the Turkish, Greek, Portuguese, and Spanish food. There’s also a farmer’s section with organic fruits, vegetables, and vibrant flowers. This market promises a truly slow travel experience for your senses.
3. Use the city’s public transports
Consider using public transportation options, such as the city buses or the recent tram, as your preferred means of exploring the city – especially because in Luxembourg they are all free! We recommend you park your car in one of the park and ride facilities, which also have free shuttles to the city centre. By opting for public transportation, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the daily routines of the locals and truly immerse yourself in the essence of the city. This choice will also help you embrace a more leisurely pace, allowing for a richer and more authentic experience of your surroundings.
4. Explore the 24 neighbourhoods of the capital
Expand your visit from beyond the city centre. The city has got 24 districts, each with its own charm. Why not selecting a handful of them and devote a day to exploring each one thoroughly. Stroll through their enchanting streets, delve into the local shops and cafés, and engage with the friendly residents.
5. Visit the museums and Art galleries of the city of Luxembourg
Take your time to immerse yourself in the cultural offerings of the capital by exploring its museums and art galleries. Each museum presents an opportunity to delve into the fascinating history and context of the art pieces and exhibitions. Whether you choose to visit the renowned Mudam in Kirchberg, the intriguing National Museum of Natural History in Grund, the hidden gem that is the Deportation Memorial (Hollerich) or the quirky Tram and Bus Museum (Hollerich), there is something to pique the interest of every visitor.
6. Forest bathe in the Bambësch Forest (Rollingergrund)
The Bambësch Forest attracts locals mainly for invigorating jogs and scenic hikes, boasting six well-marked trails. However, this natural haven, which serves as one of the green lungs of the City of Luxembourg, has more to offer. Adventurers can explore the forest on horseback, using the dedicated riding trail or enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the designated bicycle lane. Notably, the Bambësch proudly holds the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label, a certification that ensures responsible forest management.
Among the array of hikes, the Bambësch health trail stands out, spanning less than 3 km while promoting overall well-being. For a profound forest bathing experience, why not immerse yourself fully in nature? Embrace the trees with a heartfelt hug, walk barefoot to connect with the earth, and disconnect from all digital distractions. After completing the hike, visitors can even take advantage of the complimentary showers available at the Centre Sportif Bambësch.
7. Sip a glass of Luxembourgish wine at one of the charming local cafés
Take a moment to relax, order a glass of Rivaner, and immerse yourself in the ambiance by people-watching, reading a book, or striking up conversations with friendly locals. Slowing down and enjoying the city’s atmosphere is one of our favourite ways to travel.
Luxembourg city offers a plethora of beautiful cafes and enchanting terraces. For us, the Bouneweger Stuff, in the Bonnevoie district, and Le Bovary in Weimerskirch hold a special place in the hearts of many Luxembourguers. Bouneweger Stuff offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, while Le Bovary, known as the cosiest literary café in the city, guarantees engaging conversations, especially if you share a passion for books.
8. Have a picnic in the green parks of the city of Luxembourg
Discover a serene haven amidst the bustling cityscape, whether it be the family-oriented Parc de Merl, the charming Parc de la Pétrusse, or the panoramic Parc Dräi Eechelen. As you unpack a delightful basket filled with local delicacies, immerse yourself in the picturesque surroundings, observe the locals as they go about their day, and savour a leisurely meal in the lap of nature. Whether with friends, family, or in peaceful solitude, these parks offer the perfect setting for relaxation, making your picnic a truly unforgettable experience of serenity and joy.
9. Join the local events and festivals
Immerse yourself in the culture of Luxembourg City by joining local events or festivals, an exciting way to connect with the city’s lively community. One of the most cherished gatherings is the City Open Air Cinema, where locals and tourists alike come together under the starlit sky to enjoy classic films in the iconic Place Guillaume II. Check the city’s event calendar for an overview of the “Summer in the City” concerts, a series of electrifying outdoor musical performances showcasing diverse genres and talents, offering an unforgettable experience in the heart of the city.
For a taste of Luxembourg’s traditional craftsmanship and conviviality, the Éimaischen Festival is a popular celebration where locals celebrate Easter Monday near the St Michel’s church. The streets come alive with artisanal pottery markets, delightful music, and lively parades, fostering a strong sense of community pride and cultural appreciation.
10. Hop on one of the Vel’OH!, the city’s public bicycle
As you pedal through the charming streets of Luxembourg city, you’ll immerse yourself in the city’s heartbeat, absorbing the details that might be missed in faster modes of travel. With each turn of the wheel, you’ll forge a connection with your surroundings, while appreciating the architectural marvels and stumbling upon hidden gems that the hurried traveller misses. The slow pace allows for spontaneous stops at cafes or parks. The first 30 minutes of the Vel’OH!’s subscription is free, encouraging you to take your time and relish the experience without worrying about additional costs.
11. Feel at peace amidst the serene cemeteries in the city
For a truly tranquil experience, consider visiting one of the many picturesque cemeteries in the city. Offering a level of tranquility even beyond a yoga session, these peaceful grounds provide an opportunity for reflection and contemplation. Among the most visited cemeteries in Luxembourg City is the American Military Cemetery in Hamm, where the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II rest in eternal peace. One of the prominent tombs in this cemetery belongs to General Patton, a heroic figure, who commanded the US Army Corps in several offensives during the war.
Another cemetery well worth a visit is the one in Limpertsberg, where you can find remarkable tombs housing the remains of notable individuals who have left their mark on history. Visiting these cemeteries offers not only a chance to pay respects to those who have passed but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere and find solace in the beauty of life’s impermanence.
12. Soak in the calm atmosphere of Luxembourg city’s churches
Discover the serene beauty and spiritual tranquility of Luxembourg city’s churches, where history and architecture intertwine to create a captivating atmosphere. If the Notre-Dame Cathedral — a magnificent example of Gothic architecture dating back to the 17th century, – is too busy or too big for you, delve into the city’s religious heritage at Saint Michael’s Church, a neo-Romanesque gem boasting a striking clock tower and a rich history dating back to the 10th century. Saint John’s Church, in the Grund, is a baroque masterpiece adorned with elegant frescoes. But for total serenity head to Belair for the pretty Saint Pie X Church and soak in the sacred calmness of this spiritual haven amidst the bustling city.
Remember, slow travel is all about embracing the moment, being present, and fully immersing yourself in the city’s culture and atmosphere. Enjoy the journey and let the city of Luxembourg reveal its unique charm at its own pace.