Flights to Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a small Western European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. The country measures just 51 miles (82km) in length and 35 miles (57km) across and the capital and largest city is also named Luxembourg!
Flights from South Africa to Luxembourg all go via Johannesburg and you have seven airlines to choose from. There are no direct flights to Luxembourg; instead flights connect through Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich and Zurich with Swiss Air, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, British Airways, BMI and South African Airways (SAA).
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The Tourist Attractions of Luxembourg:
When we talk about the tourist attractions of Luxembourg, generally the city is being referred to as the rest of the country does not have a great deal which would appeal from a tourist’s point of view! Luxembourg City however, is still a quiet city and certainly not somewhere you would consider visiting for a rowdy night on the town, with a population of well under 100,000!
Luxembourg City is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the city’s important fortifications. The fortifications, called Casements Bock, are an underground network built in the 18th century underneath the city.
Luxembourg has an ‘old town’ area where historic buildings are plentiful and is very picturesque, however, there are older buildings scattered all over the city which you can enjoy. The Cathedral of Notre Dame is an impressive neogothic building, built originally as a Jesuit church for which construction began in 1613.
Another historic building is the Grand Ducal Palace, which originates from 1572. This is the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is now the only country in the world to have a sovereign Grand Duchy and this building has been the official palace of the Grand Duke since 1890. During the Second World War, the palace was occupied by Nazis and much of the furniture and art work was damaged. The palace was once again returned in 1945 and was restored between 1991 and 1996.
The Adolphe Bridge is a popular tourist spot and has become an unofficial symbol of Luxembourg, and was built between 1900 and 1903.
Fort Thüngen was a historic fortification which had to be demolished, as ordered by the 1867 Treaty of London. However, during the 1990’s the site was completely reconstructed along with Luxembourg’s museum of modern art, the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (abbreviated to Mudam).
There are several other museums in the city, including the National Museum of History and Art and the History Museum of the City of Luxembourg. The National Museum of Military History is well known for its portrayals of the Battle of the Bulge.
Following from the Second World War theme, the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is within the city limits. There are the graves of 5,076 American military personnel here, including General George S. Patton.
For modern architecture, see the Philharmonie Luxembourg. This contemporary building was opened in 2005 as a concert hall and the home of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performances of one variety or another throughout the year.
When Should You Visit?:
Luxembourg has a climate identified as ‘modified continental’ because winters are generally quite mild and summers can get very hot. January and February however are the exception and do get very cold. Precipitation is high year round, and the hottest months are July ad August when temperatures commonly reach 35C.