Luxembourg, the underrated capital of Europe
Posted on 16/09/2020

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Luxembourg might not be the most popular city to visit in Europe for tourists (it may even have a boring reputation for some), but it really is more dynamic and diverse than anyone expects, and has plenty to offer to tourists and to locals alike, such as great history, culture, art and natural landscapes.

Attractive and multicultural

Attractive and multicultural
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Not only is it a very picturesque place thanks to its gorges, cliffs and twisting roads - it is also a vibrant place at night, particularly in the Rives de Clausen neighbourhood - an old brewing district that is now full of bars and restaurants.

Called by Batty Weber "the most beautiful balcony of Europe", the Chemin de la Corniche is a promenade that offers great views over the rooftops, river, viaducs and green hills surrounding the city.

Apart from the Old Town, which is impressive because of its narrow alleyways and historic buildings, you should also make sure to visit Casemates du Bock, a 17-kilometre-long tunnel which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Grand Ducal Palace, and Mudam - the city's modern art museum.

An attractive location because of its advantageous tax structure and stable government, Luxembourg has the highest GDP per capita in the EU, and is home for many of the world's biggest companies' headquarters.

Since French, German and Luxembourgish are all official languages in the country, there are plenty of job opportunities, making it an attractive place for young professionals from all over the world. Although Luxembourg only has 120,000 inhabitants, 70% of them are non-Luxembourgers, which makes it an incredibly diverse city.

And because of its location between Germany, Belgium, and France, it is also a place with a very rich gastronomy and a lot of cultural diversity. But it is much more than just a mix between French and German - you can also see Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Bangladeshi, Indian and Japanese influences in the gastronomy.

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There are also some iconic national dishes to try, such as Kniddelen (dumplings) and Judd mat Gaardebounen (smoked collar of pork served with broad beans). Even better, the country has the highest density of Michelin Star restaurants in the world!

So don't hesitate and bring Luxembourg to your bucket list of European cities. It is easily reachable, which makes it ideal for a weekend getaway. Plus Luxembourg is the first country in the world to offer free public transport, and has also put in place a free city-wide WiFi, which will make your life a lot easier during your visit!