Visit a new country for the price of €50? Sign me up! This 1-day trip was organized by the International Club at IÈSEG and it was not to be missed. In comparison to other European countries, Luxembourg is often overlooked by travellers and isn’t considered a hot tourist destination. Let’s be real, have you ever heard someone say, “I’m going to Luxembourg this summer?” Though unknown to many, but used as a tax haven for some, this country surprised the hell out of me. It’s actually one of my favourite destinations thus far and I understand now, why expats choose to call it home. With Fall fully in the air, all the greenery that once covered this small city were turning brown which made it even more beautiful. It was also the first time I experienced such freezing temperatures (-4°), but with 3-layers of clothing and a pair of gloves, I survived the day.
WHERE I WENT
A famous landmark in Luxembourg City, this double bridge was built between 1900-1903. I saw this bridge after searching on Instagram and I knew that I had to take a picture here. It’s the perfect spot to view the old town below.
PFAFFENTHAL PANORAMIC ELEVATOR
This was the highlight of the trip! It’s a massive glass elevator that connects Ville Haute & Pfaffenthal. Basically, the lower city and the upper city. The kid in me wanted to ride this all day especially since it was free. Take a look!
What started as a simple ride on the elevator ended up with unexpected friendships and a hike to a museum. While taking a couple pics, we asked two guys if they could take a couple shots of us. After a brief exchange and with nothing to do on our end, this led to us accompanying them to the MUDAM. Meet Francesco & Duarte, our adventurous, Portuguese friends who chose to wander through the bushes to visit the museum instead of using the streets (like normal people).
The mini ‘hike’ turned out to be a lot of fun, though at times, it could have ended up with someone at the ER for either a heart attack or a sprained ankle. It took around 30 mins to get to there and honestly, I was so happy we went! The pieces on display were strange yet intriguing and majority of the time we created our own analogies.
This exhibit, ‘The Last Resort’ by Anri Sala showcases 38 drums hanging from the ceiling and is actually a self-playing sculpture. It created a sensory experience that made all of us just lay on the floor and take it all in for an hour.
BRASSERIE NATIONALE (BOFFERDING)
Though the first half of the itinerary was free to do as we wish, the second half was to visit the largest brewery in Luxembourg. As someone who has worked in the beer manufacturing industry before, it was quite interesting to see the European version of it. It was really interactive, and the tour took us from the phase 1 straight til the end. It ended with a beer tasting which turned out to be five full glasses of different types of beer. And as you can see, I struggled to finish them all.
WHAT I ATE
The day was so jam-packed that I didn’t get time to eat anything special. I did however eat the Mcdonald’s McRib for the first time, and it was to say the least, very underwhelming.
my plans next visit
NO PLANS TO REVISIT
I don’t really plan on revisiting Luxembourg as it’s such a small country and I covered most of the important spots that day. It’s such a vibrant city and if I do revisit it’s just to show newcomers around. Who knows, I just might be the 1 in every 10000 to say ‘I’m going to Luxembourg this summer!’
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