Catacombs, a Corniche & Cake // Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
One perk of living in Europe: going to another country for day, or even a meal. Ridiculous, I know. We’d done this before on day trips to Strasbourg, France, which is about an hour and change from Heidelberg, but after two years abroad we still hadn’t made it to the tiny country of Luxembourg and knew we wanted to get in a visit there before repatriating. With our final days dwindling into single digits, we sprang for one last day trip.
We ended up spending the better part of 6 hours in-country so I can’t say our visit was in fact extraordinary but pleasant enough and a great stopover for travelers passing through (but honestly not worthy of a trans-Atlantic flight). The country is beautiful, clean, and has a colorful history. Our Rick Steves Guide to Germany has a tiny section devoted to Luxembourg and we used this as our resource for the day. Following Rick’s request, we spent our time at the Casemates, Luxembourg’s famed catacombs, and were surprised by how impressed we were with the underground passages that seemed to go on forever. Nowadays the route is 17 km but at it’s peak the fortress continued on for 23 km (!) making it one of the most impenetrable forts in all of Europe, aptly nicknamed ‘the Gibraltar of the North’.
Afterwards we strolled the La Chemin de la Corniche path gingerly and to Dan’s dismay, I took basically the same picture of the village below 200 times. It’s so idyllic! The weather was surprisingly crisp and refreshing (a much-needed reprieve from Heidelberg’s heat) however a cold beer in town felt like the natural next step.
Before departing we followed Lloyd and Yaya’s advice and ducked into The Chocolate House for a giant slice of layered strawberry shortcake, to go. On the 2 hour drive home I sang along with Avcii on the radio between sugary bites.
Have you ever spent less than a day in a country? What’d you think of your short visit?