Luxembourg is sort of a lost country when it comes to travel advice. Looking for a modern, clean hotel in Lux City. Anyone have any ideas? Also, any suggestions about easy day trips from Lux City or hidden treasures that I might overlook?
Larry, I spent only one night there (a detour by train between Paris and Brussels) and did a whirlwind tour of the highlights. Fortunately, it's a tiny country, so you can see a lot in a day and a half.
I stayed at the Park Inn by Radisson, which is near the train station and a short walk from the center (or a quick bus ride). It's been a few years now, but as I recall the hotel was fine - clean and modern for sure. It was also in a good spot for day trips by bus and train, as the buses were close by also.
I took the train and bus out to the towns of Diekirch and Vianden. Vianden is kind of one of the tourist highlights, a lovely town with a castle. Diekirch is less exciting but still a nice town - the tourist attraction there is probably the military museum, which has an old (kind of tacky and dated-feeling) diorama-type set of exhibits depicting the Battle of the Bulge, which took place nearby (I believe the basement of the museum was an allied headquarters during the battle). The museum was not big and I enjoyed it.
I also took a bus out from Luxembourg City to the suburb town of Hamm, to the US military cemetery there, where some of the fallen US soldiers from the Battle of the Bulge are buried. Its most famous resident is General George Patton, who of course survived the battle but died soon after the war. His memorial dwarfs that of any of the common soldiers buried there - bigger in death not just in life...
The city itself is nice though I didn't fall in love with it. It is unique in being surrounded by a steep ravine, which you can hike down into - it's a park.
We spent 4 nights in Diekirch on a geneology trip but recommend staying in Ettelbruck. It’s a lovely little city which is also a transportation hub for all trains & buses, which I’ve heard are free now. I don’t have a hotel name but I saw one near the bus/train depot. Every train or bus we took changed in Ettelbruck so we spent lots of time wandering here. Farmers market on Friday morning was fun.
The WWII museum in Diekirch was fascinating. After the battle of the bulge, local farmers cleared their fields of military equipment & artifacts left behind — tanks, uniforms, guns, whatever. Initially stored in barns, they aggregated it in Diekirch, in a sprawling building. You can rent an audio guide or just wander. A highlight for us were the letters & photos from American servicemen who had fought there. Luxembourgers love America — after liberation, they cut up Nazi flags to make American flags to wave when Patton paraded through town.
As mentioned, the castle at Vianden is worth seeing. Also there’s a chateau in Clervaux where the famous Family of Man photo exhibit (which toured the world) is now on permanent exhibit.
Luxembourg is a clean, friendly, lovely country which is very welcoming to visitors.
I was in Luxembourg for a few days about five years ago and liked it very much. I stayed in the Empire Hotel in Luxembourg City, across the street from the train station, and enjoyed my stay. Comfortable, quiet, and nice breakfast. I recommend the walking tour from the tourist office. I took the bus (buses in Luxembourg are extremely comfortable) one day to the pretty towns of Eisenach and Vianden. Luxembourg City is a great base for easy day train trips to the wonderful cities of Trier, Germany (50 minutes), Metz, France (45 minutes) and Nancy, France (90 minutes). Trier, Nancy and Luxembourg City are UNESCO listed and Metz is on the tentative UNESCO list.
We were at Park Inn by Raddison as well. It was fine and conveniently located. You might want to ask for a room that is not above the main street.
The American Cemetery was quite moving.
I stayed at the Hotel Simoncini. It was right in the center of town. The owner also owns the art gallery next door and displays the art all over the hotel.