We're in town!
At the train station in Luxembourg City, it rained all day.
It was raining the day we arrived in Luxembourg City, and as any semi-professional world traveler would do (tongue-in-cheek, of course), we had our rain gear and made ready use of it.
The city’s history dates back to the year 963, when Siegfried, Count of the Ardennes, had a castle named "Lucilinburhuc" built on a rock overlooking the River Alzette. It was the famous French fortress builder Vauban who, at the service of Louis XIV, later turned Luxembourg into one of his masterpieces, suitably known as the ‘Gibraltar of the North’
Luxembourg is the World's Only Grand Duchy, formed in 1815 by agreement of the European powers at the Congress of Vienna. It was originally ruled by the King of The Netherlands, but in 1890 official ties were severed when the King died with no male heir. The Grand Duchy has had its own monarch ever since.
For the traveler, the following language usage may be useful; Luxembourgish (national language), German (administrative language), French (administrative language).
After settling into our hotel just footsteps from the City Centre and the lower towns of Grund, Clausen and Pfaffenthal we set out to explore the sights, history and beauty of
Adolphe Bridge (New Bridge) erected 1900-1903, Spans the Petrusse Valley. The Luxembourg National Bank is at the background right.
this most modern and picturesque city.
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