Luxembourg was just what I needed after a pretty miserable week, what a fantastic place! I’ve now had the opportunity to ride some of the best cycling networks in the world, but (so far) Luxembourg is head and shoulders above them all. The cycling infrastructure is a joy to behold, not just the cycling lanes (which are absolutely everywhere) but the actual surfaces, including the roads are top notch.
It’s pretty obvious that having two real Tour de France contenders has impacted on the country, because cycling is so prominently promoted and supported. These bike stations were all over the country, not just in the city. You simply pay at the meter, then ride and drop off at another station.
And if you’re worried about your fitness not being up to cycling those hills, well these bikes come with electric motors which you can turn on to help you. I passed a few and joked that they were ‘wusses’.
There is a lot to see, but my first call was at the famous cathedral where I waited patiently for the coaches and tourists to move away from the front. I wanted to go inside, but sadly it wasn’t open.
However I did find this rather nice water fountain on the right hand side of the Cathedral:
Just across the road was a rather striking memorial, the ‘Monument du Souvenir’ or ‘Gëlle Fra’ which commemorates the Luxembourgish volunteers who fought alongside the French and Belgians during the first world war. It was pulled down by the Nazi occupiers in 1940 and not reconstructed until the 1950’s, where it now also commemorates those fallen in the Second World War.
The raised pedestal is adorned by a bronze sculpture representing a man mourning a fallen soldier.
The city center was a real pleasure to wander around. That statement in itself should tell you how much I enjoyed it, because ‘I don’t do’ crowds. Luxembourg is different though, the open plan spaces and cycling ways let you get up close without having to park your bike up somewhere, you’re allowed everywhere!
The main square was surrounded on three sides by cafe’s and restaurants, the choice of different foods and cultures was amazing.
On the fourth side is what I think is the town hall:
The architecture around Luxembourg is world famous and you can see why. It is a great place to visit with so much to see and I feel I barely scratched the surface. Had I had company there is no doubt I would have bought a guide to the city.
It’s amazing what a difference sunshine makes. I was able to do my washing and finally dry out my wet kit. The forecast for the next week is promising as I head south towards Germany. I’ll follow the Mosel river to Strasbourg, calling at Metz to see if I can get some kit from Decathlon. Looking at the route it appears I can travel to 3 countries in a couple of minutes – I’ll let you know if that works out in my next post! 🙂