Do you like heading out on a city break with your family? Discovering which UK and European destinations are best for visiting with children... You might already have thought of the obvious choices from the Italian splendour of Venice to the exciting city of Porto, but how would a smaller country such as Luxembourg fare? Well there's only way to find out so we headed into see Luxembourg by train from EuropaCamping Nommerlayen.
Any city confident enough to just simply advertise itself with the slogan 'See, Touch, Experience' must be pretty sure they have enough to interest visitors, but what five reasons could we find to visit with a family?
#1 - Reason to visit Luxembourg with Kids
Whatever you do, if you've got children who love to explore.... head straight for the 'city buses' to Casemates and its extraordinary network of underground galleries. Carved from the city's rock, it's the main city attraction and a recognised UNESCO site with World Heritage site. But in truth, it's also the best way to see how the city was created or achieve the best view of the city. Plus your kids will love each tunnel complete with viewpoint or spiral staircase! Safe yet fun! It's a great place to see before you head into the old town of Luxembourg City.
#2 - Reason to visit Luxembourg with Kids
Just like Bordeaux, it's a city that's invested in its transport system... Imagine travelling across the whole country for 4 euros per adult (children under 12 travel for free)! So with the city transport links covered too and only a day to explore, we considered the city bikes but instead opted for the buses... There's plenty to fit in including the panoramic city lift, Grand Ducal Palace or Museum of Modern Art Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM).
But you'll get picturesque views of this bustling, lively city via the bus and within 30mins you can be out of the capital into the fresh air that surrounds the city. Although you might not notice too much, as Luxembourg City has over 1/3 of it's city covered by beautiful green spaces. A green belt to rival Valencia.....full of abundant parks and gardens!
#3 - Reason to visit Luxembourg with Kids
Hosting over 170 nationalities in the capital, it also plays host to numerous museums, such as the impressive National Museum of History & Art. This anthropological museum houses an astounding collection of artefacts and offers interactive exhibits and immersive experiences with brilliant audio guides. Our girl's personal favourites included the extensive roman mosiac, as well as the dozens of smaller exhibits on prehistoric life....Imagine combining this with fantastic artwork too from historical renaissance to contemporary art and the excellent 'Portugal Exhibition' that reminded both girls of happy days in Porto and the 'Age of Discovery' museum
#4 - Reason to visit Luxembourg with Kids
For a country of only 563,000 people, there's plenty of activities across the city (and outside) for kids (click here)... But it's also the type of capital city that you can easily walk around, grab a coffee and enjoy the view... Centuries of history are easily recognisable in the buildings that surround the old town.
But as with any good city, there's plenty on offer at different times of the year so it's worth visiting some of these links to find out exactly what might be on offer (click here). Having spent over 700 days in Europe with our kids, you never know what you might miss out on... it was only a few days ago that the kids were enjoying 'mosaic cobble painting in Strasbourg'
#5 - Reason to visit Luxembourg with Kids
As Europe's safest capital, it's well located admist an amazing variety of landscapes with plenty for families to discover nearby... think The Ardennes, the Land of the Red Rocks or the Mullerthal Region... So plenty to keep intrepid explorers or mini adventurers busy after a day discovering Luxembourg City's rich history.
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