I’ve long wanted to go on a BeNeLux trip, and the week before Easter I finally did it!
In a nutshell, the BeNeLux countries were beautiful, the food amazing, the weather freezing, and the itinerary exhausting. We had three (three!!) home bases in 7 nights. I generally do not like to travel this way with kids, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbled this time. So, ready or not, here comes a whole host of posts (ha!) on everything BeNeLux we could jam into one week.
First up, the Lux part! Doc Sci and I carefully woke the boys up around 430am on a Monday morning and crept silently to our car. Under the cover of darkness, we made our way through France to Luxembourg. We were hit with two curve balls – the traffic going into Lux happened to be a lot heavier than anticipated, and the weather in Lux was much colder than predicted.
After finding our way to what has to be the BEST park in Lux, we awkwardly dressed the boys in their day clothes (they slept in the car wearing pajamas), trying to maneuver socks and buttons in our cramped car. We fed the boys and the baby breakfast, and set out for a walk around the old city.
I had envisioned savoring the beauty of the architecture and appreciating the stillness of the morning unclouded by throngs of tourists. Oh, the streets were empty all right. But the only thing I thought about was how I could barely feel my feet. After a few hey-we-were-here pictures, we headed back to the park.
On the way back to the park and our car, we found the tourist office. We stopped in (hello, free heat) and were told that we had caught all the interesting sights. The only thing we missed and couldn’t do anyway because of our time schedule was the underground casemates tour (a great description of the tour can be found here). The admission is surprisingly reasonable, and we will definitely do this tour should we have the opportunity to return to Luxembourg.
Even without the cold, we probably could have spent one day in Luxembourg – max. The city is quite compact, and very walkable. If you’re traveling with a baby or toddler, prams are okay, but a backpack carrier would be better especially if you plan on walking up and down the fortress walls or taking the casemates tour.
When researching Luxembourg, I noticed a hop on-hop off tour. I have to say that after seeing Luxembourg in person, that tour is most likely a waste of money unless you have limited mobility. The tour buses are not frequent, and all the sights are quite close together.
Though I loved taking in the view of the Grand Ducal Palace, I know the boys thought the pirate ship playground was the highlight of our morning in Lux. If you’d like to visit yourself, the huge park is located near the corner of Avenue Monterey and Boulevard Prince Henri, right next to the Monterey parking garage. Free (warm!) bathrooms are located in the park as well as in the parking garage. Many cafes are within walking distance should you need a bite to eat. (More about this park here.)
My snapshot of Luxembourg: bitter cold, enchanting, historically fascinating, and very expensive.