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One Day in Luxembourg City with Kids

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Wondering how to spend one day in Luxembourg City with kids? I can’t say that Luxembourg was ever on my list of places to visit but we had an opportunity to do so and I’m glad we did. Milana has a scratch off map of Europe and when she saw Luxembourg near Belgium, she asked if we can go when we do our Brussels/Amsterdam trip. So we made plans to make a detour for a day and loved it! Here are some ideas on how to spend one day in Luxembourg City with kids and our one day Luxembourg itinerary.

How to get to Luxembourg City

Depending on where you are coming from, you can either take the train or fly. We opted to fly since we much prefer planes to trains. If you are flying in, Luxembourg City has an airport making it an easy destination to get to from many European cities. Our flight was on time and we arrived in LUX much earlier than the train would have. And since public transportation is free in LUX, we just hopped on a bus that took 15 minutes to drop us off in front of our hotel.

Where to stay in Luxembourg City with kids

If you’re looking for the best family friendly hotel in Luxembourg City, you’re in luck. There are several to choose from! Since we wanted to be near the city center because we only had one day, we chose the Novotel Luxembourg Centre. It was a short walk from pretty much everything we wanted to see and the bust from the airport stops right in front, making it super convenient.

More good options are the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal, which is directly in front of the Novotel and the Hotel Perrin, which is near the train station and downtown.

where to stay in Luxembourg with kids

There are quite a few hotels and apartments in this small city, so you’re bound to find something that works for your family.

How to get around Luxembourg City with kids

The best way to get around the city is by foot, the capital is small and easy to navigate by foot. But sometimes you’ll want to take public transportation to rest your legs. Public transportation in Luxembourg is completely free! Yes you read that right, it’s free for locals and tourists. Just hop onto a bus, train or tram and head to wherever you need to go, free of charge. This is why I do not recommend Hop on Hop off buses here, no need to pay for something that is already free!

public transportation in luxembourg
We utilized these whenever we got tired of walking!

Best time to visit Luxembourg

The best time to visit Luxembourg is going to depend on what type of weather you prefer. May, June and September have some of the best weather, with mild temperatures and little rain. If you are coming in December, be sure to visit some of the best Luxembourg Christmas markets. Summer months are generally more crowded so avoid those if you can. We visited in the spring and thought it was a great time to visit.

What to do in Luxembourg City with kids

Wander around the streets

One of the best things to do in Luxembourg City with kids is to just wander the city streets and explore. We didn’t have an itinerary and just wanted to explore the city. We walked a ton however sometimes we wanted a break, so we hopped onto their free public transportation to get to another part of the city. We walked nearly 30k steps in the day we were here! Keep in mind that this city is super hilly and built in layers, and what goes down must come up! We walked tons of stairs, steep inclines and hills, something not everyone is fond of.

what to do in Luxembourg with kids
what to do in Luxembourg with kids

Walk around the Old Quarter

One of our favorite parts of Luxembourg was the Old Quarter area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will find steep hills and lots of amazing photo ops. Wander around with no itinerary, it’s the best way to explore this area!

visitng Luxembourg with kids
Luxembourg 1 day itinerary
Luxembourg 1 day itinerary

Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The only cathedral in Luxembourg, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in 1613. You don’t need a lot of time here but it’s worth a stop!

Stop at a local playground

There are several playgrounds scattered around Luxembourg and it’s a great way for the adults to get some rest while the kids play.

best playgrounds in luxembourg
luxembourg playground

Where to eat in Luxembourg City with kids

Because we only had one day in Luxembourg, we didn’t try many restaurants. While walking around, we stumbled upon a place called Vapiano, which had pizza and pasta. It was packed, so we decided to give it a try. You seat yourself and scan the QR code to order your food, which is then brought to your table. We both opted for pasta and they were delicious! Good place for lunch and dinner in Luxembourg with kids. Something to keep in mind: many restaurants close around 2pm and don’t reopen until 5:30 or later for dinner.

family friendly luxembourg restaurants

As you can see, we had a lot of fun visiting Luxembourg for one day. It’s a really beautiful city with some amazing architecture. While I don’t think you need lots of time here, I highly recommend a day trip to Luxembourg City if you ever have the opportunity to do so. Want to save this for later? Pin one of the images below.

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