No surprises here – another Ryanair bargain flight and we were off to Luxembourg at the end of January. Having got good flight deals on Gothenburg and Eindhoven I was very excited to add another country to our travel list. I booked the flights end of November for January at €9.99 each. It was a very short pleasant flight around an hour and half long which was perfect for a weekend break. We landed in Luxembourg around 7pm to really dense fog, I literally could not see the bus stop when we stepped out of the airport!!
The first thing you will notice is how clean everywhere is. The airport was immaculate. We jumped on the bus number 29 which departs outside the airport main door straight to the city every 15 minutes and takes about 20 minutes. Again so efficient. We were very lucky as the bus stopped quite literally outside our hotel door. We couldn’t wait to get a visual of the city but the dense fog and pitch dark meant that would have to wait until the morning.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Novotel Luxembourg Centre which claims to be a family friendly hotel and hand on heart it was one of the most family friendly hotels we have ever stayed in. It is evident from the moment you check in. There have a fussball table in reception and my kids were hyper about the next bit… a kids corner with an xbox. It was just perfect for us. I would be very remiss of me not to say a special thank you to Caroline on reception. The kindness and professionalism show to us was some of the best we have had in all the hotels we have stayed. She had endless patience with the kids and their questions and xbox requests and so much knowledge on things to do locally. I hope Novotel realise what a gem they have with Caroline.
The room we had comprised a double and sofa bed – again ideal for our needs. The breakfast was really and I mean really good. The kids were borderline obsessed with the pancake maker and pretty much hogged it the entire breakfast each morning! I find a good breakfast when you are travelling really sets us up for the day of exploring. Thanks to the Novotel for the lovely personalised welcome to our room, absolutely made our day.
What we did
Luxembourg is a stunningly beautiful city, the old buildings and walls and narrow winding streets. The fog was still pretty bad making visibility quite poor so we decided to head walking to get our bearings. Interestingly the old fortification walls of the city are designated UNESCO sites. Its not hard to be wowed by the contrasting architecture. The old walls are just stunning. The city also very uniquely have over 17km of underground tunnels (Bock Casemates) which unfortunately were closed during our stay but can be accessed at two points in the city. The kids are begging to go back just to see the tunnels.