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Tourism in Luxembourg
Between the bulk of the Ardennes (a rolling terrain of forests and mountains) and the Petrusse River, the charming city of Luxembourg is surrounded by its beautiful gardens. In the Arms Plaza (Place d'Armes), the old center of the fortified city, buildings are in Renaissance and neo-Gothic style, and the Plaza is home to numerous cafés and restaurants. Its neighbor, the Plaza of Guillermo II (Place Guillaume II), is presided over by a statue of the monarch, and twice a week it hosts an outdoor market. Close by is the late-Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady (Cathédrale Nötre-Dame), with its Baroque organ and concealed 14th century crypt in its interior. In Constitution Plaza (Place de la Constitution) remain the oldest part of Luxembourgs fortifications - the Casements of the Petrusse - a set of tunnels and passages where citizens took refuge during World War II. Nearby is the Adolph Bridge (Pont Adolphe), measuring 221 meters long and 46 meters high, which, after its construction in 1903, has become the most famous in Luxembourg.
From here you can visit the Citadel of the Holy Spirit (Citadelle du St Espirit), a 13th century fort constructed on the ruins of an old monastery. A walk along the beautiful street Chemin de la Corniche affords wonderful views of Luxembourg and perhaps the prettiest balcony in Europe. Then visit the citys first fortification: from this promontory the city grew, and this, its place of origin, remained always its most insurmountable. Next, descend to the gem that is Great Ducal Palace (Palais Granducal), whose scenery bears the style of the Spanish Renaissance, and which remains the abode of the Royal Family. At the entrance the picturesque changing of the guard can be watched. Behind the palace lies the 10th century church of St Románica Michel, whose Gothic/Baroque design serves to emphasize its great bell tower.
In order to know more details of the citys rich history, do not hesitate to visit the Historical Museum of Luxembourg.