the Norweigen and Northern Luxembourg
Vianden Travel Blog› entry 9 of 10 › view all entries
June 12th, 2010 – by: jenn79
My friend Stian (another WTO studies classmate like Thanisa) lined up a train from Brussels to meet us right around our arrival time. We had about 20 minutes to spare before he arrived so we went into the tourist office to figure out what there might be to do and find out where the market was. The staff member was very kind, looked up activities and told us apologetically he did not see an open air market today, but marked off a walking tour and a bus tour for Luxembourg City. We had seen some pretty pictures of castles in the window so RJ and Tracy really took the lead on this one and figured out exactly how to get to the city of Vianden.
At the tourist office we stopped to ask for directions, despite sort of being able to see the castle from the office - doesn't hurt to be careful right? She asked us if we wanted to get the Luxembourg card. I know the NY and France cards are practically useless, but this one turned out to be a Godsend! For a group of 5, it cost 20 Euro (which would have been the same price as admission for 4 to the castle alone). We ended up getting a 30% discount on the hop-on-hop-off bus tour, as well as free admission to the MUDAM with this little card. Yay for Luxembourg's tourist-friendly budget-considerate-ness! =D
Northern Luxembourg was sooo beautiful.
We had to climb a winding street to get to this castle, but it was really nice. Lots of little surprises like a beautiful window-ed area with great views, lots of original furniture, no torture chambers unfortunately! But my favorite part was the library area. They had a dozen or so amazing examples of illuminated manuscripts - and THEY LET YOU TOUCH THEM! You have to put on cotton gloves, but I could not believe that they let the public touch these 400 year-old books with their hands!! Unbelievable!!
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