Baby it’s cold outside! As Luxembourg feels the wrath of these harsh winter temperatures, it can be a little tricky to find fun things to do in the Grand Duchy when it feels this artic! As always, there is still plenty to do in Luxembourg, whether that is finding instant shelter in your favourite local bistro or taking a cultural trip to one of the city museums – here are a few things to start you off when you’re a bit thrown off by this winter weather!
We may be a small country, but we can boast quite literally about dozens of museums with all kinds of different exhibitions and focal points. Visiting a museum on a nice warm day can feel like a little bit of a waste, no matter how wonderful the art is. But if it’s cold or icy outside, you have the perfect excuse to pick from the list to tour! The National Art & History Museum (Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art) is perhaps the best in the country, though the Letzebuerg City Museum telling the history of the capital and the National Museum of Military History are fascinating options as well. You can read more about the full range of museums here.
As is the case with many great European concert halls, Luxembourg City is home to a brilliant concert hall, known as the Philharmonie Luxembourg. It’s quite a sight to behold simply from an architectural standpoint. Of course, your interest on a cold winter night would be to see a performance inside, where a grand setting and excellent acoustics make things quite special. Check out all this season has to offer here.
Walking in Luxembourg
We’re pretty blessed with some of the best forests and winter walks sitting right on our doorstep! Bundle up warm and head out to your local forest! In need of some inspiration? Try heading to the Mullerthal region, Echternach Lake, Upper Sûre Lake or even Bridel forest!
Turn Up the Heat at a Spa
When the cold has gotten deep into your bones, it might be time for an ultimate restorative day that will not only rejuvenate your skin but also warm your cockles, and give yourself a break at Mondorf-les-Bains. If you want to still be outside, surrounded by trees with only steam and bubbles, you feel like you are in an otherworldly location. According to wikipedia, in the 1840s the thermal waters were uncovered as a result of deep drilling for salt which had become highly taxed under the Dutch. These restorative warm waters are now a haven for those who want to relax, meditate and catch up with friends. With grottoes, steam rooms and an on-site restaurant, it feels rude not to spend the day lounging in your robe while the snow falls.
As an expat haven, Luxembourg offers a wide variety of places to eat based off of so many different cultures! Whether you’re after local Luxembourgish cuisine, a gastropub, delicious Indian or a Chinese – your options are endless!
- Local Luxembourgish: Lentze Parc
Specialising in authentic Luxembourgish & French cuisine, Lentze Parc uses local and organic produce to create high quality, delicious food! There is a great selection of traditional dishes as well as pasta & fish dishes. A favourite amongst the locals? The beef fondue – soaked in red wine & flavoured with herbs de Provence!
- Indian: Namaste Restaurant
For over 18 years, Namaste has been creating some of the best Indian & Nepali cuisine in Luxembourg. Creating fresh and vibrant food, Namaste will become your new go-to-spot for a delicious curry!
- Chinese: Kin Khao
Grab some grilled squid, classic pad Thai, fried rice or a tasty curry at this modern city spot! With two locations, one in Kineopolis Kirchberg & the other just off of Hamilius, you’re bound to find some food that the whole family will love.
Luxembourg is fortunate to house the most beautiful balcony in all of Europe. Chemin de la Corniche overlooks the entirety of the old town and offers one of the most beautiful walks with the old streets of Luxembourg as your backdrop! The “Old Town” is one of the most breathtaking areas featuring wide streets, walking avenues, and old cathedrals and buildings with interesting architecture. It’s a terrific place to explore on foot, and while as mentioned the weather can be a little bit harsh, not every winter activity has to take place inside! As long as you bundle up in warm clothes, you should try to explore the Old Town. It’s arguable that it’s at its most beautiful when dusted in snow.