The Wenzel Walk, History and Culture in Luxembourg

The Wenzel Route is a journey through 1000 years of city history. The historical heart of the old town was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Luxembourg is one of Europe’s lesser-known countries even though it’s so beautiful, which makes it a real hidden gem. You can get a free map of the walk at the city tourist office which is located at Place Guillaume II –visit the Notre Dame and the Grand-Ducal palace while you’re there!– from there it’s only a short 10 minute walk to the start of the route.

1. The Bock Casemates

The Wenzel Walk starts at the immense casemates, an underground defense network build in 1644. During the two world wars, the casemates served at a shelter to protect people in the event of a bombardement. Today its the city’s prime attraction and i’m so happy to have seen it.  We wandered around the casemates for about an hour until we continued the route. Don’t directly follow the ‘Wenzel’ signs, they will lead you straight to the exit.

The network can be visited between the beginning of March and the end of October. The price for adults is €4,- children can get in for €2,- and a guided tour comes with the price of €10,-

The Bock Casemates - Luxembourg

A great view from inside the casemates

2. Castle bridge

The exit of the casemates will lead you through the castle bridge which was build in 1735. In 1993 the bridge was restored.

The Castle Bridge, Luxembourg City, Wenzel

The Castle Bridge

The Castle Bridge, Luxembourg City, Wenzel

Inside the Castle Bridge

3. Chemin de la Corniche

The walk continues to Chemin de la Corniche. This defense wall provides you with an amazing view over the old-town and wow, this is definitely the most beautiful view in Luxembourg City.

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View from Chemin de la Corniche

4. Cultural meeting place of ‘Neimënster’

The walk continues through the old ‘Wenzel Wall’ and the Stone footbridge, who will lead you straight to the cultural meeting place of Neimënster. At first it served as a hospital, but in 1547 the Benedictine monks settled in and it became a cloister. The monks were driven out in the French Revolution and the place became a prison. After some alterations in 1815 it was used as a military hospital and after that the State changed it back into a prison. Currently it is used as a major venue for social events.

Cultural meeting place of 'Neimënster'

Cultural meeting place of ‘Neimënster’

5. Plateau Rham

This panoramic point will also provide you with a great view over the Wenzel Wall.

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On top of the Plateau

As you can see Luxembourg City is definitely worth a visit and while you’re there, make sure to do the Wenzel Walk. What i liked the most? Definitely the casemates, exploring them was really a great experience, so don’t hesitate it is a must-see!