This past weekend, thanks to some extra time off, we got to take another trip back to Luxembourg. It was the first country in Europe (outside of Germany) that we visited last year. It is such a beautiful place. In fact, it might be my favorite country we’ve visited. I just love it to pieces! We decided to head back because there were a few things that we didn’t get to see during our first visit. Last time we visited we spent some time in Luxembourg City, taking in the Esch-Sur-Sûre, and at Chateau Vianden. While we did see the Bock and Casemates last time we visited we weren’t able to go inside of them. So a big part of this trip was centered around doing that. The other thing we felt we missed out on was that we hadn’t visited the American Military Cemetery. This particular cemetery is special because it is where General Patton is buried. The Cemetery will get its own post later on, though. For now, I’ll just share our time in Luxembourg City.
The Casemates in Luxembourg were built to help defend the castle that was once in Luxembourg City. The original construction began in the 1600’s! It is basically a series of man made caves in a cliff side. It is said that at their peak (only about half of the Casemates are still intact today) they could shelter up to 35,000 people if need be! Some of the areas within the Casemates were used as the castle prison while others were used for military purposes. There is even a section we toured that was once an underground ‘secret’ passage into the castle to be used if the castle’s bridge had been taken out.
If you’d like to see more from our time in Luxembourg City you can view the entire album HERE.
Also, don’t forget to check the links above of what we visited last time we were in Luxembourg. Chateau Vianden remains one of my favorite castles! It is so beautiful and super fun to explore!