Christmas Markets: Luxembourg and its surroundings

All I want for Christmas is Christmas Markets ! Christmas trees, wooden decorated chalets, “Glühwain” (warm wine- and yes it is drinkable, we promise). You guessed it correctly, Christmas is just around the corner! Fortunately, festivities in Luxembourg and its surroundings have started and we gathered a few Christmas Markets you should definitely visit. 

First of all, of course, the markets in Luxembourg city. Located in different places between the Upper Town and the Station district, there will be activities for adults and children. Each little market has its own name and activities so if you are more interested in something in particular, click here to have all the info on the markets.

Germany – Trier

Christmas markets originally came from Germany and this one is one of the famous christmas markets in Germany with 90 beautifully decorated wooden chalets. Trier’s market offers a huge choice for sweet eaters and toy hunters, buyers of candles and spice tasters, fans of crafts and decorative objects, ornaments and useful tools for you and your family. It is easily accessible by train from the Luxembourg-city train station.

France – Metz

Less than one hour by train from Luxembourg-city you can also visit the Christmas market in Metz. Several squares are invaded by Christmas markets.The atmosphere of Christmas reigns on the various squares of the city of Metz with illuminations that will amaze young and old, as soon as night falls. Many exhibitors will settle in the chalets for the occasion: you will find hundreds of gift ideas, how to spoil all your loved ones (handicrafts, toys, Christmas lights and decorations, gourmet products…). For the entire program, please follow this link.

France – Strasbourg

This market is the oldest market in Europe and one of the world’s prettiest markets. Christmas markets in Alsace are world famous and attract millions of tourists every year. It is such a success that some chalets of the Strasbourg Christmas market are even exported to New York, Moscow, Beijing or Tokyo! The Strasbourg Christmas market also known as  ‘Christkindelsmärik’ (Baby Jesus market in Alsatian) is a legacy of many Alsatian traditions.

The Christmas period is a very important moment for the Alsatians who prepare it up to a month in advance. This traditional spirit can be found during the market period in Strasbourg but also in other cities in the Alsace area. Click here for the program in Strasbourg and here if you are interested to visit other christmas markets in the area not so far from Strasbourg. 

Belgium – Brussels

If you have read our article about Brussels, you must already have a little idea of what you can expect at the Winter Wonders. Ferry wheels, merry-go-rounds, Brussels’ market offers a lot of activities for everyone and every taste. As a cultural city, some of the activities revolve around this like for example the sound and light shows at Grand Place.or the Wonder Woods with musical programmes in the Bois de la Cambre. You can found the detailed program and even the map by clicking here.

Belgium – Liège

The most beautiful Christmas market in the heart of the Ardent City! The Christmas Village of Liège is the largest and oldest Christmas market in Belgium. Founded nearly 35 years ago, it has become the largest Christmas market in the country in terms of size, duration and spirit. Faithful to the long Germanic tradition of Christmas markets, the Christmas Village of Liège plunges us in the heart of the city into the magic of Christmas by respecting the typical Latin character of Liège. For the complete program, please follow the link.

Belgium – Bruges

Bruges is one of the most famous cities in Belgium. It is known internationally as “Venice of the North”. The center of Bruges is magical all year round but even more so during Christmas. With thousands of lights and the smell of waffles and warm wine, the Christmas atmosphere is at its peak! There are two Christmas markets in Bruges. The most important is on the Grand Place where there are many wooden chalets.

The second market is only a hundred meters away on Simon Stevin Square. Between the trees adorned with countless decorations are two rows of stands. You can also admire a nativity scene on a human scale.You will find many stands with pretty Christmas gifts, decorations and handmade items. While shopping, let yourself be guided by the smell of artisanal specialties. Stroll through the market and take a break to warm up with a nice hot chocolate and enjoy delicious roasted chestnuts. Happiness!  

Feel free to let us know in a comment which market you have visited or plan to visit, and which one was your favorite 🙂

A week-end in Brussels

Waffles, fries, beer and chocolate. The perfect reference to our neighbor country, Belgium right? In this article we will tell you how to spend a week-end in Brussels, accessible with a direct train from Luxembourg-city. 

Must-see in Brussels

Manneken Pis, Brussels

You can not go to Brussels without looking for the street with the Manneken Pis. A legend tells that this young boy saved the city by peeing by accident on the fuse of a bomb. If you want an additonal challenge, try to find his girlfriend, Jeanneke-Pis, also hiding in a tiny street of Brussels. Within walking distance from there, you will find the main Grand Place and the Chocolate Museum (this should also be a stop in your day!). 

Depending on the period you will visit, the Grand Place of Brussels hosts different events such as a giant flower carpet, the enormous Christmas tree, sound and lights shows and even concerts.

After walking around the city center, walking through the Galeries Royales St-Hubert, passing by the Palace, the Mont des Arts, you can go in the direction of the Palace Of Justice with its famous forever ongoing reconstruction. We recommend you to go there around sunset time, the view over the lower and older part of the city looks beautiful! 

At the end of the day, you can take a direct metro from there to the Atomium. This is the Symbol of Belgium since the 1958 universal exposition. It is very nice to see it by night, and you can even visit it inside! Finally, if you are looking for a good place for dinner, there is a restaurant as well in the Atomium, which has a breathtaking view of the city. 

Luxembourg has an important place within the European Union so does Brussels, the home of the European parliament. If you are interested, you can book a visit to the parliament to better understand the work they are doing, or you can just go and walk around it. 

Brussels also has a few of beautiful green areas such has the Parc du Cinquantenaire (where Stromae made the clip of Fils de joie), the Royal Park next to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Bois de la Cambre with a delicious restaurant in the middle of the lake called The Chalet Robinson

If you are into plants and nature you can also visit the Botanical Museum and the beautiful Serre Royale in Laeken.

Shopping time!

If you are looking for some shopping, Brussels is full of places to shop and for all tastes! Besides the few shopping malls, there is several very known shopping streets:  Avenue de la Toison d’or, Chaussée d’Ixelles, Avenue Louise and Rue Neuve. 

If you are looking for more vintage shopping, there are also several thrift shops like Foxhole vintage or Episode.

Finally you can also go to the Brussels Vintage Market every first Sunday of the month not so far from the Royal Park. If  you know how to look for it, you will find unique pieces, guaranteed! 

Someone said food?

Legendary Belgian fries with mayonnaise

Our favorite part, of course! Brussels is a cosmopolitan city which means that you can find food for all tastes. But first thing first, you can not come to Brussels without grabbing a waffle from the foodtruck from the street or the Belgian (yes, it is not French) fries with mayonnaise.

As already mentioned earlier, The Chalet Robinson is a good restaurant in the Bois de la Cambre where they serve brunch formulas that are exquisite.

If you want to try one of our famous Belgian dishes such as mussels (from the north sea) or chicons gratin, we suggest you head up to Sainte-Catherine Square. The Mussel Mongers or any restaurants nearby will satisfy you. Nearby Place Jourdan and Flagey square, you can find some good places as well for dinner and for drinks. 

If you are looking for some street food, there is a street called “la rue des pittas” with Greek and Turkish origins food.

Finally, if you want to buy the famous belgian chocolate as a souvenir, near the Manneken Pis is the perfect area for it.

Never too late to go party

Spirito Club, Brussels

After a good dinner, you should definitely go for at least one drink just to see the spirit of the city! Young folks, students and workers will be there cheering with friends  for sure 🙂

If you are in the area of Place Jourdan, the most famous bar is probably Café Belga, always crowded, with its red chairs terrace open all around the year.  Within walking distance from the Grand Place or Sainte-Catherine square, you can go to the Saint-Gery Halles,  a festive district in the city center with lots of bars and good music.

Furthermore, the Cemetery of Ixelles district, Luxembourg Square and the Flagey square are smaller versions of the Halles which are just as lively and crowded! 

Did you know that in Brussels they turned a church into a club? That’s the Spirito club and you should definitely check it out, it’s insane! You can find several other night clubs such as les “Jeux d’Hiver” , a famous place to be in the Bois de la Cambre and few other clubs around the Central Station. 

As winter times approaches, you should visit the Winter Wonders with the Christmas market located in the old center not so far from the Grand Place. 

As you may have understood, Brussels is a capital full of culture, a city that never sleeps where you will find museums for all tastes and other events such as concerts, art expositions and more! Find out what is happening now here.

We hope you will enjoy your week-end in Brussels, feel free to let us know in a comment which places you went to visit! 

How to meet new people in a new city?

Just arrived in the city and as a foreigner you feel lonely? The first weeks might be the most difficult: finding a new place to live, starting a new job, getting to know how to get there and here, going grocery shopping in a supermarket you don’t know… 

If you know what we mean, this article is for you. The advantage in Luxembourg is that the country is rather small and has a large number of expatriates in the same situation! This international community present in the country can facilitate the brewing and integration of newcomers like you into the local way of life in Luxembourg.

Find below 5 tips on how to break this loneliness and meet new people in a new city.

rue de la Soif, Luxembourg city
  1. Go out

It can sound easy to say but going out is the easiest way to meet new people. With mobile applications such as supermiro  (app that tells you absolutely everything that is happening around you!) or various other websites with events in Luxembourg (such as allevents) you will have the possibility to go out to meet people who share the same interests. 

Museums ? Markets ? Afterworks ? Gastronomic events ? Concerts? The choice is large and you will surely find something you appreciate! Enjoy 🙂 

  1. Facebook groups

The good old Facebook is still and always a good way to meet new people. First of all, you can find all events happening around you but you can also join many groups of all kinds. There are numerous groups for expats according to their nationality, newcomers in the country, or groups according to a specific interest. The advantage here is that you can join these groups upstream, begin to exchange with people already living in Luxembourg and meet new people in the same situation as you.

  1. Meeting apps

Classic but it also works! Since meeting apps work on the basis of your interests, you will easily have suggestions of people whom you can get along with, and are located next to you.

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  1. Sport activities & Associations

Sport activities and especially group sport activities will combine 2 things : staying healthy and meeting new people. Working with people to aim a goal is a perfect way to meet people and to go as far as becoming friends.

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By helping others, you will find a way to break your loneliness and do a good deed simultaneously. In Gasperich, one of Luxembourg’s city neighborhood, there is a dog & cat shelter. During specific hours, you can visit it and voluntarily walk one of the cute little furry 4 paws friends.

What else than doing something good and meeting people in the same spirit?

5. Coliving

Of course, we saved you the best for the end : coliving! Living with other people will end the feeling of loneliness as you will be sharing your accommodation with other people like you. Furnished.lu is here to help you, it’s the reference to renting a shared room in Luxembourg. In a shared flat, you will have shared areas such as the living room, the kitchen and the bathroom and you will have your private space in your furnished (yes, you read it correctly) bedroom. 

Coliving will help you make new friends and via them, you will potentially meet friends of friends and create your own friendship circle. Do not hesitate to check our available rooms and to book your new home on Furnished.lu !

Feel free to let us know in a comment if these tips have helped you 🙂

Walk through the city and discover the hidden beauties of Luxembourg

Welcome to the beautiful tiny Luxembourg! In this article we will walk you around the city and let you know the main sites to visit in a walking distance. 

Grand Ducal Palace

Let’s begin this journey with the majestuous Grand Ducal Palace located in the center of the city! Today, the Duke uses the palace as a working place and rarely as a residential place. For example it is there that he welcomes foreign Heads of State or that he gives certain important receptions, such as the meal offered on the occasion of the National holiday, where he receives an average of 300 people.

During the summer months, the Luxembourg City Tourist Office has the honour of organising exclusive guided tours of the Grand Ducal Palace. Visitors can discover the inside of the Palace, including the Grand Duke’s office, the dining room and the Kings’ Lounge, to name a few. Worth taking the tour if you have some time! For more information, click here.

Tip: while walking in the Palace street, have a look at the strange poles on the other side, this lightened faces will look at you all the way you’re passing by….

The casemates of the Bock and Petrusse

 Continue your walk down to one of the main attractions of the city, the casemates, an extraordinary network of 23 km of underground galleries which have been carved into the rocks. They are unique in the world and bear witness to the glorious past of the legendary fortress city.

In 1994, UNESCO inscribed « Luxembourg, Old Quarters and Fortifications », including casemates, on the World Heritage List and since 1933, it is open to the public.

Chemin de la Corniche

Let’s go now in the direction of the “Chemin de la Corniche” or Walls of the Corniche. A walking path along the Bock’s side which offers a breathtaking view of the Grund and the Alzette Valley. 

Called the “most beautiful balcony in Europe” by the writer Batty Weber, this path is a must-see. The walk starts just next to the Casemates and takes you down in the lower part of the city, the Grund. 

The Grund district

If you don’t feel like walking down the Corniche to the Grund, you can also take the Pfaffenthal Panoramic elevator with a breathtaking view on the Grund, and part of the European business center just in front, accross the red bridge.

The Grund district is one of the most authentic and charming in the city of Luxembourg. It follows the meanders of the Petrusse river which flows into the Alzette, where you can also pass by the statue of the beautiful Melusina, the legendary luxembourgish mermaid. It offers the opportunity for charmingromantic outings apart from the animation of bars and restaurants in the evening. Walking in the Grund allows you to enjoy the peace and quiet of this area. 

Just lift your head to enjoy a sumptuous view of the green heights of the Upper Town or discover a detail about the historic buildings.

Some of its buildings are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Abbey of Neumünster. 

The judiciary city

After visiting the Grund district, take the Saint-Esprit elevator to go to the judiciary city. The judiciary city of Luxembourg is an architectural complex of the city of Luxembourg, located on the plateau of the Saint-Esprit. Its buildings are built in modern Moselle Baroque to match the surrounding area and were designed by Robert Krier. The city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well.

Constitution Square

After that, reach out to the Constitution Square. This square also houses the monument of the « Gëlle Fra », the Golden Lady in Luxembourgish. 

The centerpiece of the monument is a 21-meter-tall granite obelisk.  On top of the obelisk stands a gilded bronze statue representing the goddess of victory or « Queen of Freedom » holding out a laurel wreath as if placing it upon the head of the nation. The statue is one of the symbols of Luxembourg today, symbol of the freedom and resistance of the local people.

From up there we have a magnificent view on the State bank, Petrusse valley and the Adolphe bridge.

Petrusse Parks

To finish this walk around the city, you can walk down to the Petrusse Parks. Set up in a more romantic spirit, the Petrusse Parks combine deep topography, bizarre rock formations, ruins of fortifications and a famous Skatepark, where folks from all over the world come to enjoy a ride there.

Feel free to let us know in a comment if you also enjoyed visiting these places, and if you discovered other legends about Luxembourg 🙂

Coliving in Luxembourg: What and Why?

You are soon arriving in Luxembourg and it’s stressing you out? Don’t worry, we have a solution for you: coliving. Get to know what it means before we tell you all about Furnished.lu!

you may ask, what does coliving mean exactly?

Coliving is a trend from the US which appears in the 80’s on the west coast and migrated to Europe and Asia in the late 2000’s.  If you have ever watched an episode of Friends, you should actually have a good idea on how it works! We promise you, at furnished.lu it’s less dramatic 😊 (“They don’t know that we know they know we know.”)

As a young new worker, you may think living in Luxembourg is actually really expensive. That’s where the coliving is advantageous for you: you are able to split the cost of your living with others in the same situation as you!

Coliving is the concept of shared housing, with a global service of all-inclusive accommodation to residents called colivers: cleaning, maintenance, internet access, energy, insurance and so much more. It is almost like living in a hotel but you need to make your own bed, cook for yourself and sometimes be social with the people you live with.

The coliving is generally organized around places open to all like a well-equipped kitchen, relaxation areas and a private room for each tenant. Most of the time, the bathroom is also shared between the roommates.  

Rent includes home insurance and the many services offered by shared housing. The advantage is also that the occupants do not suffer the constraints of the flat share such as the fights over household chores… Everyone enjoys their private space and services that make everyday life easier.

Plus, this way of living in community is a good way to fight loneliness, which an increasing number of people are suffering from in large cities and especially more after these quarantine times. In a country like Luxembourg, coliving can help people to meet various profiles of people, some similar and some different, which can be a base to create its own friendship circle later.

Now that you know what coliving is, you may wonder, why you should choose Furnished.lu services?

beautiful room in one of furnished.lu residences, located in Esch sur Alzette

Because Furnished.lu proposes many rooms for different budgets. Our agency proposes comfortable furnished rooms in our residences with advantageous prices compared to the market. We help young workers and interns coming to Luxembourg with their search for the perfect place to live at low costs. The only condition required is a work contract in Luxembourg.

Our team will help you find the perfect room where you will feel at home. We will suggest you several furnished rooms in one of our residences according to your criterias and the availability of the rooms. What does that mean? It means that you will not need to stress about a pan you have forgot home or to buy a desk for your room because EVERYTHING IS ALREADY THERE! Also, coliving enjoys great flexibility. Leases are flexible and the duration of stay in coliving is between 2 weeks and 1 year.

In addition, Furnished.lu will help you accommodate easily with a few tips about shared housing via our monthly Newsletter or here on our blog so do not forget to check it regularly.

Our goal is to make you feel at home and help you with the transition to your new life and this is why our team is always available in case of any issue during your entire stay.

Our team of technicians and housekeepers work hard to make your stay with us a delight.

Pick a room, book it and Furnished.lu will do the rest to ease the process for you! So now relax, prepare your suitcase and see you very soon in Luxembourg 😊

Feel free to let us know in a comment what do you think about coliving in Luxembourg?

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We are delighted to share this space with you to show you the best locations in Luxembourg and share tips to better adapt to this great country.

Flatsharing is about living as a community and sharing experiences and tips. We, at Furnished, want you to feel part of this community and remember your time in our small part of Europe as a unique experience. 

As time goes by, we will be filling this blog with articles to simplify your life as you prepare your arrival and later on, while you live here.

So, we hope you’ll enjoy our articles and don’t hesitate to let us know if there is a particular subject/theme/location that you want us to talk about.

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The Furnished.lu Team