Brussels to Luxembourg by train
Brussels, the capital of the European Union, is a hub that makes domestic and international train travel extremely accessible. It’s a vibrant, yet relatively small city, full of culinary delights – waffles, chocolate, Belgian fries, mussels, and world-class beer. A tour of the city should include the famous Manneken-Pis statue, the Grand Place and the Saint-Hubert Galleries with their delicious chocolate shops.
The city of Luxembourg lies at the heart of Western Europe and is just a few hours by train from Brussels. Luxembourg city holds a UNESCO World Heritage site status for its old quarters and fortifications which can be easily reached on foot from the main train station. Worth having a look at are Luxembourg Castle, the city’s rich selection of shopping opportunities, and the Casemates – a series of underground galleries dating back to 1644.
An Intercity train from Bruxelles-Midi (also called Brussels-South or Brussel-Zuid) train station to Luxembourg City runs every hour, with various stops along the way. The comfortable, modern train gets you to Luxembourg’s capital in just over three hours. This gives plenty of time to take in the views from the train window of livestock roaming the rolling green pastures.
Getting to Bruxelles-Midi train station
Bruxelles-Midi station is the biggest railway station in Brussels, though not the most central one. You will most likely arrive at this station if you’re coming by Eurostar from Paris or London. The South Tower, the tallest building in Belgium, is situated right in front of the main exit.
Bruxelles-Midi is served by metro lines 2, 3, 4 and 6, which bring you just outside of the station. However, it is interesting to know that train travel between the various train stations within Brussels’s is covered for Eurail pass holders.
Arriving at Luxembourg train station
Luxembourg train station (Gare de Luxembourg or Bahnhof Luxemburg) is the hub of the domestic railway network, while also functioning as the country’s international railway station, with trains from Belgium, France and Germany arriving here. The station was built at the beginning of the last century in Moselle Baroque Revival style. It features an impressive clock tower, as well as a new and stylish glass hall. Luggage lockers are available on the platform – ideal if you just want to spend the day exploring this compact city before returning to the train. There’s a tourist information office inside the station, where you can pick up a free map. The city center is a 20-minute walk from the station.
On your way to Luxembourg, consider getting off the train at Arlon in Luxembourg for a few hours. There are a few luggage lockers within the station to store your bags while you go exploring. The city center is a 5-minute walk away. While you’re there admire the inside of St. Martin’s church, and make a stop by the American M10 Tank Destroyer right in the main square – a memorial for the liberation of Arlon, on September 10, 1944. Not to mention a visit to one of the delicious pastry shops. Well worth a short stop!
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