German Language Guide for Travelers + Free Download!

English is a Germanic language, but that doesn’t mean that German is intuitive at all for English speakers. Because English also draws heavily on many other languages, especially romance languages such as French, German vocabulary looks almost unrecognizable to any English speaker!

German is spoken mainly in Central Europe, in the countries of Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. It’s one of the most widely spoken languages in the European Union and in the world, so as you can see, it’s pretty useful to know German!

Pronunciation

If you come across these letters in German, pronounce them this way:

ä as in let

äu or eu as in toy

ei as in fine

ie as in green

ö as in worm (without the r sound afterwards)

sch as in shop

sp as in spiel

st as in sht

ü as in tea (while rounding the lower lip

z as in mats (ts sound)

ß as in moss (double s sound)

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Until next time, happy travels!

Guide: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

The City of Luxembourg is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a teeny tiny landlocked country in Western Europe. Built on beautiful steep hills and precipitous valleys, the city occupies several levels. The city itself is a UNESCO world heritage site because of its fortifications, and houses many historical and cultural landmarks.

Le Chemin de la Corniche is an attraction that you cannot miss. A promenade that runs along the ramparts, just beside the Alzette Valley, it offers unrivalled views of the city. The Bock Casemates were built in 1644, during the Spanish rule, and later dismantled in 1867. However, some tunnels were left untouched and are open to the public between the months of March and November. The Palace of the Grand Dukes can be visited during the summer. It used to be the town residence of the Grand Dukes, and has an incredible Flemish Renaissance facade.

The Philharmonie Luxembourg is a concert hall, not only known for its orchestra, but also for its unique architecture, that the architect de Portzamparc envisioned as a natural filter for the music. Outdoors, the Passerelle, also known as the Luxembourg viaduct, stands picturesquely bridging the chasm of a valley. You can enjoy the view from the viaduct, or climb down into the lush green Petrusse valley below.

Le Monument de la Solidarite Nationale stands as a tribute to those who fought in the two world wars. It was erected in 1923, only to be taken down during German occupation in 1940. It was restored later on, and the golden lady on top found, after being hidden from the Nazis. Entrance is free at the National Museum of Art and History, where there are a wide range of collections.

There are many annual events too, one of the most notable being the Dancing Procession of Echternach, on Whit Tuesday in May, that sees thousands of pilgrims and spectators come together to dance.

Hotels in Luxembourg can generally be booked for around 100 to 200 CAD a night during busy season, and may drop to two thirds that during off season. You can choose to stay in a cheaper family hotel, or a fancier boutique hotel in a historical building. There are also many bistros and brasseries in the city to dine in within a wide price range.

Ultimately, what makes Luxembourg City worth visiting is its mix of history, culture, and rugged nature. Its eclectic beauty is what will make you fall in love.

Happy travelling!

-Chelsea