Tips to help you enjoy Luxembourg during winter

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Yes, winter in Luxembourg feels long but it doesn’t have to be horrible – honest! We at City Savvy have a few top tips to make all well. 

Tips to help you enjoy Luxembourg during winter

  • Light candles – lots of them; after all Yankee Candle has now hit the Duchy! Invest in scented ones; there’s nothing like cinnamon or ginger to pep you up.
  • Buy winter accessories that will make you feel cosy at home: a luxurious duvet, a cashmere blanket or snuggly slippers. Check out these pretty home stores for inspiration.
  • Challenge the darkness with bright colours: a red coat, a yellow hat, a sparkly brooch, a multicoloured scarf or a colourful bag… then await the Luxembourgers’ reactions.
  • Take a walk around a wintery Luxembourg forest; stride in style around the Ville Haute (Old Town) and take in the gorgeous view by the Golden Lady or potter around one of the many museums. There are so many beautiful sights to see!
  • Explore some of the cosy cafés in Luxembourg. Drink a luxurious hot chocolate and have a huge slab of cake at the Chocolate House , whilst admiring the beautiful Grand Ducal Palace.
  • Keep your blinds up and put lights in your windows – this isn’t for you, it’s for all the people who walk past. Feel the joy of sharing that spark of light with those who live around you.
coffee and cake
Sometimes the answer is coffee and cake. Photo: lilivanili/flickr (Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

 

  • Plan to do things to take your mind off the darkness: get together with friends and celebrate that every day is getting longer and lighter.
  • Plan and book a sunny foreign holiday to take while it’s winter here. That’s what the Luxembourgers do and you’ll be surprised how many direct flights there are to sunnier destinations.
  • Invite your friends over for a winter inspired dinner; try venison and feel like a real Luxembourger. Don’t know how to cook venison? Contact Maison Steffen and they will do it for you. You just have to pick it up and heat it up.
  • Don’t shave!  Men: it’ll keep your faces warmer.  Women: who’s going to see anyway?
  • Bake.  There’s nothing like the smell of baking to make a home feel warm, cosy and welcoming. Gingerbread, anyone?
  • Catch up on the films and DVDs you didn’t see over the summer because you were outside all the time, while the sunshine lasted.
  • Try a new winter hobby: like indoor ice skating at the rink in Kockelscheuer, or borrow a sled when it finally decides to snow and go to the big hill in the Petrusse Valley just below the Old Town. Let your inner child loose; no one will think less of you. We all do it. And don’t forget the ski-pants (we’re serious!)

Photo: Tambako the Jaquar/flickr (Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0))
Photo: Tambako the Jaquar/flickr (Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0))

  • Use the long evenings to learn or practise a new skill. Didn’t you always want to know how to crochet/learn Zumba/speak Luxembourgish?
  • Explore indoor cultural activities: museums, concerts, exhibitions… check out our Discover Luxembourg articles for the low-down.
  • If the cold is getting to you, visit places where you can pretend you are somewhere warmer. Luxembourg has many lovely indoor swimming pools and saunas.
  • Enjoy the lights; the advantage of long nights is that you get plenty of opportunities to appreciate how lovely the lights of the city are at night.
  • Or… if all else fails… hibernate. Spring WILL come. It’ll be… April again before you know it.

 

Featured Image: Padurariu Alexandru/Unsplash

 

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Anneke Hudson
Half English, half Dutch, born in Kenya and raised on several continents, Anneke delights in this small but wholly multicultural country that she now calls home. Having worked as a lawyer in financial services, Anneke is co-founder of City Savvy Luxembourg, making the online magazine concept a reality for tens of thousands in the Duchy.

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