Self guided tour for the Wenzel Circular Walk in Luxembourg City

Self guided tour of the Wenzel Circular Walk in Luxembourg City

During my stay in Luxembourg, the Wenzel Circular Walk was without doubt my favorite way to spend the time, so this article will take you step by step through the whole itinerary. This can also be considered as a 1 day travel guide to Luxembourg, because the walk holds a mix of natural, historical and cultural sights, you will need to dedicate it almost a whole day to cover everything there is to be seen. The most important thing, this tour comprises a great number of the most important sights in Luxembourg.

General information

Best for: Nature lovers and history buffs

Families with children, couples, solo travelers, elderly travelers, history buffs, nature lovers, art enthusiasts, this itinerary has a little something for everyone. However, keep in mind that not every spot is reachable with wheelchairs and strollers.

Best time to visit: April-May or September-October

Summer is the most crowded time of the year in Luxembourg and if you want to really relax and enjoy the Wenzel tour at your own pace, you should avoid that. Also, considering that you will spend almost a whole day outdoors, you might want to avoid staying for hours on end under the summer’s burning sun. So if you have a choice, I recommend going in spring or autumn, when the weather is milder. Even better, choose April-May or September-October, because during the winter months plus March and November, the Bock Casemates are closed to visitors.

Tips for completing Wenzel Circular Walk

Wear comfortable shoes

I feel the need to specifically recommend wearing comfortable shoes, because I myself was very close to making a big mistake regarding the footwear. When I started packing for the trip, I thought Luxembourg will be a fancy modern city. You know, the “heels” kind of city. As it turned out, it is more a “hills” kind of city (at least this particular part of the city). Therefore, I’m happy I have given up the initial idea and stuck with sneakers instead. Otherwise, the cobblestone paths of the itinerary would have turned into my worst enemy.

Take supplies of food and water

It is best to prepare for this walk like you would do for a hike. Take sandwiches, snacks and water in a backpack, because I expect you will be hungry and thirsty during the day. You won’t find many shops or restaurants along the way, so don’t really count on that.

Look for the signs and follow them

The itinerary is easy to follow because of the multiple signposts that are scattered from place to place. Although there are guided tours for the Wenzel Circular Walk, they will cover only a part of it, so if you want to see the whole thing from start to finish, it is better to do it on your own. It will save you money too, and it’s way more fun. Besides, there are also many boards with pieces of information about the topography, flora and fauna, as well as the cultural and historical background of the surrounding area, so a self guided tour is totally doable.

Wenzel Circular Walk sign
Look for the signs…

Facts about Wenzel Circular Walk

  • The name of the itinerary was given after the name of a fortification wall built between the 14th and the 15th century, under the reign of Wenceslas II, Duke of Luxembourg.
  • Since December 1994, most sights from Luxemburg’s Wenzel tour, were included on the World Heritage list of UNESCO.
  • The self guided walking tour of Luxemburg city can be completed thanks to valuable information regarding the history, landscape, flora and fauna being available on numerous signposts.

The old town of Luxembourg is included on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 1994
The old town of Luxembourg is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1994

1. The Castle Bridge and Dent Creuse

The Wenzel Walk is a circular itinerary, but if you want to have the best experience, I strongly recommend you choose the top of The Castle Bridge (French: Pont du Chateau; Luxemburgish: Schlassbréck) as the starting point. This is a two-storey bridge that connects the cliffs of Bock Promontory. From the bridge you can see on both sides a big part of Alzette river valley.

The multiple levels of the Castle Bridge
The multiple levels of the Castle Bridge

Also, the bridge reveals a panoramic view over the old town, which is a big part of the itinerary that comes ahead, so take a moment to create a mind map. Also, right on the bridge you can see some ruins still standing tall. That structure is called Dent Creuse in French (or Huelen Zant in Luxemburgish), which means “Hollow Tooth”. The name is due to its resemblance to a chipped tooth.

Dent Creuse, standing on top of the Castle Bridge
Dent Creuse, standing on top of the Castle Bridge

2. The Bock Casemates

Right next to Dent Creuse you can find the entrance in the Bock Casemates (French: Casemates du Bock). Please note that you need to pay a fee to visit it and although there is a way to continue the itinerary even if you skip this one, I guarantee the whole experience just wouldn’t be the same. The Bock Casemates are a series of man-made tunnels, carved in the red sandstone walls of the Bock promontory. Initially, the tunnels had a total length of over 23 km, but after the French invasion in 1875, a part of them was destroyed (about 17 km survived). Still, this is the longest network of casemates in the world! Also, because the Bock Casemates were very efficient at their defense role, Luxembourg was also known in the past as the “Gibraltar of the North”.

Bock Casemates
Bock Casemates, incredible to look at from both the inside and outside

3. The Corniche

The next part of the itinerary is called the Corniche (French: Chemin de la Corniche). It is a pedestrian route, built on a defence wall. On one side, you can see a panoramic view of the old town and the Alzette Valley. On the other side, the back side of the Luxembourg City Museum and a string of typical luxembourgish houses. It’s just delightful to take a stroll around this part of Luxemburg on a sunny day. Because of the spectacular views it offers, the Corniche is also known as “the most beautiful balcony in Europe”.

Chemin de la Corniche
Chemin de la Corniche

4. Grundberg Gate

Down the road you will find Grundberg Gate (or Grund Gate in short). This is a bastioned gate, built in 1632 by the Spaniards and is located in the vicinity of the river crossing.

Grundberg Gate
Grundberg Gate

5. Wenzel Wall

This is the famous wall that gave this itinerary its name. In the past the Wenzel Wall had a length of 875 meters. Even if it’s still impressive, nowadays the wall is no longer complete and only reminds of its past glory. Still, it has 15 gates and 37 towers, so make sure you have enough time to explore everything.

Wenzel Wall
Wenzel Wall

6. The Moat

The ditch was uncovered by archaeologists in 1992-1993 and it served a defense purpose. Along with this discovery, a wooden bridge as well as two moat walls were dug up and partially reconstructed.

7. Krudelspuert

Krudelspuert was the main door of the fortress. The historic sources first mentioned the gate in 1395. In the past, this gate leaded towards the first highway to the ancient city of Trier in Germany. Also, it connected two of the city districts: Grund and Clausen.

8. Cultural meeting place Neimenster (Neumunster)

This is the main cultural hub of the city, formed by a series of buildings with the role of a theater (Tutesall or Robert Krieps Building), as well as a museum and an expozitional centre.

The Robert Krieps Building (Tutesall)
The Robert Krieps Building (Tutesall)

Neumunster Abbey, the main building of this complex, dates back to the seventeenth century and is located right in the heart of the old city. Although nowadays it houses a cultural centre (Neumunster Abbey Cultural Exchange Centre), throughout the history it had different functions: abbey, hospital, gendarmerie center, orphanage, prison.

Neumunster Abbey
Neumunster Abbey

Guided tours of Wenzel Circular Walk

If you’re still unsure if walking the paths alone is the right choice for you, and you prefer an expert by your side to give you even more insights, guided sightseeing tours are always an option. All you have to do is book your tickets online or go to the Luxembourg City Tourist Office in Place Guillaume II and find the next tour available.

With that being said, all you have to do is pack your bags for Luxembourg. Why wait? All these cool places await you.

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John Sallie
3 years ago

Looks like a great way to spend the day. You reminded me of Princess Grace in Monaco when you wrote about the Corniche.

Jessica Terry
Jessica Terry
3 years ago

Posts like these make me sad I haven’t travelled as much as I would have liked. So many things to see in this world. I think once my kids are older, it will be time to travel

Mel
Mel
3 years ago

Even though I’m from Champagne in France (really close to Luxembourg), I’ve never visited and I can’t believe how picturesque it is! It might make a nice day out when I’m at my mum’s this summer.

David Allen Elliott
3 years ago

I love to see all of the different cultural centers in places. This looks pretty amazing. And the fort looks awesome. I know I would love going to Luxembourg one day.

Nina
3 years ago

an amazing self-guided exploration tour like :) Luxemburg looks like an awesome city

Bhumi Tiwari
3 years ago

Wao! A lovely tour! You’ve explained it so well! I’d love to visit this place! I like to travel without a guide, so this will surely help. Out of all the alluring places, I am eager to visit the Bock Casemates.

Laura Dove
3 years ago

Oh I love this kind of thing too! It’s so much fun to do a self guided walk at your own pace!

Jennifer Williams
3 years ago

What a gorgeous tour! I love doing self-guided explorations like this. Thanks for the heads up about the lack of food/drink options along the way.

Lexie Lane
3 years ago

Oh Wow! That bridge looks amazing! Oh Luxemberg is one of the cities I’ve always wanted to visit. I’d absolutely love to see any castle at all actually and this looks so wonderful!

Koby
3 years ago

I really like the interesting tips and very useful details in this post! The Wenzel Circular Walk and Luxembourg City do seem like fun places to explore!