Souvenir Shopping Part 2, Luxembourg (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Luxembourg without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Luxembourg, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Luxembourg » Luxembourg (See other walking tours in Luxembourg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Author: Daniel
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National History and Art Museum

1) National History and Art Museum

What to buy here: Landscape paintings.

With its dramatic architecture and geography, Luxembourg has long provided inspiration for artists. In the early 1900s, the country produced its best landscape painters. Franz Seimetz (1858-1934), the first Luxembourgish Impressionist, produced more than a thousand paintings over his successful career. Joseph Kutter (1894-1941), influenced by Flemish Expressionism, was a founding member of the Luxembourg Secession Movement who exhibited a famous dark-toned painting of Luxembourg City at the 1937 World Exposition in Paris. Co-founder Nico Klopp (1894-1930), who lived in Remich, painted many cheerful and bright scenes of the Moselle, which flows alongside the town. Another contemporary is Sosthène Weis, who painted over 5,000 watercolours. He travelled all over the country to capture the varied landscape in his light and dreamy post-Impressionist style.

The National History and Art Museum: You can discover works by these artists at museums around Luxembourg and even take a reproduction home with you, priced between€50 to €75, from the National History and Art Museum’s boutique at Marché-aux-Poissons. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Thursday until 8:00pm, the large shop offers an excellent selection of gift items inspired by its collection. Besides many replicas of artefacts from around the world, you can also find small reproductions of historical statues and figures from Luxembourg. www.mnha.public.lu
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Villeroy & Boch

2) Villeroy & Boch

What to buy here: Vieux Luxembourg ceramics.

Commissioned for Louis XV, the King of France, in 1745, Vieux Luxembourg (literally ‘Old Luxembourg’) was Villeroy & Boch’s first pattern. One of the world’s leading porcelain-makers, Villeroy & Boch was founded in France by Francois Boch and his three sons. They soon moved the company to Luxembourg, establishing the Grand Duchy’s reputation for quality ceramics. After over 200 years in operation, the Luxembourg porcelain factory was closed in 2010, but Villeroy & Boch remains the tableware brand of choice for Luxembourgers. Enjoy Luxembourg tradition with a Vieux Luxembourg piece, starting from around €8 for smaller items., Choose from the large collection ranging from teacups and saucers to casserole dishes and jam serving sets, all featuring the classic pattern of pretty blue flowers on a clean white background.

Villeroy & Boch’s main Luxembourg shop, located right in the centre at 2 rue du Fossé, is a delight for the senses. All of the seasonal and traditional collections are displayed artfully around the large space, drawing in passersby who can’t resist a look inside. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, you are sure to find the perfect gift inside. www.villeroy-boch.com
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Oberweis

3) Oberweis

What to buy here: Luxembourg Chocolate, Melusinas and Speculoos.

A favourite flavour in the Benelux region, speculoos can be found in everything from ice cream to chocolate, or even as a spreadable paste. The thin, brown spice biscuits with a design stamped on the front are a very popular accompaniment to coffee in Luxembourg, and you’re likely to find one on your saucer if you order coffee in a cafe. Speculoos biscuits can be found in any large supermarket and with some searching you can spot it in many other products. Check the chocolate-spread section to find the unique speculoos spread, a thick paste that can be spread on toast or crepes. Though the biscuits are easy to find, Oberweis sells them in an attractive package for gift-giving for €6.

According to legend, Count Siegfried, who founded Luxembourg in 963, married the water-faerie Melusina who used magic to make the Castle of Lucilinburhuc (today Luxembourg Castle) appear on the Bock promontory. As a condition of marrying her, Siegfried had to give her one day and night of privacy each month. Eventually, he became very curious about this and peeked through the keyhole while she was bathing, and was shocked to discover that she had a fishtail. Melusina immediately noticed that he was watching and escaped into the Alzette river, never to return. Oberweis, the famous Luxembourg chocolate house, pays tribute to this legend with a chocolate truffle called Melusina, sold in gift boxes for about €10.

Oberweis was founded in 1964. The family-run business is an official supplier to the Grand Ducal family. Although it has its origins in chocolate-making, the company today offers a beautiful array of sweet and savoury creations at five locations around Luxembourg City. The central shop, with an upstairs dining area, is at 19-21 Grand-Rue and is open 7:15 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday. www.oberweis.lu
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Bijouterie Schroeder

4) Bijouterie Schroeder

What to buy here: Schroeder Watches.

Strolling around Luxembourg, you’ll quickly notice the number of shops selling high-end watches from around the world. However, Luxembourg boasts its own exclusive brands that hold their own among the competition. These design houses have long traditions of high-quality craftsmanship and elegant styles, and are often also master jewellers. Watches start at around EUR 50.

Founded in 1877, Schroeder has the notable distinction of being an official supplier to the Grand Ducal family. The family-run company has its main boutique at 27-29 Grand-Rue, and two design workshops, one in Luxembourg and the other in Paris. The signature line, Schroeder Timepieces, is updated each season. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm; Monday and Sunday 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm. www.schroederjoailliers.lu
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Fabienne Belnou

5) Fabienne Belnou

What to buy here: Hand-crafted jewelry.

For its small size, Luxembourg has a fair number of creative jewelry designers. From quirky items made from recycled fabrics for just a few euros all the way to gorgeous high-end designs for hundreds or more, everyone can find the perfect piece to suit their taste and lifestyle. You’ll find many jewelry workshops and showrooms simply by roaming through the winding streets of Luxembourg City’s old town, and if you’re interested in something especially elegant, note that many shops selling watches also have their own signature jewelry lines.

If you are looking for an extra-special gift, make sure to stop by Fabienne Bellnou’s atelier-boutique in the centre of town at 26 rue Philippe II. Her exquisite designs, for women, men and children, are as unique as they are wearable. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. www.fabiennebelnou.com
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Market on Place Guillaume II

6) Market on Place Guillaume II (must see)

What to buy here: Regional Handicrafts and locally produced foods.

- The home of many traditional handicrafts, Luxembourg continues to celebrate its heritage with a number of ateliers around the country. Meet artisans skilled in pottery, candle-making, drapery and more by visiting their workshops where you can learn about their craft and purchase their handmade products. The Haute Sûre region is a good place to start, with a variety of ateliers and a boutique selling handicrafts from around the country. Products range from the practical to the decorative, and unique knickknacks can be had for just a few euros.

- Luxembourg, though small, produces an impressive array of regional food products. Especially notable are the cheeses, including the soft spread ‘kachkeis’, and the wide variety of meats including Judd smoked ham and Riesling pâté. Luxembourg has its own national dairy company, Luxlait, which produces high-quality dairy products. Other foods to look out for are honey and jam, especially those made from the local Quetsche and Mirabelle plum. Local food is very popular and can be found at neighbourhood delicatessens, markets, specialty boutiques and large supermarkets.

Luxembourg’s many markets are excellent places to find handmade crafts as well as local food straight from the producers. Many take place bi-weekly or once a month, while special markets are held on various holidays. The market on Place Guillaume II, held every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:30 am until 1:30 pm, features regional food and some handicrafts. The Easter Monday market, with its handmade Peckvillchen bird whistles as well as the large and lively Christmas market in Place d’Armes, are perfect places to find a unique gift.

Walking Tours in Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Create Your Own Walk in Luxembourg

Create Your Own Walk in Luxembourg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Luxembourg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Best Luxembourg Bars Tour

Best Luxembourg Bars Tour

Along with rich cultural experience Luxembourg can offer a great night on the town for beer lovers and not only. There's no shortage of hangout spots catering to all tastes and preferences. Take this tour to find truly amazing time in some of the city's best chill-out places.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Luxembourg Nightlife Tour

Luxembourg Nightlife Tour

Luxembourg is by far not the biggest European capital, yet regardless of this fact it does get rather crowded and noisy at night, thanks to the huge number of swanky nightclubs and disco bars. Take this opportunity and discover the best of the Luxembourg City club scene.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Limpertsberg Quarter Walking Tour

Limpertsberg Quarter Walking Tour

Limpertsberg is a quarter in north-western Luxembourg. It features a number of buildings and institutions of high historic value, including Villa Vauban, Château de Septfontaines, Cimetière Notre-Dame and many others. Take your time to walk around the noble and picturesque Limpertsberg quarter and its adjoining areas.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Museums Walking Tour in Luxembourg

Museums Walking Tour in Luxembourg

Despite the city's comparatively small size, Luxembourg has several notable museums, including the recently renovated National Museum of History and Art (MNHA), the Luxembourg City History Museum and several others. The city of Luxembourg itself is on the UNESCO World Heritage List on account of the historical importance of its fortifications and buildings of high cultural value. Take this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Luxembourg City, the capital of the eponymous tiny European nation wedged between Belgium, France and Germany, is famed for its fortified medieval old town perched atop high cliffs. The extensive network of tunnels, Bock Casemates, leads to a dungeon, prison and the Archaeological Crypt, which is said to be the birthplace of Luxembourg. Meandering along the ramparts above, the Chemin de la...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Gourmet Walking Tour in Luxembourg

Gourmet Walking Tour in Luxembourg

Luxembourg City has a wonderful chocolate history and traditions. Some of the local chocolate stores can successfully compete with their Belgian and French counterparts. Take this one-hour gourmet tour around Luxembourg City, starting with the French breakfast cafe and wrap it up with the best chocolate shops in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Luxembourg for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Luxembourg has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Luxembourg, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.