We love being able to take quick trips from Stuttgart to different nearby places. Kristin really enjoys visiting new countries, so we decided to check Luxembourg off the list. It is a quick three and a half hour drive from our apartment, so we hopped in the car one weekend for an adventure -- with not a bit of planning ahead of time.
|Looking good for being 2,000 years old. (The gate, not Kristin.)|
The Porta Nigra is the largest remaining Roman city gate north of the Alps. It is a pretty fantastic welcome to the city.
|Flowers .... and do not enter signs. Historic.|
|Would you like spargel (asparagus) with that?|
|Need a bigger building? No need to find some matching bricks or architecture. Bring your own style.|
The Basilica of Constantine is a huge 4th century church. It is a gigantic open space with towering ceilings. It is hard to imagine such a large and airy structure was built so long ago. The engineers in the 300s had really figured out a lot of construction structural basics.
|Let's be honest, this thing looks like a huge gym, not a church. Kickball, anyone?|
It was getting late, so we only took a quick spin through the Rheinsches Landesmuseum. The museum is filled with archeological finds, especially from the Roman period. My favorite part was the mosaic floors that had been reconstructed in the museum. You definitely need more than the 45 minutes we had before it closed for the evening.
After a delicious dinner at Le Bouquet Garni in Luxembourg and a quick walk through Luxembourg City at night, it was time to turn in for the night at our nearby hotel. We couldn't wait to explore Luxembourg by bike the next day!