During the recent business trip to Luxembourg, I, with another colleague for company, was walking everyday through the Grund from our hotel (which was on the edge of the Grund) to our offices (which are in the Grund itself). It was a 20-30 minute walk through what is possibly the most picturesque, historic part of the Luxembourg city.
A road sign in the Grund – a historic quarter in the city of Luxembourg (Mar. 2015)
The Grund is a valley in the middle of the city – part park, part residential, and part commercial… I find it quite unique in its own way. There are ruins of old fortifications, watchtowers, and defenses.. I have been there a few times now to visit friends, but never walked through it at night. At night, on the way back, we found our path lit up by ambient white light in some areas… like straight out of some fantasy film…
Below some impressions of the Grund at night…kind of tracing my path from the office back to the hotel.
Stepping out of the office, you see the old ruins of the fortifications on my right…and you walk alongside it for a while… (Mar. 2015)
… till you come to the old bridge over the Alzette. (Mar. 2015)
At the base of the bridge, there is a wooden walkway that leads to a small arch… you step under the arch, turn left under another arch, and … (Mar. 2015)
…climb the spiral staircase to come to the top of the bridge. (Mar. 2015)
You don’t cross the bridge. Instead you get down another staircase and continue walking a few metres along the same side of the Alzette as before till you reach a cobblestoned path leading in to the old quarter. You won’t come across that many people in this part … someone taking a dog for a walk or a late night jogger… that’s about it. (Mar. 2015)
You follow the cobblestoned path through the old quarter – quite deserted at night – till you hit a paved road, continue walking down till you reach a parking lot.
That is where the buildings end and the park begins – the green, picturesque part of the Grund. Starting from the parking lot, there is this “wall” that runs above you as you walk through the park along the Alzette (which is at this point a really small canal you can jump over). Above this “wall” is the modern Luxembourg…it is all up there… (Mar. 2015)
Walking another 15 minutes down the same path, you see patches of white ambient lighting illuminating parts of the park….the light and shadow play creating some really fanciful effects… (Mar. 2015)
Right around this dried out bush (this was my signpost), there is a staircase that takes you up to a narrow street right next to my hotel. You have arrived at your destination! On the last day, I took a picture of this bush… dried out and in focus of a white spotlight, the bush gave an impression of being frozen – like a deer in the light of a car’s headlamps… Funny comparison, I confess.. (Mar. 2015)