A Travellerspoint blog

September 2018

Luxembourg is a tiny country with lots of great sightseeing

Larochette Castle was started in the 11th century and expanded gradually; by the 14th century there were 5 manor houses within the castle walls

Larochette Castle was started in the 11th century and expanded gradually; by the 14th century there were 5 manor houses within the castle walls

The town mascot of Diekirch is the donkey; the whimsical fountains were the only reason to visit I could find

The town mascot of Diekirch is the donkey; the whimsical fountains were the only reason to visit I could find

General Patton liberated the town of Ettelbruck on Christmas Day 1944; the town is also home to the Patton Museum describing in detail how the 3rd US Army beat back the Nazis

General Patton liberated the town of Ettelbruck on Christmas Day 1944; the town is also home to the Patton Museum describing in detail how the 3rd US Army beat back the Nazis

What an awesome mailbox!; I'm not sure it's very practical but it might keep a lot of junk mail away

What an awesome mailbox!; I'm not sure it's very practical but it might keep a lot of junk mail away

Originally Patton's grave was with his troops but it attracted so many visitors that it was moved to the front of the cemetery; there are numerous speed cameras in the country as I discovered when I received a 49 euro ticket for going 47mph in a 45mph zone:-(

Originally Patton's grave was with his troops but it attracted so many visitors that it was moved to the front of the cemetery; there are numerous speed cameras in the country as I discovered when I received a 49 euro ticket for going 47mph in a 45mph zone:-(

Adolphe Bridge opened in 1904 in Luxembourg City with the largest stone arch in the world; the corniche here is often called the Balcony of Europe

Adolphe Bridge opened in 1904 in Luxembourg City with the largest stone arch in the world; the corniche here is often called the Balcony of Europe

The Grand Ducal Palace is the official residence of the country's monarch and where he performs most of his duties as head of state

The Grand Ducal Palace is the official residence of the country's monarch and where he performs most of his duties as head of state

The American Cemetery is next to the Luxembourg City airport; the Americans also built an adjacent cemetery for the German troops

The American Cemetery is next to the Luxembourg City airport; the Americans also built an adjacent cemetery for the German troops

The Crehange house dates from 1385 and was restored during the 1980s; there was a photo exhibition inside but no opportunity to enjoy the views

The Crehange house dates from 1385 and was restored during the 1980s; there was a photo exhibition inside but no opportunity to enjoy the views

My hotel room was stifling hot with no AC; it was cooler outside but hot by Luxembourg standards in the upper 80s

My hotel room was stifling hot with no AC; it was cooler outside but hot by Luxembourg standards in the upper 80s

Robert Schuman, born in Luxembourg, was twice Prime Minister of France and was the co-founder of the European Union

Robert Schuman, born in Luxembourg, was twice Prime Minister of France and was the co-founder of the European Union

The Schleck brothers from Luxembourg are world-famous cyclists; it was common to see serious cyclists although there are no shoulders on the lightly traveled roads

The Schleck brothers from Luxembourg are world-famous cyclists; it was common to see serious cyclists although there are no shoulders on the lightly traveled roads

This tree, and dozens like it, grace the pedestrian streets of Ettelbruck; the working class town had an ambiance in stark contrast to that of most of the country

This tree, and dozens like it, grace the pedestrian streets of Ettelbruck; the working class town had an ambiance in stark contrast to that of most of the country

This woman was churning butter when the dog knocked the churn over; this statue sits where the butter market existed way back when in Ettelbruck

This woman was churning butter when the dog knocked the churn over; this statue sits where the butter market existed way back when in Ettelbruck

Jean-Claude Juncker, who just met with President Trump, was Prime Minister of Luxembourg before becoming President of the European Commission in 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker, who just met with President Trump, was Prime Minister of Luxembourg before becoming President of the European Commission in 2014

The medieval castle of Beaufort was built in 4 different stages between 1050 and 1650; from the second half of the 18th century it was uninhabited and often used as a quarry for the town

The medieval castle of Beaufort was built in 4 different stages between 1050 and 1650; from the second half of the 18th century it was uninhabited and often used as a quarry for the town

Beaufort's Renaissance Castle remains virtually unchanged from when it was built 360 years ago; it was built by a prominent military figure

Beaufort's Renaissance Castle remains virtually unchanged from when it was built 360 years ago; it was built by a prominent military figure

The residential part of Vianden primarily lines the riverfront streets on either side of the Our River; there were tiny fish in the shallow river

The residential part of Vianden primarily lines the riverfront streets on either side of the Our River; there were tiny fish in the shallow river

Victor Hugo sent a letter from Vianden in 1871 talking about the United States of Europe, some 85 years before the EU became a reality

Victor Hugo sent a letter from Vianden in 1871 talking about the United States of Europe, some 85 years before the EU became a reality

Vianden Castle is perched above the Our River which runs through the town of 1800; the river is dammed just outside of town

Vianden Castle is perched above the Our River which runs through the town of 1800; the river is dammed just outside of town

One of the major national beers is called Diekirch because it is brewed in this town of the same name; the town of 6000 was the first in the nation to have a pedestrian zone

One of the major national beers is called Diekirch because it is brewed in this town of the same name; the town of 6000 was the first in the nation to have a pedestrian zone

During the Luxembourg Revolution in 1848, the government was run for one week from my hotel in Ettelbruck; it's been the worst hotel of the trip mainly due to the lack of AC

During the Luxembourg Revolution in 1848, the government was run for one week from my hotel in Ettelbruck; it's been the worst hotel of the trip mainly due to the lack of AC

Every little hamlet, no matter how small, has lush flower arrangements on their light poles; the country is criss-crossed by an extensive network of hiking trails

Every little hamlet, no matter how small, has lush flower arrangements on their light poles; the country is criss-crossed by an extensive network of hiking trails

The American Cemetery is final resting place for more than 5000 service members; interestingly, the largest cemetery for US WW2 troops is in Manila

The American Cemetery is final resting place for more than 5000 service members; interestingly, the largest cemetery for US WW2 troops is in Manila

Esch is just one of seemingly endless tiny villages; every couple of kilometers is another town of under 1000 people and this pattern extends around the country

Esch is just one of seemingly endless tiny villages; every couple of kilometers is another town of under 1000 people and this pattern extends around the country

Esch has a Disney-like atmosphere with the castle ruins and the tiny village with restaurants and souvenir stores; I can see why castles were so popular because these little rivers have lots of hairpin turns

Esch has a Disney-like atmosphere with the castle ruins and the tiny village with restaurants and souvenir stores; I can see why castles were so popular because these little rivers have lots of hairpin turns

European countries do a great job in the summer adding flowers on bridges, lamp posts and other public spaces; you hardly see any litter in Luxembourg

European countries do a great job in the summer adding flowers on bridges, lamp posts and other public spaces; you hardly see any litter in Luxembourg

These sure sound like Funyuns to me!; the grocery stores have huge aisles of snacks, candy, chocolate and tuna but a puny selection of cereal

These sure sound like Funyuns to me!; the grocery stores have huge aisles of snacks, candy, chocolate and tuna but a puny selection of cereal

In 2003 the Family of Man photographic collection was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register; it originally ran in 1955 at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art

In 2003 the Family of Man photographic collection was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register; it originally ran in 1955 at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art

Clervaux Castle stands at a height of 365 meters on a rocky spur above the town, surrounded on 3 sides by a loop in the River Clerve

Clervaux Castle stands at a height of 365 meters on a rocky spur above the town, surrounded on 3 sides by a loop in the River Clerve

It's unusual to find a castle that doesn't occupy the highest piece of land around, but Bourscheid Castle actually lies beneath the town of Bourscheid

It's unusual to find a castle that doesn't occupy the highest piece of land around, but Bourscheid Castle actually lies beneath the town of Bourscheid

The River Sure had lots of families camping along it; I would have enjoyed the castle much more had there not been clear cutting of the forest behind it

The River Sure had lots of families camping along it; I would have enjoyed the castle much more had there not been clear cutting of the forest behind it

Luxembourg was right in the center of the worst fighting during WW2; the Battle of the Bulge focused on the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, Luxembourg and France

Luxembourg was right in the center of the worst fighting during WW2; the Battle of the Bulge focused on the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, Luxembourg and France

The tour of the Grand Ducal Palace was heavy on the history of the monarchs; the Nazis trashed the palace during WW2 when they used it as a tavern and concert hall

The tour of the Grand Ducal Palace was heavy on the history of the monarchs; the Nazis trashed the palace during WW2 when they used it as a tavern and concert hall

Luxembourg City only has 115,000 residents; the city was the first to be named a European Capital of Culture twice

Luxembourg City only has 115,000 residents; the city was the first to be named a European Capital of Culture twice

This is the most famous waterfall in the region and draws hordes of people (I waited until everyone was out of my photo); it's cool how the water has carved ridges in the rock

This is the most famous waterfall in the region and draws hordes of people (I waited until everyone was out of my photo); it's cool how the water has carved ridges in the rock

The Orangerie (1735) in Echternach and the abbey gardens; the tourist office had a helpful pamphlet that gave commentary for a good walking tour of the town

The Orangerie (1735) in Echternach and the abbey gardens; the tourist office had a helpful pamphlet that gave commentary for a good walking tour of the town

The Basilica of St Willibrord in Echternach; a church was built around 800 that was about the same size as the current church

The Basilica of St Willibrord in Echternach; a church was built around 800 that was about the same size as the current church

The Denzelt building (originally 1444) is the centerpiece of the Echternach's main square; the building has gone through many transformations through the centuries and now mainly hosts weddings

The Denzelt building (originally 1444) is the centerpiece of the Echternach's main square; the building has gone through many transformations through the centuries and now mainly hosts weddings

This wooden footbridge is named after the creator of the Luxembourg-Germany Nature Park; the Sure River here is the boundary between the 2 countries

This wooden footbridge is named after the creator of the Luxembourg-Germany Nature Park; the Sure River here is the boundary between the 2 countries

This is the Three Towers in Luxembourg City; the central tower was built around 1200 when the second fortification ring was completed while the two flanking towers were added in the 14th century

This is the Three Towers in Luxembourg City; the central tower was built around 1200 when the second fortification ring was completed while the two flanking towers were added in the 14th century

Cars are still the main means of getting around the country; I found the buses and a new light rail system very helpful in navigating Luxembourg City

Cars are still the main means of getting around the country; I found the buses and a new light rail system very helpful in navigating Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its fortifications; Luxembourg has the second highest per capita GDP in the world

Luxembourg City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its fortifications; Luxembourg has the second highest per capita GDP in the world

Victor Hugo immortalized the castle when he wrote 2 of his carnets here and drew numerous sketches

Victor Hugo immortalized the castle when he wrote 2 of his carnets here and drew numerous sketches

Esch-sur-Sure sits on a spur of land in a meander of the River Sauer; the dilapidated castle and bucolic setting draw tourists to this town of only 314 people

Esch-sur-Sure sits on a spur of land in a meander of the River Sauer; the dilapidated castle and bucolic setting draw tourists to this town of only 314 people

The most spectacular and famous castle in Luxembourg is Vianden in a town of the same name; it ranks among the best in Europe with a cute town to boot

The most spectacular and famous castle in Luxembourg is Vianden in a town of the same name; it ranks among the best in Europe with a cute town to boot

I wonder if this great horned owl can smell the PowerBar in my backpack; you could pay to have the owl perch on your arm (I'd rather the owl be in the wild!)

I wonder if this great horned owl can smell the PowerBar in my backpack; you could pay to have the owl perch on your arm (I'd rather the owl be in the wild!)

The Knight's Hall at Vianden had a ceiling originally made of slate which collapsed in 1847; the signage in the castle was only in German and French

The Knight's Hall at Vianden had a ceiling originally made of slate which collapsed in 1847; the signage in the castle was only in German and French

The small country of Luxembourg has more than 100 castles with Beaufort being the third oldest!; some are now privately owned while others are public buildings

The small country of Luxembourg has more than 100 castles with Beaufort being the third oldest!; some are now privately owned while others are public buildings

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Palace of Bavarian Kings in Munich was over the top!

For 500 years, this was the palatial residence and seat of power of the ruling Wittelsbach family; the main building was built from 1550 to 1650, and decorated in Rococo style during the 18th century

For 500 years, this was the palatial residence and seat of power of the ruling Wittelsbach family; the main building was built from 1550 to 1650, and decorated in Rococo style during the 18th century

The Antiquarium is the oldest room in the Residenz (1550) and was built as a festival banquet hall; it's truly amazing and 220 feet long!

The Antiquarium is the oldest room in the Residenz (1550) and was built as a festival banquet hall; it's truly amazing and 220 feet long!

The Ancestral Gallery (1730) features 100  portraits of the Wittelsbach family and the hall is an outstanding example of South German Rococo

The Ancestral Gallery (1730) features 100+ portraits of the Wittelsbach family and the hall is an outstanding example of South German Rococo

The shell grotto was originally built in the 1550s but, like much of the palace, sustained heavy damage during World War 2

The shell grotto was originally built in the 1550s but, like much of the palace, sustained heavy damage during World War 2

Maximilian I had the court chapel built at the beginning of the 17th century; this late-Renaissance/early-Baroque gem was the site of Mad King Ludwig's funeral in 1886

Maximilian I had the court chapel built at the beginning of the 17th century; this late-Renaissance/early-Baroque gem was the site of Mad King Ludwig's funeral in 1886

This ornamental writing desk (1700) is in the Trier Rooms; when the emperor visited, his immediate family and high-ranking members of their court were accommodated here

This ornamental writing desk (1700) is in the Trier Rooms; when the emperor visited, his immediate family and high-ranking members of their court were accommodated here

This model of the Residenz shows how huge the complex is; it literally occupies several blocks and has 10 different courtyards

This model of the Residenz shows how huge the complex is; it literally occupies several blocks and has 10 different courtyards

In 1751, the Cuvillies Theater was Germany's first Rococo theater; it's an intimate, horseshoe-shaped  venue seating fewer than 400 people

In 1751, the Cuvillies Theater was Germany's first Rococo theater; it's an intimate, horseshoe-shaped venue seating fewer than 400 people

King Ludwig I (1825-1848) conducted audiences in this Throne Room; the great state occasions of the kingdom took place in an even more elegant throne room

King Ludwig I (1825-1848) conducted audiences in this Throne Room; the great state occasions of the kingdom took place in an even more elegant throne room

The Queen's Library; in 1918, during the German Revolution, the ruling house of Wittelsbach, which had governed Bavaria since 1180, was forced to abdicate in Munich and a short-lived socialist republic was declared

The Queen's Library; in 1918, during the German Revolution, the ruling house of Wittelsbach, which had governed Bavaria since 1180, was forced to abdicate in Munich and a short-lived socialist republic was declared

This is one of my favorite rooms - the Queen's Salon where Queen Therese would receive invited guests for conversation

This is one of my favorite rooms - the Queen's Salon where Queen Therese would receive invited guests for conversation

The Green Gallery, completed in 1733, was a venue for court celebrations; the 70  paintings, arranged above one another in tiers of three and alternating with tall mirrors, are from the extensive collections of the Wittelsbach family

The Green Gallery, completed in 1733, was a venue for court celebrations; the 70+ paintings, arranged above one another in tiers of three and alternating with tall mirrors, are from the extensive collections of the Wittelsbach family

The Audience Chamber, part of the series of Ornate Rooms, is where the Elector received high ranking visitors for a public audience

The Audience Chamber, part of the series of Ornate Rooms, is where the Elector received high ranking visitors for a public audience

High ranking visitors waited in or passed through this second antechamber; the furniture is part of the original inventory from 1729

High ranking visitors waited in or passed through this second antechamber; the furniture is part of the original inventory from 1729

This magnificently appointed state bedroom served only for display; it was conceived solely in terms of its symbolic significance, following the French royal court, where the monarch's rising in the morning and retiring for the night took place in public

This magnificently appointed state bedroom served only for display; it was conceived solely in terms of its symbolic significance, following the French royal court, where the monarch's rising in the morning and retiring for the night took place in public

Official audiences with Queen Therese were held here in the Queen's Throne Room; nothing like having gilded walls with the initials of the royal couple

Official audiences with Queen Therese were held here in the Queen's Throne Room; nothing like having gilded walls with the initials of the royal couple

This state bed and canopy (1757) in the Elector's bedroom were originally intended for Koblenz Palace; I guess shipping was a little iffy back then too

This state bed and canopy (1757) in the Elector's bedroom were originally intended for Koblenz Palace; I guess shipping was a little iffy back then too

For the apartment of the crown prince, his bedroom chandelier even has a crown; I guess big egos aren't a 20th century invention

For the apartment of the crown prince, his bedroom chandelier even has a crown; I guess big egos aren't a 20th century invention

The furniture in this state bedroom was commissioned by Duke Karl August in 1782 for the Karlsberg Palace near Hamburg; the Duke's younger brother, Bavarian Elector Max Joseph brought the furniture to Munich

The furniture in this state bedroom was commissioned by Duke Karl August in 1782 for the Karlsberg Palace near Hamburg; the Duke's younger brother, Bavarian Elector Max Joseph brought the furniture to Munich

Court Garden bedroom with furniture (1810) that originally belonged to King Max Joseph of Bavaria (1799-1825)

Court Garden bedroom with furniture (1810) that originally belonged to King Max Joseph of Bavaria (1799-1825)

This exquisite ladies secretary was made in Paris in 1770; with so many European royal palaces, it's amazing there was enough artistic quality furniture to go around

This exquisite ladies secretary was made in Paris in 1770; with so many European royal palaces, it's amazing there was enough artistic quality furniture to go around

The audience chamber for the electress was destroyed in World War 2, but was later rebuilt and refurnished as it appeared in the 18th century

The audience chamber for the electress was destroyed in World War 2, but was later rebuilt and refurnished as it appeared in the 18th century

This upright spinet was made around 1810 and was one of the instruments in the music room and belonged to the first Bavarian king

This upright spinet was made around 1810 and was one of the instruments in the music room and belonged to the first Bavarian king

The old Cuvillies Theater was destroyed in World War 2 but much of it had been disassembled beforehand so it was able to be reinstalled in the new theater which is part of the Residenz Museum; Mozart conducted at the Cuvillies several times

The old Cuvillies Theater was destroyed in World War 2 but much of it had been disassembled beforehand so it was able to be reinstalled in the new theater which is part of the Residenz Museum; Mozart conducted at the Cuvillies several times

Reception Room; with hundreds of rooms, I'm left wondering why they thought they needed a separate room for every single function as if a room couldn't be used for more than one thing

Reception Room; with hundreds of rooms, I'm left wondering why they thought they needed a separate room for every single function as if a room couldn't be used for more than one thing

The sumptuous private chapel of Maximilian I is one of the most precious rooms in the palace; it has a miniature pipe organ from 1600 that still works

The sumptuous private chapel of Maximilian I is one of the most precious rooms in the palace; it has a miniature pipe organ from 1600 that still works

The Trier Rooms were built in 1615 as guest apartments; the tapestries were commissioned by Duke Maximilian I

The Trier Rooms were built in 1615 as guest apartments; the tapestries were commissioned by Duke Maximilian I

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Stunning stained glass worth visiting Sainte-Chapelle

At this Paris church, there are 1113 scenes from the Bible depicted in stained glass including this one showing Noah and his ark; the 15 windows are each 15 meters high

At this Paris church, there are 1113 scenes from the Bible depicted in stained glass including this one showing Noah and his ark; the 15 windows are each 15 meters high

Mounted on the clustered shafts that separate the great windows, are 12 larger-than-life sized stone figures representing the 12 apostles; this is St. John the Baptist

Mounted on the clustered shafts that separate the great windows, are 12 larger-than-life sized stone figures representing the 12 apostles; this is St. John the Baptist

This panel was warning about worshiping idols; more than a million visitors a year crowd into this relatively small church reminding me of the crowds at the Sistine Chapel

This panel was warning about worshiping idols; more than a million visitors a year crowd into this relatively small church reminding me of the crowds at the Sistine Chapel

The enormous windows tell the story of mankind from Genesis through to Christ's resurrection; the audioguide tried to walk me through the story but it was a challenge to figure out which panels they were describing since they are so tall

The enormous windows tell the story of mankind from Genesis through to Christ's resurrection; the audioguide tried to walk me through the story but it was a challenge to figure out which panels they were describing since they are so tall

The great shrine containing 22 relics of the Passion of Christ, including the fragment of the Holy Cross and Crown of Thorns, used to be displayed on the gallery

The great shrine containing 22 relics of the Passion of Christ, including the fragment of the Holy Cross and Crown of Thorns, used to be displayed on the gallery

Sainte-Chapelle is largely hidden with no street frontage but, with its magnificent stained windows, ranks as the number 2 thing to do in Paris according to TripAdvisor

Sainte-Chapelle is largely hidden with no street frontage but, with its magnificent stained windows, ranks as the number 2 thing to do in Paris according to TripAdvisor

The Virgin Mary, the sanctuary's patron saint, greets visitors in the lower chapel where palace staff used to pray; the upper chapel was for the king and his friends and family

The Virgin Mary, the sanctuary's patron saint, greets visitors in the lower chapel where palace staff used to pray; the upper chapel was for the king and his friends and family

Hitler visited Sainte-Chapelle in June 1940 on his only trip to Paris; it's hard to imagine this city under Nazi occupation although I've read enough books about it to know what happened

Hitler visited Sainte-Chapelle in June 1940 on his only trip to Paris; it's hard to imagine this city under Nazi occupation although I've read enough books about it to know what happened

Some of the precious relics of the church were destroyed in the French Revolution with those remaining now kept in the treasury of Notre Dame

Some of the precious relics of the church were destroyed in the French Revolution with those remaining now kept in the treasury of Notre Dame

Fifteen huge mid-13th century stained glass windows fill the nave and apse of the upper chapel; they are considered some of the finest stained glass in the world

Fifteen huge mid-13th century stained glass windows fill the nave and apse of the upper chapel; they are considered some of the finest stained glass in the world

Every inch of the interior is richly decorated; analysis of paint fragments reveals that the original colors were probably closer to the stained glass colors rather than the muted tones used by 19th century restorers

Every inch of the interior is richly decorated; analysis of paint fragments reveals that the original colors were probably closer to the stained glass colors rather than the muted tones used by 19th century restorers

Louis IX spent 40,000 livres to build the chapel to house the Crown of Thorns and then paid the Emperor of Constantinople 135,000 livres for the actual relics

Louis IX spent 40,000 livres to build the chapel to house the Crown of Thorns and then paid the Emperor of Constantinople 135,000 livres for the actual relics

This large rose window dates from 1490 and dominates the western wall; the chapel suffered serious damage during the French Revolution yet 2/3 of the windows are still authentic

This large rose window dates from 1490 and dominates the western wall; the chapel suffered serious damage during the French Revolution yet 2/3 of the windows are still authentic

I had never visited Sainte-Chapelle before because the lines were always super long; I bought my ticket online so I was able to avoid the long line

I had never visited Sainte-Chapelle before because the lines were always super long; I bought my ticket online so I was able to avoid the long line

The three wise men; the stained glass windows were restored over 7 years recently using lasers to clean them and outer glass to protect them from pollution

The three wise men; the stained glass windows were restored over 7 years recently using lasers to clean them and outer glass to protect them from pollution

The chapel used to be attached to a royal palace but it was destroyed long ago; the only other part of the medieval complex left is the Conciergerie next door

The chapel used to be attached to a royal palace but it was destroyed long ago; the only other part of the medieval complex left is the Conciergerie next door

Sainte-Chapelle, consecrated in 1248, is a royal chapel in the Gothic style within the medieval city that was home to the kings of France until the 14th century

Sainte-Chapelle, consecrated in 1248, is a royal chapel in the Gothic style within the medieval city that was home to the kings of France until the 14th century

King Louis IX, who built the church, being crowned in one scene and Jesus in the other; I needed a better knowledge of Biblical history to follow the explanations

King Louis IX, who built the church, being crowned in one scene and Jesus in the other; I needed a better knowledge of Biblical history to follow the explanations

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UNESCO Trogir shows how Croatia looked during its golden age

The Riva in Trogir is one of the most beautiful in Croatia; directly across the water is the 30 sq km island Ciovo which has the best views of Trogir

The Riva in Trogir is one of the most beautiful in Croatia; directly across the water is the 30 sq km island Ciovo which has the best views of Trogir

Originally two towers were planned for Saint Lawrence's Cathedral but only one was built; unlike many other cities, Trogir is composed almost entirely of centuries-old, historic buildings with no cars allowed except around the perimeter of the island

Originally two towers were planned for Saint Lawrence's Cathedral but only one was built; unlike many other cities, Trogir is composed almost entirely of centuries-old, historic buildings with no cars allowed except around the perimeter of the island

I've visited Trogir several times, including with my parents, Lee and Ruben, and it hasn't changed in 15 years; there are lots of tourists but it's not as packed as Dubrovnik or Diocletian's Palace in Split

I've visited Trogir several times, including with my parents, Lee and Ruben, and it hasn't changed in 15 years; there are lots of tourists but it's not as packed as Dubrovnik or Diocletian's Palace in Split

Saint Dominic's Monastery was built in 1425 with the church added later; it is one of 10 churches on the small island built between the 13th and 15th centuries

Saint Dominic's Monastery was built in 1425 with the church added later; it is one of 10 churches on the small island built between the 13th and 15th centuries

Finished in 1240, the Romanesque portal of Saint Lawrence's Cathedral is a monumental and perhaps unique work of the great Croatian artist Radovan

Finished in 1240, the Romanesque portal of Saint Lawrence's Cathedral is a monumental and perhaps unique work of the great Croatian artist Radovan

The town clock tower was incorporated into Saint Sebastian's Church; the church was built in 1476 as a votive church or offering given by the citizens as thanks for deliverance from the plague

The town clock tower was incorporated into Saint Sebastian's Church; the church was built in 1476 as a votive church or offering given by the citizens as thanks for deliverance from the plague

The most imposing monument in Trogir is the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence; construction began in 1213 but didn't finish until the 17th century resulting in a mix of architectural styles

The most imposing monument in Trogir is the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence; construction began in 1213 but didn't finish until the 17th century resulting in a mix of architectural styles

The Great Cipiko Palace is an ensemble of Romanesque buildings from the early 1400s; Trogir today has a population of 10,818

The Great Cipiko Palace is an ensemble of Romanesque buildings from the early 1400s; Trogir today has a population of 10,818

I stayed on the island of Ciovo across from Trogir before flying out; the view was spectacular, especially early in the morning

I stayed on the island of Ciovo across from Trogir before flying out; the view was spectacular, especially early in the morning

The Saint Mark Tower is on the northwest corner of the island and used to be connected to the city walls; it was begun in 1470 and finished at the end of the 15th century

The Saint Mark Tower is on the northwest corner of the island and used to be connected to the city walls; it was begun in 1470 and finished at the end of the 15th century

The late-Renaissance North Gate is the main town entrance and guarded by Saint Ivan Trogirski, protector of the town; Trogir was unusually quiet since there were no cruise ships in Split

The late-Renaissance North Gate is the main town entrance and guarded by Saint Ivan Trogirski, protector of the town; Trogir was unusually quiet since there were no cruise ships in Split

The town loggia dates from the 13th century; it served as a public gathering space and legal proceedings would take place here (contracts signed, laws proclaimed, etc)

The town loggia dates from the 13th century; it served as a public gathering space and legal proceedings would take place here (contracts signed, laws proclaimed, etc)

Trogir is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland (separated by this channel) and the island of Čiovo; since 1997, the historic center of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for its Venetian architecture

Trogir is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland (separated by this channel) and the island of Čiovo; since 1997, the historic center of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for its Venetian architecture

Legend has it that Queen Mary, wife of King Bela IV of Hungary, founded Saint Peter's Church in 1242; it has an interesting wooden 18th century coffered ceiling, divided into semi-oval, oval and hexagonal boxes decorated with molded frames

Legend has it that Queen Mary, wife of King Bela IV of Hungary, founded Saint Peter's Church in 1242; it has an interesting wooden 18th century coffered ceiling, divided into semi-oval, oval and hexagonal boxes decorated with molded frames

The Kamerlingo Fortress was built between 1420 and 1437 following the Venetian conquest of the city; while Split is 24 kms from the Split airport, Trogir is only 6 kms away

The Kamerlingo Fortress was built between 1420 and 1437 following the Venetian conquest of the city; while Split is 24 kms from the Split airport, Trogir is only 6 kms away

Trogir Town Hall  was reconstructed in 1890 from what was the Duke's Palace; the tourist information office is conveniently located here

Trogir Town Hall was reconstructed in 1890 from what was the Duke's Palace; the tourist information office is conveniently located here

In 1420 the period of long-term Venetian rule began and lasted nearly four centuries, when Trogir was one of the best cities in the Balkans with a rich economy and plenty of Renaissance works of art and architecture

In 1420 the period of long-term Venetian rule began and lasted nearly four centuries, when Trogir was one of the best cities in the Balkans with a rich economy and plenty of Renaissance works of art and architecture

Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in all of Central Europe; the medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods

Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in all of Central Europe; the medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods

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Huge 1000 yr old churches dominate sights in Liege, Belgium

Church Saint-Jacques is famous for its painted vault and 17th century Baroque statues; there are 7 collegiate churches in Liege which were built in the 10th and 11th centuries

Church Saint-Jacques is famous for its painted vault and 17th century Baroque statues; there are 7 collegiate churches in Liege which were built in the 10th and 11th centuries

The Guillemins Railway Station handles high speed trains and is also a bus hub; the station lies a couple of kilometers south of the old town but is easily walkable

The Guillemins Railway Station handles high speed trains and is also a bus hub; the station lies a couple of kilometers south of the old town but is easily walkable

Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church dates from the 11th century although it has been renovated many times; the exterior has been restored to its original style

Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church dates from the 11th century although it has been renovated many times; the exterior has been restored to its original style

One of the seven wonders of Belgium is the early 12th century baptismal font at Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church; it is considered a masterpiece of goldsmithery

One of the seven wonders of Belgium is the early 12th century baptismal font at Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church; it is considered a masterpiece of goldsmithery

Completed in the 17th century, the home of Jean Curtius on the Meuse River is now a wide-ranging museum of art, weaponry and archaeology

Completed in the 17th century, the home of Jean Curtius on the Meuse River is now a wide-ranging museum of art, weaponry and archaeology

Montagne de Bueren puts Lombard Street in San Francisco to shame; what's amazing is that not a single street crosses  the staircase

Montagne de Bueren puts Lombard Street in San Francisco to shame; what's amazing is that not a single street crosses the staircase

The most impressive building in Liege is the palace of the prince-bishops from 1526; it presides over a huge square but is not open to the public (it's a provincial government building now)

The most impressive building in Liege is the palace of the prince-bishops from 1526; it presides over a huge square but is not open to the public (it's a provincial government building now)

The Fine Arts Palace was one of many buildings built for the 1905 World's Fair; it now houses Liege's Fine Arts Museum with works by European greats

The Fine Arts Palace was one of many buildings built for the 1905 World's Fair; it now houses Liege's Fine Arts Museum with works by European greats

Liege is the third largest city in Belgium (200,000) and the largest in the French-speaking region of Wallonia; Justine Henin was born in Liege

Liege is the third largest city in Belgium (200,000) and the largest in the French-speaking region of Wallonia; Justine Henin was born in Liege

This 17th century Reclining Christ is one of the many impressive statues in Saint Paul's Cathedral; Belgian waffles are, understandably, very popular here

This 17th century Reclining Christ is one of the many impressive statues in Saint Paul's Cathedral; Belgian waffles are, understandably, very popular here

Saint Paul's Cathedral was built between the 13th century and the start of the 15th century; restoring old buildings is a huge industry in Europe

Saint Paul's Cathedral was built between the 13th century and the start of the 15th century; restoring old buildings is a huge industry in Europe

The tall octagonal dome is the centerpiece of Saint John the Evangelist Church; with so many Muslims now I never saw a single mosque

The tall octagonal dome is the centerpiece of Saint John the Evangelist Church; with so many Muslims now I never saw a single mosque

Gorgeous Gothic vaulting from the early 16th century in the cloisters of Saint John the Evangelist Church

Gorgeous Gothic vaulting from the early 16th century in the cloisters of Saint John the Evangelist Church

Typical architectural landscape in the old town; it was hard to tell what percentage of these buildings are actually still in use versus just providing an atmospheric accent to the city

Typical architectural landscape in the old town; it was hard to tell what percentage of these buildings are actually still in use versus just providing an atmospheric accent to the city

The various building materials and styles are evident in the 11th century tower of the Collegiate Church of Saint-Denis

The various building materials and styles are evident in the 11th century tower of the Collegiate Church of Saint-Denis

Amazingly intricate altarpiece of the Passion and Life of Saint Denis of Paris (1533); the concentration of huge churches in the relatively small old town was impressive

Amazingly intricate altarpiece of the Passion and Life of Saint Denis of Paris (1533); the concentration of huge churches in the relatively small old town was impressive

The old city hall was destroyed by troops from Louis XIV in 1691; it was rebuilt in classical style opening in 1718

The old city hall was destroyed by troops from Louis XIV in 1691; it was rebuilt in classical style opening in 1718

One of the courtyards of the palace of prince-bishops; hard to fathom the building being almost 500 years old

One of the courtyards of the palace of prince-bishops; hard to fathom the building being almost 500 years old

Maxine had a Facebook post about the Montagne de Bueren so I had to come see it for myself; the 374 steps were built to connect the military barracks with the citadel

Maxine had a Facebook post about the Montagne de Bueren so I had to come see it for myself; the 374 steps were built to connect the military barracks with the citadel

A monument to the Belgians killed by Germans in World Wars 1 and 2 at the citadel; the first fort was built here in 1255 and rebuilt in a pentagonal shape in 1650

A monument to the Belgians killed by Germans in World Wars 1 and 2 at the citadel; the first fort was built here in 1255 and rebuilt in a pentagonal shape in 1650

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception dates from the first half of the 17th century; it is now closed but was the view I had from my hotel room right across the street

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception dates from the first half of the 17th century; it is now closed but was the view I had from my hotel room right across the street

Fountain Saint-Jean-Baptiste has been here since the medieval era and was rebuilt in 1634; impressive when the revised version is almost 400 years old

Fountain Saint-Jean-Baptiste has been here since the medieval era and was rebuilt in 1634; impressive when the revised version is almost 400 years old

What a strange building on the banks of the Meuse River; Liege is a sister city of Baton Rouge, Krakow, Porto, Rotterdam, Aachen and Maastricht

What a strange building on the banks of the Meuse River; Liege is a sister city of Baton Rouge, Krakow, Porto, Rotterdam, Aachen and Maastricht

My favorite bridge in Paris has been imitated here; in 1900, Pont Alexander III opened in Paris with Pont de Fragnee opening in Liege in 1905 for the Universal Exposition

My favorite bridge in Paris has been imitated here; in 1900, Pont Alexander III opened in Paris with Pont de Fragnee opening in Liege in 1905 for the Universal Exposition

Liege gets the award for the best tourist info; they had a great map along with brochures featuring smaller walking tours with commentary in English

Liege gets the award for the best tourist info; they had a great map along with brochures featuring smaller walking tours with commentary in English

Charlemagne has been called the Father of Europe since he united most of Western Europe; he was the Holy Roman Emperor from 801-814

Charlemagne has been called the Father of Europe since he united most of Western Europe; he was the Holy Roman Emperor from 801-814

The Guillemins Railway Station opened in 2009 and is now the main Liege station; designed by Santiago Calatrava it shows his signature look and feel

The Guillemins Railway Station opened in 2009 and is now the main Liege station; designed by Santiago Calatrava it shows his signature look and feel

Cinema Churchill is one of the few Art Deco buildings in Liege; I think a higher percentage of Europeans are smoking now than when I first visited in 1990

Cinema Churchill is one of the few Art Deco buildings in Liege; I think a higher percentage of Europeans are smoking now than when I first visited in 1990

The Cathedral had a mix of old and new stained glass windows; the church faces a challenge with younger people less likely to attend church

The Cathedral had a mix of old and new stained glass windows; the church faces a challenge with younger people less likely to attend church

The Fountain of the Virgin Mary was originally built in 1696 out of marble; immigrants are helping reverse the trend of population declines in most of Europe

The Fountain of the Virgin Mary was originally built in 1696 out of marble; immigrants are helping reverse the trend of population declines in most of Europe

The Flamboyant Gothic Saint-Jacques Church, built in 1538, was the most impressive in this city with tons of churches; it was absolutely enormous

The Flamboyant Gothic Saint-Jacques Church, built in 1538, was the most impressive in this city with tons of churches; it was absolutely enormous

The 1760 Neoclassical Saint John the Evangelist Church has this beautiful statue of the Virgin and Child from 1230

The 1760 Neoclassical Saint John the Evangelist Church has this beautiful statue of the Virgin and Child from 1230

The butcher's hall is one of the oldest civic buildings in Liege, built in 1546; the hall is now the home of the Liege tourist office

The butcher's hall is one of the oldest civic buildings in Liege, built in 1546; the hall is now the home of the Liege tourist office

Liege was the first city in Belgium to have a dedicated pedestrian zone; it has grown extensively and now includes many sections of the old town

Liege was the first city in Belgium to have a dedicated pedestrian zone; it has grown extensively and now includes many sections of the old town

My favorite sight (and activity) in Liege was also its most unique - Montagne de Bueren; at times I heard as much Arabic spoken as French

My favorite sight (and activity) in Liege was also its most unique - Montagne de Bueren; at times I heard as much Arabic spoken as French

The view of Liege from the Citadel; the city is largely flat since it lies in the Meuse River valley

The view of Liege from the Citadel; the city is largely flat since it lies in the Meuse River valley

Although settlements already existed in Roman times, the first references to Liège are from 558; the city is renowned for its many churches, the oldest of which dates from 682

Although settlements already existed in Roman times, the first references to Liège are from 558; the city is renowned for its many churches, the oldest of which dates from 682

One of the signature events in Liege is the Sunday morning market; it stretches along the banks of the River Meuse for 2 km

One of the signature events in Liege is the Sunday morning market; it stretches along the banks of the River Meuse for 2 km

The Renaissance doorway to Saint-Jacques Church dates to 1558; it seemed odd to have this church built so close to the cathedral since they were of similar size

The Renaissance doorway to Saint-Jacques Church dates to 1558; it seemed odd to have this church built so close to the cathedral since they were of similar size

The 28 story Tower Paradis opened in 2015 to house the Ministry of Finance; it is the only modern skyscraper in the city

The 28 story Tower Paradis opened in 2015 to house the Ministry of Finance; it is the only modern skyscraper in the city

The Royal Theater was built in 1820 and hosts the Royal Opera of Wallonia; you have to look both ways before crossing a street since there are bus lanes that run opposite normal traffic

The Royal Theater was built in 1820 and hosts the Royal Opera of Wallonia; you have to look both ways before crossing a street since there are bus lanes that run opposite normal traffic

This 300 meter footbridge across the Meuse opened in 2016; it is named Liegeoise, beautiful woman from Liege, to honor a leading figure in the French Revolution

This 300 meter footbridge across the Meuse opened in 2016; it is named Liegeoise, beautiful woman from Liege, to honor a leading figure in the French Revolution

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