Discover the multiple aspects of Luxembourg’s capital, which has been a city for more than a millennium! It is a wonderful feeling to stroll along the ‘Corniche’ city ramparts and see the fortress and old town which have been designated a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994. Opposite is the ‘Plateau de Kirchberg’ with its resolutely contemporary buildings of glass and steel which contain European institutions and international financial companies! Works by some of the worlds best known architects are located here, including the ‘Philharmonie’ designed by Christian Portzamparc (architect of the ‘Cité de la Musique’ in Paris), the ‘Coque’ sports and cultural complex in the shape of a shell designed by Roger Taillibert and the ‘Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean’ designed by architect I.M. Pei, which opened its doors on July 1st 2006.
During the second half of the 20th century, Luxembourg became a centre for new and dynamic affairs, with a strategic location. On an economic level, Luxembourg is a centre of employment of international standing, being both multi-lingual and multi-cultural. Formerly known for its steel industry, the country has become one of the world’s most important financial centres with more than 160 banks. Furthermore, important European institutions are located here (the offices of the European Parliament, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Auditors and the European Investment Bank…)
Over the area of 2,586 km², visitors can explore a surprising range of different landscapes. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is divided into five tourist regions which are all easily accessible from the capital. The abbey city of Echternach is located in the region known as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland and is one of Luxembourg’s most popular tourist destinations. In addition to its rich religious and cultural past, Echternach also appeals to shopping enthusiasts as shops stay open here on a Sunday afternoon. A visit to Luxembourg’s Ardennes region is also recommended, situated to the north of the country. Various mediaeval castles here such as Vianden, Clervaux, Esch-sur-Sûre and Bourscheid provide spectacular views across the valley. Along Luxembourg’s wine route, which stretches for 42 km along the banks of the Moselle, a visit to the wine and crémant wine cellars can easily be combined with a boat trip to the town of Schengen, which gave its name to the famous ‘Schengen Agreement’ relating to the abolition of customs controls in 1985. Just fifteen minutes drive from the city of Luxembourg is the ‘Land of the Red Earth’ which attracts many enthusiasts of industrial tourism. Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg’s second city, offers visitors a combination of shopping and numerous historical buildings.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has become one of Europe’s biggest centres of gourmet cuisine. In 2008 twelve of Luxembourg’s restaurants are awarded Michelin stars!
For more information :
National Tourist Board
T +352 42 82 82 10
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Details of all the events in the grand Duchy of Luxembourg
The 17 sites of the association of Luxembourg castles
The ‘National Tourist Office’ branch situated in the hall of Luxembourg’s central station is open daily from 9.00am to 12.30pm and from 1.45pm to 6pm. Telephone: 00352 - 42 82 82 20 ; Fax: 00352 - 42 82 82 30 ; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (tourist information and hotel reservations).
Don't be surprised if you are welcomed in your own language when you arrive in Luxembourg, but you may also get a cheery "moien" in Luxembourgish. Multilingual, with an open spirit and excellent means of communication, our capital is a privileged place of welcome.
Over the course of time, the city of Luxembourg has evolved from a fortified city into a metropolis with a cosmopolitan style – so much so that today, with its 100,000 inhabitants, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg enjoys an international reputation that reaches far beyond its demographic and geographic size. Thus, at the dawn of its third millennium, the City vigorously reasserts its position as a modern capital city resolutely facing the future – as can be seen in the establishment of a number of key European Union institutions. In addition to its European role, Luxembourg has proudly become an international financial centre and therefore numbers among the principal players in European finance. Situated at the crossroads of Latin and Germanic cultures, Luxembourg city offers an extremely varied and stimulating cultural life..
By visiting the fascinating city, you will discover a hybrid city, which is proud of its turbulent history, spanning over a thousand years. Burgundians, Spanish, French, Austrians and Prussians contributed to make the city one of the best fortified in the world, the "Gibraltar of the North". In 1994 the UNESCO recognized the fortress and the historical importance of the city by naming them a World Heritage Site.
Culture plays a vital role in Luxembourg life. The arts, classic and contemporary, music, theatre, entertainment of every kind: this multi-cultural environment is bursting with opportunities. There is never a dull moment; there is never a neglected corner, there is never a visitor who cannot find what he or she likes best.
In 2007 for the first time, the European Capital of Culture will be a region, and not only one town. but the Greater Region. Together with Luxembourg, the Lorraine (F), the Rhineland-Palatinate (D), the Saarland (D) and the Walloon Region (B) will present their cultural diversity and their creative potential as European Capital of Culture.
Experience European variety, culture and history and come to Luxembourg!
We look forward to welcome you to the heart of Europe.
Luxembourg City Tourist Office
L- 2011 Luxembourg
Tél: ++352 / 22 28 09
Fax: ++ 352 / 46 70 70