Portrait No. 6: Luxembourg

Cosmopolitan city in
the heart of Europe

In the vibrant capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, diversity is key: Approximately 100,000 residents from no less than 150 nations appreciate the feel-good ambience that Luxembourg offers with the charming cityscape of its historical city centre and modern business districts, magnificent parkland and a varied cultural offering.

Contentment metropolis in Europe

Attractive city with high quality of life

A public survey, conducted in 2009 on behalf of the city, revealed that the residents applaud the City of Luxembourg's particularly high quality of life. More than half of the total 2,000 respondents indicated that they were very satisfied with their lives. This very positive result is continually confirmed by international city rankings. The current “Global Liveable Cities Index” study from 2014, ranked the City of Luxembourg in position 6 of the top 10 cities with the highest quality of life worldwide.
The most multicultural capital of Europe owes its attractiveness to many factors: In addition to the cosmopolitan warmth, the distinctive cityscape and the future-oriented local city development contribute significantly to its unique image.
We highlight selected aspects from these areas that will whet your appetite for a discovery tour of Luxembourg.

City of contrasts

Historical masterpieces and contemporary buildings 

As in hardly any other European city, in Luxembourg, historical masterpieces and contemporary buildings complement each other to an identity-forming and harmonious overall picture. The picturesque old town and the adjacent former stronghold of Luxembourg, along the length of the boulder cliffs, are impressive vestiges of the past and as such, have been UNESCO world heritage sites since 1994.
In contrast, imposing examples of contemporary architecture characterise the European and banking quarter “Kirchberg-Plateau” in the northeast of the city. Various EU institutions have their permanent address here, among them the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Auditors, and the European Investment Bank.
20,000 people - mainly commuters - work in this ever-growing quarter. The comforts of liveable surroundings are ensured by nearby residences, schools, a shopping mall, the sports and cultural centre “Coque”, the largest city cinema centre “Utopolis”, the philharmonic hall built in 2006 as well as the "Mudam" museum of modern art, which are famous for their concerts and exhibitions far beyond the country's borders.
Photo 1: In Luxembourg historical masterpieces an contemporary buildings complement each other.
Photo 2: The palace of the Grand Duke has one of the most beautiful façades in the city (Flemish Renaissance, 16th century).
Photo 3: In the European district “Kirchberg” various EU institutions and banks have their address.
Photo 4: The Museum of Contemporary Art "MUDAM" was build near the vestiges of Fort Thüngen.
Photo 5: The banks of the River Alzette line well maintained green areas.
Photo 6: The Constitution Square on the ancient Beck bastion offers a superb view over the Pétrusse Valley.  
 

City of green spaces

More than one third of the city area is green

The extensive park landscapes, green spaces, and gardens that make up more than one third of the city area in Luxembourg are inviting all year round for taking breaks and relaxing. Furthermore, the numerous gardens of the surrounding palaces and castles invite visitors to enjoy extensive walks. 

City of sustainability

Focus on well-developed infrastructure and renewable sources

The city of Luxembourg offers a well-developed public transport and cycling infrastructure. Numerous new projects contribute to increasing the non-motorised traffic and to reducing the environmental impact through less CO2 emissions.
In addition to the city's existing bus service, the first hybrid buses, that harvest energy through roof collectors, were introduced in early 2015. They are particularly environmentally friendly and run quietly and thus contribute to the sustainability concept of the city.
To further improve mobility, the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures recently started the “Luxtram SA” tram project, in cooperation with the City of Luxembourg. The first tracks are to be installed at the beginning of 2016. The commissioning of the first section from the train station to the city centre 'Kirchberg' is scheduled for the second half of 2017.
In terms of energy, the City of Luxembourg also relies on sustainability: Since 2009, a low-energy or passive house standard applies for all newly constructed buildings. Furthermore, the city produces approximately 10 percent of the required energy for the provision of electricity and heating from renewable sources such as biogas facilities, solar collectors, and photovoltaic systems.

Further information

Official City of Luxembourg website: www.visitluxembourg.com