Discover the unexpected in Luxembourg City
Luxembourg, known as "the green heart" of Europe, is a treasure trove of restaurants, museums, galleries and historic sites waiting to be discovered.
Bock promontory © Nienke Krook/ONT
Luxembourg may well be among the small capitals in Europe, but it has a lot to offer in terms of diversity and quality of life. Despite its breath-taking modernization in the last few decades, it remains a metropolis on a human scale. While its inhabitants number less than 110,000, they stem from over 150 different nations and enjoy the multilingual as well as multicultural flair they find in Luxembourg.
The city is often referred to as “the green heart” of Europe. This does not come as a surprise since about one third of Luxembourg is covered by green spaces. For those who prefer to simply stroll around, the spectacular remains of the commanding fortress around the Bock promontory, whose foundation was laid more than 1,000 years ago, await to be discovered. The so called “old town” has been added to Unesco's World Heritage list in 1994.
On the other hand, splendid examples of contemporary architecture can be found in the Kirchberg quarter, including the much acclaimed Philharmonie by Christian de Portzamparc and the Mudam (Museum of Modern Art) by I.M. Pei. Both cultural venues are equally well-regarded for the outstanding quality of their concerts and exhibitions.
Old masters are on show at the National Museum of History and Art, the history of the city of Luxembourg at the eponymous museum, whereas kids will be fascinated by the educational programs at the National Museum of Natural History. Local and international theatre productions are staged by the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and many more companies. Contemporary art galleries abound all over town. Neimënster Abbey is renowned for its diverse offerings, including theatre, literature, visual arts and music with free blues and jazz concerts during the weekend.
Those more inclined to shopping can proceed to Grand-Rue and Rue Philippe II which are part of the pedestrian zone. A great number of famous fashion brands entertain a branch in this area. A few blocks away a farmer's market with local and organic produce sets up shop twice a week.
Visitors inclined to rest can sit on one of the numerous cosy terraces and have a glass of wine from the Moselle region or a beer from a local brewery. Dining out is key to understanding the Luxembourg lifestyle. Culinary specialties from all over the world reflect the multicultural society. Moreover, the country currently has 11 restaurants counting one star in the famous Michelin guide, three of them located in the city, the others within short reach.
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