Panorama picture of the Old Town
Grand Duke Palace
(Video and Photographs with the gracious permission of: Office National du Tourisme Luxembourg )
The country’s capitol, named after the country of Luxembourg itself, is the seat for the government, the archbishop, numerous university faculties, the international airport as well as the European institutions. Not least of which makes Luxembourg - next to Brussels and Strasbourg - one of the capitols of Europe.
The country of Luxembourg with a population of 484,000 is a crossroad for culture as well as melting pot and a real example of European culture and integration: Portuguese, French, Belgian, Italian and German people are here just as much as the English. With 25 different nationalities you can meet the whole world in Luxembourg.
Luxembourg was able to quickly make the jump to being a service and knowledge society besides its renowned steel industry in the south of the country. As such, the international world of media, i.e. ASTRA, Amazon or RTL are located here along with the international banks that made Luxembourg to one of the leading international bank capitals of the world.
Here an open European mind and a very high standard of life on a cultural level is predominant. Traditions, originating in the year 963 and the grand duke family as a symbol of Luxembourgian Independence as well as its national language, Luxembourgish, are looked upon with great pride.
In 1994 UNESCO declared the entire old town of Luxembourg as World Heritage Site. In addition this, Luxembourg was named cultural capital of Europe in 1995 and 2007.
The possibilities of finding new experiences within such a prominent diversity of three geographical areas and five touristic regions that are marked by numerous cultural influences is sheer endless. Luxembourg is an ideal magnet for music lovers of any genre with its highly developed and national cultural scene. Nature lovers can enjoy the high plateaus with their untouched forests, meadows and rivers or just sit in a sleepy Café and take in the French-influenced “savoir vivre”. Even the most fastidious palate will get its money’s worth in the many international star-studded restaurants.