2006-11-08

Luxembourg City (Basics)

"The Capital of Luxembourg was founded in 963. It is the seat of the government and the official residence of the grand-duke. Numerous banks and European institutions have also settled in the capital. The vast green spaces as well as the historical city centre - transformed almost completely into a pedestrian zone - provide the visitor with leisure, a cultural experience and comfortable shopping. The excavations of the castle on the "Bock" rock, the old town, the casemates and the ruins of the fortifications are listed as world heritage by the UNESCO."
text taken from a brochure of the youth hostel


The following information is an excerpt from english Wikipedia (date 2006-11-01) and partly modified:

Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuerg

A commune with city status, and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It has a population of 76,420 (2005), populated at under 1,500 people per km². The city's metropolitan population, including surrounding communes, is about 104,000.

It is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, having developed into a banking and administrative centre.


Geography
Luxembourg City lies at the heart of Western Europe, situated 188 km from Brussels, 289 km from Paris, 190 km from Cologne, and about 50 km to Trier (by car).

The commune of Luxembourg City covers a total area of over 51 km².

A 70 m deep gorge throughout the town and cut by the Alzette is spanned by many bridges and viaducts. Although Luxembourg City is not particularly large, its layout is complex, as the city is set on several levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two gorges!

Quarters
Luxembourg City is subdivided into twenty-four quarters, which cover the commune in its entirety: Beggen, Belair, North Bonnevoie-Verlorenkost, South Bonnevoie, Cents, Cessange, Clausen, Dommeldange, Eich, Gare, Gasperich, Grund, Hamm, Hollerich, Kirchberg, Limpertsberg, Merl, Muhlenbach, Neudorf-Weimershof, Pfaffenthal, Pulvermuhl, Rollingergrund-North Belair, Ville Haute, Weimerskirch
For information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarters_of_Luxembourg_City


Places of interest
The city is the home of the University of Luxembourg and Radio Luxembourg.

It is also the seat of several institutions of the European Union. The majority of these institutions are located in the Kirchberg quarter, in the northeast of the city.


I hope now you are a bit better informed than before :)

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