Luxury and tourism in the Centre or Ville-Haute district

Located in the heart of Luxembourg City, the Centre or Ville-Haute district is one of the most lively areas of the Luxembourg capital.
It unites the old town (Altstadt) and the upper town (Oberstadt). Considered the smallest district in Luxembourg, the Centre district is mainly dedicated to services, stores and luxury boutiques. With its green spaces, its beautiful buildings, its cultural offer, it’s a
This is a very touristy area.

Population of the Ville-Haute district

Number of inhabitants as of January 1, 2022

  • of the population of the City of Luxembourg 2,7% 2,7%
  • of foreign population 69,5% 69,5%

Number of different nationalities

Ville-Haute, the lively center of Luxembourg

Heart of Luxembourg

The district of Ville-Haute is the heart of the animation of the city of Luxembourg with its pedestrian streets very commercial. Its two main squares, the Place Guillaume II and the Place d’Armes, welcome tourists and residents at all hours.

The neighborhood is regularly animated duringcultural events and artistic manifestations.

The Place d’Armes is very pleasant with its terraces of cafés and restaurants, deployed from spring. Dominated by the Cercle Cité, the square is the ideal place to enjoy the sun and chat over a drink or a good meal. The bandstand offers concert opportunities. In winter, it is one of the main places for Christmas markets .

The Place Guillaume II is also a place of meetings and animations. The bi-weekly market normally unfolds its stalls here. You can buy fresh products from local producers. The redevelopment of Knuedler Square will further emphasize pedestrian spaces. A playground will be installed in front of City Hall and the Bierger Center. The work will be completed in 2023.

The shopping and pedestrian streets offer shopping opportunities with many luxury stores and brand names. Strolling through the neighborhood is very pleasant.

Tourist center

This district of the Ville-Haute is one of the historical and tourist districts of Luxembourg. Eighteenth-century mansions and nineteenth-century villas stand side by side with modern buildings.

This historical district gathers most of the museums. The Grand Ducal Palace and the Luxembourg Parliament are also located here. The Cathedral of Notre Dame, dating from the 17th century, is also located in this area and offers a magnificent view of its bell towers. The famous Octave market or “Maërtchen” takes place on the Place Guillaume II.

It is also in this area that you can walk on the “most beautiful balcony in Europe”. Walking along the Corniche offers a magnificent view of the Grund district below.

The government institutions are also located in large part in the adjacent streets of this beautiful tourist area.

The Gëlle Fra and the monument of remembrance, symbol of Luxembourg

Located on Constitution Square, the “Gelle Frä” memorial is one of the most famous statues in the city. The statue is observable from afar thanks to its dizzying height and its shimmering brilliance.

The Gelle Frä, standing 21 meters high on its stone obelisk, is an eye-catcher. The statue represents a woman made of gold, holding a laurel wreath above two monumental soldiers. One of them watches over the lying body of his compatriot, who fell during a battle.

Inaugurated in 1923 after the First World War, the monument represents not only peace, freedom and the memory of the soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars .

It also symbolizes Luxembourg’s patriotism. Destroyed by the Nazis in 1940, the statue of the Gelle Fra was restored in 1984, after a long wave of patriotic protest from the inhabitants.

Present on many emblematic photos of the country, the Gëlle Fra” is one of the major symbols of Luxembourg. The Gëlle Frä is a realization of the Luxembourgish sculptor Claus Cito.

Shopping and luxury boutiques in the Ville-Haute district

The Center or Ville-Haute gathers all kinds of businesses (chains or particular stores, …). It is especially known for its luxury stores, especially in the Rue Philippe II.

The multitude of stores in the pedestrian center will delight shopping enthusiasts.

The construction of the Royal-Hamilius Shopping Center has revitalized the neighborhood and the upper part of Grand-Rue. There are large international brands such as Galeries Lafayette, Fnac and Décathlon.

Living in the Centre or Ville-Haute neighbourhood

This historical complex attracts more and more international customers, attracted by all the attractions of the district: shopping streets, cultural events and artistic programs, beautiful historical buildings, bars and restaurants…

The Upper Town is full of museums, cultural centers and theaters.

There are many places to relax here. Children love the Municipal Park and its giant pirate ship. The Kinnekswiss is ideal for summer picnics. The Pétrusse Valley offers a magnificent setting for walks and jogging.

The Badanstalt aquatic center has beautiful facilities for relaxation.

There is a Delhaize supermarket in the Hamilius center for daily shopping and some food shops in the streets of the center. The weekly market offers a very pleasant space for shopping for fresh products.

On the other hand, there are no schools in the area. There is only one crib.

Due to its central location, the district offers optimal public transport, bus and tramway connections at the Hamilius Center. Several Vel’Oh self-service bicycle stations.

Good to know about the Ville-Haute district

The amenities of the central district

Schools: The neighborhood has only onebasic school.

Playgrounds: the most famous playground of the city of Luxembourg is located in this district at the level of the Municipal Park. With its huge pirate ship, its gigantic slide, its swings and its water games, the Pirateschëff playground is a must. A kiosk offers drinks and snacks.

Transport/bus: the vast majority of buses pass through the Royal-Hamilius center. It is very well served in terms of public transportation. Many stops are located there and buses are frequent.

Several parking lots are available for parking.

Accommodation: prices in this area are high, among the most expensive in the city. Few offers are available on the market.

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Food: presence of an Alima and a Monoprix and several specialized shops, bakeries, butchers, greengrocers. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the Stater Maart is held in the neighborhood, with its many stalls selling fresh produce.

Our opinion on the Centre district

Style: young, classic, tourist

With its mostly pedestrian and shopping streets, it is very pleasant to stroll through the neighborhood. Not very conducive to cars, the many parking lots allow you to park easily enough, except during major events.

More commercial than residential, The Ville-Haute district remains a safe and aesthetically beautiful area. It’s a good place to live when you like to see people and go out.

A new project will redevelop Constitution Square. Cars and tour buses will be banned from the square.

The Pétrusse Valley should then be served by an elevator. No deadline has been set at this time.