Kirchberg, business district and more

The district of Kirchberg (Kierchbierg) is a vast plateau, located in the north-east of Luxembourg-City . It is one of the 24 districts of the Luxembourg capital.

The Kirchberg district is adjacent to the districts of Weimerskirch, Neudorf/Weimershof and Clausen. The Limpertsberg can be reached via the Red Bridge Grand Duchess Charlotte. The Kirchberg is also connected to the Pfaffenthal by streetcar and funicular.

Cut in two by the avenue John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Kirchberg represents the historical business district of the Luxembourg capital.

Population in the district of Kirchberg

Number of inhabitants as of January 1, 2022

  • of foreign population 73,3% 73,3%
  • of the population of the city of Luxembourg 5,9% 5,9%

Number of different nationalities

Kirchberg, a European and business district

Almost non-existent 40 years ago, the Kirchberg district is today a very active economic area.

With the arrival of the European institutions in the 1960s, the Kirchberg plateau saw its fields disappear in favor of large buildings. The district then experienced its full development in the 1980s, at the same time as the development of financial activities in Luxembourg.

The northern and southern parts of the city are dedicated to European institutions and business, while the former Kirchberg has a more “village”atmosphere during the day. The neighborhood is changing.

On either side of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Avenue, now lined by the tramway, stand large modern buildings, the headquarters of many companies.

Coming from the center of Luxembourg, you will find here the Towers of Europe with the European institutions. Luxembourg is a founding member of Europe and plays an active role in the European institutions:

  • Council of the European Union or Council of Ministers: it usually sits in Brussels, but the April, June and October sessions are held in Luxembourg
  • Court of Justice of the European Union: Luxembourg is the judicial capital of Europe since 1952
  • European Court of Auditors
  • European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund
  • Secretariat General of the European Parliament
  • Eurostat and Publications Office (Jean Monnet building)

Further down Kennedy Avenue towards Rond Point Serra, you will find the major banks and financial companies, auditing firms and other international companies. The Kirchberg is the “City of London”.

Kirchberg, a cultural district

Architecture lovers will be delighted by the facades of the institutional buildings with their rich and varied architecture: Deutsche Bank, KPMG, Court of Justice, …

In Kirchberg you can also find the grand duchess Joséphine-Charlotte concert hall or Philharmonie, a superb architectural building signed by Christian de Portzamparc and the Mudam – Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean – designed by the architect Ieoh Ming Pei (1917-2019). The Museum of the Fortress and the Luxexpo Congress Centre complete the picture.

In Kirchberg you will also find numerous works of art and sculptures such as the bird cage by the Luxembourg artist Su-Mei Tse, the monumental sculpture “Exchange” by
American sculptor Richard Serra, Giovanni Teconi’s “Great Walking Flower”, or the “Lange Bänker” which represents an austere banker…

Amenities in Kirchberg

Schools: in addition to theEcole fondamentale du Kirchberg, one of the campuses of the University of Luxembourg, theEuropean School and the Ecole Privée Sainte Sophie in Weimershof, located in the immediate vicinity, are also located in this area.
See the education/training section for more information on schools and school systems in Luxembourg.

Transportation: Several bus lines serve the district via Avenue Adenauer, while the T1 tramway runs on Avenue Kennedy . The streetcar now connects with the Pfaffentah funicular to the central station. It should eventually connect the Cloche d’Or district on one side and the Findel airport on the other.

The Serra traffic circle is now a gateway to the Kirchberg and the city of Luxembourg with a real mobility hub. It now includes the Gernsbach P+R parking lot, a bus station, a streetcar stop and a Vél’Oh station, as well as an MBox.

In total, more than a dozen Veloh! stations are available for soft mobility enthusiasts. Also noteworthy is the pleasant bicycle path that connects this district to Senningerberg (Niederanven).

Shops: to the north of Kirchberg, the Auchan shopping center offers a 12,500 m2 hypermarket on 2 floors with free covered parking and a shopping mall with 50 stores and 19 restaurants. On the other side, Infinity brings a new shopping center since late 2019.

Leisure: in addition to the Mudam or the Philharmonic, the Kirchberg is also known for its leisure facilities such as the large sports complex La Coque with its swimming pool and climbing wall, or the Multiplex cinema Kinepolis. A large green space behind the Hull allows you to enjoy the coolness in summer.

Luxexpo welcomes thousands of visitors every year for its exhibitions and fairs. It is also the starting and finishing point of theING Night Marathon.

The Kirchberg Hospital and the Bohler Clinic are also assets of the district.

Living in Kirchberg

Separated from the city center by the Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge, the Kirchberg is the capital’s architectural showcase. With the many attractions mentioned above, it should be noted that local services are essentially grouped on JF Kennedy Avenue to the detriment of the residential neighborhoods. We expect to see more pedestrian spaces with a real neighborhood life.

The City of Luxembourg has clearly stated its desire to rebalance the ratio between housing and offices. The goal is to give this neighborhood a little more humanity. In the long term, the Kirchberg district should see its population increase. More than 25,000 inhabitants are expected to live in the area. The neighborhood had fewer than 5,700 residents in 2017. The workforce is expected to increase from 40,600 today to 64,000.

A number of new neighborhoods are being developed: Kiem (820 units), Reimerwee (480 units), Grünwald, Kennedy South.
The Op der Schleed project to the north of Adenauer Boulevard will see the construction of almost 4,800 housing units, for more than 10,000 additional inhabitants within 30 years.

In addition, the Kirchberg fund in charge of managing the district has entrusted an architectural firm with the mission of rethinking public spaces. The objective is to give a more human side to this area, considered too cold and impersonal. Shops should be added on the first floor of buildings, street furniture should be installed to make people want to stop. Traffic arteries should incorporate pedestrian and bicycle lanes.

See the comparison of rents and sale prices advertised for housing by district of Luxembourg-City and our comparison of districts where to live in Luxembourg.