Merl, residential area close to the main roads

Located in the southwest of Luxembourg City, the Merl district is a very green residential area. Very popular with the expatriate population, it is adjacent to the Belair, Hollerich and Cessange districts.

Population in the Merl district

Number of inhabitants as of January 1, 2022

  • of foreign population 71,7% 71,7%
  • of the population of the city of Luxembourg 5,0% 5,0%

Number of different nationalities

Merl, a very green residential area in Luxembourg

Merl represents 5% of the population of Luxembourg City. Located near the motorway axes and the Bouillon P+R park, the district offers beautiful spaces for relaxation. Together with the Merl Park, the green lung of the Luxembourg capital, this district represents the border between Luxembourg City and the city of Bertrange.

Bordering the chic Belair district and the dynamic Hollerich district, its population/area ratio makes it one of the most populated districts in Luxembourg.

Merl is a residential area of Luxembourg City. There is still a lot of greenfield land, including agricultural areas to the west of the area.

Attached to the City of Luxembourg in 1920, the commune of Merl was independent for only a short time. In the Middle Ages, it was part of the parish of Hollerich and belonged to the old Benedictine abbey of Munster before it was moved to the Grund. At the end of the 18th century, with the end of the religious establishments, Merl became independent.

Good to know about the Merl area

Schools: there is a Luxembourgish basic school in the Merl district. The Geesseknäppchen School Campus includes the Luxembourg Conservatory, theISL (International School of Luxemburg), and the Luxembourg secondary schools Athénée de Luxembourg, Aline Mayrisch, Michel Rodange as well as the Ecole de Commerce et de Gestion.

Transportation: The neighborhood is served by bus lines 6, 8, 12, 15, 27, CN2 which serve 19 bus stops. The Bouillon P+R parking lot is also located in the immediate vicinity, which facilitates transportation to the city center.

There are several Veloh! stations in the neighborhood.

Merl, a district of Luxembourg turned towards culture

Merl is a district of Luxembourg offering several cultural activities.

The Conservatoire du Luxembourg teaches more than 150 different disciplines. It is not only a music school recognized in Luxembourg and abroad, but also a dynamic cultural center.

Another cultural venue in the neighborhood is the Théâtre National de Luxembourg (TNL) with a deliberately European program. It was created in 1996 following the nomination of Luxembourg as European Capital of Culture. The Portuguese Cultural Center Camoes is also present in the area.

Several sports facilities are available to residents: playgrounds, a multi-sports field, the Prince Jean stadium, an equestrian center as well as a sports hall and a gym.

With areas still available for construction, notably the site of the former Luxlait factory, Merl also offers development opportunities.

Our opinion on living in the Merl district

Slightly off-center, the Merl district remains an interesting place to live on 2 km2. Well served, it is ideal for families and combines quality of life with cultural activities. It strongly attracts young workers looking for a pleasant neighborhood to live in, close to their work.

See our comparison of areas to live in and the advertised prices for housing (rent/purchase price) by area of Luxembourg City.