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 70,8% 70,8%
  • of the population of the city of Luxembourg 4,8% 4,8%

Number of different nationalities

Merl, a very green residential area in Luxembourg

Merl represents nearly 5% of the population of Luxembourg City. Located near the motorway axes and the Bouillon P+R park, the district offers a good quality of life, cultural spaces and beautiful areas for relaxation and leisure.

Together with the Merl Park, the green lung of the Luxembourg capital, this district is the link between Luxembourg City and the town 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 one of the residential areas of Luxembourg City. There is still a lot of greenfield land, including agricultural areas to the west of the area.

In the Middle Ages, the commune of Merl was part of the parish of Hollerich. The district belonged to the former 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. The commune of Merl was then attached to the City of Luxembourg in 1920.

Good to know about the Merl area

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

Transportation: access to the city center is fairly easy from the Merl district. Indeed, it is served by several bus lines at 19 bus stops. The motorways are accessible fairly quickly. The Bouillon P+R parking lot is also located in the immediate vicinity.

There are several Veloh! stations in the neighborhood.

Green spaces: locatedon Rue de Bragance, Parc Merl is an emblematic place in the capital. It is one of the oldest playgrounds. Several facilities are available for the children. The central pavilion houses a restaurant, ideal for a drink or lunch in the sun, in front of the lake.

Merl, a district of Luxembourg turned towards culture

Merl is a district of Luxembourg offering several cultural and sports activities.

The Conservatoire de musique 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 (TN L). The programming is deliberately European to meet the demand of the residents of the district. The TNL 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. The Merl district offers various 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 thanks to its quiet streets, its quality of life and its cultural offer. 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.