Pfaffenthal, an old district nestled in the Alzette Valley

One of the 24 districts of Luxembourg-City, the Pfaffenthal (Pafendall) district is nestled in the Alzette valley. It is one of the oldest districts of the capital of the Grand Duchy. Like the Grund and Clausen districts, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

It extends from under the Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge, connecting the Kirchberg to the Limpertsberg, to the north-east of the Upper Town, near the railway viaduct.

Population in the Pfaffenthal district

Number of inhabitants as of January 1, 2022

  • of foreign population 61,34% 61,34%
  • of the population of the city of Luxembourg 1,0% 1,0%

Number of different nationalities

The historical village of Pfaffenthal

The Pfaffenthal district, one of the districts of the city of Luxembourg, appears as a small village out of time. It has a calm and peaceful atmosphere, far removed from the dynamism and bustle of the Upper Town. If it had previously counted 2500 inhabitants, the dismantling of the fortress in the 19th century has abandoned this district which counts today hardly half of them.

The Pfaffenthal is ahistoric and picturesque district, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, andstill retains traces of its Roman and artisanal past. The road connecting Reims to Trier crossed theAlzette. The district lived then from its small industries, with bistros and shops for the inhabitants and the travelers. Today, there are still small, narrow, cobbled streets and a very peaceful atmosphere.

Today,however, the neighborhood is getting a new lease on life, among other things thanks to the Pfaffenthal elevator that opened in July 2016.

Pfaffenthal Amenities

With the recent opening up of the Pfaffenthal, it has been given a new lease of life. Professionals are again coming to settle there, such as osteopaths or physiotherapists, lawyers… Local shops and bistros are coming back to life.

The former Muerbelsmillen mustard factory has been rehabilitated with a museum part “Moschterfabrik” and a part converted into student accommodation.

The Convent of the Holy Spirit has also been renovated. Today it houses a residence for the elderly.

Transportation/Bus: Only the 23 and CN1 buses pass through this neighborhood with 9 bus stops.

The Pfaffenthal elevator opened in 2016 and transports more than 30,000 people per month, residents and tourists. It now allows to quickly reach the park of Pescatore de la Ville-Haute. On the other side of the valley, the funicular and its connection with the tramway allows quick access to the Kirchberg, at the level of the Red Bridge.

Schools: There is an Early and Basic School in this neighborhood. It is located on Rue du Pont.

Shops: There is only one small food store. See the shopping section.

Finally, this heavily wooded area is great for biking and jogging.

Living in Pfaffenthal

The neighborhood is a protected area. The inhabitants have been living there for a long time.

New construction is rare, except for social housing. Many empty buildings are owned by the municipality. The rare private mansions are offered at very high prices. Few products are on sale.

Before choosing the district where to live in Luxembourg, see our study of sales prices and rents in the different districts of Luxembourg City.

The Pfaffenthal district is undergoing a major transformation. Its strategic location between the Kirchberg business district and the city center makes it an ideally situated district, long disadvantaged by its isolation.