What do you need to know about living in Luxembourg City?

Living in Luxembourg City

Want to live in Luxembourg City? Which neighborhood should you choose to live in or go out in? Your choice will depend on whether you're living alone or with your family. Do you like to go out and enjoy a lively atmosphere? Do you want to live close to where you work? Where your children will be going to school?

Here's an overview of Luxembourg City and its different neighborhoods. You'll be able to define your choices according to what's important to your lifestyle. Want to live further away? No problem, at least you'll be able to find your way around more easily.

Luxembourg, a multifaceted international city

Luxembourg City is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. With its 24 districts, the city has many facets to suit everyone's needs and lifestyle. The capital holds many secrets and pretty spots just waiting to be discovered. 

Charming old quarters for strolling around Luxembourg

Luxembourg's old quarters and fortifications have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. They bear witness to the country's history.

Living and going out in the old quarters of Clausen, Grund or Ville-Haute are a pleasure for Luxembourg residents. Pfaffenthal is appreciated for its village atmosphere and its direct link to the city via a panoramic elevator. You'll never tire of strolling through these charming old quarters.

Luxembourg, a modern city constantly reinventing itself

Luxembourg City also has another face: that of a modern, vibrant city. The modern buildings of the Kirchberg and Cloche d'Or districts reflect the economic dynamism of a city resolutely turned towards the future.

Modern bridges and footbridges, the Pfaffenthal panoramic elevator - these are the links between old and new. Luxembourg will never cease to amaze and delight you!

Luxembourg's top 5 districts

According to athome.lu, Luxembourg's real estate search portal, the most sought-after neighborhoods to live in today are, in order, Bonnevoie, Ville-haute, Gasperich, Belair and Limpertsberg.

The Bonnevoie Bonnevoie district represents excellent value for money. Its price per m2 is lower than the average for Luxembourg City. Well-located and lively, it meets many of the criteria for families or single people wishing to settle in Luxembourg.

The downtown or Ville-Haute area is the nerve center where everything happens. Commercial and economic activities, excellent location for going out, historic setting for tourism, ...

The Gasperich district is the district on the rise, thanks in particular to the huge Cloche d'Or shopping and business district. In the space of just a few years, an entire district has sprung up. A new shopping center, the French campus of the Vauban school, a new business district to rival the Kirchberg district, direct access to the freeways via the Croix de Gasperich, new tramway stops, Luxembourg's largest public park... La Cloche d'Or and Gasperich have plenty to offer.

Belair and Limpertsberg remain the safe bet. These areas are very popular with expatriates and remain the preferred neighborhoods of wealthy Luxembourgers. Excellent surroundings, green and residential, close to the main school campuses... However, housing prices are high .

Key facts about the population of Luxembourg City

Number of inhabitants on January 1, 2023132.778
Number of different nationalities167
% foreigners in total population70,8%
Source: City of Luxembourg

With a population of 132,778 on January 1, 2023, and growing by over 3% year-on-year, Luxembourg City is a dynamic, international city that never ceases to delight .

Almost 17,000 people arrived in Luxembourg from abroad last year. Only 5,900 people left Luxembourg, with 9,400 moving to another Luxembourg commune.

Nearly 170 different nationalities live here, and over 70% of the population is non-Luxembourgish by origin. Today, the de Cents district is the only one with a Luxembourgish majority.

The French community represents 16% of the total population. It is the leading foreign community. The Portuguese community represents 9% of the population, the Italian 7%.

Which area of Luxembourg to live in?

Here we present a comparison of Luxembourg's different neighborhoods, so you can decide which one is right for you.

Luxembourg City's residential districts

Luxembourg City is growing fast, and every district is more or less residential. Some will continue to grow over the next few years, due to the shortage of housing in Luxembourg.

The most expensive districts in Luxembourg-City are, in order, Belair, Limpertsberg and Kirchberg, and now Gasperich, with the new Cloche d'Or buildings. For more affordable neighborhoods, look no further than Gare (except bd Pétrusse side), Bonnevoie-Sud, Hollerich (Gasperich side), Cessange, Mühlenbach, Eich and Weimerskirch.

We would like to draw your attention to aircraft noise fromFindel airport in certain areas of the Bonnevoie, Gasperich, Hamm and Cents sectors.

Neighborhoods under development in Luxembourg

This is particularly true of the Gasperich district, which is continuing to develop, Cessange , following in the footsteps of its neighbor Gasperich, and Kirchberg, which benefits from significant land reserves in its northern part. Well-connected to the city center, thanks in particular to the public transport network, these neighborhoods offer excellent prospects. The tramway is a major asset for the neighborhoods it passes through. The Mobility Plan 2035 will highlight other neighborhoods that are currently less sought-after.

Luxembourg neighborhoods popular with international executives

The neighborhoods most popular with international executives and expatriates are Limpertsberg, Merl, Belair and, more recently, Gasperich and Cessange. Pfaffenthal , with its old-fashioned architecture and village atmosphere, is also popular. However, as with all old districts, parking is difficult. 

Luxembourg's lively districts

Luxembourg's liveliest neighborhoods are the Gare district, Clausen, Ville-Haute and Grund, especially for going out in the evening. Bonnevoie and Hollerich also offer good spots for a drink. It's worth noting, however, that the Gare district is not very busy in the evening, and we don't recommend lingering there.

The shopping districts are the historic center, with its luxury stores, and the more popular station area. However, shopping malls are increasingly attracting customers to the detriment of these two shopping districts.

The liveliest districts during the day are the railway station, the historic center, Gasperich and Kirchberg. However, the latter two tend to empty out in the evening. Kirchberg is very lively during the day, due to the presence of European administrations and numerous financial institutions, but becomes rather deserted in the evening, except around cultural landmarks such as the Kinepolis cinema and the Philharmonie.

Choosing the Luxembourg district for schools

Your children's schooling is also a decisive factor in choosing your future home in Luxembourg City.

Several Luxembourg high schools and the International School of Luxembourg (ISL) are located in Merl on the Geesseknäppchen campus. Elegant, quiet and well served by bus, this district is very interesting, as is its neighbor Hollerich in the upper part.

The European Schools I and II are located in Kirchberg and Mamer respectively, outside Luxembourg City. Assignment to either school will depend on your language and nationality. You can find out more directly on the European School website.

The English school St George's School is located inHamm. Sandweiler and Itzig (commune of Hespérange) are also good choices, at slightly lower prices.

Since the start of the 2017 school year, the Ecole française primaire and Lycée français Vauban have been based in Luxembourg-Gasperich, opposite the Cloche d'Or shopping center.

The French-Luxembourg school Notre-Dame Ste Sophie is in Weimershof, near Kirchberg and Limpertsberg.

Find out more about international schools in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg's business districts for living close to work

If you work for one of the European institutions, or for a large company, the Kirchberg, Weimershof and Neudorf districts may be of interest. The latter two are particularly quiet and residential. Few shops are available.

The Cloche d'Or district is a new neighborhood in full development . Located 10 km from Luxembourg city center, it touches on the districts of Luxembourg-Gasperich and Cessange. A new lifestyle is set to emerge in this new district, which favors a balance between residential, business and shopping districts. Directly linked to the train station by public transport, it will benefit from a direct link to the city center and Findel airport in 2024 via the tramway.

How much does it cost to live in Luxembourg City?

Average property prices in Luxembourg

Every neighborhood in Luxembourg is different. Visit them to compare them and find the one that best suits your needs. You're bound to find one in which you can thrive. Here we give you the benchmarks for sale and rental prices in Luxembourg City. Find out more about property prices in Luxembourg.

Price per m2 for saleRental price per m2
12,056 euros30.53 euros
Up 0.65% year-on-yearUp 7.73% year-on-year
Center region comparison: 11,286 euros/m2 Center region comparison: 29.34 euros/m2
Source Immotop - October 2023

 A complete overview of Luxembourg City's districts

For each of the neighborhoods below, you'll find additional information to help you get to know them better in terms of infrastructure (schools, transportation, etc.) or atmosphere: family-friendly, residential, historic, business-oriented, etc. Take your time to discover them.

BonnevoieVille-Haute / Historic center
Neudorf- WeimershofPfaffenthal
Weimerskirch Comparing Luxembourg districts

Discover Luxembourg City before you move here

Visit Luxembourg City with guides

The Luxembourg City Tourist Office - LCTO offers a variety of walks in the city of Luxembourg at very affordable prices: All in one tour, individual or group walks, by bus or on foot, night walks, or even fun and cultural walks, adapted for children and families.

You can visit the capital according to your budget and your desires, alone or accompanied by others keen to discover its history and architecture. These walks also show you what's interesting to know and see about Luxembourg: its shops, institutions, specialities and must-see monuments.

City-app: all information about the city of Luxembourg

City App VDL provides a wealth of useful and practical information: calendar of activities offered by the city, administrative information, traffic in Luxembourg City, transport with bus timetables, remaining parking spaces, tourist routes to discover...

The latest news about Luxembourg's capital and its urban life is also relayed.

A real virtual toolbox full of possibilities to keep carefully in your smartphone!

Some other towns to live in Luxembourg

Unless you prefer the countryside to the city? Outside Luxembourg-City, a number of villages and neighboring towns are very pleasant to live in: Howald, Hespérange, Strassen, Bertrange, Mamer, Bridel, Bereldange and Walferdange. Niederanven, Schuttrange and Sandweiler offer a more rural setting, without being out of the way. Here are just a few of them.



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