Luxury and tourism in the Ville-Haute district

Ville-Haute district Luxembourg

Located in the heart of Luxembourg City, the Centre or Ville-Haute district is one of the liveliest parts of the Luxembourg capital.

This district of Luxembourg combines the Old Town (Altstadt) and the Upper Town (Oberstadt). Considered the smallest district in Luxembourg, the Centre district is mainly dedicated to services, shops and luxury boutiques. With its green spaces, beautiful buildings and cultural offerings, it's a very touristy district. 

Population of the Ville-Haute district of Luxembourg

Ville-Haute districtLuxembourg City
Number of inhabitants on January 1, 20233.544132.778
Number of different nationalities94167
% foreigners in total population69,5%70,8%
Source: City of Luxembourg

Ville-Haute, the lively center of Luxembourg City

The vibrant heart of Luxembourg's capital city

The Ville-Haute district is the lively heart of Luxembourg City, with its pedestrian shopping streets. Its two main squares, Place Guillaume II and Place d'Armes, welcome tourists and residents at all hours. 

The district is regularly animated bycultural events and artistic displays.

Place d'Armes is a very pleasant place, with its cafés and restaurant terraces open from spring onwards. Dominated by the Cercle Cité, Place d'Armes, or "d'Plëss" in Luxembourgish, is the ideal place to soak up the sun and chat over a drink or a good meal.

The bandstand offers concert opportunities. In summer, you can enjoy lunch in the sun to the sound of music with the "Plëss in Concert" event. In winter, it's one of the main venues for Christmas markets .

The Place Guillaume II is also a lively meeting place, with a twice-weekly market. Here you can buy fresh produce from local producers. The new redevelopment of the square, known as the "Knuedler", now favors pedestrian and leisure areas.

In the height of summer, the Place du Théâtre on the other side of the Grand-Rue hosts a beach with parasols and deckchairs. It's also the perfect place to enjoy a game of pétanque with friends.

Luxembourg City Tourist Centre

The Ville-Haute district is one of Luxembourg's historic and tourist districts. Eighteenth-century mansions and nineteenth-century villas stand side by side with modern buildings.

This historic district is home to most of Luxembourg City's museums . The Palais Grand-Ducal and the Luxembourg Parliament are just around the corner.

The 17th-century Notre Dame Cathedral also sits in this district, offering a magnificent panorama of its bell towers. Place Guillaume II is home to the famous Octave or "Maërtchen" market.

This is also the area where you can stroll along the "most beautiful balcony in Europe". Walking along the Corniche offers a magnificent view of the Grund district below.

Most of the government institutions are also located in the adjacent streets of this attractive tourist district.

The Ville-Haute also boasts a wealth of museums, cultural centers and theaters.

The Gëlle Fra and the monument of remembrance, symbol of Luxembourg

Located on Constitution Square, the "Gelle Frä" memorial is one of the city's most famous statues. In effeft, the statue can be seen from afar thanks to its dizzying height and golden color.

Rising to a height of 21 metres on its stone obelisk, the statue depicts a woman made of gold, brandishing a laurel wreath above two monumental soldiers. One watches over the reclining body of his compatriot, fallen in battle.

Inaugurated in 1923 in the aftermath of the First World War, the monument represents not only peace and freedom, but also the memory of soldiers lost in the First and Second World Wars .

The monument also symbolizes Luxembourg patriotism. Destroyed by the Nazis in 1940, the statue of the Gëlle Fra was restored in 1984, after a long wave of patriotic protests by local residents.

Featured in many of the country's iconic photos, the Gëlle Fra" is one of Luxembourg's major symbols. The Gëlle Frä is the work of Luxembourg sculptor Claus Cito.

Shopping and luxury boutiques in the Ville-Haute district

The Ville-Haute's shopping and pedestrian streets offer a wealth of shopping opportunities, with many brand-name retailers.

The center is home to a wide range of stores, from chain stores to individual boutiques. It is best known for its luxury boutiques, notably in Rue Philippe II.

The multitude of stores in the pedestrian zone will delight shopping enthusiasts.

The construction of the Royal-Hamilius shopping center has revitalized the district and the upper Grand-Rue. Here you'll find major international retailers such as Galeries Lafayette, Fnac and Décathlon.

Other amenities in the Ville-Haute district

Shops in the upper town

As for amenities, there's a Delhaize supermarket in the Hamilius center for day-to-day shopping and a number of food shops in the central streets. An Alima, a Monoprix and several specialty shops, bakeries, butchers and greengrocers can be found in the small streets of the center.

The weekly market offers a pleasant place to shop for fresh produce every Wednesday and Saturday at the Stater Maart, with its many stalls of fresh produce. 

Schools and childcare in the Ville-Haute district

On the other hand, the district is home to justone basic school. There is only one crèche.

Transport in the Ville-Haute

Thanks to its central location, the district offers optimal public transport links, with bus and streetcar services at the Centre Hamilius. The vast majority of buses pass through the Royal-Hamilius center.

Several Vel'Oh self-service bicycle stations are available to users in the neighborhood.

Everything else is within walking distance. The lively, pedestrianized streets of this district are a delight to stroll through.

Not very car-friendly, the numerous parking lots make parking fairly easy outside of major events.

Playgrounds and leisure activities in Ville-Haute

There are plenty of places to relax here. Kinnekswiss is ideal for summer picnics. The Vallée de la Pétrusse offers a magnificent setting for walks and jogging. Luxembourg City's most famous playground is located in this district at the Parc municipal. With its huge pirate ship, gigantic slide, swings and water games, the Pirateschëff playground is a must-see. A kiosk offers drinks and snacks.

The Badanstalt aquatic center offers excellent relaxation facilities.

Living in the Centre or Ville-Haute districts

This historic part of the Ville-Haute is increasingly attracting an international clientele, seduced by the district's many attractions: shopping streets, cultural events and artistic programs, beautiful historic buildings, trendy bars and restaurants...

Housing prices in this district are high, among the most expensive in the city. Few offers are available on the market.

More commercial than residential, Ville-Haute remains a safe and aesthetically pleasing neighborhood. It's a great place to live if you like to socialize and go out.

A new project involves the redevelopment of the Place de la Constitution. Cars and tourist buses will be banned from the square, and the Vallée de la Pétrusse will be served by an elevator. No deadline has yet been set.

To find out more about Luxembourg City's neighborhoods, visit our dedicated page.

Price per m2 for saleRental price per m2
11,954 euros30.88 euros
Down 0.99% year-on-yearUp 3.28% year-on-year
Luxembourg City comparison: 12,056 euros/m2 Center region comparison: 30.53 euros/m2
Source Immotop - October 2023

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