Parlez-vous français? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Do you speak English? Or Lëtzebuergesch?
If you want to talk to the young woman or man at the nearby cafe table,
first of all you have to find out what language they speak. In the Grand
Duchy, one of the founder states of the European Union, about 43 per
cent of the 510.000 inhabitants are foreign.
of day-to-day contact with people from the four corners of the earth
gives the small state an astonishingly cosmopolitan outlook – not least
thanks to the
financial centre. But of course it is far easier to get around the capital (100.000
inhabitants) than it is in Berlin or Paris. The distances are short.
There is a lively nightlife scene around the fashionable bars of
Hollerich, Grund and Clausen in the capital, or in the Rockhal and the
Kulturfabrik at Esch / Alzette.
Furthermore, there are plenty of sports, leisure activities as well as events:
mountain bike trails
enormous cultural range
in the mediaeval city,
contemporary art at MUDAM,
in every language or
in the most beautiful new building in Luxembourg, the Philharmonie. All
this set against the romantic backdrop of the mediaeval city (a UNESCO
world heritage site since 1994), the
in the richly-forested north and the
along the Mosel.