Luxembourg City has known a rich and eventful history. As the relatively small country is encompassed between several major powers, it has led to a hugely diverse culture. Countries like Germany, France, Belgium and Italy have left their mark and plenty of this is reflected in the architecture and culinary traditions of the city.
Luxembourg City is teeming with energy and culture. Music, history, theatre, art and food - the city has it all! See whether you can spot French and German influences that have given taste, form and class to Luxembourg City!
Modern and historic architecture in harmony
Walking through the old city centre of Luxembourg, it's hard not to image going back a few centuries. The entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and packed with old churches, castles, bridges and houses. But Luxembourg City has a very modern face to it as well. The Kirchberg area provides a grand impression of the future. The large-scale district and its high rises with modern facades and open spaces are a stark contrast to the city's historic centre. The MUDAM is located here, Luxembourg's very own museum of contemporary art. What makes this building extraordinary is that the museum's architecture is intricately woven with remnants of the old Fort Thüngen. Just like the city itself, it's a symbol of the mesmerising harmony between past, present and future.
Theatre, music and dance
Luxembourg also has a vibrant and exciting cultural beat where you can enjoy all kinds of performance arts. The city has several centres dedicated to theatre, music and dance. Weekly theatre performances are for example held in the Théâtre National du Luxembourg. Den Atelier is a concert hall that regularly sees the likes of major artists but is also a great platform for local talent. For those looking for a dose of opera, dance and theatre, head to the Théâtres de la Ville where several performances are held every week.
Luxembourg's culinary traditions are for the main part influenced by its larger neighbours Germany, Belgium and France. The dishes are full and hearty, a tasty combination of vegetables, potatoes, meat and delicious gravy. The classic “bouneschlupp” for example is a soup made of beans, various vegetables and sausage. Perfect for the colder seasons and a great source of energy for more sightseeing! Prefer fish instead? Order "f'rell am rèisleck", trout in a creamy Riesling wine sauce. You can find amazing pies here as well such as “paschtéit or bouché à la reine” stuffed with chicken and various mushrooms. Top it off with a local dessert known as "quetschentaart", a sweet cake filled to the brim with plums.