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The best of Luxembourg
Written by: Anita Liková & Todd Shaw
Photo by: www.isifa.com
Luxembourg City is the heart of the country in cultural, political
and social respects. It is not only the country's capital but also
one of the three capitals of the European Community (the other
two being Strasbourg and Brussels).
MOREOVER, Luxembourg city is a banking and business
center and cosmopolitan town surrounded by magnificent historical
fortifications, classified as world patrimony by UNESCO. The
city is very pleasantly situated overlooking the Pétrusse and
Alzette Valleys. Luxembourg was founded in 963 AD on a rocky
outcrop known as "the Bock", by Sigefroid, Count
of Ardennes, who expanded on a roman castillium, thus laying
the cornerstone of a fortress that later was to become Luxembourg
partner & CEO, Société de Gestion Fiduciaire
Favorite hotel: Hôtel Albert Premier, 2a, rue Albert
1er L-1117 Luxembourg
tel.: +352 442 4421, www.albert1er.lu
A very nice and quiet place with an English-Italian atmosphere.
Favorite restaurant: Caves Gourmandes, 32, rue de l'Eau L-1449
Tel.: +352 46 11 24, www.caves-gourmandes.lu
In the old town - a romantic place with a very good quality/price
Favorite night club: Blow Up, 14, rue de la Faiencerie L-1510
Favorite attractions: Art Café, 1a, rue Beaumont L-1219 Luxembourg,
tel.: +352 26 270 652
To enjoy an "artistic break" and meet actors from
the Théatre des Capucins.
Favorite shop: Smets A-Way-Of-Life, 262, route d'Arlon L-8010
Best-kept secret: Of course, the banking secrecy...
Advice: Have fun finding numerous references to the Czech Republic
sales director, Activa
Favorite hotel: Novotel Luxembourg,
6, rue du fort Niedergruenewld, Plateau De Kirchberg,
tel.: +352 429 8481
Favorite restaurant: Pavillon du Parc Belair, 28, rue
de Bragance, tel.: +352 445 587
Favorite attractions: Pedestrian zones and cafés in the
area of Place d'Armes.
Advice: It is definitely worth it to leave the capital
and see the surrounding neighborhoods.
president & CEO, ORCO Group
Favorite hotel: Hotel Le Royal, 12, boulevard Royal, L-2449
tel.: +352 241 6161, www.hotelroyal.lu
- its location is the best
Favorite restaurant: La Lorraine, place d'Armes 7, tel.:
+352 471 436
- great fish
Favorite night club: Sofitel, plateau de Kirchberg, 6, rue
du Forttel.: +352 437 761, www.sofitel.com
- the cigar lounge
Favorite attractions: The City Museum of Luxembourg and the
American cemetery where my uncle and Patton are buried.
Best-kept secret: The countryside (I think they call it "Little
Switzerland") in the spring, and the spa town next to
Advice: Take the time to stay for more than one day.
Full country name: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Luxemburg,
Dialing code: 352
Area: 2,586 km2
Capital city: Luxembourg
People: 70% nationals (Celtic stock, with French
and German), 30% resident foreigners (mostly Belgian,
French, German, Italian and Portuguese)
Language: English, Luxembourgish; Letzeburgesch,
Religion: 97% Roman Catholic
Time zone: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday
in March and the last Saturday in October).
Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz. European-style two-pin
plugs are used.
GDP: USD 21.94 billion
GDP per capita: USD 48,900
Annual growth: 3%
Major Industries: banking, insurance, agriculture, iron and steel, plastic
and rubber, chemicals, mechanical and electrical equipment, tourism
Major Trading Partners: EU (esp. Belgium, France, Germany, UK, Netherlands)
Member of EU: Yes
Visas: citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and virtually
all of Western Europe, require only a passport to enter Luxembourg for
stays of up to three months.
1 euro (EUR 1) = CAD 1.59; CZK 30.22; GBP 0.69;
Currency conversion rates as of press time.
Where on the web?
For further information, we suggest the following websites dedicated
UK Trade & Investment site dealing with Luxembourg
www.ont.lu - Office National du Tourisme (ONT) (National Tourist
good basic tour and sight-seeing info
a well laid-out overview for the casual visitor
www.europe-today.com/lux/sightseeing.html - a highly visual sight
focused on sight-seeing
a fine site for booking hotels, and for getting inside info from
travelers via the online
· Luxembourg is one of the most prosperous countries in Western
Europe. Two very different industries - banking and steel - have
historically been the mainstays of the economy. The historically
dominant steel industry has taken a back seat to other industries,
notably chemicals, rubber, plastics, metal products and light manufacturing
(textiles, paper, electronic equipment).
· The banking and finance sector is also in a healthy condition:
companies originally attracted to Luxembourg by favorable banking
secrecy laws and low taxation have prospered despite the gradual
harmonization of taxes and tariffs across the EU.
· The economy has long been linked with that of Belgium, initially
through the 1921 economic union, supplemented by a further treaty
in 1958 and latterly, by mutual membership of the EU. Luxembourg
was an inaugural member of the Euro at the beginning of 1999. Belgium
is the largest single trading partner, followed by The Netherlands
· Commercial contacts: Belgium/Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce,
Riverside House, 27/29 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1SY, tel: +44
(0) 870 246 1610; fax: +44 (0) 870 429 2148; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Chamber of Commerce, 7 Rue Alcide de Gasperi, Luxembourg-Kirchberg,
tel: +352 423 939-1; fax: +352 438 326; e-mail: email@example.com.
· Conferences/Conventions: Its location at the heart of the EU
ensures the country's status as a popular destination for conferences
and conventions. Further information: Luxembourg-Congres, Hémicycle
Européen, 1 rue de Fort Thüngen, L-1499 Luxembourg-Ville, tel:
+352 4302 57753; fax: +352 4302 57575; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.