Art & Cultural Tourism in Luxembourg
With its numerous exhibitions and museums, fabulous architecture, castles and fortifications, Luxembourg combines an incredible variety of fascinating cultural places. The culture and art of Luxembourg are a true reflection of its population, diverse and multicultural. Luxembourg may be the pride of its worldwide unique cultural activities varying from art and traditions to shows and festivals. In order to make it easier for you to discover art and culture in Luxembourg, Luxembourg for Tourism created the LuxembourgCard: free access to more than 60 cultural places in Luxembourg and the Greater Region.
MUSEUMS IN LUXEMBOURG
Visiting a museum in Luxembourg allows you to discover a rich and fascinating national heritage. Luxemburg cannot only be summarized by its famous art exhibitions of international artists. At a military museum or a museum of industry, remarkable facts from the history of Luxembourg are unfolded. Nature lovers will find some very original museums of nature scattered over the country.
Discover the seven museums of the city of Luxemburg, along the Museumsmile track, which leads from the Museum of Art of the city of Luxembourg Villa Vauban to the renowned place Museum of Modern Art – Mudam.
ARCHITECTURE IN LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg is the country par excellence where testimonies of the past meet the avant-garde spirit of the contemporary Luxembourg architecture. The numerous buildings like churches, abbeys, bridges and villas in Luxembourg are as much a part of its national architectural heritage as the residences itself. They harmoniously blend in with the surrounding architectural buildings. Stand still, look around and let the different eras pass by you. Enjoy a unique architecture and designs embracing contrasts created by famous architects. The Architecture of the Old City of Luxembourg is an outstanding example of this remarkably ingenious mixture. The city center surrounded by modern buildings and historic bastions, Luxembourg’s architecture allows you to experience a real journey through time and civilizations.
PLACES OF WORSHIP, ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE IN LUXEMBOURG
Places of worship in Luxembourg
Numerous religious sites and places of worship highlight the fabulous landscapes of Luxembourg. Catholic religion is predominant, and its believers come together in beautiful churches, abbeys and basilicas. Yet there are also a lot of smaller parish churches that witness a remarkable architecture with solemn interiors. The life of Luxembourg’s Catholics is marked by religious celebrations the whole year through. The Dancing Procession of Echternach or the Octave pilgrimage in Luxemburg city are just a few examples amongst the many famous religious events.
Archaeology in Luxembourg
Archaeology in Luxembourg retraces a flourishing past, from prehistory through the Roman times and the Middle Ages up to today’s buzzing civilization. Archaeological excavations have been held at many a site. Their findings are displayed in the numerous museums of history and art. Archaeology also means discovering the everyday life, work and rituals of our ancestors. Hence a number of archaeological sites display through workshops how people lived in the Roman times or manufactured iron in the medieval times. The remains and the museum of Roman Villa at Echternach or the Roman site of Dalheim rank among the best preserved Roman ruins of Luxembourg.
Industry in Luxembourg
Strongly marked by the Industrial Revolution, Luxembourg has an abundance of industrial sites, mainly situated around the mining area in the south of the country. Iron mines, blast furnaces and old factories are the witnesses of a buzzing period during which everyday life has often been hard. With its Roman lime kilns, old railways and copper mines, Luxembourg has such a rich industrial history that specific walking-tours around industrial sites have been designed. Discover Luxembourg’s industrial heritage through an exciting quest hunt in the mines or take a ride on a locomotive. A journey for the whole family.
MILITARY HERITAGE IN LUXEMBOURG
As of the first Luxembourgish militia up to today’s modern army, Luxembourg’s military history has been marked by worldwide events. The consecutive operations of the Battle of the Bulge are displayed at the National Museum of Military History. The National Museum of the Resistance describes the fate of clandestines during World War II. The military cemeteries of Luxembourg-Hamm and Sandweiler, as well as the many memorials, confirm the presence of numerous foreign troops on the Luxembourgish territory.
TOURIST ACTIVITIES IN LUXEMBOURG
Tourist trains and locomotives are a convenient way to see Luxembourg’s many attractions in all weathers. Comfortably installed, you cross the small neighboring streets listening to the stories of the past. In Luxembourg City, a tourist bus runs every 20 to 30 minutes to designated stations. Thanks to the Hop on Hop off the bus will take you from one site to the next without time constraints. For history buffs, thematic tours such as the Vauban Tour or Wenzel Tour reveal the city’s vast cultural treasures. Discover tourist activities for the whole family.
THEATERS, CINEMAS AND CONCERT HALLS IN LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg offers a wide variety of theatrical productions. Be they national or international, the concerts and shows reflect the cultural diversity of the country. Concert halls play host to an eclectic sampling of genres and artists that provide a fabulous opportunity to discover cultural trends. What is more, the majority of Luxembourg’s concert halls hail a unique and stunning architecture. Many theatres host productions within historically protected property where the architecture itself is worth the experience alone. Others display modern design techniques offering pitch-perfect acoustics.
Whether you are looking for a cosy indie cinema or giant 3D technology, Luxembourg has a wide range of cutting edge movie cinemas and theatre complexes. Looking to find a theatre nearby in Luxembourg? Easily done! There are complexes and individual cinemas spread throughout the country. Theatres in Luxembourg broadcast the majority of international movies in their original version, accompanied by French and Dutch subtitles. Cinema listings offer a wide selection of the latest international blockbusters to low-budget masterpieces. Additionally, Luxembourgish independent films and movie events are promoted so visitors can really get a sense of what local talent has to offer. Events such as the Luxembourg City Film Festival are a great way to discover movies and productions made in Luxembourg.