It is the synthesis of all these elements which constitute the attraction
of Luxembourg-city as a place of convention. The frame of this millenial
city, by the centuries of European history marked as deeply as its urban
structure, eminently lends itself to the transaction of international
Today Luxembourg shelters so many of the vital organs belonging to the
European body - the European Court of Justice, the Secretariat of the
European Commission, the European Investment Bank, and the European Court
of Auditors, to name but a few. It may be the smallest member state,
but it is the very cradle in which nestles the European idea.
And that "home from home" is not far from anywhere, it seems.
Located at the cross-roads of Europe, Luxembourg offers a well-considered
network of roads, railways, and air links. Other European cities are
within easy reach. And so is the rest of the country, a land of 999 square
miles, a third of which is covered with forests and verdant countryside.
Agricultural land in the central part of the country, makes way for the
forests of the Ardennes in the north, a region where fairy-tale castles
stand defiantly but charmingly atop wooded valleys in which snuggle picturesque
villages and bustling market towns
To the east is "Little Switzerland", an area of rugged almost
primeval scenery, where rocky outcrops tower above meandering streams.
And to the south-east, Luxembourg's border with Germany is formed by
the River Moselle, near which stretch the gently sloping vineyards of
the country's wine region.
It truly is the "green heart of Europe", where the luxurious
landscape is greatly favoured by the tourist, as well as those who make
their living from the land. But farmers are swapping their smocks, foresters
their overalls, and winegrowers their characteristic green aprons, for
the pristine white collars of those who earn their daily bread in the
to official Luxembourg City website