Luxembourg

 

Luxembourg, in the course of the years, has developed from a fortified town to a metropolis wearing cosmopolitan features. Counting nowadays some 100.000 inhabitants, it radiates an international magnetism reaching far beyond the scope of its demographic and territorial importance. In spite of the rather modest dimensions it assumes the character of an authentic capital in which a wide variety of activities is in motion, all decisively pointed towards the future. Thus it is certainly not by mere chance that a major part of the institutions of the European Union is established in Luxembourg, and, by being so, attributing an undeniable European vocation to the city. Furthermore the capital has seen its position as an international place for finance increasingly consolidated, so that it is worth mentioning amongst the headquarters of high European finance. It is not by chance either that the city, located at the crossroads of the decisive axes of civilization, offers a cultural life exceedingly rich in events.

 


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 meetings.

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 city.

Source: http://www.luxembourg-city.lu/touristinfo/

Link to official Luxembourg City website

 

 

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