Luxtram tram Avenue JF Kennedy Kirchberg
© Alfonso Salgueiro

Practical information

Covid-19 update

The overall tourism situation is disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Well-being and safety are top priorities and we advise you to consult the recommendations issued by your country of origin before you decide to travel.

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Luxembourg at a glance

  • Official name: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  • Political system: Parliamentary democracy in the form of a constitutional monarchy. The only Grand Duchy in the world. Head of State: Grand Duke Henri.
  • Languages:
    National language: Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch)
    Official languages: Luxembourgish, French and German
    Other languages widely spoken: mainly English, Italian and Portuguese, but also Slavic or Scandinavian languages.
  • Population: 645,397 (1st January 2022), 48% of which are foreigners.
  • Geography: 2,586 km². Borders with Belgium, Germany and France. Among the smallest countries in Europe.
  • Capital: Luxembourg City, around 125,000 inhabitants. Its history begins in 963.  
  • Climate: temperate Western European
  • Timezone: UTC+1
  • Currency: Euro; all major credit cards are accepted.
  • Country code: +352
  • Customs regulation: For official facts and figures on import and customs regulation in the Grand Duchy, please consult the official Luxembourg Customs website
  • Travelling with animals: general import and travel regulations within the EU.
  • Drones: Official regulation on private and commercial use of drones. Attention: There are some areas that are generally not allowed to be flown over by drones. In general, a maximum flight altitude of 120 meters above the starting point applies. More information at
  • Pharmacies: Nationwide, a green cross as a distinguishing mark. Changing emergency service pharmacies.
  • Emergency numbers:
    Police: 113
    Ambulance and fire department: 112
    A list of hospitals can be found here.
  • Electricity: Sockets for plug type F (so-called Schuko plugs). Main voltage: 230 V, frequency 50 Hz.
  • Drinking water: Tap water from is drinkable in Luxembourg.
    There are public drinking fountains.
  • Business hours: weekdays from 6 a.m. at the earliest to 8 p.m. at the latest.
    You can find more info here.
  • Own airport, national airline: Luxair. Luxembourg Airport is on the outskirts of the capital, 6 km from the city centre.
  • Public transport free of charge; good network of trains, tram, buses and funicular.

Interesting to know

  • Luxembourg is a founding member of the EU; several major EU institutions have headquarters in Luxembourg: The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), the European Parliament (alongside with Brussels and Strasbourg), the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
  • Luxembourg has four UNESCO World Heritage sites: The fortress and old town of the capital city, the photo exhibition ‘The Family of Man’ by Edward Steichen in Clervaux, the Hopping Procession of Echternach, the Minett Biosphere Reserve.
  • Luxembourg has currently the second highest density of Michelin-starred restaurants per inhabitant in the world (after Japan).
Schengen waterfront
© Uli Fielitz

European capital

As a founding member and major legal and financial centre of the EU, the Grand Duchy plays a key role in European integration. Its capital is home to some fifteen institutions.

A walk along their buildings with their original and varied architecture offers a condensed version of contemporary history.

From the Place de Metz (seat of the ECSC in 1952, and cradle of the EU), via the Porte de l'Europe (European Court of Justice, European Investment Bank), to the European Quarter of Kirchberg (Secretariat-General of the European Parliament, Directorates-General of the European Commission, Statec).

Schengen, a picturesque village on the banks of the river Moselle, which gave its name to the agreements abolishing internal borders, also symbolises the country's leading role in the free movement of people and goods in Europe.

Find out more
Chair sculpture EIB Kirchberg
© SIP - Uli Fielitz

Public holidays

1st January (Sat) - New Year
18th April (Mon) - Easter Monday
1st May (Sun) - Mayday
9th May (Mon) - Europe Day
26th May (Thu) - Ascension Day
6th June (Mon) - Whit Monday
23rd June (Thu) - National Day
15th August (Mon) - Assumption
1st November (Tue) - All Saints
25th December (Sun) - Christmas Day
26th December (Mon) - Boxing Day
1st January (Sat) - New Year
10th April (Mon) - Easter Monday
1st May (Sun) - Mayday
9th May (Mon) - Europe Day
18th May (Thu) - Ascension Day
29th May (Mon) - Whit Monday
23rd June (Thu) - National Day
15th August (Mon) - Assumption
1st November (Tue) - All Saints
25th December (Sun) - Christmas Day
26th December (Mon) - Boxing Day

School holidays

School year 2021/2022

The school year starts on Wednesday 15 September 2021 and ends on Friday 15 July 2022:

  • the All Saints Day holidays start on Saturday 30 October 2021 and end on Sunday 7 November 2021;
  • the Christmas holidays start on Saturday 18 December 2021 and end on Sunday 2 January 2022;
  • the Carnival holidays start on Saturday 12 February 2022 and end on Sunday 20 February 2022;
  • the Easter holidays start on Saturday 2 April 2022 and end on Sunday 18 April 2022;
  • public holiday on Europe Day: Monday 9 May 2022;
  • the Pentecost holidays start on Saturday 21 May 2022 and end on Sunday 29 May 2022;
  • day of leave on Ascension Day: Thursday 26 May 2022;
  • day of leave on Whit Monday: Monday 6 June 2022;
  • public holiday for the public celebration of HRH the Grand Duke's birthday: Thursday 23 June 2022;
  • the summer holidays start on Saturday 16 July 2022 and end on Wednesday 14 September 2022.
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