Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses | Luxembourg






is extremely well situated in the centre of Europe, between Germany, France and Belgium, and easily reachable by rail, road and air.





Geographically, Luxembourg is made up of two distinct regions. If you travel north, you will find yourself in the ‘Oesling’, which is a hilly and wooded part of the Ardennes region with medieval castles lining its rivers and valleys. Going south from here, the landscape changes completely and you will end up in a far more densely populated area called the ‘Gutland’. This is where you will find the capital Luxembourg city, home to a number of European institutions and all the major financial and banking institutions, industries and research establishments.






Major cities

As far as the main research centres are concerned, these are located in the two largest cities. With its population of about 115,200, Luxembourg city is the largest, and down in the south, Esch-sur-Alzette, is the second largest (+/-34,000). The major industries (steel) that have contributed to the country’s wealth over the past centuries are also based here.