Congratulations on your relocation to Luxembourg. Here’s a short guide on some of the best areas where you could choose to settle, including the Moselle Valley.
If you’re wondering where to live when working in Luxembourg, you’re in the right place. Here, we explain the best places to live near Luxembourg City for expats.
Where to live in Luxembourg?
While Luxembourg is tiny in comparison with many of the European heavyweights – it’s incredibly attractive to expats. This is primarily because Luxembourg offers both excellent job opportunities (as a financial centre which borders Germany, France and Belgium) and a high quality of life, with thriving cultural and historical attractions on offer across the country. Indeed, more than 40% of people living in Luxembourg are foreigners – so you shouldn’t find it too difficult to integrate in to the expat community.
Luxembourg has a high cost of living, but with wages to match – indeed, the country boasts by far the highest minimum wage in the EU. The country is split in to two regions – Guttland (south and east) and Oesling (north).
Working: Where to live in Luxembourg
The majority of expats moving to work in Luxembourg live in or around Luxembourg City. In the guide, we’ll summarise some of the main areas to live in Luxembourg City, but for more comprehensive advice on the best places to live, you can check out our full guide on living in Luxembourg City.
Luxembourg City is the biggest centre in the country, with over 115,000 habitants. Most of the jobs available to foreigners are in the city, which results in most expats choosing to rent or sometimes buy in and around the centre. The city is divided in to 24 areas, with some of the most popular areas as follows:
- Limpertsberg – Close to the city centre and popular with students and city workers
- Howald – A quieter neighbourhood with plenty of green spaces, although heavy traffic can be a problem
- Strassen – A calm but expensive area with forestry and excellent sporting facilities
- Merl – Ideal for families, with plenty of parks and sporting opportunities
- Belair – More upmarket and expensive, but also closer to the centre
The Mozelle Valley and other beautiful areas
For a small country, you’re spoilt for choice here with plenty of stunning places to choose from when considering where to live in Luxembourg.
Moselle Valley (South East)
The Moselle Valley is primarily known as a wine region, with picturesque vineyards dotted around the area. The river town of Remich is one of the best areas here, with a long promenade running along the river, offering great views and ideal spots for picnics. Along with its wine, Remich is best known for its annual carnival.
Echternach has some of the best historic architecture in Luxembourg, including the Basilica of St Willibrord and the Church of St. Peter and Paul. The oldest town in Luxembourg and one of the most tranquil, Echternach also boasts a gothic marketplace and the remains of ancient city walls.
Mamer, Luxembourg (Central)
Located not far from the city, the ancient town of Marmer offers a great change of pace, with a castle, church and Roman bath site, as well as a popular Valley train that runs through the countryside, taking in caves and rock formations. One of Luxembourg’s most prosperous towns.
Larochette (Central Luxembourg)
Bookmarked by the imposing Larochette Castle, the Medieval town of Larochette is located on the White Ernz river, and boasts some beautiful architecture. Larochette is the ideal place to explore the countryside in Luxembourg, with a range of great walking paths.
Esch-sur-Sûre, Luxembourg (North West)
Known for it’s ancient castle ruins and sandstone cliffs, Esch-sur-Sûre is both one of Luxembourg’s most beautiful settlements, and also one of its smallest. Visitors here generally flock to the horse riding circuit, from where they can enjoy spectacular views from the highest points of the hills.
Vianden, Luxembourg (North East)
In the north east of the country, Vianden is another popular setting for walkers and those looking to explore the beautiful wild forests. With ancient winding roads, Gothic churches and medieval towers, it’s easy to see why visitors enjoy this idyllic town.
Elsewhere, expats may also enjoy the likes of Clervaux (North), Ettelbruck (Central), Niederanven (Central), Moutfort (South West), Roodt-sur-Syre (East) and Schuttrange (South).
Where to live near Luxembourg City
Working in Luxembourg and living in Germany, France or Belgium
With Luxembourg being such a small country and property prices in the city being very high, many workers instead choose to commute from a neighbouring country – a process known as ‘cross border commuting’. For EU workers, there aren’t any restrictions on working in Luxembourg but living in a neighbouring country, but nationals from other countries will need a work permit for the country they live in which contains a clarification that they work in Luxembourg.
Cross border commuters usually live in a town in the ‘Grande Region’ area, which draws together the border areas of France, Germany and Belgium. Some of your options for commuting in to Luxembourg are as follows:
- Germany – If you’re commuting by train, the city of Trier is the most viable place to commute from. Commuters with a car could also consider living in villages such as Konz, Oberbillig, Temmels, Nittel, Perl or Wincheringen.
- France – Thionville is located conveniently for travelling in to Luxembourg, and the city of Metz is just about commutable. If you work in the south of Luxembourg, areas such as Longwy and Audun-le-Tiche are also options.
- Belgium – It’s possible to travel by car or train from Arlon and Aubange, or by car from Bastogne if you’re working in the north of Luxembourg