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The “City of Bridges” – there are hundreds connecting the two margins – is picturesque and surprising.


The Old City

Located over the river Alzette, the fortifications mark the ancient place that is now World Heritage Site. Here you will see the Grand Ducal Palace (in 16th Century renaissance style) and the semi-baroque Notre-Dame Cathedral. Close by is also Gëlle Fra, the statue that represents the spirit of liberty.

The new city

On the other margin, in Kirchberg, the city transforms and becomes modern. Besides many european and financial institutions, this is where we find the Philharmonie and Mudam, the museum of modern art. But before you leave: don’t forget to be amazed by the gorgeous Pétrusse green sights.

Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your identity card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time.

Climate

The climate in Luxembourg is moderate, with cool summers and mild winters, but with plenty of rain. Average temperatures are around 17ºC in summer and 0ºC in winter.

Time zone

GMT + 1

Geography & politics

Luxembourg is located between Germany, Belgium and France and is part of the European Union. It is a parliamentary democracy, led by a constitutional monarch.

Tipping & paying

Luxembourg is part of the eurozone, so the currency in use will be the Euro (EUR). Although a service charge is already included in restaurant bills, you can leave an extra tip.

Languages & useful phrases

There are three official languages in Luxembourg: Luxembourgish, German and French. Although the national language is Luxembourgish, it is more commonly spoken in social and home environments, and rarely written. In most business environments, the main language is French, but most business owners are also fluent in English. In French: "Bonjour" = hello; "S'il vous plaît" = please; "Merci beaucoup" = thank you very much.

What you should do

Be punctual. Punctuality is very important and being late is seen as a sign of disrespect.

What you shouldn’t do

Do not ask personal or invasive questions, personal life is always separate from business. Do not assume that all Luxembourgerians are immigrants from other countries - they have a culture and identity of their own that they are very proud of. Take your time. Luxembourgers are prudent and rational in business.

What to wear

Choose a formal and conservative style with a suit and tie for men and a suit or dress for women. Luxembourgers dress well and it's important to look professional.

First impressions

When meeting someone in a formal context, greet him or her with a handshake. Among close friends it is normal to give three kisses on the face - except among men. If you’re invited to someone's house, bring a box of quality chocolates or a bouquet of flowers as a way of saying thank you.