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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
Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
The climate in Luxembourg is moderate, with cool summers and mild winters, but with plenty of rain. Average temperatures in the summer are around 17ºC and 0ºC in winter.
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Geography and Politics
Luxembourg is located between Germany, Belgium and France and it is a member of the European Union. It is a parliamentary democracy, led by a constitutional monarch.
Tips and Payment
Luxembourg is part of the Eurozone, so the currency used will be the Euro (EUR). Although a service charge is already included in restaurant bills, you can leave an extra tip.
Language and expressions to memorize
There are three official languages in Luxembourg: Luxembourgish, German and French. Although the national language is Luxembourgish, it is mostly spoken in social and home environments, and rarely written. The main language in most business environments is French, but most businessmen and women are also fluent in English. In French, "Bonjour" = hi; "S'il vous plaît" = please; "Merci beaucoup" = thank you very much.
What to do
Be on time. Punctuality is very important and being late is seen as a sign of disrespect.
What not to do
Do not ask personal or invasive questions, personal life is always separate from business. Do not assume that all Luxembourgers are immigrants from other countries - they have their own culture and identity that they are very proud of. Do not rush things. The Luxembourgers are prudent and rational in business.
What to wear
Choose a formal and conservative style - suit and tie for men and a suit or dress for women. Luxembourgers dress well and it's important to look professional.
When meeting someone in a formal context, greet him or her with a handshake. Among close friends it is considered normal to give three kisses on the face - except between men. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a box of quality chocolates or bouquet of flowers to show your appreciation.