Esch-Sur-Alzette In Your Pocket

While positively monolithic by Luxembourg’s standards, is Esch-sur-Alzette the smallest town to ever be given European Capital of Culture honours? The 36,000 strong commune in the south of the nation takes on that famous moniker in 2022, which gives us time to investigate our suspicions.

We say ‘investigate our suspicions’, but truthfully we have no intention of doing that. There is just too much to enjoy in this typically beautiful town, known informally as Esch and sitting just a catapult’s throw away from France in the valley of the Alzette. Luxembourg is a surprising country and Esch may well be its most surprising destination, with a splendid roster of museums and cultural attractions waiting to inspire flabbergasted looks and amazed noises.

Curious about Luxembourg’s rebellious past? Give the National Museum of the Resistance a look. Curious about industry in this part of Europe? The place is positively dripping in the stuff, albeit in a quaint sort of way that is undeniably Luxembourgish. Esch is full of galleries that will introduce you to a whole new world of art, while its halls often strain under the melodious weight of genre-pushing harmony and composition. In Esch-sur-Alzette, creativity really is king.

Galgenberg Park holds everything together, a stunning expanse of verdant gardens and delicately-placed fountains, designed for maximum satisfaction through its countless walking paths and serene grounds. Add a surprisingly (there’s that term again) vibrant nightlife and you’ve got yourself a destination that is every bit deserving of the Capital of Culture crown, no matter its relative size.

Full city guide coming soon!

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