An ambitious regeneration project has turned an industrial wasteland into a vibrant hub for artists, entrepreneurs and visitors, the desolate beauty of old steel industry sitting side-by-side with ultra-modern architecture.
After dark, when the new town twinkles with the lights of the residence and business quarters, enjoy a cinema viewing, concert, a fine restaurant meal or late-night shopping.
Climb the 180 steps to one of the blast furnaces, with far-reaching views over to France. Head for the Massenoire Exhibition Hall and see Belval laid out in miniature as a 3D model. Take a guided tour and learn about the industrial heyday of Belval, its decline and thrilling rebirth as a town of the 21st Century.
What makes the regenerated Belval so exciting is the contrast between crude industrial infrastructure and slick, futuristic architecture. Here, abandoned warehouses, great furnaces and a mangle of chutes and pipes share the skyline with glassy tower blocks and state-of-the-art leisure facilities.
These are exciting times for Esch-sur-Alzette. Voted European Capital of Culture 2022, Esch is undergoing an innovative programme of rejuvenation. The town of 35,000 residents (Luxembourg’s second largest settlement) still has all the buzz and excitement of a cosmopolitan city – just 17km from the capital. Explore the streets of architectural elegance, the historic churches and the 15th Century Berwart Tower. Shop-’til-you-drop in Luxembourg’s longest shopping street. Visit the National Museum of The Resistance. Amble through Galgenberg Park with its rose gardens, fountains, waterfall and animal park.
Culture enthusiasts can enjoy theatre, cinema and world-class music concerts, the town home to the Conservatoire de Musique. As Esch prepares for its City of Culture status in 2022, enjoy a host of imaginative and innovative arts programmes at the bohemian Kulturfabrik, a converted abattoir.