Walferdange

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Walferdange
Walfer
Commune
View from Sonnebierg
View from Sonnebierg
Coat of arms of Walferdange
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Walferdange highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Walferdange highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Country  Luxembourg
District Luxembourg
Canton Luxembourg
Government
 • Mayor Guy Arendt
Area
 • Total 7.06 km2 (2.73 sq mi)
Area rank 113th of 116
Highest elevation 405 m (1,329 ft)
 • Rank 54th of 116
Lowest elevation 228 m (748 ft)
 • Rank 44th of 116
Population (2011)
 • Total 7,117
 • Rank 15th of 116
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
 • Density rank 5th of 116
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00011010
Website walferdange.lu

Walferdange (Luxembourgish: Walfer, German: Walferdingen) is a commune and small town in central Luxembourg. It is located north of Luxembourg City.

As of 2001, the town of Walferdange, which lies in the centre of the commune, has a population of 728. Other towns within the commune include Helmsange and Bereldange.

The commune of Walferdange was formed on 1 January 1851, when it was detached from the commune of Steinsel. The law forming Walferdange was passed on 25 November 1850.[1]

History[edit]

Although the commune first came into existence in 1851, there is evidence of prehistoric settlement as well as remains of a very large Roman villa. The Raschpëtzer Qanat, an underground aqueduct near Helmsange was built in the 1st century AD during the Roman occupation. It is said to be the longest qanat north of the Alps.[2] Walferdange church was built between 1845 and 1852; the main features of its classical facade are two large statues of Père Kolbe and Thérèse de Lisieux, added at a later date. Before official unification of the commune, and even before this church was built, it was religion that pulled the villages of Heisdorf, Helmsange, Bereldange, and Walferdange together.

Recognition of Walferdange as an important town came in 1850, when Prince Henry, brother of Grand Duke William III, chose Walferdange as his seat of residence.

Walferdange today[edit]

Sights include the Roman villa and the underground aqueduct, and Walferdange Castle, which was assigned to Grand Duke Adolphe according to the constitution. As an engaged winemaker, he enthusiastically served his guests wine from his own production. The palace was later vacated by the Grand Ducal family. The residential palace now houses the Faculty of Languages and Literature, Humanities, Art and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Luxembourg.

Transport in Walferdange[edit]

Walferdange is connected to the outside world by means of Walferdange railway station, national highway N7, and several buslines, including the city of Luxembourg busline 11.

The commune also has its own mini-bus service known as "Walfy".

Twinning[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ (French)/(German) "Mémorial A, 1850, No. 108" (PDF). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2006-07-18. 
  2. ^ Roman aqueducts: Walferdange. Retrieved 2 December 2007.

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the revision as of 28 September 2006 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°39′N 6°08′E / 49.650°N 6.133°E / 49.650; 6.133