List of cities in Luxembourg

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Cities of Luxembourg highlighted amongst all communes in the country.

There are twelve cities in Luxembourg, as defined by statute. Despite the status as cities, they are not coherent urbanised areas. They are similar to communes, but are elevated to a different legal status. There is a technical difference between the statuses of commune and cities, but this is limited in practicality. One difference is that échevins in cities are formally appointed by the Grand Duke, whereas échevins for other communes are appointed by the Minister for the Interior.[1]


Historically, this status was derived from a city's possession of a city charter, but city rights are now granted and regulated by statute. In the modern era, the status was first conferred on 24 February 1843, when seven of the eight cities that had previously been granted charters were reinstated as cities (Clervaux was not). They were (in the order given in the law): Luxembourg City, Diekirch, Grevenmacher, Echternach, Wiltz, Vianden, and Remich.[2]

For over sixty years, no more cities were added, but the vast demographic shift during the last part of the nineteenth century made it impossible to leave the arrangements unchanged. Thus, on 29 May 1906, Esch-sur-Alzette was promoted;[3] Esch was followed by Differdange, Dudelange, Ettelbruck, and Rumelange on 4 August 1907.[4] An area of the (now extinct) commune of Hollerich was conferred the title on 7 April 1914, under the title of 'Hollerich-Bonnevoie';[5] this status was lost when Hollerich was merged into Luxembourg City on 26 March 1920.[6]

The last such statute affecting city status in Luxembourg was the Loi communale du 13 décembre 1988. In the order outlined in that legislation (i.e. alphabetical, except with Luxembourg City first), the twelve communes with city status are: Luxembourg City, Diekirch, Differdange, Dudelange, Echternach, Esch-sur-Alzette, Ettelbruck, Grevenmacher, Remich, Rumelange, Vianden, and Wiltz.[7]

In spite of their city status, several of the municipalities are very small and not cities or even towns in the sense of the word. There are also municipalities without city status which have more inhabitants than some of the "cities" (especially in the Luxembourg and Red Lands agglomerations, but also elsewhere, such as Mersch). Apart from Luxembourg City, which is an actual city with over 100,000 inhabitants, the three or five next largest municipalities (Esch-sur-Alzette, Differdange, Dudelange, plus possibly Ettelbruck and Diekirch) are urbanised enough to be described as towns. There is a city planning project in Luxembourg that aims at developing Ettelbruck, Diekirch and four bordering municipalities into a new centre called Nordstad ("North City") with an aspired population of 30,000.

List of cities[edit]

Coat of arms Name Canton District Area
(As of 2005)
Date of law
Coat of arms diekirch luxbrg.png
Diekirch Diekirch 12.42 6,165 24 February 1843
Blason ville lu Differdange (EschAlzette).svg
Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg 22.18 19,005 4 August 1907
Blason ville lu Dudelange (EschAlzette).svg
Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg 21.38 17,618 4 August 1907
Coat of arms echternach luxbrg.png
Echternach Grevenmacher 20.49 4,507 24 February 1843
Coat of arms esch alzette luxbrg.png
Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg 14.35 28,000 29 May 1906
Coat of arms ettelbruck luxbrg.png
Diekirch Diekirch 15.18 7,364 4 August 1907
Coat of arms grevenmacher luxbrg.png
Grevenmacher Grevenmacher 16.48 3,966 24 February 1843
Blason ville lu Luxembourg-ville.svg
Luxembourg City
Luxembourg Luxembourg 51.46 76,420 24 February 1843
Coat of arms remich luxbrg.png
Remich Grevenmacher 5.29 2,986 24 February 1843
Coat of arms rumelange luxbrg.png
Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg 6.83 4,495 4 August 1907
Blason de Vianden.svg
Vianden Diekirch 9.67 1,561 24 February 1843
Coat of arms wiltz luxbrg.png
Wiltz Diekirch 19.37 4,587 24 February 1843

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  1. ^ "Mémorial A, 1988, No. 64" (PDF) (in French). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  2. ^ (French)/(German) "Mémorial A, 1843, No. 17" (PDF). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2006-09-07. 
  3. ^ (French)/(German) "Mémorial A, 1906, No. 34" (PDF). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2006-09-07. 
  4. ^ (French)/(German) "Mémorial A, 1907, No. 42" (PDF). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2006-09-07. 
  5. ^ (French)/(German) "Mémorial A, 1914, No. 18" (PDF). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  6. ^ (French)/(German) "Mémorial A, 1920, No. 23" (PDF). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  7. ^ "Mémorial A, 1988, No. 64" (PDF) (in French). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2006-09-07.