Luxembourg railway station
|Commuter, national and international rail services|
|Location||11 place de la Gare, L-1616|
|Opened||4 October 1859|
Luxembourg railway station (Luxembourgish: Gare Lëtzebuerg, French: Gare de Luxembourg, German: Bahnhof Luxemburg) is the main railway station serving Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg. It is operated by Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois, the state-owned railway company.
80,000 passengers use this station every day.
It is the hub of Luxembourg's domestic railway network, serving as a point of call on all of Luxembourg's railway lines. It also functions as the country's international railway hub, with services to all the surrounding countries: Belgium, France, and Germany. Since June 2007, the LGV Est connects the station to the French TGV network.
The original railway station was built entirely from timber, and was opened in 1859. The position of the new station on the south bank of the Pétrusse, away from the original built-up area of the city, was on account of Luxembourg's role as a German Confederation fortress. The first connection to the city proper came in 1861, with the construction of the Passerelle viaduct. After the 1867 Treaty of London, the fortifications were demolished, leading to the expansion of the city around the station.
The old wooden station was replaced by the modern building between 1907 and 1913, at the height of an economic boom, fuelled by iron from the Red Lands. The new station was designed by a trio of German architects (Rüdell, Jüsgen, and Scheuffel) in the Moselle Baroque Revival style that dominates Luxembourg's major public buildings. The station lies at the end of the Avenue de la Liberté, one of the city's major thoroughfares, and its imposing clock tower can be seen from a considerable distance.
In 2006, the Ministry of Transport began a six-year renovation project on Luxembourg station that totaled €95 million. The improvements included new ticketing and sales facilities inside the main hall, expanding platforms, new lifts, a new passenger subway, upgraded overhead electrical wiring, installation of two platform escalators, a new entrance porch, a redesigned forecourt, a glass passenger hall, and a four-storey car park.
As of December 2017 the station is served by the following services:
- High speed services (TGV) Luxembourg - Thionville - Metz - Paris
- Intercity services Luxembourg - Ettelbruck - Troisvierges - Gouvy - Liège
- Intercity services Luxembourg - Wasserbillig - Trier - Koblenz - Köln - Düsseldorf
- Intercity services Luxembourg - Arlon (- Namur - Brussels)
- Regional services Luxembourg - Ettelbruck - Diekirch
- Regional services Luxembourg - Wasserbillig - Trier - Koblenz
- Regional services (TER Lorraine) Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Thionville - Metz - Nancy
- Regional services Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Esch - Petange - Rodange
- Regional services Luxembourg - Rodange - Athus
- Regional services Luxembourg - Rodange - Longwy
- Regional services Luxembourg - Kleinbettingen - Arlon
|Preceding station||CFL||Following station|
towards Trier Hbf
|Preceding station||TER Grand Est||Following station|
- "Architectural tour of the railway station district" (PDF). Luxembourg City Tourism Office. Retrieved 2006-11-19.
- "Une nouvelle gare pour fêter son centenaire" [New Station to Celebrate its Centennial]. L'essentiel (in French). Luxembourg. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2018.