New youth hostel in Esch-sur-Alzette

There is a new youth hostel in Esch-sur-Alzette in the south of the country. As well as being the capital of the “Land of the Red Rocks” industrial region, the University of Luxembourg is just 3.5 km/2.2 miles away, or seven minutes by train. Luxembourg has been a significant steel producing country since the 19th century, and several disused sites have been reconverted as areas for relaxation, sport and entertainment.

The Grand Duchy’s second largest town has a youthful zeal to go with its distinguished history. By the 1930s, the country’s steel industry had grown to become the seventh largest producer in the world. The vestiges of this wealth can be seen in the rich urban architecture in Esch, and this sits alongside the shining new educational, business and research campus in Esch-Belval. Its multicultural population enjoy its theatres, music venues and museums that have earned Esch the nickname “the rainbow city”. Little wonder that it has been put on the shortlist to become the European Capital of Culture in 2022.

This new hostel is near the railway and bus station at 17, Boulevard John F. Kennedy, and it is the country’s tenth. It is close to the lively, multicultural town centre, as well as the calm, restful areas of Galgenberg and Ellergronn. It has 122 beds in 36 rooms, each with two to five beds, with all having en-suite bathrooms. There is no age restriction on guests, and the hostel is accessible for people with reduced mobility.

This is also a place for business people and researchers to meet, as the hostel has a conference room, and four smaller meeting areas. There is also a bar-restaurant called “Melting Pot” with a terrace overlooking the path linking the hostel to the town park. This name says it all. This is a place for people of all ages to meet, discuss, and build relationships over a meal or a drink. The catering team strives to create tasty, healthy food to give customers that feel good experience. Whether you need lunch, dinner or a picnic, they can prepare food of your choice, including Luxembourgish, vegetarian, or something exotic.

The hostel is an architecturally interesting building. Designed by the local firm BENG, its external colour scheme was developed with the Russian artist Konstantinov Aleksander. The result is a striking work of public art. Inside, the bar is decorated with photographs depicting the town’s steelmaking and iron-ore mining heritage. For more examples of architectural innovation in Esch and elsewhere, visit http://architectour.lu

More information on the youth hostel is available on: http://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/eat-sleep/youth-hostels

Publication date
16 October 2017
Author
Luxembourg for Tourism
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