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Advantages

The main advantages of this neighbourhood are

  • its residential feel;
  • the nearby recreational areas: Merl Park and the large playground located on Rue Charlemagne in Belair;
  • the local high schools on the Geesseknäppchen campus, which are accessible on foot;
  • its proximity to the P+R Bouillon; and
  • its proximity to major highways.

Geographic location

Merl has a surface area of 242.81 hectares and is located at the western edge of the capital. It borders

  • Belair to the north;
  • Hollerich to the west; and
  • Cessange to the south.

Population

Number of residents

  • 5,955 as of 31/12/2018
  • Demographic weight: 4.88% of the population of Luxembourg City

Population growth

  • 2012: 4,445
  • 2013: 4,620
  • 2014: 4,869
  • 2015: 4,969
  • 2016: 5,381
  • 2017: 5,683
  • 2018: 5,955

Infrastructure for children

Schools

Merl schools
President: Kyra Michels
152, Rue de Merl, L-2146 Luxembourg
62, Boulevard Marcel Cahen, L-1311 Luxembourg
64, Boulevard Marcel Cahen, L-1311 Luxembourg
1, Rue Adam Roberti, L-2429 Luxembourg

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Foyers scolaires

Merl
98, Rue de Merl, L-2146 Luxembourg

Merl
64, Boulevard Marcel Cahen, L-1311 Luxembourg

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Crèche

Crèche municipale, Rue de la Barrière
2, Rue de la Barrière, L-1215 Luxembourg

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Other infrastructure

Culture, sports and leisure

  • 5 playgrounds
  • 1 multi-sport field
  • Conservatoire de Musique (Music Conservatory)
  • Théâtre National (National theatre)
  • Camoes IP Portuguese cultural centre
  • 1 cultural centre
  • 1 community centre (centre sociétaire) ​
  • Prince Jean Stadium
  • riding centre
  • 1 multi-use sports hall
  • 1 gymnastics hall

Transport

  • 19 bus stops
  • Bus lines serving the area: 6, 8, 12, 15, 27, CN2
  • 3 vel'OH! stations
  • 7 above-ground car parks
  • 8 parking spaces for people with reduced mobility

History

Merl was a village with its own chapel in the Middle Ages, and was part of the Hollerich parish. Until the early modern period, the land where Merl now stands was owned by the Benedictine abbey of Munster, and consequently had little to do with Luxembourg City.

After all the local religious institutions were suppressed at the end of the 18th century, Merl became an independent municipality with its own parish. Merl's church grew to its current size through successive transformations and extensions between the 18th and 20th centuries.

In 1815, Merl became part of the Hollerich municipality, which then merged with Luxembourg City in 1920. Since the 1920s, the area has undergone a series of intense construction projects, which continue to this day. Nowadays, Merl is a lively Luxembourg City neighbourhood, with its Geesseknäppchen school campus, conservatory, and park.