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Learn all about bees and their natural habitat

Luxembourg City has created a walking trail with 14 information points all about the world of bees and other insects, which are essential to a healthy and balanced environment.

The trail is about 2.5 km long and can be explored free of charge. Fun for all the family, the trail helps you explore the wealth of biodiversity that can be found in the urban environment.

Leaflets with a route map of the various stations along the trail are available from the Luxembourg City Tourist Office, the Bierger-Center and Luxembourg City Hall, as well as along the trail.

 

Bee walking trail: 14 stations

1. THE BEE AND THE WASP

Learn about the main differences between bees and wasps.

2. BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity (bio = life, diversity = natural diversity of living organisms: plants, animals, etc.) helps protect the soil, capture pollutants from the air and improve the city's climate, thus generally enhancing quality of life. A great many food production processes rely on biodiversity. Plant and animal diversity is the key to a healthy environment.

3. PLANT BOXES AND FLOWER BEDS

Even though most cities are generally covered in sealed surfaces, there are many ways the urban environment can promote biodiversity by supporting a rich variety of plants.

4. LUXEMBOURG CITY'S BEES

In the past, beekeeping was more of a rural endeavour. Over time, however, the residents of urban areas have come to realise the important role bees play in every environment, even the city. They pollinate flowers and other plants, which leads to better crop yields for urban food growers and a wider variety of flowers.

5. BIODIVERSITY IN THE CITY'S OLD FORTIFICATIONS

Dry stone walls are a vital habitat for all kinds of animal species. Wild bees aren't the only ones to find refuge here: countless types of insect, bats and lizards also call these walls home.

6. HOUSE FOR WILD BEES

Although the wild bee (also called solitary bee) is not as well known as the honeybee (or foraging bee), it is no less important to maintaining a healthy balance in the environment. Wild bees provide complementary pollination – a valuable contribution to biodiversity.

7. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF BEES

The mirror gives you an inside view of the beehive: observe the comings and goings of these fascinating creatures at the entrance to their home.

8. INSECTICIDES – A MAJOR THREAT

Bees are finding it increasingly difficult to find their way back to their beehive.

9. Green roofs

Green roofs provide many advantages. Roof-top vegetation can improve the urban climate by insulating buildings and absorbing heat, retaining rainwater in its substrate and regulating moisture through evapotranspiration (water being transferred to the atmosphere through evaporation at ground level and the transpiration of plants).

10. THE COLONY

Because forager bees are all sterile females, the queen (the only fertile female in the hive) is key to the survival of the colony.

11. POLLINATION

An eco-friendly city wouldn't be complete without bees! The terraces and gardens along the Alzette provide an ideal habitat for these creatures. Here, the conservation and creation of habitats such as orchards, dry stone walls, rocks and traditional vegetable gardens help to conserve biodiversity.

12. HOLLOW TREES AND LOG HIVES

In our part of the world, honey bee colonies have a natural tendency to make their home in hollow trees, where they are sheltered from the rain, cold, snow and wind.

While tree trunks serve as natural shelters for bees, log hives were also the first artificial shelters created by humankind, marking the first step in the long tradition of domesticating the bee.

13. BEES AND BEE PRODUCTS

  • Brandy, sweets, shampoo, soap, ointment
  • Royal jelly
    • fed to worker bee larvae until their fifth day of life, and to queen bee larvae throughout the larval period
    • used in revitalising products

14. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: OBSERVE THE BEES

Watch the bees in their natural environment inside our observation hive.

Contact details

25, rue Münster
L-2160 Luxembourg

Opening hours

Lundi

fermé

Mardi

de 10h à 20h

De mercredi à dimanche

de 10h à 18h

Guided tours

Together with its partners, the City of Luxembourg offers guided tours of the bee trail, where you can learn all about these fascinating creatures and their role in the environment.

Dates:

  • 14/05/2019 – LU/DE
  • 21/05/2019 – LU/DE
  • 04/06/2019 – FR
  • 18/06/2019 – EN
  • 09/07/2019 – LU/DE
  • 30/07/2019 – FR
  • 13/08/2019 – EN 
  • 27/08/2019 – LU/DE
  • 03/09/2019 – FR

Practical information:

  • Participation is free, but registration is required: environnement@vdl.lu
  • Time: 17:00–18:30 / Tour duration: about 1.5 hours
  • Starting point: Place de Clairefontaine (near the statue of Grand Duchess Charlotte)
  • Tour ends at: National Museum of Natural History (free entry on Tuesday evenings from 18:00 to 20:00)
  • limited number of participants (max. 20 people)

Partners

The "Beien an der Stad" trail has been made possible thanks to the support of:

  • National Museum of Natural History (MNHN)
  • City of Luxembourg municipal departments


Contact
the department

Contact details

20 rue du Commerce
L-1351 Luxembourg

Getting there by bus

Opening hours

Monday–Friday

8:00–12:00 and 13:30–17:00


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the department

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Bâtiment « Rocade »

3, rue du Laboratoire
L-1911 Luxembourg

Opening hours

Monday–Friday

8:00–12:00 and 13:00–16:00


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the department

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132, rue de Reckenthal

Opening hours

Monday–Friday

7:00–16:00


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the department

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Devashaff

105, rue des Sept Arpents
L-1149 Luxembourg

Getting there by bus

Opening hours

Monday–Friday

7:30–15:30