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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.
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.
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.
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.
- Participation is free, but registration is required: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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)
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