Local traditions and culture in Luxembourg

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    SUPER TOILETS

    by DAO Written Sep 3, 2008

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    Quite a few toilets in upscale restaurants and hotels in the capital have these bizarre super toilets. It automatically detect when you have either come off the toilet or a gentleman standing upright has walked away. It then rotates the actual seat around in a circle cleaning and drying it at the same time. You always sit on a clean toilet seat. Environmentalists will probably go crazy thinking about all the waste of electricity and water, but its always nice to sit on a clean seat.

    Located in the lobby of Hotel Grand Cravat, Pizzeria Bacchus and other better establishments.

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    WHICH LANGUAGE?

    by DAO Written Sep 2, 2008

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    Luxembourg has 3 official languages: French, German and the local Letzebuergesch. The local language is closer to German and was only made an official language in 1984. A good greeting is ‘moien’ which means good morning or hello like bonjour. French is definitely the predominant language and children are taught all 3 languages at school as befitting this crossroads of Europe. Many folks speak English in the capital as well. You will also hear Italian and Portuguese spoken by these large groups of immigrants. Tourists are usually addressed in French at first.

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    NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

    by DAO Updated Sep 2, 2008

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    NEW YEARS DAY – 1 JANUARY
    EASTER MONDAY – MARCH OR APRIL
    ASCENSION DAY – 40 DAYS AFTER EASTER (keep count!)
    WHIT MONDAY – 7 MONDAYS AFTER EASTER
    NATIONAL DAY – 23 JUNE
    ASSUMPTION – 15 AUGUST
    ALL SAINT’S DAY – 1 NOVEMBER
    CHRISTMAS – 25 DECEMBER

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    ELECTRICITY - DON'T BLOW UP YOUR LAPTOP !

    by DAO Updated Sep 2, 2008

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    Luxembourg operates on 220 volts of electricity (alternating at 50 cycles per second) as opposed to North America which uses 110 volts. What does this mean? For a start an electrical shock here can kill you where 110 volts won’t. Have a think about that before you plug something in. The electrical plugs are a standard round 2 pin European plug. If you bring over a $1000-3000 laptop, read carefully.

    You really need a TRANSFORMER not a CONVERTER.

    Why?

    Converters are light weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and are rated at between 50-1600 Watts. They are designed to be used for short periods of time (iron a shirt or dry your hair), not left on for hours. That’s why they are lightweight – low usage times.

    Transformers have a lower Watt rating of 50 to 100. They are physically heavier. This is because they contain iron rods and a large amount of copper wiring. Heavy duty for longer jobs. These are best suited for the expensive and sensitive things like laptops, battery chargers, and other things more expensive than a cheap hair dryer.

    Combination converters with both ‘modes’ are ideal for lots of business travel between Voltages. Expensive, but worth it. Besides. If you fry the companies laptop who will be in trouble?

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    BUSINESS HOURS

    by DAO Written Sep 2, 2008

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    OK. This is complicated. Trading hours are 9am-5:30pm on weekdays. That’s except for some shops that don’t open until noon on Monday. Then there are loads of shops that close for a cosy 2 hour lunch between 12pm-2pm just when you need them. I told you it’s complicated. Now we have Saturdays. Shops can either be open all day or just a half day depending on the owner’s preferences. It’s a little known law that anything you absolutely must have will be closed when you need it. Sundays? Forget it. A few Tabacs and some restaurants only. Bank? Of course they close early. 8:30am-4:40pm Monday-Friday with closures at lunch. The only banks open on Saturdays (mornings) are in the capital.

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    The country of border petrol stations

    by hydronetta Written Oct 11, 2006

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    Are you near to a border town in Luxembourg? The most obvious thing is that you’ll notice a queue of petrol stations in the outskirts, unusual for a place with so small population. The reason is obvious. Being the petrol 20 cents cheaper (than Germany at least) all German drivers living close to the borders come here to fill up their tank.
    It’s funny to see but certainly wise to take advantage of these prices if you’re touring around with your own car

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    Prices

    by hydronetta Written Oct 11, 2006

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    Compared to neighbor Germany Luxembourg looks a bit more expensive. As we were told it’s common for locals to go for clothes or electronics shopping to nearby German towns like Trier. Besides dining out might in some areas seem more expensive (though in tourist villages you could easily find “tourist menus” for reasonable prices). BUT what is a huge difference is the cost of petrol. Being almost 20 cents cheaper than in Germany it’s not unusual to see lines of cars and petrol stations near the borders!!!

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    Language

    by hydronetta Written Oct 11, 2006

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    Though French is what is widely spoken as you tour around the grand Duchy, the local language “Letzembourgisch” is still spoken among the natives and is now considered as the official language. But all children at school learn French as well as German and beside that English is more or less sufficiently spoken. So this multilingual society makes an easy destination for Europeans to travel to.

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    SEA FOOD

    by Aurorae Written Aug 26, 2005

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    Although Luxembourg is very far from the seaside, sea food is extremely popular and offerred in every restaurant. I found these shrimps in tomato with olives and lettuce extremely delicous! I've had them in a restaurant overlooking Market Square in Echternach.

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    KEBAB

    by Aurorae Written Aug 26, 2005

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    There is a large Turkish population in Luxembourg and they have VERY many kebab shops. I adore kebab, and you can have it virtually onevery corner in Luxembourg! Often it's served in other restaurants/snack bars as well. This one is in Vianden, just in front of the cable.

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    HOMELESS

    by Aurorae Written Aug 26, 2005

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    I've never seen a homeless person in Luxembourg, this is my beloved friend Sylvia (Skipka on VT) who was the reason of my visit to Luxembourg, playing to be a homeless. This is the park at the border with Germany in Echternach, and it was literally empty, there was nobody but us! It has a nice strolling path close to the river and lots of lush green vegetation! It's called a German-Luxembourgish Nature Park.

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    CAMPING

    by Aurorae Written Aug 26, 2005

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    Moselle is Luxembourgoise replacement for the sea. Everything happens there. It's the area of tourist focus, and there are lots of campers along the river virtually anywhere! The biggest camping/tourism center is Remich, which reminded me of a mediterranean sea coast town!

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    National Feierdag

    by Skipka Updated Aug 11, 2005

    National Feierdag or National Holiday is a great day when you are able to see mass of people around Luxembourg city.

    This day every Luxembourgish celebrate the birthday of Grandduchess Charlote who actually was born in January 23. National Feierdag is however on June 23.

    What I heard it is because of weather that people celebrate it that late. In June is better weather for all the proccessions and parades in the street so it has a sense. But it is a bit weird. However, I admit the way how people and the whole country celebrate that.

    You can see proccesion and later when there gets dark the procession with fire what is really unique and exciting. Late in the night after the fanfare from the Grund there is a great fireworks around that last around 15-20 minutes. After the firework you should go downtown for a dance and drink all night long, such a big celebration at every corner.

    And why Grandduchess Charlote's birthday?
    I think it is clear, she is very popular here and symbol of fight against the fascism during the World War II. The real lady and really beloved by her nation.

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    The phenomenon : *Clean*

    by dr.firas Updated May 5, 2004

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    This ideal clean streets and parks, and everywhere you go, is the tipical thing of Luxembourg city, I've seen few places such as clean as this city, the reason is that people are so civilized and they love their town and keep it clean :-)

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    Beautiful style

    by dr.firas Updated May 5, 2004

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    I call it the Legoland style LOL
    it is fabolous!
    I like the color of the houses and the special style of the North!
    in France you can see such a style in Lille and in Belgium you can also see similar beautiful things!

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