Emergency measures in the wake of Covid-19
On March 15th Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said that all non-food shops and restaurants would close at midnight following the recent spike in cases.
On May 15th the German-Luxembourg borders which had been restricted for two months will reopen. Crossing restrictions will also be eased with Austria, Switzerland and France. Travel from non-EU countries such as the United States and Russia will remain restricted until June 15th at the earliest.
On May 11th the second phase of deconfinement took effect. Gatherings are still prohibited except a maximum of six guests at home or in groups of up to twenty people in open air public places, with social distancing and the wearing of masks. Outdoor leisure/ sports activities may take place with distancing, but playgrounds, sports halls, public swimming pools, showers and changing rooms remain closed.
Shops, hairdressers and salons have reopened, along with libraries, museums, galleries and national archives. Restaurants, shops and hotels are set to begin reopening after May 25th. Campsites are open, but indoor cinemas, theme/ amusement parks, indoor games, casinos and fairs remain closed. See the official Covid-19 website for updates.
The country of Luxembourg, or in Luxembourgish, Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg, is the world’s only remaining sovereign grand duchy. Bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany, the country has a population of over half a million people packed into an area of less than 1,000 square miles. The capital and largest city is called, confusingly enough, Luxembourg. Most travelers call it Luxembourg City as a way to distinguish the two entities. The country has three official languages: Luxembourgish, German and French. English is also widely spoken. There’s a small but enthusiastic gay community in Luxembourg City. The annual Gay Mat party, a small street party, is held each July in Luxemburg City. At the head of Luxembourg's government since December 2013, Xavier Bettel is one of five openly gay Prime Ministers of European countries since 2009. He and his partner Gauthier Destenay were married in January 2015 after same-sex marriage law reforms came into effect. Bettel previously served as the Mayor of Luxembourg City. See local resources, news and events at the website of Rosa Letzebuerg, the LGBT community center.
Luxembourg-Findel International Airport is located 3 miles outside the capital. There are also trains from all the major capitals in Europe. See CFL for train information in English, French and German. For English-language info on trains from London see the Seat61 website.
Within the capital, the bus system is handy. If you are traveling farther afield, there are trains to nearly every part of the country. For an overview in English see the Public Transport website. In March 2020 this country became the first to make its public transport free - all public transport - trains, trams and buses.
Across the city a network of Velóh automated rental bicycles, at 75 stations, allow for as many journeys as you like, within a subscription period of 7 days or more.
Currency and Money
Luxembourg is in the Euro Zone, so businesses here accept only euros.
Media & Resources
Rosa Letzebuerg is the local organization for gay men. It has info about the local community.
Luxembourg My City is a useful general information website for whats on and where to stay in town. Their Luxembourg City Tourist Office in Place Guillaume II has tips on events, festivals, places to stay, restaurants and nightlife options.
For local and international news see the website of RTL.
For some gay and gay-friendly businesses see our map & listings section, with locations and weblinks.
To connect with locals, try Banana's Bar & Kitchen (9, avenue Monterey), atttracting social groups of all ages, with food all day from 6:30am, music, and a friendly vibe towards all.
Bar Rouge (16, rue des Bains), Wednesday-Saturday until 3am gay/mixed dancing, house music DJs, go-go boys/girls, special events.
Café des Artistes (22 montée du Grund), gay-friendly piano bar, karaoke, mostly older mix, friendly staff, all welcome.
La Ruche (143 rue de Hollerich), gay/bear-friendly restaurant/bar, daily specials, events.
Restaurant La Caravelle (1, Am Bongert, Bertrange), French restaurant/bar, drag shows.
SOHO (42, rue de Hollerich), large, mixed, LGBT-friendly dance club, loft-style bar, patio, young crowd. Former MARX location.
Spot 48 (48, rue de Hollerich), mixed 18+ bar/ dance club; live music, shows, LGBT/ Woof men-only bears events.
WR - We Are Family Party at Mercury (4-6 rue de la Loge) and The Room (1 rue Joseph Heinitz), plus other venues - monthly join venture between various gay associations of Luxembourg that includes gay/straight, Transsexual, queer, non-binary, bears, fetish groups and more.
ZanZen Bar & Lounge (27-29, rue Notre Dame), serves lunch and dinner, with art shows and a multicultural mix.
Zulu Blanc (16, Rives de Clausen), South African tribal-theme bar, bar snacks/wings, BBQ, House music DJs; late night gay and bear parties, Pride events.
CLOSED: Sauna N°1 (22 rue de La Gare), in Remich, Germany, near the Luxembourg border.
The nearest saunas are now: Red Sauna (Cour Brasserie), halfway to Metz in Uckange France, a gay male sauna/ hamman steam facilities, with cabins, bar and terrace; and Zenhit (rue de la Bataille, 3), in Neufchâteau, the first gay sauna/hammam in south Belgium. Look for Bear Dukes of Luxembourg events.