Neighbourhood watch: Hesperange & Alzingen
With a population of more than 15,657 residents, Hesperange commune is an ideal place to live, close enough to town to commute but also close to the main motorways. It's also home to a number of great restaurants, walking routes and a football club.
A little background...
Heperange and Alzingen in southern Luxembourg (south-east of Luxembourg City) are part of the Hesperange commune which also includes Itzig, Howald and Fentange, which makes it the only commune in Luxembourg with five sizeable towns.
Now a ruin, Hesperange castle dates back to the 13th century when the Counts of Luxembourg gave the town to the Lords of Rodenmacher, who sided with the French when the Burgundians conquered Luxembourg in 1443. Maximilian of Austria dismantled the castle and in 1492 transferred it to the Lords of Baden. It was nationalised by the French government after the French captured it in 1796, and sold at auction two years later. The ruins remain in private hands today.
Hesperange town is found in records dating back to 867, when its name appeared as “Hasmaringa”, whilst records show an “Alkesingas” already existed at the end of the 10th century.
More recently, architects Bruck & Weckerle created a new centre to Hesperange, integrating traffic and the landscape to give the town a modern feel whilst incorporating a network of paths, a footbridge and bridge, for the benefit of cyclists and pedestrians.
The new bridge which connects the striking yellow church to the district across the River Alzette, creates the feeling of a square rather than a road. A staircase leads to a landscaped path which in turn connects to paths in the park.
Under the bridge, a regional cycle path also connects to the park without crossing a street. A footbridge with transparent railings links the two areas, and in front of the church is an inviting area with benches and play-fountain jets fed by water from the roof of the church.
According to Wort Immo the current price per m2 of real estate in the area is:
Aparment (old) €9,480
Apartment (new) €10,267
House (old/new) €9,500 (approx. based on current house prices)
The prices listed above are for Hesperange.
Shopping & Services
For grocery supplies there’s a Delhaize supermarket on the Route de Thionville in Alzingen, whilst Patisserie Hoffman is recommended for its warm and friendly atmosphere with healthy lunches as well as delightful sweet treats. You can visit the pottery store Keramikatelier nearby. You’ll also find two opticians and a pharmacy.
Schools & crèches
Working parents will be pleased to know there’s a good selection of crèches in Hesperange, Fentange and Alzingen. Nursery Ribambelle and Creche La Luciole get good online reviews, but there is also Creche Charly and Creche Jangeli, Creche Némo, and Nursery L’île aux enfants. Creche Fanti in Fentange is very close to Hesperange town and also an option.
For secondary schools the private French school Vauban is in Cloche D’Or, there is a Lycée Technique in Bonnevoie and there are further options for children to attend the International School of Luxembourg or St George’s International school, both of which are located within commuting distance.
The commune has a music school, which offers lessons for 32 different types of instruments at Rue de la Redoute in Howald. Musical Awakening Classes are also held in the same building.
Transport & parking
A number of public and private bus companies run services to or via Hesperange and you can find a list of all of them and the timetables here. You can book the Flexibus from Monday to Friday from 7.00 to 19.00, and 9.00 to 15.00 on Saturdays, and travel within the commune (children under 12 years need parental authorisation). A late night bus runs on Fridays, Saturdays and certain public holidays from Kirchberg, Clausen and Luxembourg City to various places in Hesperange commune.
The quarter runs a CHARGY system for electric cars, a Flex car-sharing scheme, and has a Vel’oh cycle station at Cité um Schlass and another at the town hall. You can find more information on residents parking permits or vignettes here.
There are numerous sports facilities in Hesperange including football fields, basketball courts, beach volley ball, pétanque and a skate park. You can find a list of all those located in Alzingen and Hesperange as well as the rest of the commune, here.
The commune also has several play parks, in addition to the beautiful Hesper Park which includes a memorial to three American soldiers who died on a nearby bridge of the River Alzette in December 1944. Sculptures are regularly exhibited in the park.
There are several self-guided nature trails for families and walking routes ranging from 3.5km to 12.4km. You can find details of the various routes and maps here.
Dici4You has a cycle route that runs from Hesperange to Bertrange and back via Luxembourg City. Cycle paths 1 (43km), and 11 (14.6km), run through Hesperange. You will find details of all three routes here.
In summer Hesperange runs a beach club with a swimming pool – popular with families (this club was not run in 2020 and may not reopen this year due to restrictions).
FC Swift Hesperange plays in the national division and is based at Stad Alphonse Theis.
There are several choral groups for adults and children and a municipal orchestra. Hesperange’s cultural centre CELO has a programme of dances, parties, workshops and talks (many have been cancelled due to restrictions), and you can look for local events here. Galerie Urbengsschlass in the town hall has regular artists’ exhibitions.
There’s also a monthly fresh produce market, every second Wednesday of the month from 15.00 to 19.00 in front of the town hall. You can find the dates for it here.
Restaurants, cafes, bars and bakeries
Restaurant terraces are allowed to open provided they meet current sanitary requirements, and many eateries offer a take-away menu.
Eating out is clearly popular in Hesperange judging by the number of restaurant choices. Probably best known is Chez Isabel Bacano for its signature dish of enormous butterfly prawns. Red seats and wooden floors welcome you at Jardin Gourmand, which has snails, veal and traditional favourites like Bouchée á la Reine on the menu.
For upmarket Italian try Restaurant da Vincenzo, while Chez Vito has pasta and pizza alongside seafood and meat options. For something a bit different try the octopus with tomatoes, olives and capers at the light, airy and modern Oggi e Domani.
Lomperang Restaurant offers a Brazilian style Rodizio menu, for simple fare try Brasserie Bei der Uelzecht. Indian delicacies are on offer at Kiran, and Chinese ones at Restaurant Nouvelle Etoile and Tokyo Restaurant. Affordable and fresh sushi or delicious ramen is on offer at Restaurant Kyoto (reopens hopefully in May) with more Japanese fare at Daruma and all-you-can eat at Ichiban 2.