Neighbourhood watch: Hesperange & Alzingen
With a population of more than 15,500 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.
According to Wort Immo the current price per m2 of real estate in the area is:
Aparment (old) €8,803
Apartment (new) €10,241
House (old) €7,534
The prices listed above are for Hesperange, but for Alzingen the price for a new apartment per m2 is €10,007 and for an old apartment, €9,785.
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. Blanpur, a kitchen specialist, is also on Route de Thionville in the centre of town.
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.
There are state schools in Hesperange, Alzingen and Fentange and further afield in Howald and Itzig. The school in Hesperange teaches up to cycle 4. You can find out more about the schools here. For secondary schools the 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 8.00 to 17.00, and 9.00 to 16.00 on Saturdays, and travel within the commune for 1 Euro (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 CHARG-Y system for electric cars, a Flex car-sharing scheme, and has a Vel’oh cycle station at Cité um Schlass. 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. Jugend Treff has youth club facilities. There is also a scouting pack, karate club, kayaking club and numerous other sporting clubs based in the neighbourhood.
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. Galerie Urbengsschlass in the town hall has regular artists’ exhibitions. There’s also a twice monthly fresh produce market, and you can find the dates for it here.
Restaurants, cafes, bars and bakeries
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, with more Japanese fare at Daruma.
A nice terrace beckons you at Cafe-Brasserie Am Trapeneck which also serves a selection of steaks, pasta and salads. If you want a pond-side view, try Hesper Park, also home to the summer beach club and swimming pool. Menus change weekly.
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