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Cessange: spacious green neighborhood in Luxembourg

In this article, we embark on a journey through the historical corridors, explore the vibrant population, weigh the pros and cons of residing in Cessange, dissect the area's transport accessibility, take a closer look at its infrastructure, and navigate the nuances of renting and buying real estate.

Luz Castro
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Luz Castro
Last time updated
11.02.24

Nestled at the southwest border of the capital, Cessange is a sprawling neighborhood that shares its boundaries with Merl and Hollerich to the north and Gasperich to the east. This expansive area enjoys an enviable location, seamlessly blending urban convenience with natural surroundings, while also boasting close proximity to major highways and the burgeoning economic hub of Cloche d'Or.

General characteristics of Cessange

The center and the northeastern corner of Cessange are predominantly urbanized, serving as a residential hub, while the rest of the neighborhood boasts expansive agricultural landscapes. Currently undergoing significant development, Cessange has become a hotspot for real estate investors, capitalizing on its strategic location and proximity to the thriving economic center of Cloche d’Or. 

Notable projects like "Rue Verte," featuring nearly 200 residences, 1,600 square meters of office space, and 800 square meters of commercial establishments, and "Gudde Bierg," envisioning over 400 new homes, contribute to the neighborhood's transformation.

Population of Cessange neighborhood

As of January 1, 2024, Cessange's population stood at 5,067, constituting 3.82% of the capital, Luxembourg City. Spanning an expansive 657.83 hectares, it holds the distinction of being the largest neighborhood, with the majority residing in the center and the northeastern quadrant. Positioned midway in population density, Cessange boasts a 66.57% foreign resident rate, slightly below the capital's average of 70.44%.

66.57%
of the foreign residents
5,067 residents
live in Cessange
657.83 hectares
of green spaces and territory
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Source: created with data from Ville de Luxembourg

Transport accessibility

Cessange, being a sizable neighborhood, exhibits varying distances depending on one's starting point within the district. The transport options available contribute to the overall connectivity, catering to diverse commuting preferences.

By car
The neighborhood enjoys a strategic location with proximity to major roadways, and the Croix de Cessange at the southwestern end facilitates easy access to main highways. A car journey to the city center takes just over 10 minutes, reaching the train station in about 10 minutes, and commuting to the Kirchberg business district takes a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes. Cessange boasts seven outdoor parking spaces, five centrally located near the cultural center, and two in the south, close to the Rugby stadium. Additionally, there's a Park + Ride (P+R) facility in the southeast, near the football stadium.
By bus
Cessange is well-connected by multiple bus lines, with routes 4, 13, 14, 27, and CN2 traversing the neighborhood. While lines 5, 18, 20, and 22 don't pass through, they have stops at the southern-eastern border near the football stadium. Depending on the starting point within the neighborhood, a bus journey to the city center ranges from 15 to 25 minutes, to the train station between 5 and 15 minutes, and to the Kirchberg business district from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
By bicycle
Despite its relative distance, biking proves to be one of the most efficient alternatives for commuting to and from Cessange. The northern areas are conveniently close to the city center, reachable in just over 5 minutes, while the southern regions remain accessible within a little over 15 minutes. Traveling to slightly more distant locations, such as the Kirchberg business district, can be convenient in certain cases, with commutes lasting between 15 minutes and half an hour. Adding to the biking allure, two Veloh self-service stations are conveniently situated in the neighborhood. 
By foot
Walking towards the city center is feasible from the northern zones of the neighborhood, though it takes a considerable time of approximately 25 minutes. The southern areas are considerably farther away, with walks extending up to an hour.

You can check the route of each bus line in detail on the interactive map provided by the city of Luxembourg and get detailed instructions to get from one point to another on their route planner page.

Renting and buying real estate

Real estate prices in Cessange are relatively affordable, with purchasing costs at 11,375 euros/m², slightly lower than the capital's average of 12,089 euros/m². On the rental front, the rates stand at 31.03 euros/m², marginally above the city's average of 30.58 euros/m².

For purchase prices stand at

11.375 euros/m2
for purchase in Cessange
12.089 euros/m2
average in the capital of the country

For renting prices stand at

31.03 euros/m2
for rent in Cessange
30.58 euros/m2
average renting price in the capital

Infrastructure of the neighborhood

Cessange, predominantly a residential haven, surprises with a diverse infrastructure, especially in the realm of sports. The notable Boy Konen Sports Fields showcase this commitment, featuring football pitches, a rugby field, a beach volleyball court, a hockey field, and a unique mountain bike training track.

In addition to its existing facilities, Cessange is at the forefront of urban development. The ongoing "Rue Verte" project, currently under construction, promises nearly 200 residences, 1,600 square meters of office space, and 800 square meters of commercial establishments. Furthermore, the ambitious "Gudde Bierg" project aims to introduce over 400 new residences, contributing to the neighborhood's evolving landscape and enhancing its infrastructure for residents.

If you're considering making Luxembourg your new home, we encourage you to explore our range of articles that look in depth at the different city communes and neighborhoods.

Pros and cons of living in the Cessange neighborhood

Cessange's prime advantage lies in its strategic location, offering proximity to major highways and the burgeoning Cloche d'Or business park. However, the neighborhood's slight distance from the city center means that walking to downtown takes considerable time, and public transport commutes to opposite areas, like the Kirchberg business district, can be time-consuming.

Primarily a residential and family-oriented area, Cessange provides a tranquil retreat from the city's hustle, making it highly appealing for those with private vehicles. On the downside, the predominantly residential nature might lead to a shortage of local amenities and cultural establishments. Yet, with ongoing real estate projects and the neighborhood's rapid development, there's potential for a significant increase in infrastructure and commercial offerings in the near future.

An additional advantage is Cessange's distance from Findel Airport, being the farthest from it among the city's neighborhoods, resulting in minimal aircraft noise disturbances compared to other areas. Living in Cessange presents a unique blend of tranquility and convenience, with evolving prospects shaping its future appeal.An additional advantage is Cessange's distance from Findel Airport, being the farthest from it among the city's neighborhoods, resulting in minimal aircraft noise disturbances compared to other areas. Living in Cessange presents a unique blend of tranquility and convenience, with evolving prospects shaping its future appeal.

Pros and cons
Proximity to major highways and the Cloche d'Or business park
Tranquil residential and family-oriented environment
Appeal for those with private vehicles
Potential for increased infrastructure and commercial offerings due to ongoing development
Distance from Findel Airport results in minimal aircraft noise
Slight distance from the city center, making walking to downtown time-consuming
Public transport commutes to areas like the Kirchberg business district may take a significant amount of time
Predominantly residential nature may lead to a shortage of local amenities and cultural establishments (currently)

What can you find in this neighborhood of Luxembourg City

Schools, creches and education
Cultural Centers
Healthcare
Parks, nature places, and playgrounds
Sports infrastructure
Shopping in the neighborhood

Historical overview

Cessange, with its roots traced back to 1083 in a document where Count Conrad of Luxembourg granted a rural estate with stables and barns to the Altmünster Abbey, embodies a rich historical tapestry. Originally known as Zéisseng in Luxembourgish, Zessingen in German, and Cessange in French, the area remained sparsely populated until 1681, when the French armies of Louis XIV sought to conquer the fortified city. By then, the once-inhabited Cessange seemingly stood deserted, with records indicating a resurgence of population two years later in parish registers.

19th century

The inaugural chapter of formal education unfolded in 1865, while the first parish church, a cornerstone of Cessange's identity, emerged in 1902 or 1903. The iconic water tower, a symbol synonymous with Cessange, graced the skyline in the 1930s. Witnessing a surge in population since the 1950s, necessitating the reconstruction of the school in 1961 and the church in 1972, Cessange evolved dynamically.

Modern times

Historically tethered to the agricultural village, Cessange was initially part of the Hollerich municipality, which later merged with Luxembourg in 1920. Not until 1970 did Cessange attain independent neighborhood status. Today, Cessange stands as one of the city's fastest-growing districts, weaving together a narrative that intertwines its agricultural past with its vibrant, modern identity.
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We took photos from these sources: chl.lu, Jean Claude Chapelotte Galerie website, Bambesch Kids Website, Ville de Luxembourg website, Club Spora website

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