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Gasperich: an urban green oasis with corporate buzz

In this article, we embark on a journey through the historical corridors, explore the vibrant population, weigh the pros and cons of residing in Gasperich, 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

The Gasperich neighborhood, nestled at the southern border of Luxembourg's capital, is a dynamic and diverse community with a rich tapestry of history and modern development. Bounded by Hollerich and Gare to the north, Bonnevoie-Sud to the east, and Cessange to the west, Gasperich stretches from the southern edges of Hollerich and Gare to the extreme south of the city.

General characteristics of Gasperich

Divided into three distinct parts, Gasperich offers a unique blend of old-world charm and contemporary living. 

Areas of Gasperich

Gasperich stands out as a pleasant neighborhood, centrally located and experiencing a boom in Luxembourg. With numerous real estate projects and new businesses emerging, the district is becoming an increasingly attractive place to live and invest.

The Old Town
The northernmost part, the Old Town, boasts small buildings and houses dating back to the 1950s. This section exudes a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere, catering to families with one or more children. Numerous shops and restaurants contribute to the vibrant neighborhood life.
La Cloche d'Or
Moving southward, the La Cloche d'Or sector represents a hub of mixed-use buildings, hosting both offices and residences. Major companies like PWC, Deloitte, and Alter Domus have made this area their home, attracting a population with high purchasing power. The district is also home to Luxembourg's largest shopping center, the new Ban de Gasperich Park, the country's largest green space since its recent inauguration, and the Stade de Luxembourg, a state-of-the-art national football and rugby stadium.
The wooded area
Beyond the highway and football stadium lies the third and less populated part, characterized by a predominantly forested landscape. Despite its sparse population, this section features noteworthy facilities like the Patinoire de Kockelscheuer, adding a recreational touch to the area.

Population of Gasperich

As of January 1, 2024, Gasperich's population stands at 10,113 individuals, constituting 7.62% of the capital. With an expansive area of 445.14 hectares, it ranks as the fifth most populous neighborhood in Luxembourg City. Notably, Gasperich reflects a diverse demographic, with 72.11% of its residents being foreigners, slightly above the citywide average of 70.44%.

72.11%
of the population comprises foreign residents
10,113 residents
residents live in Gasperich
445,14 hectares
cover the neighborhood
Gare Luxembourg how many people live in districts Luxembourg City
Created with data from Ville de Luxembourg

Transport accessibility

Gasperich, with its expansive layout, experiences varying distances depending on the starting point within the neighborhood. The ease of transport, however, remains a highlight, offering multiple options for residents.

By car
The neighborhood benefits from a strategic location, with proximity to major roadways and the Croix de Gasperich in the southeast facilitating quick access to the main highways. A car journey to the city center takes a mere 10 minutes, and reaching the Kirchberg business district on the opposite end of the city is just over 15 minutes. Gasperich provides 12 outdoor parking spaces, and three Park + Ride (P+R) facilities are conveniently located near the neighborhood borders, one at the football stadium, another east of the Croix de Gasperich, and a third one at the south in the Kockelscheuer forest.
By bus
Gasperich boasts an extensive bus network, featuring a dozen lines: 5, 13, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, CN2, and CN8. Depending on the departure point within the neighborhood, a bus ride to the city center takes between 15 and 25 minutes, while reaching the Kirchberg business district varies from half an hour to 45 minutes.
By bike
Despite its relative distance, cycling emerges as an excellent mode of transportation within and to/from Gasperich. A ride to the city center takes only 10 to 15 minutes, making it a practical choice. For slightly more distant locations like Kirchberg, commuting times range from 15 minutes to half an hour. The neighborhood is also equipped with eight Veloh self-service stations, promoting cycling convenience.
By tram
While not currently traversing Gasperich, a tram extension is in the pipeline, extending its reach to La Cloche d'Or. Anticipated to be operational in 2024, this extension will further enhance the neighborhood's connectivity.
By foot
Due to its location, walking to the city center from Gasperich may not be the most convenient option, with travel times ranging from half an hour to an hour.
By train
A noteworthy advantage of Gasperich is its access to the Hollerich train station, significantly facilitating mobility for those needing to travel beyond the capital.
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Renting and buying real estate

Given the neighborhood's significant allure, rapid development, and the presence of numerous commercial, educational, cultural, and office infrastructures, real estate demand in Gasperich is robust. 

Prices for property purchases are slightly above the capital's average, standing at 12,140 euros/m², compared to the city's average of 12,089 euros/m². For rentals, the trend continues, with prices at 33.45 euros/m², surpassing the citywide average of 30.58 euros/m².

For buying the average price is 

12,140 euros/m2
in the Gasperich
12,089 euros/m2
the capital's average

For renting the average price is 

33.45 euros/m2
in the Gasperich
30.58 euros/m2
 the capital's average

Infrastructure of the neighborhood

In the realm of education, the esteemed Lycée Vauban stands as a prominent institution, catering to primary and secondary levels. For recreation, the expansive Ban de Gasperich Park provides a verdant escape, while the dynamic La Cloche d'Or sector transforms the landscape with a mix of office and residential buildings. Notable corporate giants like PWC, Deloitte, and Alter Domus contribute to the area's economic vitality. 

Sports enthusiasts find a haven in the multifaceted sports facilities, with the Luxembourg National Stadium serving as a jewel in the crown. Gasperich seamlessly blends education, recreation, business, and sports, creating a vibrant and well-equipped neighborhood for residents and visitors alike.

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 Gasperich neighborhood

Living in Gasperich comes with several advantages, prominently anchored in its strategic location and comprehensive infrastructure. Proximity to major highways facilitates easy connectivity, while the presence of a well-rounded infrastructure, featuring residential zones in the north and commercial areas in the south, enhances the neighborhood's appeal.

A significant positive aspect is the thriving Cloche d'Or commercial and business area, housing major corporations like PWC, Deloitte, and Alter Domus. The Cloche d'Or shopping center stands out, providing an unparalleled shopping experience for residents.

Another noteworthy advantage is the recently inaugurated Ban de Gasperich Park, the country's largest green space. This expansive park not only offers a natural retreat but also fosters a strong connection with nature for residents.

However, it's essential to consider the drawbacks. The real estate market, particularly rental prices, is considerably high, surpassing the citywide average. Additionally, the neighborhood's slight distance from the city center may pose a challenge for those preferring pedestrian commutes, and public transport journeys to distant areas, such as the Kirchberg business district, can be time-consuming. Nevertheless, the upcoming tram extension to La Cloche d’Or is anticipated to significantly alleviate this concern, enhancing the overall living experience in Gasperich.

Pros and cons
Strategic location with proximity to major highways
Comprehensive infrastructure featuring residential and commercial zones
Vibrant Cloche d'Or business area hosting major corporations and a large shopping center
Expansive Ban de Gasperich Park, providing a natural retreat
High real estate prices, particularly in rental rates, exceeding the citywide average
Slight distance from the city center, making pedestrian commutes time-consuming
Lengthy public transport journeys to distant areas, such as the Kirchberg business district (anticipated to be alleviated with the upcoming tram extension)

What is there in this quartier of Luxembourg City?

Gasperich epitomizes a neighborhood with an all-encompassing infrastructure, offering a diverse and thriving community experience.

Gasperich primary school, source: Ville de Luxembourg
Hollerich Deportation Memorial, source: Wikimedia
Park Ban de Gasperich, source: Luxembourg City Website
Charles Darwin Playground, source: Spillplaz
Luxembourg Stadium, source: Luxembourg Stadium website
Shopping Center Cloche d'Or, source: Cloche d'Or Experience Facebook Page
Schools, creches, and education
Cultural centers
Healthcare
Parks, nature places and kids playgrounds
Sports infrastructure
Shopping and restaurants in Gasperich

Historical overview

Gasperich, once a rural expanse, has a rich historical tapestry dating back to Roman times when it housed several farms known as villas. Two millennia ago, Gasperich was strategically located near two Roman roads, including the renowned "Stengesche Wee," a trade route linking the ancient settlement of Dalheim's plateau to the Roman road from Arlon to Trier.

Benedictine Abbey

In 1083, Gasperich's name first appeared in the foundational document of the Benedictine Abbey of Altmünster. The abbey received lands in Gasperich, situated on the Mons Cuconis. Medieval tax records offer insights into the population, with three "foyers" or farms recorded in 1528. By the first official Luxembourg census in 1806, Gasperich had grown to 18 houses and a population of 98.

Brick factory in Gasperich

The year 1869 marked the establishment of a brick factory in Gasperich, succeeded in 1921 by a tar factory operational until 1983. The district saw further development with the construction of its first school in 1904 and the consecration of a church in 1933.Originally part of the Hollerich commune, Gasperich became a district of Luxembourg City in 1920 when neighboring communes merged with the city. This transformative journey from a rural backdrop to an integral city district showcases Gasperich's historical evolution.
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We took photos from these sources: Luxembourg City Website, Wikimedia, Luxembourg City Website, Spillplaz, Luxembourg Stadium website, Cloche d'Or Experience Facebook Page

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