Parcs & jardins

Park Gaalgebierg

Description

The city park can be reached in only a few minutes on foot via the pedestrian bridge. It’s a place of relaxation for young and old, a place to rediscover the serenity of unspoiled nature close to the hectic city life. The park assembles flower gardens, "french" gardens, forest trails and small paths.

The city park offers many possibilities for leisure and relaxation: ideal for walks or jogging, it also has pétanque tracks, a soccer field as well as a tennis and a basketball court.

The “Gaalgebierg” isn’t only the municipal park of Esch-sur-Alzette, but also a hill hosting a vast forest with numerous walking paths, a camping site, an animal park, a football stadium, a natural ice rink, etc. It also hosts numerous festivities like the “Luxembourg Beach Open” or the “Bairrada” festival.

A bit of history: The origin of the name "Gaalgebierg". It’s one of the prettiest hills in Esch-sur-Alzette, yet carries such a macabre denomination as "Hill of the gallows". A long time ago, it was common that local courts were held in many places all over the country, often with associated gallows to execute people, like in Belvaux, Kayl, Vianden or Luxembourg. From records we know that the head of the locality, who reigned in 1676 over Esch (under King Charles II of Spain) had the right to whip, to decapitate and to hang the citizens of Esch-sur-Alzette. He erected the first gallows on the hill which is now called "Gaalgebierg". In the same year the first citizen of Esch was sentenced to death by the courts. He was beheaded and hanged by his feet on these gallows.

© Ville d'Esch - Translation ORT Sud

Services

  • Guided tour
  • Open to the public

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