Visit these historic railway storage buildings on your next trip to Luxembourg; you'll find markets, art galleries, and other cultural events.
A unique setting
Rotondes is made up of two old roundhouses—buildings for storing steam locomotives. These circular buildings were built in 1877 and are large enough to hold 18 locomotives each.
In 1991, the historic roundhouses were classified as national monuments to ensure they will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. The buildings were used for various purposes throughout the years, until renovations began in 2013 to make this area into a designated cultural center. From 2015 on, Rotondes has hosted plenty of Luxembourg's cultural activities.
Check the busy event schedule
There are around 500 events held each year at Rotondes, so you'll be sure to find something of interest. Attend an art show, listen to a concert, watch a play, or enjoy a festival.
Interesting workshops are offered with topics ranging from musical instruments and dance marathons to themed children's sleepover parties.
A popular recurring event is called Eat It, a street food festival. It's a great chance to try diverse cuisine from around the world. There are even special options available such as organic, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free foods so everyone can find something to fit their preferences.
The building layouts
Inside Rotonda 1, you'll find areas designated for plays and galleries. Different markets, conferences, talks, and even film screenings are held in this large space.
The Rotonda 2 building holds the concert hall, called the Klub. There's also a bar (Buvette) with a terrace. The bar serves organic food and drinks.
In between Rotondas 1 and 2 you'll find the Black Box theater intended for smaller audiences. There is also a work space and rehearsing rooms. Radio ARA-Graffiti has recording facilities here as well.
An impact on society
In addition to all of the fun events held at Rotondes, it has become an important place to gather and discuss social issues. Rotondes often holds workshops or conferences where residents work together to tackle problems.
Rotondes even looks for new talent among youth and works to involve young people with innovation, social issues, and other important cultural education topics.
Where to find Rotondes
Rotondes is located in the Bonnevoie area of Luxembourg. It's right by the Luxembourg train station, so there are plenty of bus or train options to get you close to the grounds.