Witamy w Luksemburgu! If you’ve just arrived in the Grand Duchy and happen to be Polish, there are many resources you can turn to for information or simply if you feel homesick. Bartek Brzezinski presents the top choices of Poland in the City.
Polish Embassy and Consulate
Located in rue Guillaume Schneider near Glacis, it provides a variety of statutory services, acting as an intermediary on an expat’s behalf – passports, visas, Polish citizenship, as well as legal matters, including inheritance. It also serves as a polling place during Polish elections.
This is your ultimate go-to place for all sorts of information regarding living in Luxembourg. Their “Informatorium” is a well-researched and concise compendium of knowledge about the ins and outs of all things Luxembourg. From the general information about the country, to how to set up your own business, and where to have some good food or entertainment. You can also use their forum to meet new people, or leave an ad, if you would like to offer your services to the Polish community.
In other words, The Polish Women’s Association of Luxembourg. They offer a platform for meetings and events aimed at the “fantastic, smart and beautiful women who live, work and love in Luxembourg”. If you would like to exchange ideas, meet business partners or, simply, go to an art exhibition or a concert, this is a place for you.
Nova Osada – Restaurant
This charming place, located in the Neudorf area of Luxembourg City, has all it takes to cure your nostalgia for Polish cuisine. From pierogi (Polish dumplings), to barszcz or żurek (traditional Polish soups), and the Polish version of schnitzel with kraut and potatoes. In addition to Polish-themed lunches each Wednesday and Sunday, the restaurant also serves as a meeting place for members of the Polish community, and houses a wide variety of events. Check out their website for more details.
Ancien Cinéma – Café-Club
Located in the heart of the ever-beautiful Vianden village, Ancien Cinéma is a place that goes way beyond the Polish community and is well integrated with its Luxembourgish neighbours. It offers movie showings, serves as a concert venue, and is a home to various social events, such as board game evenings which take place every Wednesday evening. It is a perfect place to chill and relax on a Sunday afternoon, while having a bottle of Polish lager, or the famous apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon. All that in the surrounding of a huge collection of art books, and frequent art exhibitions which are displayed on the café’s walls. If you ever find yourself in the northern parts of Luxembourg, make sure not to miss this very classy place.
Children of Polish parents in Luxembourg can be registered in the Polish section of the European School in Kirchberg. Education is delivered primarily in Polish, but within a multilingual environment. From Primary School children have to choose English, French or German as their second language.
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