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A view of Schengen
A view of Schengen

Schengen (Luxembourgish pronunciation: [ˈʃeŋgən]) is a small wine-making town and commune in far south-eastern Luxembourg, on the western bank of the river Moselle. The commune border includes the tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet.

After the mergers with Burmerange and Wellenstein in 2011,[1] the commune has a population of 4,223 with an area of 31.42 square kilometres (12.13 sq mi).

The largest settlement within the commune of Schengen is Remerschen after which the commune used to be named. The name of the commune was changed in 2006[2] to take advantage of the Schengen's name recognition after the signing of the Schengen Agreement there in 1985.

Schengen Castle dates from 1390 but was almost completely rebuilt in the 19th century. It is now a hotel and conference centre.[3]

Populated places

The commune consists of the following villages:

European Museum

The European Museum was opened on 13 June 2010, 25 years after the signing of the Schengen Treaty, in the Centre européen building.

The permanent, trilingual exhibition on the history and significance of the Schengen Agreements, on 200 m2 (2,200 sq ft) of exhibition space, shows visitors the elimination of the control of persons at the internal borders, put into practice as one of the four foundational European freedoms in the 1957 Treaty of Rome. The signing of the Agreement is documented with historic photos and video and sound footage as well as statements by those involved at the time.

Twin towns — sister cities

Schengen is twinned with:[4]

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