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I was putting destination in kayak and came to know that there are three different Luxembourgs. According to kayak it is as below -

  1. Luxembourg - This is apparently the country with orage-white-blue shaded flag.
  2. Another Luxembourg is Luxembourg, Belgium
  3. The last one is Luxembourg, Mosel, Europe.

I am guessing these are 3 different places. I am looking for the one which is supposed to be near Schengen area, where the European agreement was signed. Does anybody have a clue which one is it?

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    Greetings from Luxembourg, Belgium! :-) – Constantino Tsarouhas Dec 3 '16 at 15:10
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    That's interesting, but how much research did you do before asking this question? Wikipedia has a page listing all the places called Luxembourg and linking to articles with more information about them. – Revetahw Dec 3 '16 at 17:47
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    @Fiksdal is completley wright, I really cannot understand how this question can be rated up. – Gnusper Dec 3 '16 at 19:35
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    Sure, that does clarify how much/little research you did. – Revetahw Dec 3 '16 at 20:02
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    The Mosel is a river that flows through the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. – Anton Sherwood Dec 4 '16 at 0:06
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There are a few things called Luxembourg and that might create some confusion:

  1. A small country located at the corner between Belgium, France, and Germany. The color of the flag is more red than orange. It was ruled by the house of orange between 1815 and 1890 and the shape of the flag inspired by that of the Netherlands but I don't think it ever included orange.
  2. The capital of this country, sometimes called “Luxembourg City” or “Luxembourg-Ville” (also the name of the main train station I think).
  3. The Belgian Province de Luxembourg, a region of Belgium located just next to the country named in point 1.

Now, Schengen is a village on the Luxembourgish side of the border tri-point between Luxembourg, France, and Germany. The agreement itself was signed on a riverboat, so as to symbolically be “on the border” without knowing exactly in which country (although for legal purpose, it's considered to be Schengen and Luxembourg is the depositary of the original treaty). The boat, called “Princesse Marie-Astrid”, still does cruises on the Moselle river.

Finally, Schengen is very small, I don't think the area around it was ever known as “Schengen area” in any of the local languages. What's now called “Schengen area” is typically the whole 20+ country strong border-free area.

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    And then there’s Luxemburg station which is in Brussels next to the European parliament ;) – Jan Dec 3 '16 at 13:18
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    And Luxemburg, Wisconsin, USA – gerrit Dec 3 '16 at 15:33
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    The flag definitely never included orange. It's "Red, White and Light Blue" (as opposed the the flag of the Netherlands which uses Dark Blue). See also Wikipedia There is also one with a two-tailed clearly irritated red lion, which some people want to make the new national flag whenever they feel strong for the country or discussion has to be diverted from particularly smelly political crud. – David Tonhofer Dec 3 '16 at 18:47
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    And yes, the "Schengen area" is set of countries signatory to the Schengen Agreement – David Tonhofer Dec 3 '16 at 18:51
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    Finally there is Jardin du Luxembourg, a garden area in Paris, France. – David Tonhofer Dec 3 '16 at 18:53
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"Luxembourg" refers to various parts of a former medieval Duchy of that name.

The namesake part of the Duchy is a country of that name. To the west is a former part of the country that was occupied by Belgium in 1839, and is the (Belgian) province of Luxembourg.

"Luxembourg" could refer to one (of three) districts in the country that goes by that name.

Finally, it could refer to the capital city (located in the district mentioned above).

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