The cold and snow that have engulfed the country this January has been described as “remarkable”; 50 years ago, it was hardly newsworthy.

RTL and the National Audiovisual Centre (CAN) are lifting the curtain on more than a century of filmed material in the national archives.

This week’s images look back at the winters of 1968 and 1970, dating back more than half a century.

Luxembourg City was covered in several inches of snow throughout the winter months. In January 1968 temperatures even dropped as low as -21°C.

Whereas cars and their owners struggled through the “white hell”, children rather enjoyed it. People flocked to the frozen lake at Kockelscheuer, and even more spectacularly people were able to skate on the frozen Moselle river.