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Open for Easter

2 by Sarita Rao 4 min. 27.03.2021 From our online archive
Butterflies, lemurs, castles and the rural life of bygone times – a number of Luxembourg’s attractions are opening once again
See animals from five continents at Parc Merveilleux which opens its doors on 27 March
See animals from five continents at Parc Merveilleux which opens its doors on 27 March
Photo credit: LT Archives

Wondering what to do at Easter? As restrictions continue, plenty of places have opened for the warmer seasons to keep you entertained over the holiday.

We list a few suggestions, together with details for online booking and rules for a visit. 

Parc Merveilleux

From today (27 March 2021), you’ll be able to visit some of the cutest inhabitants of Luxembourg. So if you need an “ahhh” fix of red pandas, fluffy lemurs and baby deer, this is the place to visit. The number of daily visitors will be limited to meet with current restrictions, and the Amazonia and Madagascan houses will remain closed. 

Adult entry costs €10 whilst children aged 3 to 14 years pay €7. In addition to the animal enclosures, the park has numerous playgrounds, including one with water features, a number of picnic areas and several animated fairy-tale kiosks.

The park is open from 9.30 to 19.00, with last entry at 18.00. Car parking spaces are available nearby and Bettembourg has a train station with a shuttle bus that runs to the park. 

Butterfly Garden

Head to the wine-producing town of Grevenmacher in the Moselle region to visit the 600m² tropical gardens that contains some 30-40 species of exotic butterflies, and opens from 1 April 2021. Home to a great selection of tropical plants and flowers, the temperature inside is set at 28°C.

If you’re lucky you can also discover the quail, chameleons and turtles who also live there.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online, and are valid for an hour (based on the entry time you select). The garden can be visited in 30 minutes, so this gives you plenty of time to enjoy it. Wearing a mask is mandatory, and you must keep a 2m distance from people not in your group and members of staff.

Entry is €9 for adults and €6 for children aged 4 to 12 years. It opens at 9.00 and the last entry is at 16.00.

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Country Museum Binsfeld

At the northern tip of the Grand Duchy, not far from the Weiswampach lakes, this museum presents the region’s history through scenes of rural life from a bygone era.

There are 50 themes and thousands of objects and photographs, lovingly set across several rooms where you can view a country kitchen, see an old loom and what the bedroom or dining area of an old rural cottage might have looked like.

Explanations are provided in Luxemburgish and English, and the museum is open from Easter until All Saints every day from 14.00 to 18.00 (last entry 17.00) daily. You can find more information here.

The Steichen Collections

If history captured through photographs is something that fascinates you, then you should head to one of the Steichen Collections. The Family of Man photography exhibition is housed at Clervaux Castle and brings together some 500 photographs by 273 artists from 68 countries.

Steichen (an American-Luxembourgish art curator and photographer) put together this amazing post-war manifesto for peace. Harder times are depicted in the 200 documentary style photos of rural America during the Great Depression in The Bitter Years collection, on display at a water tower in Dudelange.

The exhibitions opened on 3 March 2021, and there is a discovery trail, booklet and backpack for children at the Family of Man exhibition. Both sites are open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12.00 to 18.00.

Entrance costs €6 for adults but is free for all those aged 21 years or less. Wearing a mask is mandatory. You can reserve a place on one of the free guided tours here.

Beaufort castle

The Renaissance and Medieval castles of Beaufort were open for on demand tours in winter, but they open for general visits from 29 March 2021. You can explore the Medieval castle on your own or as part of a tour daily from 09.00 to 18.00 (last entry 17.30). You can only see the Renaissance castle on a tour, which take place Thursdays to Sundays at 11.00 and 16.00. 

Tours last about an hour, and the language used will depend on the language prefered by the majority of participants. 

Tour groups have a maximum of 20 people, and cost €10 for adults and €5 for children, whilst entry without a tour is free for children and €5 for adults. The wearing of masks is obligatory, and hand disinfectant is available. 

Contact details and opening times are available on their website.

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Larochette castle also opened its doors on 15 March. Dominating the town from a sandstone promontory overlooking the White Ernz River, the fortified castle dates back to the 12th century. 

You can visit it daily from 10.00 to 18.00, on a self-guided tour, although in the summer months you can join a guided tour. For more on castles you can visit (many of which reopen in April), read this article

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