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Open for summer

Open for summer

by Sarita Rao 4 min. 22.08.2020 From our online archive
Butterflies, lemurs, historical fortifications and the rural life of bygone times – a number of Luxembourg’s attractions are open once again for summer

Wondering what to do in the summer months? As deconfinement continues, plenty of places have already opened or are about to open soon, to ensure your summer is full of smiles.

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

Parc Merveilleux

You’ll be able to visit some of the cutest inhabitants of Luxembourg from 1 July. So if you need an “ahhh” fix of red pandas, fluffy lemurs and mischievous meerkats, you should book your ticket online. The number of daily visitors will be limited, and you cannot buy tickets at the entrance.

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

Car parking spaces are available nearby and Bettembourg has a train station with a bus that runs to the park. The park is open from 9.30 to 18.00 (the Amazonia and Madagascan houses open from 11.00 to 17.00).

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. 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.

Country Museum Binsfeld

At the northern tip of the Grand Duchy, not far from the Weiswampach lakes (if you fancy combining it with a swim), 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 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.

Guided tours started again on 15 June, 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 tours here.

Konscht Am Gronn – open air art market

Held the first Sunday of the month, the market is hoping to re-open on 5 July, but failing that in August. It features paintings, photography, ceramics and glasswork, in addition to metalwork and sculpture.

Founded in 2006 by a number of artists in Luxembourg, the open-air gallery spreads out over the bridge on rue Münster (free admission), which makes for a nice addition to a stroll around the Grund quarter.

Beaufort castle

The Renaissance and Medieval castles of Beaufort are once again open. Although there are no guided tours of the Medieval castle, you are welcome to wander the ruins, whilst tours of the Renaissance castle last about an hour.

The maximum number of groups at any one time is four (with a maximum of 8 people in each group) and no more than 50 people will be allowed to enter the castle complex at one time. The wearing of masks is obligatory, as is keeping a distance of 2m, and hand disinfectant is available. They advise that you notify them in advance of any visit to avoid having to queue.

Contact details and opening times are available on their website.

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