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Fall in Love with Luxembourg

We’re looking at Luxembourg, the little country with a big culture, to see some of the best events that are happening over the rest of this year.

Luxembourg City, and the rest of the country, is full of charm

There's a lot to love about Luxembourg, whether it's the main city's historic town centre - an UNESCO-listed site - or the country's unique Moselle wine country, Luxembourg is packed with things to do. Sandwiched between France, Germany and Belgium, Luxembourg is really easy to drive to on your way into Europe, or great to visit on its own, and I've taken my family there several times.

We're well into summer, but there are still some fantastic events happening throughout the country from now until the end of the year. We've picked some of our favourite events coming up, for you to check out.

e-Lake Festival

Much like the rest of Europe, Luxembourg has its fair share of summer music festivals. Many head to e-Lake , which is held at Echternach lake in eastern Luxembourg. The first two days of the festival promote live music from local and international artists, with the following two days featuring DJs and electronica music.

In my opinion, what makes this festival great is the fact that it's free to enter, and if you're travelling with the family, popping by for a day to listen to live music and enjoy the surrounding lake area is a lovely way to experience another side of Luxembourg's countryside. The lake is surrounded by luscious forest, and you can even take a sailboat or pedalo out onto the water.

Where to stay: There are some great camping options around Echternach, alternatively you can check out the local hotels, which range from the large Hôtel Eden au Lac to the more modest and romantic Hôtel Le Pavillon .

The pretty town of Echternach
The pretty town of Echternach


In Luxembourg City's centre, the pedestrian zone comes alive with comedians and performers for two days in early August. All performances are free to watch, and you might even get the chance to take part! Performers will take to the streets on stilts, gymnasts will amaze, and local musicians will play music to delight your ears.

This year there will be a focus on street art, and you'll get the chance to see works from talented artists, poets, and even magicians! I've taken my family to this before and they loved it. Events will begin in the early afternoon and last well into the night.

Where to stay: If you want to make you trip to Luxembourg extra-special, I recommend staying in one of the city's more lavish hotels, such as Hotel-Restaurant Le Place d'Armes . The Parc Beaux-Arts hotel is a beautiful place to stay if you want to be in the creative old town, alternatively the Sieweburen offers up a family-friendly experience just 3 kilometres from the city centre.

Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg, where live music is sometimes held.
Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg, where live music is sometimes held.


Just outside of the city centre, in Glacis Square, you'll find an incredible funfair with rides, attractions and games. The Schueberfouer happens in late August and was actually originally founded back in 1340. It's a traditional folk fair, and a perfect place to take the whole family. You can enjoy everything from exciting games, rollercoasters, traditional Luxembourg cinema, sweet and food stalls, and, of course, a giant wheel. Go at night to see a fantastic light display as the rides are lit.

Where to stay: The Campanile Hotel Luxembourg Aéroport is a great option for families, as it's only a 20 minute drive from Luxembourg City centre, yet it's surrounded by greenery. There's also a daily buffet breakfast and a restaurant on site. If your kids can be noisy, like mine, you'll appreciate the sound-proofed rooms, too!

The vineyards in Luxembourg's countryside are stunning
The vineyards in Luxembourg's countryside are stunning

Fête du Raisin et du Vin

This festival is for those who, like me, enjoy a good glass of wine. September is a great time to be visiting Luxembourg, as the seasons are changing and the countryside comes alive with colour. The Wine and Grape Festival is a fabulous event, located in the city of Grevenmacher in east Luxembourg.

An incredibly pretty area, this part of Luxembourg is known for its vine-growing, and the unique wines produced here draw me back time and time again. Have fun watching the wine competitions and activities where local growers take part to promote their products.

Where to stay: Many stay in Hôtel Simon's Plaza when staying in Grevenmacher, and whilst this is a great choice, having a car on holiday gives you the freedom to stay somewhere special like Hotel Ecluse . This contemporary building is located in beautiful settings with views over the surrounding vineyards, and is the perfect choice when enjoying a wine festival!

It takes just 35 minutes to get from Folkestone to Calais with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle , and it's just a short drive from France to Luxembourg, so you've got plenty of time to fall in love with this incredible country.

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