September is an exciting time in Luxembourg, with the 94th Braderie and the first ever Expat Day taking place on consecutive days this weekend.
These events offer a unique blend of shopping, culture and leisure activities that showcase the best of what Luxembourg has to offer. Today Radio's Melissa Dalton, host of The Home Stretch, spoke to Jhonny Fernandes and Charles Turpel from the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO) about what to expect.
Jhonny Fernandes and Charles Turpel / © Today Radio
Grande Braderie: A shopping extravaganza
The Braderie, taking place on Monday, September 4th, is a long-standing tradition in Luxembourg City. This year, about 200 retailers will be displaying their goods on the streets of the City Centre and the Gare district. Visitors can expect to find a wide variety of items, from clothes and accessories to home decor and gourmet food, all at bargain prices.
The LCTO will have a stand at the Place d'Armes, where they will be providing information to visitors, selling LCTO branded T-shirts, and organizing free guided tours using AR (Augmented Reality) technology. Participants in the guided tour will use a mobile application called “The Luxembourg Time Traveller”, developed in collaboration with UNESCO. This innovative app takes users on a journey through the city's history, bringing the past to life in a fun and interactive way.
Expat Day: Discover Luxembourg's rich offerings
On Sunday, September 3rd, the first edition of Expat Day will be held at the Neumünster Abbey from 10 am until 6 pm. Various partners will be showcasing the best of Luxembourg, from delicious food to cultural events and much more. There will be plenty of activities for both young and old throughout the day.
The LCTO will also have a presence at the fair, providing information about the city, its attractions, and guided tours. Visitors can also join free guided tours of the Grund district, a picturesque area located at the lower part of the capital. These tours will be led by experienced guides and will start at 11:30 am, with additional tours every hour at half past, until the last one at 4:30 pm.
The LCTO recognizes the large expat community in Luxembourg, with over 70% of the city's population being of foreign origin. Many expats are passionate about the city and have a wealth of knowledge to share about their favorite places to eat, attractions, and more.
The LCTO is offering a platform for expats to share their knowledge with others through a dedicated page on their website called “City Adventures by Locals”. There are also opportunities for expats to become official tour guides of the City of Luxembourg by participating in a training course organized by the LCTO.
So, whether you are a resident or a visitor, the Grande Braderie and Expat Day are not to be missed this weekend. These events provide a wonderful opportunity to explore the city, discover its rich offerings, and connect with the local community. Mark your calendar and come join the festivities!
You can also watch the full interview on RTL Play here.