Explore the mysteries of the universe, discover the Grand Duchy's industrial heritage, or reach out and touch lightning.

The country has a range of activities to inspire and educate the whole family, providing opportunities to get hands on with cutting edge research and scientific innovation.

Reach out and touch lightning

The live shows at Luxembourg Science Center in Differdange provide an interactive scientific spectacular for visitors. Shows run in English, French, Luxembourgish and German. English shows are more common at the weekend and include topics such as electricity and optics. Shows are included in the ticket price, as well as access to 70 experimental stations where you can get hands-on with science, and even 'touch' lightning! Details on opening hours, ticket prices and directions here.

Climb inside Luxembourg's industrial heritage

The Belval blast furnaces in Esch-sur-Alzette offer a fascinating window on the country's steel industry. Former steelworkers can take you inside blast furnace A (open April to October), where you'll climb up 180 steps to reach a viewing platform 40m above the ground. From here you get a spectacular view over the City of Science site, which hosts a permanent exhibition on the history of the area. Guided group and private tours must be booked in advance, prices and contact details here.

Travel 6 billion km in under 4km

The 'De Saturn' planetary trail is a 3.9km educational walk starting near the Jacoby stadium in Schifflange. The trail takes you on a loop through a protected ecological site where wild orchids grow. As you walk past the area's distinctive red rocks, panels spaced out at the relative distance between each planet guide you through the solar system with astronomical and mythological facts (in French and German). Details here.

Ride a train deep underground

A tour at the National Mining Museum in Rumelange takes you 70m underground on a special train to see the original iron ore tunnels of 'Walert', dug between 1891 and 1963. The underground exhibitions include the mining tools and technology used in Luxembourg's mines from the 1860s right through to when the last mine was closed in 1997. There's also an adventure mine themed playground and mini steam railway on site. The museum is open Tuesdays through to Sundays all year round, booking information here.

Build a solar flower

If you haven't got your fill of electricity at Luxembourg Science Center, check out the Henri Tudor museum in Rosport. The inventor of the first commercial rechargeable battery was immersed in the world of nineteenth century technology. Yet they offer a range of workshops for schools, associations and birthday parties that let kids get hands-on with twenty-first century kit. Options include building a flower with a solar cell that powers the flower's rotation (from age 8), or an interactive tour which recreates Tudor's original experiments (from age 6). There's also a range of permanent exhibitions. Practical details here (in French or German).

Enter a tropical paradise on the Moselle

The Butterfly Garden in Grevenmacher is a tropical garden in a glass house with over 30 species of exotic butterflies. Don't be surprised if these gentle creatures take an interest in you and flutter on to your hand. The garden also hosts Chinese quail, chameleons, turtles and bees. You can book a visit here.

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See the world from a cows-eye view

The Luxlait Vitarium near Roost/Bissen is a celebration of all things dairy. Interactive exhibitions let you see the world from the point of view of a cow, while there are also tastings of Luxlait products. For children's birthdays, they can arrange cooking workshops which are suitable for kids as young as five. Book a visit in advance - prices and contact details here.

Discover more about plants, animals and the universe

The Museum of Natural History in the Grund district of Luxembourg City has a wide range of permanent exhibits, plus rotating exhibitions covering themes from biodiversity to precious gems to rare fossils. They also host the biennial Science Festival Luxembourg, next taking place in November 2021. The festival promotes the latest science and research in the Grand Duchy and gets young people and the general public involved. Information on prices and visiting hours for the museum (in French, Luxembourgish or German).