A friendly fellow at Parc Merveilleux / © RTL / Emile Mentz
As the giant yellow orb above makes a sudden and unrelenting if very welcome return, the time has come to explore some of Luxembourg's parks.
Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, you might be looking into spending more time outdoors. If you want a more relaxed activity than hiking or biking and are not a fan of gardens or going to the City for delicious ice cream, keep reading to learn where to find some of the best parks in the country.
Park Merl is one of the most popular parks in Luxembourg City; it is spacious and popular with people of every age group. It is the perfect place to go for a casual stroll, or enjoy a picnic on the grass before exploring the park’s rose garden. Children can play on the large playground that entertains toddlers and older children alike, observe the ducks that live in its pond or enjoy an ice cream at the park’s restaurant, Pavillon. The restaurant offers indoor as well as outdoor seating, is dog friendly and has a menu filled with main dishes, smaller plates and drinks; it is open from. 8 am till 8 pm, 7 days a week.
Address: 28a Rue de Bragance, 1255 Hollerich Luxembourg
Opening Hours: 10 am till 10 pm, 7 days a week
Eduard André Municipal Park
Situated right in the city centre on an area of 30 hectares (74 acres), the Municipal Park is the ideal place to get away from the traffic and bustle of town and enjoy some peace surrounded by greenery. The park’s design, developed by Edouard André between 1871 and 1878, is based on the principles of the English Landscape Garden, meaning that it is ‘characterised by structured informality’. One of the park’s highlights is its pirate ship playground and adjacent water games area. The park is also home to the large Kinnekswiss (literally ‘King’s Lawn’), a popular and always busy meeting point during the warmer months, the Villa Vauban, an art museum, and the Villa Louvigny.
Address: 38 Bd Joseph II, 1840 Ville-Haute Luxembourg
Opening Hours: 24/7
Although not a park in the traditional sense, the Parc Merveilleux in Bettembourg has been enjoyed by generations of children. Unlike the previous parks, this one isn’t free; a day ticket for adults costs €14 and €9 for children aged 3-14, under 3s go free, and season passes are also available. The park is the ideal destination to spend a fun day out. In addition to the traditional playgrounds, you can find a zoo with animals from all five continents, small rides (at an additional cost), a miniature golf course (at an additional cost), a petting zoo, and fairy tale booths in the park. There are several restaurants in the park, as well as picnic areas. More information can be found on their website (in German or French).
Address: Rte de Mondorf, 3260 Bettembourg, Luxembourg
Opening Hours: 9.30 am till 7 pm, from 25 March till 8 October 2023 (dates vary year on year)
Gaalgebierg is the municipal park of Esch Alzette; it can be easily reached from the footbridge by the train station. Much nicer than its name – which translates to ‘gallows’ hill’ – suggests, the park offers numerous walkways adorned by flowers and trees. In addition to the park, you can also find a camping ground, a football stadium, and an animal park on the hill. The animal park is home to 25 species spread out over 2 hectares (5 acres). Among the animals, you can find deer, sheep, goats, horses and many more. The park also has a petting zoo, playgrounds, and a treehouse café.
Address: Rue du Stade, L-4325 Esch-sur-Alzette
Opening Hours: 24/7
Acqua Park Kaul
More a park in name than in actuality, the Acqua Park, which is part of the Kaul Camping, is comprised of a large heated outdoor swimming pool and a paddling pool for children. Entrance for children under 4 is free, everyone else pays €5. Unfortunately, the pool has not yet opened for the 2023 season due to a supply shortage for the pool’s filters. However, the site also offers a skate and bike park, as well as a playground which are free to use and still make it worth visiting. More information on the various activities can be found on their website.
Address: 60 Campingstrooss, L-9554 Wiltz
Opening Hours: TBC
Thermal Park Mondorf
The Thermal Park in Mondorf is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Located just next to the thermal baths, the park is a popular weekend destination. Like the municipal park in the city centre, this park was designed by Edouard André in 1886. The park is home to more than 70,000 flowers which decorate every area of the park in spring and summer. Inside the park, you can also find a miniature golf course, and in summer, you can rent a paddle boat to explore the river Gander.
Address: Av. des Bains, 5610 Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg
Opening Hours: 24/7
As the name indicates, the Steinfort Adventure Park is no ordinary park, it is a climbing park with 10 exciting trails suitable to every skill level. This park is fun for children and adults alike and can even be rented for private events or birthdays. It is necessary to pre-book on their website before visiting, and prices range from €14 to €20 depending on the age of the visitor.
Address: Rue du Schwarzenhof, L-8452 Steinfort
Opening Hours: 10 am till 6 pm, Tuesday till Sunday
This is only a small selection of all the wonderful parks Luxembourg has to offer; most places have at least a small park and playground you can go to for an afternoon stroll. Interesting parks outside the City Centre not mentioned above include the Park Sennesraich (website in French and German) in Lullange, the Municipal Park in Echternach, and Park Brill in Remich. You can find more information on a variety of outdoor activities other than parks in and around Luxembourg City here or across the rest of the country here.