Discovering Luxembourg and Surroundings – Bostalsee

About one hour and a half from Lux city, there’s a fantastic family-friendly resort called Center Parc Bostalsee.

Some of you who know me best would ask: but, I thought you were not a fan of Center Parcs?! Well, that’s indeed true! Even tought there are many details that I’m not a fan of, I have to admit that the advantages of this particular one make me put a pro-vote on it! 

First of all, let me explain the concept for those of you who are not familiar with it! Center Parcs are a group of all-year-round family-friendly resorts that you can find in Europe (mostly in France, Belgium and The Netherlands). The concept is simple: you rent a nice and comfortable mobile home (the level of comfort will depend on you budget) in the middle of a huge park whose center point is a big “dome”. The “dome” is a big building with restaurants, supermarket, playgrounds and the well-known “aqua-mundo”, an indoor swimming pool complex with a tropical theme and warm waters.


The Center Parc Bostalsee has it all, it is quite recent, so you have that “new” feeling, it has a little farm with friendly animals (including poneys) and lies around a big lake. Plus, it’s just by Luxembourg making it perfect for a long weekend or just a day out of family fun (yes, you can visit it for the day!). 


Now, time to say something about the “minus” details: in my humble opinion, Center Parcs are overpriced… In the majority of the deals, nothing else is included in the price besides the overnight stay: for example towels or bed linen or even the final cleaning. The resorts are big, so that means that depending on your mobile home location you migh need to walk a lot everyday. Even though there are golf carts and bikes for rent, again it’s quite overpriced. And so are the onsite restaurants. 


So, my tips to keep the budget acceptable and get the most out of your experience would be:

  • Avoid the high season and long public weekends. Instead, take advantage of those weekends when your kids school is off on a Friday/Monday for other reasons (like staff meetings) and find out about the promotional deals available online
  • Take your own bed linen and towels
  • Plan your meals in advance and take your own food 
  • Bring waste bags (even if you get final cleaning in your package, you’ll have to collect all waste)
  • Bring a kitchen kit (kitchen towel, dishwasher tabs, dish soap and sponge)
  • Take your own bikes if you have a bike rack or consider at least the micro scooters or a kiddy wagon
  • If it’s still cold season, bring your own wood and oil to lighten up the fireplace at the mobile home

WeekendInFamily@Luxembourg – 22nd and 23rd April, 2017

Hi all!! WeekendInFamily is back to give you some hints on the best activities to do in family during the coming weekend!
Calling all Community Helpers, Ettelbruck celebrates the Safety Day (“Secherheetsdag”) on Saturday, 22nd April, from 10am to 6pm. The city will be transformed to accommodate activities with firemen, policy, army… and all family can participate in many informative (and fun) activities. To get to know all the details, please have a look at the flyer (http://ettelbruck.lu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/VdE_Secherheetsdag_Depliant_2017_web.pdf).

In Clervaux, the center Robbesscheier still offers many family activities (until Sunday, 23rd April) around the farm on the theme “Spring Weeks” (http://www.destination-clervaux.lu/robbesscheier-offre/what-on/semaines-printemps/), from 10am to 5pm.

 Have Fun!!

 

Discovering Luxembourg and Surroundings – Bambesch Forest

Hello there! So this time I don’t go far away as there’s also plenty of hidden secrets just by Luxembourg city!

In a Sunny day like it was today, nothing like going out for a lunch in a place with outdoors and beautiful views. And the restaurant Juegdschlass is quite something for that as it’s ideal for a family lunch on a weekend. Plus, the restaurant has a garden with a small playground. 

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Book your table a few days in advance, if possible, as it’s always fully booked. And don’t forget to ask for one of those tables with a view!

Practical info: 400 Rue des Sept Arpents, Bambesch, Tel. 337137

Though, if you have time to arrive a bit earlier, park the car by the restaurant and take a walk alongside the little road. Within very short walking distance you can find several farms where you can spot several animals, including horses and an American bison.

After lunch, head to Bambesch Playground, down the hill on the way to Luxembourg – Rollingergrund. You’ll just need to drive to the Tennis Club Spora and, by the entrance of the club, you’ll spot a huge wooden-framed playground. The playground has several picnic tables and you can also explore some hiking paths from there.
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Insider Tip: On Sunny days it becomes quite crowded in the afternoon and you might face some issues to find a parking place. There is a toilette at the Tennis Club premises (though you’ll need to follow the signs to “jogging vestiaires”).

Have fun!!

WeekendInFamily@Luxembourg – 8th and 9th April, 2017

The sun is out there so why not just grab some picnic stuff and spend some hours in one of the many playgrounds or parks in the Grand-Duchy? 

Lake Echternach is for sure my number one pick! Lake, playground, plenty of plane and safe space to ride a bike, farm animals… 

A bit upper in the north, in Clervaux, the center Robbesscheier offers many family activities around the farm on the theme “Spring Weeks”, from 10am to 5pm. 

On the other side, if you prefer something else indoors and you love animals, then LuxExpo has the answer for you: the International Dog Show, both on Saturday and Sunday.

Have fun and enjoy the ☀️ 

Discovering Luxembourg and surroundings – Remich

There is something nostalgic that brings my family to Remich every now and then.. probably it’s the closest we can get from our Tejo river over here, within the skirts of the Grand Duchy 😀


Somehow, the Moselle River brings me some relax and the little town of Remich evokes “family time”. There are some fun ways to spend some time in there:

1. Park the car by the “Esplanade”, the restaurant area in front of the boats, there are several signs to the parking lots. Find a table and have a drink or an ice-cream.

2. Let your little ones spend some energy at the playground by the boats. 

3. Ride a kids electric motorbike at the little circuit or train yoru skills at the mini-golf (same selling point).

4. Ride your bikes alonside the river and admire the vineyards.

5. Bring your picnic basket and some outdoor toys and have fun by the river (it’s less busy a little further past the swimming pool).

7. On a more fancy note with a touch of crémant, check the times of the boat tours 😉

8. Have a comfy Luxembourguish lunch at the Restaurant du Pressoir (29, route de Mondorf, Remich). Make sure to ask for a table with a view over the river and vineyards!! PS- the restaurant has a little playroom full of toys!

Have fun!!

WeekendInFamily@Luxembourg – 1st and 2nd April, 2017

Hello there! Another weekly post is back to the blog, this time my once called “picks for the weekend”. So, just to clarify, this is NOT a complete agenda of activities. Instead, it is my way to share with you the best family-friendly events for families (by personal choice, of course 😉 ) — Hopefully you’ll agree with me 🙂

Farm in the City – On Saturday and Sunday (from 10am to 6pm), place de la Constitution will turn into a huge farm with cows, porks, goats, sheep and even alpacas. There will be also info points promoting the local products, activities for the kids (including pedal tractors) and show-cooking events (some dishes will be prepared by the Lux politicians!!).

Easter Egg Hunt – On Sunday, 2nd April, from 10am to 11.30am, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Parc Marédoc (1A, rue de Müllendorf, L-7329 Heisdorf), arts and crafts activities and even a special visit of Mr Easter Rabbit himself!!

Have fun!!

 

Discovering Luxembourg and Surroundings – Bastogne

As promised, here I am again with some ideas and insider tips on places nearby where you can easily spend a few hours or a day in family.  So if yesterday I came up with the Saar Loop idea, perfect for a sunny day, now I present you with an all-weather option. Because, you know, in Luxembourg we can always have sun or rainy or hot or cold… We never know… 😉

Bastogne is just about 80km (1h) driving from Luxembourg and it hosts an amazingly renovated Bastogne War Museum. Especially if you have boys… 🙂

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Plan to be there by 10h so you have plenty of time to visit the Museum. It is a very pleasant surprise to see the high standards of this museum. They offer you the chance to see tons of real war equipment as well as to experience some episodes through 4D movies (in some of them you even experience the cold air of the mist in the forests! Incredible…).

Insider Tip: Take advantage of the included audio-guides, not forgetting the ones for the kiddos as they will have the chance to follow the experiences of a little boy throughout the scenarios.

In the meantime, be sure to call the local restaurant “Wagon Leo” and book a table in the “wagon room” – yes, part of the restaurant is set in a real antique wagon! Little ones will love it, right? And so the big ones, I must say! 🙂

On the way back to Luxembourg, and if the weather is not rainny,   You can stop mid-way at the wonderful Ferme d’Ayaaz, in Attert. It is home to many friendly goats, sheep, poneys, rabbits, chicken… And the entrance is free! Just make sure to check the opening times before hand.

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Useful Information:

Bastogne War Museum

Address: Colline du Mardasson 5-6600, Bastogne
Opening Times: 9.30am to 6pm

Restaurant Wagon Leo

Address: Rue du Vivier 6, Bastogne
Tel. +32 61 21 14 41

Ferme d’Ayaaz

Address: 348, route de l’Ermitage, 6717 Attert