Leave the piggy bank intact this summer and do something free of charge in Luxembourg for a change
Leave the piggy bank intact this summer and do something free of charge in Luxembourg
Whether you blew your budget on holiday or are just plain old broke, there is no need to spend the rest of the summer at home on a diet of bread and water. Delano shares its top recommendations to do for free in Luxembourg over the coming weeks.
1. Discover new sports
Discover sports you never heard of before in Kinnekswiss park in Luxembourg City this summer. Until 3 September, the city authority is providing free sports equipment to encourage people to get active in this lively park. Among the less well-known activities on offer are Indlaca, Plumefoot, Cross Boccia and Korball. Traditionalists may like to join in mini golf, Frisbee, sitting volleyball or football. Activities are offered seven days a week from 112:30am to 7:30pm. Meanwhile in Merl Park, 12 trampolines will publicly accessible for free until 17 September, from 12 noon to 8pm.
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 11pm, people can visit the Mudam free of charge and hang out at its café. A free guided tour is offered at 7pm while the exhibition can be viewed until 10pm. Find more information here.
3. Get free stuff
One person’s rubbish is another’s treasure in the free box at the Rotondes behind Luxembourg City train station. Browse books, music, kitchenware, clothing, toys and more things looking for new homes that have been left in this discreet cubicle. If you are having a clear out, why not bring your unwanted stuff.
4. Rent a bike
Did you know that Luxembourg City’s Vel'oh! bike rental scheme is free* for the first 30 minutes? To benefit, all you need to do is take out a short-term subscription by visiting one of the 25 stations with a terminal. Follow the instructions on the screen and swipe your bank card through the reader. The ticket will cost €1, which is valid for 7 days. *OK, so it’s not completely free but €1 is still pretty cheap!
5. Head for Ratskeller
Visit exhibitions at the Ratskeller space at the Cercle Cité, just off Place d’Armes free of charge. Find out more about current exhibitions here.
6. Bop at E-lake festival
Quit the capital from 11-13 August and head east for E-Lake, a free, outdoor festival set beside the lake in Echternach. Among confirmed bands playing across two stages will be De Läb, No Metal in this Battle, Montreal, Lucy Echo, and more.
The festival runs from 7pm to 7am on the Friday, 3pm to 3am on the Saturday and 3pm to 1am on the Sunday. View the line-up and find out more here.
7. See Streeta(rt)nimation
Discover live street performances in the capital at Streeta(rt)nimation, a mini festival from 11-12 August that is sure to appeal to spectators young and old.
The two-day, outdoor event promises acrobatics, theatre, music, puppets and more. Some performances will be at fixed sites while others will be moving around the city. All performances are free of charge. More information here.
8. Watch shooting stars
Get a front-row view of the magnificent Perseids meteor shower over Luxembourg at midnight on 12 August. A public viewing is held at the chapel Saint-Donat between Beidweiler and Eschweiler/Junglinster, next to the water tower. The site is only accessible from Beidweiler. More information here.
9. See films outdoors
Catch all the golden oldies in Luxembourg City this summer at two different outdoor cinema locations. Films start at 9:30pm but places are limited so viewers are urged to arrive early to guarantee a place. Screenings take place regardless of the weather. The programme runs until 22 August.
Cours des Capucins
10 August: “Blow Up”
11 August: “Midnight Special”
12 August: “Trainspotting”
16 August: “Blue Velvet”
14 August: “Purple Rain”
15 August: “Gremlins”
7 & 17 August: “The Breakfast Club”
8 August: “Moonwalker”
9 August: “Labyrinth”
13 August: “The Goonies”
10. Take a hike
Why not play the tourist, put on some sensible shoes and head out on one of a handful of self-guided tours available online. Visit Luxembourg lists scores of circular walks all around the country with clear directions in English on its website.