A child looks at Peckvillercher (clay bird whistles) during Emaischen (Easter Monday market) in Luxembourg City, in 2013
Photo: Luc Deflorenne
Easter doesn’t sneak up on anyone in Luxembourg, it announces itself with bouquets of branches adorned with Easter eggs, Easter wreaths and a clutch of fun events for the family.
The British Ladies Club has long been assisting the Easter Bunny with a traditional Easter egg hunt at the Bambësch playground. Write to [email protected] if your kids want to join the fun from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on 2 April--the event books out early.
If you don’t manage to get a place, the Bambësch is still a great place for an excursion with its lovely woods with trails as well as the playground.
There’s another chance too, on 15 April, when the Villa Vauban invites parents to enjoy an exhibition at 2 p.m. while kids scour the park for eggs. Afterwards, everyone can paint ostrich eggs to take home.
Easter in Luxembourg also brings flocks of unusual birds with a very distinctive call. Peckvillercher! These clay birds that double as whistles are created by local artists and sold at the Easter Monday markets, the Emaischen, in Nospelt and Luxembourg City. Each year artists come up with new designs, so the birds are real collectors’ items.
The Emaischen in Nospelt opens at 10 a.m. on 17 April, with food, drink and entertainment as well as plenty of Peckvillercher, including a clay workshop, face-painting, a balloon artist, a bouncy castle and a very special guest with two long ears and a habit of hopping.
In the capital, follow the shrill bird calls to the fish market area of town. Here too, there will be food and drink and bird whistles and other art. Soak up the colours and sounds and treat yourself to lunch from a vendor or one of the area’s many restaurants.