Hidden Gems of Luxembourg

The best hidden gem we have discovered  has to be the play parks. They are just so much more than a swing, and a couple of bouncy things and something to climb if you are lucky. We have discovered some amazing parks in Luxembourg, there seems to be a park around every corner. In fact, there are 172 parks within the city some of these are playgrounds within a school that the public can use in the holidays. We have our own little park around the corner from our flat, complete with swings, slides, climbing frame, roundabouts and sand to play with.

In this new Hidden Gems series, I am going to begin by reviewing the parks while the sun is shining and we seem to spend lots of our time in them.

Luxembourg’s Castle Park

The Castle Park is exactly that, a playground all based around the theme of a castle. The first thing you see as you enter the park is two knights standing guard outside the entrance.

The entrance is an archway which running above are the battlements. As you walk further into the park it there are many bridges and towers for children to climb up and then slide back down, catering for children of many different ages. Pook at almost 5 can happily and easily negotiate the majority of the park, Meemoo is not far behind her practising her climbing skills.

However, it is the sheer attention to detail that still after many visits you find  for the children to incorporate into their play. There is a kitchen area complete with a caged rabbit and chicken already for the pot. Around the other side where the knights are on guard there are a couple of wine bottles resting.

The castle theme has been used to create a hammock style swing between 2 horses and a rocking carriage. The detailing continues in the design with flag and its own fox emblem repeated across the castle. The park also offers a set of baby swings, larger swings, a see – saw. There are small bouncers which are rats, continuing the medieval theme of the park.  The only downside to this park is that is only one pay per use public toilet right on the edge of the park and no café.

 

Practical Info

  • Park is on Rue de Charlemenge
  • There is lots of on street paid parking.
  • It is easily reached by the number 5 and 6 bus getting off at the Orval stop and a short walk up Rue d’Orval.

 

The park is a dream place to have imaginative adventures in play for all, a hidden gem of Luxembourg city.

We’re off on an adventure

We are as a family about to embark on a life changing adventure.

We are relocating, emigrating, becoming ex-pats in the county of Luxembourg.

Where you ask? Well before I knew about this I too knew only very little about the tiny county slap bang in the middle of Europe, with Belgium to the north and west, France to the south and Germany to the east.

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Being so central to Europe there is not one but three…yes three official languages, Luxembourgish (it really exists), French and German. So not much of a challenge then.

Why? Well way back in February Speedy had an offer of an interview little did we know it would mean relocating at the first stage. Then it just snowballed and after many phone interviews and interviews in person he was offered a job. A really amazing job, with an amazing opportunity for us all. The wanderlust part of me has often thought about living in another country, never really considered where or how.  So when opportunity like this comes your way you have to say yes despite all the doubts and concerns.

How? I really don’t have this figured out yet. I just have my trusty notepad with copious lists and random thoughts, how will I ever pack and move this house, how many more trips to the tip will I make before we leave, how will it effect Pook and Meemoo? Will I ever be able to speak enough of one of the languages?

So keep reading to find out about the highs and lows of our adventure.