Playgrounds of Luxembourg City

Dull see-saws and creaky roundabouts? Not in Luxembourg City, where the kids’ playgrounds are joyous, colourful works of art.

City trips with kids can be stressful. With four young children we find that visits to museums and shops need to be broken up by regular romps around a good playground or two. We’ve travelled far and wide throughout Europe, finding cities with truly excellent facilities for kids (notably Hamburg and Vienna)… and those with hardly anywhere for children to play at all.

But our vote for the European city with the best playgrounds? Well, we don’t have to go very far. Quite simply, the playgrounds of Luxembourg City are brilliant; some of them are tourist attractions in their own right. They are thoughtfully planned, imaginative, beautifully made and perfectly equipped for families on a day out.

During our 2016 winter holidays we took our lucky three-year old to explore some of the very best of them. Here’s what he discovered:

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Bauerenhaff (Farmyard)

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Bauerenhaff (“Farmyard”) playground in Gasperich, Luxembourg City

A riot of wonky, cartoon farm buildings in a leafy inner-city park – is it a playground or a work of art? Whilst the kids explore the tumbledown barn, drive the machinery and pet the “livestock”, the parents will probably just stand back in admiration.

Whilst the centrepiece of the park is undoubtedly the colourful barn, there are plenty of other attractions to keep the kids amused: a chunky tractor (slide and tunnel), numerous sand pits and separate fenced areas for toddlers and even dogs. Absolutely brilliant.

  • Location: Behind Rue Jean-Gaspard de Cicignon, Gasperich. Ample street parking nearby.
  • Public transport: By bus 23 (Francois Hogenberg) to the “Klensch” stop. Also accessible by train 70 (“Hollerich” station) but this is not pushchair-friendly (steep steps from train station to park).
  • Facilities: Picnic tables, toilets, two separate areas for smaller kids, dedicated area for dogs, well-shaded.
  • Practical tip: For younger kids only; not really suitable for children over 1m40.

Pirateschëff (Pirate ship)

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The famous “Pirate Ship” in Luxembourg City

The “Pirateschëff” is – without doubt – the most famous playground in Luxembourg, at least partly due to its prime city-centre location. But it is also undeniably wonderful – a full-sized pirate ship permanently anchored in one of the city’s most beautiful parks. Kids can climb the rigging, slide from the decks, explore the captain’s quarters, peek out of cubby holes and much, much more. The ship itself is connected by tunnels and walkways to a series of pyramidal towers, cumulating in a hair-raising twisting slide. In short, there is something here for kids of all ages.

The nautical theme continues with a sizeable water playground at the stern of the ship; families flock here on warm days to relax whilst their kids cool off amidst the fountains, pumps, dams, sand and pools (summer only).

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Ash at the “Pirateschëff” in summer 2013
  • Location: 24b Avenue Monterey. Underground car park on site (often full). 
  • Public transport: Numerous buses, including 6,7,13 and 15. Easily accessed by foot from old city centre.
  • Facilities: Picnic tables, toilets, drinking fountain, snack kiosk (summer only), water games, partly-shaded.
  • Practical tip: Can get crowded on hot summer days; arrive early if you wish to grab a picnic table.

Ritterbuerg (Knights’ castle)

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The Knights’ Castle playground in Belair, Luxembourg City

Crooked turrets, whimsical embellishments and jam-packed with character and colour – this playground in the upmarket suburb of Belair is a treat for small and big alike.

Like its sister “farmyard” playground, the true beauty of this fairy-tale castle lies in the detail: the spider crawling on the battlements, the Luxembourgish flags flying from the turrets, the pots hanging outside the kitchen. It is – quite simply – gorgeous, a magical place for budding knights and princesses.

  • Location: 58 rue Charlemagne. Street parking available nearby.
  • Public transport: Bus 6 to the “Orval” stop, then a short walk up rue d’Orval.
  • Facilities: Picnic tables, toilets, drinking fountain, partly-shaded.
  • Practical tip: For younger kids only; not really suitable for children over 1m40.

Kaltreis

Probably the least-known and definitely the most “traditional” of our featured playgrounds, the Kaltreis park on a hill overlooking the city is nonetheless a great example of a child-friendly public space.

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It may lack jazz compared to the others on this list, but the Kaltreis has expanses of open green space, a pond and sports pitches (football, basketball, volleyball), all immaculately maintained. In addition, a cycle path and an interesting 6km nature trail (free explanatory leaflets available onsite (FR/DE)) make the park an excellent base for exploring the local area. Recommended for visitors with a bit more time on their hands.

Almost immediately nearby, the “Lamboray” park is – unusually – geared towards teenagers, with adventurous-looking installations side-by-side with plenty of chill-out spaces and, oddly, a petanque alley (who knew that teenagers played boules?). To top it all off, the park is built on an old Roman site, lending it an air of culture and history that may (or may not) impress the loitering teens.

  • Location: Boulevard Kaltreis, Bonnevoie. Ample street parking nearby.
  • Public transport: Bus 5 or 6 (direction “Demy Schlechter”) to the “Kaltreis” stop.
  • Facilities: Picnic tables, toilets, drinking fountain, sports facilities, enclosed toddler area, partly-shaded.
  • Practical tip: To get to the Lamboray park, walk down the hill past the Kaltreis bus stop, continuing on the path between the houses.

Fluchhafen (Airport)

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The newest addition to Luxembourg’s roster of blockbuster playgrounds is an airport-themed offering in an outlying suburb. It bears all the hallmarks of the other parks: natural materials (wooden constructions on sand), colourful installations encouraging free play, and plenty of places for parents to sit and relax. This is the most compact of the five featured playgrounds and the only one which is completely enclosed, so perhaps is particularly suitable for toddlers and younger children.

But the best thing about this playground? It is directly under the flight path of (the real) Luxembourg airport, and the jets blasting overhead add extra fuel to the already roaring little imaginations on the ground.

  • Location: Op der Heed, Cents. Limited street parking nearby. More available on Rue Cents.
  • Public transport: Bus 14 to the “Camille Polfer” stop, then a short walk along Rue Cents (direction airport) and Op der Heed.
  • Facilities: Picnic tables, toilets, drinking fountain, totally enclosed, partly-shaded.

So which playground is best? If you have limited time in Luxembourg City, we’d recommend either the Farmyard (especially with smaller children) or the Pirate Ship (especially in hot weather for the water games). But, really, they are all great AND there are plenty more brilliant playgrounds in Luxembourg City that we haven’t featured here. Notably, the Park Merl playground (between Avenue du X September and Boulevard Pierre Dupong) has attractions for all ages of kids, a duck pond and a café. Or the huge Bambësch playground on the northern outskirts of the city, aimed at slightly older, more adventurous children in a lovely setting amidst a large forest.

In short, a city trip to Luxembourg will exhaust and delight even the most energetic kids.


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(Note: Entry to all the featured parks is free of charge. By contrast, parking and toilet facilities are usually both payable).

Does your city have great playgrounds? Have I missed a Luxembourg City playground that should make this list? Join the discussion by leaving a comment below.

All photos and content (c) Jonathan Orr 2016

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Author: daisythebus

Father-of-four based in Luxembourg. I write about "off the beaten track" travel adventures with my family. Expect to read about nature, outdoor activities, the arts, authenticity, and alternative ways of discovering the world around us.

32 thoughts on “Playgrounds of Luxembourg City”

  1. These look amazing! My two have grown out of most playgrounds now, a sad day. Although my eldest (a teen) enjoyed playing boules on holiday in France last year so maybe Lamboray will suit her…. #Mondayescapes

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  2. How lovely to have such great playgrounds for the little ones. Think my favourites have to be knights castle and the airport…. my little ones would love them! Thanks for sharing #MondayEscapes

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  3. Oh wow! Those looks like places our 3-year old would enjoy tremendously! We really need to plan a trip, Luxembourg isn’t that far from The Netherlands… Our little one LOVES playgrounds. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many playgrounds as during our 2 weeks in Vienna, Prague and Berlin last May, lol. #MondayEscapes

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  4. Really enjoyed reading this especially as we are planning a trip to Luxembourg this year so I am book marking this post for the future – love all the magical and awesome playgrounds – my kids would loooove this

    Just popping over from #MondayEscapes
    Laura x

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  5. Seriously cool parks! I often visit the park, I’d definitely go more often if we had better ones like this! Think the air plane one is my favourite from your pictures! #countrykids

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  6. Oh wow these playgrounds look amazing! Great to know that Luxembourg is so kid friendly, last I visited I was only 16 and there with my boyfriend and his family, playgrounds was the last thing on my mind Ha! Thank you for sharing xx #countrykids

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  7. Wow, Luxembourg truly does have some spectacular playgrounds, they’re so impressive. I love the style of the playgrounds and the fact that they’re all themed to really spark the kids imaginations. I can see hours spent at each of the playgrounds with stories of wild adventures based around the themes of the playground.

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

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  8. Wow! They look amazing. Put ours to shame! What is Luxembourg like for cycling please? We are looking for a European city to visit with the family on bike and this post may have just put Luxembourg straight to the top.

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    1. Cycling is basically the national sport in Luxembourg, and it accordingly is excellent here for cyclists of all ages. There are over 600km of dedicated mostly traffic-free cycling paths criss-crossing the country (not bad for somewhere this small!), and these also connect up with cycle paths in the neighbouring countries (I live near the German border and often dip over onto their excellent cycling routes too). The terrain is varied, but by sticking to the routes alongside rivers, you can find flat, traffic-free paths. It’s also excellent for mountain biking. You’ll find more info at:
      http://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/what-to-do/nature-tours/biking-suggestions/national-cycle-paths Just let me know if you have any questions or need any more info. And thanks for reading! 🙂

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  9. These are fantastic and my trio would spend a whole day imaginative playing in just one!! They have really thought about these 🙂 Bet yours had such a fab time there. #countrykidsfun

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  10. The playgrounds look so much fun. I would love to take my niece to them, especially the pirate’s ship one, which I think she would enjoy the most. #CityTripping

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    1. I agree. The pirate ship looks a bit dull in this post relative to the vibrantly-coloured others, but it is probably the best of them all, especially in summertime. Always a big hit with our kids! Thanks for reading.

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  11. What fabulous playgrounds, my boys would live all of these but especially the Pirate Ship! If this is how Luxembourg treats playgrounds I am quite sure that it is a city that loves children and well worth visiting with our family in tow! #citytripping

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  12. These look incredible. I particularly like the farmyard and Knight’s castle. So much thought has gone into them. Who would have thought Luxembourg would have such superior playgrounds. Some of the best I have seen were during our travels in Sweden. #citytripping

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    1. The thoughtfulness, workmanship and creativity of the farmyard, castle and airport playgrounds is really something very special. We’re lucky to have these in our little country! 😉 And yes, Sweden has great playgrounds too – we’ll be going there again this summer so we will have to see if we can find any to rival Luxembourg’s offerings!

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  13. These are so imaginative- definitely attractions in themselves, or so my four-year-old would believe. I suspect the only downside would be trying to get her to leave in order to see more of the city/country. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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    1. Ha ha, yes – I hadn’t thought of that downside :o) There is, indeed, so much to see in Luxembourg that you shouldn’t spend ALL of your time in these, admittedly wonderful, playgrounds. Thanks for reading!

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  14. These are SO much fun!! I love a themed playground and these are adorable. What art! A theme helps with discussion and labeling of what you see…great opportunities for vocabulary building! We love traveling with the kids and watching them learn about the world. The whole world is a classroom!

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  15. London does have some incredible playgrounds. The one in Greenwich, in particular, is very good. But these are so colourful – I love the Farmyard! Beautifully quirky. #citytripping

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    1. Great idea! I feel bad not featuring the excellent Bambësch playground (I’ve mentioned it near the end of the article) but I wanted to focus more on parks for younger kids. Maybe I’ll do a follow up article on the most “adventurous” playgrounds of Luxembourg! 😉 Thanks for reading!

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