We’ve been so looking forward to this family trip to see the Christmas markets in Luxembourg. We flew out with British Airways from Heathrow to Luxembourg which is a fantastic short 55 minute direct flight. We stayed with friends in Rodenbourg which is right out in the countryside of Luxembourg. When we arrived the weather was cold and crisp, simply perfect.
We spent the Friday relaxing and walking through the nearby countryside.
On the Saturday morning we took a taxi to the tram at Kirchberg. The tram only opened in July 2018 and so it extremely new. Public transport is free on the weekends in Luxembourg and it was about a fifteen minute tram ride to the first market at Stareplaz Etoile. The market is set in three different areas in the city all offering different things.
The first stop on the square was mainly food and drink but with a bandstand in the middle. The local brass band was playing Christmas tunes and we listened whilst we stood drinking Gluhwein made with wine from the local Moselle valley which was honestly the best I’ve ever tasted. Sometimes Gluhwein can be a bit cough medicine-y but not this time. It was delicious and very strong. Let’s just say I had a nice rosy glow!
At square number two was the ice rink surrounded by a beer tavern selling different types of food, from potatoes with raclette and ham to churros, paella and waffles. I took Xander ice skating for the first time and it was truly magical. The rink was made of real ice, not plastic like a lot of Christmas ice rinks. He had Bobby the seal to sit on and I basically pushed him round the rink (great exercise!!). The sun came out briefly and we just had such a fun time together, making real memories.
Lastly we moved on to the section with all the kids stuff – trampolines, rides and huge wheel all set on the side of the cliff. We plucked up the courage to go on the huge wheel and I’m glad we did except for when we stopped at the top and I had to close my eyes!! There was something for everyone to enjoy and I can honestly say it’s the best Christmas market I’ve ever been to.
On the Sunday we visited Vianden Castle, a beautiful castle palace set up in the mountains. The visitor centre is fantastic for all ages, not the usual boring history stuff. It’s very interactive and you can do a walking tour of the castle which takes about half an hour depending on how much time you want to spend in each room, I’d definitely recommend a visit.