Anyone living in Luxembourg will be intimately familiar with the fact that Luxembourg is the seventh smallest country in Europe and only holds 2,586 square kilometres to its name. Despite Luxembourg’s more positive aspects which are on full display when you first arrive- the gorgeous countryside, friendly citizens and diversity that we are all so proud of- after a while it all just begins to feel a bit… boring. Especially for a teen.
Being confined to the house on a weekend is not most teens’ first choice of how they’re going to spend their free time especially when you could be going to… Les Thermes for the hundredth time.
So, where can you go? Apart from visiting the swimming pool, city and cinema on rotation, sometimes the hidden treasures of Luxembourg are exceedingly hard to find. And I’m not talking about the wine museum.
Therefore, I have present to you a list of places for teens to go to in and around Luxembourg if you’re seeking energy, activity, adrenaline, and quite possibly, screaming.
L’escale is an indoor climbing wall in Arlon, Belgium with 1,000 square metres of climbing and walls up to 17m high. Not only does it have these cool facilities for the daredevils among you, but if you are absolutely petrified of heights *cough* me *cough*, then there are also smaller walls with squishy cushioned floors where no harnesses are needed, so that there is only minimal damage to your pride when you fall off. When you add a café, a price which won’t put too much of a hole in your pocket and friendly staff who will show you how to do that stupid knot no matter how many times you forget it then you’re in for a great time.
Student price: 8 euros
Transport: One half hour train ride from the city centre will take you straight to Arlon
Already a huge hit with pretty much everyone I know; the newly opened Jumpbox is an indoor trampoline park. As well as having a LOT of trampolines they also have a parkour course sort of thing plus an area where you can play dodgeball/volleyball on trampolines. If you’re worried about all the calories you’re losing whilst jumping around there’s a snack bar to make up for it!
Even if you’re not a professional and you can’t do loads of fancy flips, you can always try, since there’s a giant airbag for you to do complicated tricks, so even if you do fall on your face it won’t hurt (that much)!
Just be sure to get a waiver signed by your parents beforehand and it’s also recommended that you book your ticket and check out the best times and deals beforehand.
Price: During term time, if you’re 13+ and visiting between 6pm to 8pm then the price goes down from 14.50 to 12.50.
Transport: Get the bus 194 to Kirchberg Poutty-Stein and then take the 165 to Weiergewan and walk for 5 minutes or take the Lux-Trier train to Sandweiler and walk 5 minutes
Snowhall is an indoor skiing hall in Metz, France. It claims to be the biggest indoor skiing resort in Europe with a 620m long slope that is 35m wide and has an altitude difference of 80m. There is also an almost 100m long beginner slope.
As an avid skier, this place is a great alternative to having to wait a year for the winter holidays, and it’s much more reachable and affordable. And although it’s certainly not comparable to the Alps, it’s a great place to learn to ski or practice your techniques (my goal is to ski backwards). And, if skiing mortifies you then there are lovely restaurants and bars where you can watch (and film) your friends freezing their faces off at -2 degrees and generally making a fool of themselves whilst you eat pizza.
All equipment is available to rent there.
Price: At the moment, the price for 5-18 year olds for 2 hours is 17 euros
Transport: Since this one is pretty far away you’ll have to drive
If you’re less a snow type and more a squirrel type then Steinfort Adventure is the place for you. It’s a tree-climbing adventure course which was previously destroyed by a storm but has now been rebuilt better than ever and is set to open late March 2018.
If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air in nature and the adrenaline of climbing across dizzying heights then this is the place for you.
Price: 17 euros for 10-15 years, 19 euros for 16+
Transport: From the city centre take the 28 until La Belle Etoile in Bertrange then take the 248 to Steinfort, Al Schmelz
Metz Kart Indoor
And last but not least if you’re not an outdoorsy person and you’re not looking for exercise but you are looking for something, then go karting in Metz, France, is the place for you.
It’s indoor on two levels and is LOTS and LOTS of fun. Although there are rules and regulations that you have to abide by, you can basically have fun going as fast as you can.
However, it also costs LOTS and LOTS of money, so you’re either going to have to save or wait for a special occasion when your parents are feeling generous to finance the visit.
If go karting isn’t enough, next door there is climbing, bowling AND laser game so that you can spend ALL of your money in only ONE day!!!
Disregarding the price, it’s completely awesome and a great day out, especially if you do try out the other stuff next door or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant in the go karting facility.
Price: For under 14 non-members it’s 40 euros for 3 go’s (10 minutes long) and for 14+ non-members it’s 45 euros.
Transport: Again, another far away one, so you’ll have to drive
Have a great day out/ experience that I missed? Please leave it in the comments below!