Day Trippers: Germany

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Long summer days provide the perfect excuse for a day trip. Instead of getting worn out by time spent on the road, why not try out some of Sarita Rao’s suggestions for easy to reach day trips in Germany? She hasn’t included Trier, because we think you already know about that wonderful place.

Wolfpark Werner Freund, Merzig

Follow the 10km wolf trail amongst beautiful woods or just meander close to the enclosures and you won’t be disappointed. Polar, timber and numerous other breeds of wolves can be seen stretching and frolicking in this free wolf park, open 10.00 to 18.00 daily. You can even bring your own domestic wolf (aka dog) as long as they are kept on a leash.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 63km, driving time approx. 1 hour.
Parking: Free parking nearby
Cost: Free
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Saarburg – castles, cable cars, toboggans

Saarburg castle was built by Count Siegfried of Luxembourg in 964. Free to visit you can also wander into town and enjoy an ice cream by the Saarburg waterfall, a weir that boasts a 20m cascade over the rocks that dates back to the 13th century. A museum nearby houses contemporary art and displays of traditional Saarburg crafts as well as one of the oldest functioning turbines in the world.

For spectacular views of Saarburg, take the cable car to the nearby hill top where you can relax with a coffee or beer while the children ride the summer rodelbahn (toboggan) priced at 2 euros a go.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 48km, driving time approx. 45 minutes
Parking: Pay & Display car parks
Cost: Castle is free, toboggan 2 euros a go.
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Greifvogelpark

Near to Saarburg on Am Engelbach is a small bird of prey park that also keeps donkeys, pigs, goats, some friendly racoons and meerkats. You can do short walks in the area and watch a bird of prey display.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 45km, driving time approx. 45 minutes.
Parking: Free parking nearby
Cost: Family entry for two adults and two children is 19 euros.
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Roman Villa Borg

Discover what life was like for the Romans who lived in the Saar Lor Lux region 2000 years ago at this reconstructed Villa Rustica. As well as archaeological treasures, the children can see a complete 4 stage bath house and dress up like a roman. The villa also has a tavern serving Roman-style dishes.

Featured photo of Roman Villa Borg: Carole Raddato/flickr creative commons (file)

Distance from Luxembourg City: 40km, driving time approx. 45 minutes.
Parking: Free parking nearby
Cost: Family ticket costs 10 euros.
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Roscheider Hof Open Air Museum, Konz

Explore traditional rural everyday life and see a classroom from 1912, as well as a traditional grocer, barber and village pub. The museum also has exhibitions taking you on a journey from corn to bread, and discovering wine growing in the Moselle region.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 45km, driving time approx. 45 minutes.
Parking: Free parking nearby
Cost: Family tickets cost 12 euros.
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Sarita Rao
Sarita ditched the day job in London for a less hectic life in Luxembourg in August 2013. She spends her days freelance writing, arbitrating fights between her children, and waiting for ‘wine o’clock’ time (that’s 6pm for most mothers).

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