If you’re an adult thrill-seeker, or have action-mad kids, then Luxembourg has plenty of outdoor adventure centres where kids, teenagers and adults alike can get their adrenaline fix; from zip wires to jungle gyms in the trees.
Children from as young as 18 months (there is a special bambini trail) can have a go at climbing and balancing. There are different levels for different ages and older children can move from treetop to treetop, using metal ropes attached with a secure climbing belt. And for the real monkeys – there’s a Tarzan swing.
Where: 203 rue de Parc, L-3542 Dudelange (map)
When: Apr, Oct & Nov Saturdays and Sundays, 2-7pm. May, Jun, Sept also open Tues-Thurs 2-7pm. For other opening times click here
Age: from 18 months
Cost: From 9€ to 21€ (depending on age)
The “Indian Forest”, set in the beautifully picturesque town of Vianden, has a set of high rope courses in the forest (varying levels of difficulty – the easiest is from age 5), the longest zip line in Luxembourg (375 metres!) – plus pony rides and electric quads.
Where: Park in the castle car park (ticket/maximum of 5 hours) and reach the Indian Forest by foot through the “Bildchensbësch” (approximately 15 minutes) (map)
When: April 1 to October 31, 10am-6pm (closed Mondays in low season)
Age: from 5 years
Cost: 5€ to 23€ (depending on age and whether ticket includes zip line)
The Adventure Island by the Youth Hostel in Echternach has a daring high rope course and in the summer, trampolines. It’s for older children and adults – over 11 years, and has an Action Run and a longer Monster Run. It’s fairly nerve-jangling, but teenagers will probably love things like the super-fast aerial slides. The rope course is about 10m high and is a must for adventure freaks. The course also offers a 70 m flying fox which crosses the isle of pirates and a giant swing which accelerates you up to 70 km/h. For younger kids there’s a great wooden play park opposite the small and quite interesting Roman Villa Museum.
Where: Youth Hostel, Rodenhof, L-6479 Echternach (map)
When: all year round, although can be closed in cases of bad weather
Age: from 11 years
Cost: 35€ under 16 years, 40€ over 16 years (for 3 hours)
Head to Heiderscheid, part of the Upper Sûre Nature Park, for another adrenaline rush and rope course. Again, probably better for older children and their parents, the park aims to help families discover nature on a personal adventure.
Where: 20 route d’Ettelbruck, L-9230 Diekirch (map)
When: every day
Age: from 6 years (although ages 3-5 can take part on request)
Cost: 15€-20€ for half day (minimum 8 people)
This Adventure Park in Steinfort offers the chance to climb trees, ride bicycles and learn about the forest with an emphasis on environment awareness.
Where: Rue de Schwarzenhof, L-8452 Steinfort (map), parking Centre Culturel Al Schmelz, 1 rue Collart, L-8414 Steinfort (map) When: April to October (see here for specifics)
Age: from 5 years
Cost: 8€ to 18€ depending on age
These are just some of the many activity centres here in Luxembourg for you to try out. If you think we’ve missed a really great activity centre please let us know! If you’re looking for a slightly more relaxing outdoor activity then check out ‘Kids in the Country: Top 5 Nature Trails’.
Featured photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/flickr (file)