Hidden Gems of Luxembourg – Castle Play Park

Gemma, a Luxmama Club member, has visited many great parks in and around Luxembourg. Here, she shares her review on one of the best hidden gems her and her family has discovered.

Read her other review here.


The best hidden gem we have discovered has to be the play parks. They are just so much more than a swing, and a couple of bouncy things and something to climb if you are lucky. We have discovered some amazing parks in Luxembourg, there seems to be a park around every corner. In fact, there are 172 parks within the city some of these are playgrounds within a school that the public can use in the holidays. We have our own little park around the corner from our flat, complete with swings, slides, climbing frame, roundabouts and sand to play with.

In this new Hidden Gems series, I am going to begin by reviewing the parks while the sun is shining and we seem to spend lots of our time in them.

Castle Park (Merl/Belair)

The Castle Park is exactly that, a playground all based around the theme of a castle. The first thing you see as you enter the park is two knights standing guard outside the entrance.

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The entrance is an archway which running above are the battlements. As you walk further into the park it there are many bridges and towers for children to climb up and then slide back down, catering for children of many different ages. Pook at almost 5 can happily and easily negotiate the majority of the park, Meemoo is not far behind her practising her climbing skills.

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However, it is the sheer attention to detail that still after many visits you find  for the children to incorporate into their play. There is a kitchen area complete with a caged rabbit and chicken already for the pot. Around the other side where the knights are on guard there are a couple of wine bottles resting.

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The castle theme has been used to create a hammock style swing between 2 horses and a rocking carriage. The detailing continues in the design with flag and its own fox emblem repeated across the castle. The park also offers a set of baby swings, larger swings, a see – saw. There are small bouncers which are rats, continuing the medieval theme of the park.  The only downside to this park is that is only one pay per use public toilet right on the edge of the park and no café.

Practical Info

  • Park is on Rue de Charlemenge in the Merl/Belair area
  • There is lots of on street paid parking.
  • It is easily reached by the number 5 and 6 bus getting off at the Orval stop and a short walk up Rue d’Orval.
  • It is also called “Spillplaatz Scheiwisschen”

The park is a dream place to have imaginative adventures in play for all, a hidden gem of Luxembourg city.


More about the Author

Hi!, I am Gemma, Mummy to Meemoo, 3, and Pook, 5, and wife to Speedy!

We love nicknames in our house. I am currently looking after my two children at home, finding time to write and create play ideas, play spaces and simple crafts to keep us all entertained! In a previous life I was an Early Years Teacher and I can be found most Tuesday reading stories at Il etait une fois asbl in Gasperich.

Find out more about The Adventures of Meemoo and Pook at www.theadventuresofmeemooandpook.co.uk

A blog with lots of ideas for imaginative adventures in play.

Luxembourg Parks: Bambesch

Another wonderful park in Luxembourg is the Bambesch playground. The parc is right next to the Bambesch forest which has beautiful trails to explore, many of them are all-terrain buggy friendly.

There is really an array of interesting installations to explore for all ages and the benches and shady trees make it great for picnics. If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, next door by the Tennis Club, you will find the restaurant Am Clubhaus op der Spora – also with a little terrace overlooking the tennis courts. The food is great and includes great sushi!

When visiting the park, the closest restroom facilities are below the restaurant. There is no changing facility so keep that in mind.

To get to the Bambesch playground: (very close to Boo’s Café)  – Rue Bridel – Centre Bambesch L-1264 Luxembourg.

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Various beautiful walking trails into the forest

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Taking a break in the heart of the forest

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Time to picnic!

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More about the Author

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Mother of two, holistic maternity coach/educator, Marise Hyman provides worldwide coaching, healing and education in preparing for an empowered conception, pregnancy, birth, life and parenthood journey.

She is an IMPI Peri-natal Coach/Educator, IMPI Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Practitioner, Happiest Baby on the Block Educator, “Becoming Us” Facilitator, Dancing for Birth™ Instructor, Birth Advocate, Holistic Childbirth Educator, Reiki Practitioner, Head-trash Clearance + Fearless Birthing Professional and “Birth into Being” Facilitator (level 1-3).

She is also the founder of the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl, an edgy non-profit organisation raising awareness for green, natural & holistic parenting alternatives, birth rights and postnatal mood disorders by offering a variety of inspiring social and educational events in Luxembourg.

Prenatal Fitness in Luxembourg

We all know, moving our bodies in ways that feel good is essential for our well-being. When you are pregnant, this still rings true. But as you embark on your prenatal fitness journey it is still recommended to discuss the level and type of exercise suitable for you (as each pregnancy is different) with your medical care provider.

The Benefits:

In general, exercising during pregnancy is recommended, safe and offers the following benefits

  1. Greater control over weight.
  2. Boosts your mood (yes please!)
  3. Research shows that exercising regularly during pregnancy could significantly decrease and prevent the risk of unintended caesarean births.
  4. Exercising during pregnancy also allows the baby to have access to improved blood flow, oxygen and other nutrients.
  5. Mums-to-be who exercise throughout pregnancy also experience shorter labours and are less likely to require medical assistance during labour.
Go for 20 to 30 minutes of “moderate” exercise per day that feels good, on most days of the week. If you’re exercising at a low level, you can continue for longer. Swimming, walking, pilates, yoga and other specialised prenatal fitness classes etc are great. If you love swimming, do consider diversifying your fitness activities a bit to decrease Chlorine exposure. Other more strenuous activities like running and strength training is also fine if you have been doing these prior to getting pregnant and your body is used to it. Of course, other activities with a higher risk of injury like horse-riding, contact sport, rollerblading and skiing, you may want to give a skip for obvious reasons.
The pregnant body changes rapidly and requires careful attention during pregnancy due to the changing hormones causing your muscles, joints and ligaments to loosen , weight gain and change in blood volume. It is therefore recommended to choose your prenatal fitness instructor wisely and to rather join in at classes that are specialised for pregnancy as they incorporate important pregnancy-specific modifications, include guidance on proper alignment, which ensures you and baby are both safe to enjoy. After the first 13 weeks of your pregnancy, you should not lay on your back as this could decrease your blood pressure.
Look for an experienced and well-qualified teacher with specialised training in pregnancy fitness who knows the physiology of the body and how to ease pregnancy aches and pains. For example, if you have back pain, he/she should be able to guide you on exercises to reduce the pain and find ways to avoid it, if possible. It’s also very important that your instructor is well informed about diastasis recti – the abdominal separation that occurs in pregnancy, including how to watch for it and what exercises to do and not to do in order to lessen the degree of separation. The best pace to move at, it is where you can still talk.
Other beneficial features to look for when choosing, are classes where you also:
 – learn to use the breath, to control your emotions and find physical rest in the body,
 – learn different labor positions so they come natural on the big day, as movement is a key part in managing labour progress and sensations,
 – have the opportunity to share and connect with others in the class, so you can start building your “birth community village”. This part is golden.
 – can understand the language the instructor speaks so you don’t miss important information!

Below we have compiled a list (below in alphabetical order) where you can get your prenatal fitness fix in Luxembourg:

Disclaimer: Neither the author or Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl shall be held responsible for any negligence resulting from a service provided by practitioners listed hereafter. Please use your own discretion to investigate suitability.

Cabinet Maman Enfant Kinésithérapie  – Kirchberg. All classes are in French including classical preparation (breathing), pilates, yoga, light fitness exercises, aqua-gym, “gym posturale” (stretch & improve your posture), fit-ball, stretch yoga.

Clare Marie Pilates & Wellness   – Various locations. Pre/postnatal Pilates and yoga.

Dancing for Birth™ classes (Luxmama) – Helmsange in English. More than Prenatal Fitness – Birth Readiness™, Dancing For Birth™ classes are the “trifecta” of birth preparation: feel-good dance fitness, essential childbirth education and celebration of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, all rolled into one profound & powerful class that supports you at every stage, from pre-conception through postpartum and are designed to encourage mothers finding their intuitive self in Birth and Motherhood.

Initiativ Liewensufank – Itzig. Prenatal yoga and fitness in German.

Mammafit  – Various locations. Prenatal fitness.

Maternité Grand-Duchesse Charlotte – Luxembourg city. Prenatal fitness.

Midwife Michelle Finck – Belair. Prenatal yoga and fitness.

Pilates Alaya Luxembourg – Luxembourg City. Classes in FR.

Pilates Studio Luxembourg – Luxembourg City.

Pregnancy Swimming class at Pidal Various locations, under “Cours de Natation” you will find the “Schwangerschaftsgymnastik” in German).

Respirit Pilates – Strassen. Classes in FR.

Tree of Life Yoga – Various locations. Classes in EN and FR.

YogaBalance – Kirchberg. Feminine glow classes (breathing, relaxation, meditation and postures).

Yoga La Source – Bereldange.

Yoga Shanti – Various locations.


Please shoot us a message, either as comment to this post or blog.luxmama@gmail.com to add any prenatal fitness, not already listed here. And if you’d like to contribute an article to our blog, by writing a review of your experience with any prenatal fitness activity in Luxembourg, we want to hear from you too!


More about the Author:

As mother of two darling babies, Holistic Maternity & Sleep Coach/educator, Marise DSC_0554Hyman provides worldwide coaching and education in planning for an empowered pregnancy, birth and parenthood journey to future/new parents through Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching – setting them up for success, so they can move from confusion to confidence.
She is also a Birth Advocate and founder of the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl, a non-profit organisation raising awareness for green, natural & holistic parenting alternatives, birth rights and perinatal mental health by offering a variety of inspiring social and educational events in Luxembourg.

Top 7 locations for bump-shoot

The magical moment of birth is not far and you would like to have a pregnancy photoshoot in Luxembourg.

Naturally, you may ask your friends, your Facebook friends, in your Facebook groups, your colleagues, Google and many more where they had their pregnancy photoshoot or which places they would suggest or you would chose one yourself after having visited the place.

It is true that Luxembourg has many potential places, as Luxembourg is full of beautiful sceneries, forests, parks, lakes and castles.

From all this, I tried to make a little “shortlist” of Luxembourg Castles which I believe will give the best photos ever and will connect the pregnant woman with nature, herself and her baby.

1. Beaufort Castle!

Top choice due to location, natural beauty and lake. 

It’s actually two castles: one medieval in ruins and one renaissance.

Apart from the castles themselves that are great backgrounds, the surrounding nature is just amazing! A little lake opposite the castle with swans and a new wooden path, the green grass, the tall trees, all makes it the perfect place! In addition, logistics are easy as there is parking right in front of the castle and the road to reach it does not have lots of turns 🙂

For more info: www.beaufortcastles.com

Beaufort Castle as seen from the lake

Beaufort Castle as seen from the lake

2. Müllerthal

…or Little Switzerland where you can find the famous waterfalls of Luxembourg.

Everybody talks about it but when you actually go there you realize that the waterfalls are not so big but somehow this place helps you reconnect with your inner self, with nature and of course with the water, the source of life.

I must admit that it does not seem to be the typical place for a heavily pregnant woman to walk around, but if you decide to do your photoshoot in Beaufort castle, the waterfalls are not far from there and you can just stop by for 1-2 shoots. It’s really like a fairy tale!

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Müllerthal’s beautiful waterfall

3. Bourscheid Castle

Bourscheid Castle is one of my favourites in Luxembourg. It is not so touristic, very well maintained, surrounded by beautiful forest area and not far to reach. It is one of my top choices.

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Bourscheid Castle

There is a great bonus that comes with this place: a very nice hotel which is next to the river and with lots of grass where you can take nice pictures 🙂 You can also rest and have a coffee.

For more info: www.chateau.bourscheid.lu

The hotel is Cocoon Hotel Belair: www.cocoonhotels.eu/hotel-belair

4. The gardens of Villa Vauban in city centre (you may need to ask for authorization)

Villa Vauban

Villa Vauban

Villa Vauban has the big asset that it is close to the city centre and makes the logistics easier. It’s also a beautiful place where serenity meets luxury and simplicity all at the same time.

5. Munsbach Castle

Just beautiful! The castle is very impressive and will definitely become the perfect background for a fairy tale pregnancy photoshoot.

For more info: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munsbach_Castle

Photo of Munsbach Castle

Munsbach Castle

6. Chateu d’Urspelt 

This castle is absolutely wonderful and it is built after typical Luxembourgish architecture. It has beautiful gardens and the facilities of the nearby hotel. A white outfit would perfectly match this castle!

For more info: www.chateau-urspelt.lu

Chateu d'Urspelt

Chateu d’Urspelt

7. Chateau de Septfontaines

A small beautiful castle not far from the centre of Luxembourg City, with beautiful gardens and is very easy to access.

For more info: www.chateaudeseptfontaines.com

Chateu de Septfontaines

Chateau de Septfontaines

For all places suggested, it is highly recommended to confirm the possibility of access before organizing the photoshoot, just to be in the safe side!

Now all you have to do is to enjoy and SMILE!! 🙂


More about the Author

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Elfi joined Luxmama Club as a volunteer in 2015.  Along with her full time role in an international organization and raising her daughters, she is passionate about writing stories and helping other people share theirs. Stories that empower, inspire and create the ” you are not alone” feeling.  You can see more of her work in her recent blog koufelef.wixsite.com/elfiswritinglab but also in www.themamagers.gr (articles in greek) and www.newdiaspora.com (articles in english) 

 

Luxembourg Parcs part 1: Parc Mersch

This is the first in a series about the amazing parks that there are to explore in Luxembourg, which is a must as the summer arrives! Also as we have no car all the parks are easily accessible by public transport.

Our first park is Mersch park, a beautiful green space. It is just perfect for those days when you want to head out of the city!

LMblog1It is wide open space with a small lake, 3 different play park areas, wide gravel paths suitable for buggies, bikes, wheelchairs and wheeled toys. There are many park benches dotted about the main park areas and a few picnic tables. Also there are many trees perfect for having a picnic underneath. Meemoo and Pook had a blast playing there for a whole day a few weeks ago.

Toddler Park Area 

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It is fenced off from the rest of the park and has a wide variety of toys, for the younger toddler and older more adventurous. There are cute little houses, trampolines, seesaws and slides.

Younger Child Park

(3-8 years)

This is in the centre of the park. You cant miss it!  It is a large wooden platform with different bridges, slides and interesting ways to climb up. Meemoo and Pook enjoyed running around playing an imaginative game as they explored.

Next to this is a very large zip wire, it did not see as scary as it looked.  Pook enjoyed having a go!

Older Child Park 

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This is opposite the park for younger children. It has many amazing swings. There is a large tyre swing that swings, rocks and bounces all at the same time. Also it has a large spinning tyre swing. There are many interesting things to climb and clamber over. It has an amazing Willow maze, which was also the perfect place to sit in the shade and eat an ice cream.

The Lake 

LMblog4There is a wooden platform you can walk out on to see the lake. Meemoo and Pook enjoyed watching the ducks. Behind this we went on a very short circular walk. It led us back across another wooden platform, towards the small cafe.

Facilities 

It has a small cafe open in the Summer months selling hot and cold drinks, hot snacks plus the all important ice cream for a sunny day.  Next to this there is a set of toilets for customers of the cafe. There is also a public toilet.

How to get there by public transport?

We are still enjoying exploring Luxembourg without a car! Mersch park is surprisingly simple to get to from Gare central. The train ride out of the city was enjoyable spotting all the bridges, looking over the Grund and Clausen . On arriving at Mersch the park is reached by a relatively short walk with two young children. Once leaving the train station head straight along the main road through the town and up past the church with the Dragon water fountain. Then take the next left and park is right in front of you.

Note: All age recommendations are the authors own opinion.


More about the Author

Hi!

I am Gemma, Mummy to Meemoo, 3, and Pook, 5, and wife to Speedy!

We love nicknames in our house. I am currently looking after my two children at home, finding time to write and create play ideas, play spaces and simple crafts to keep us all entertained! In a previous life I was an Early Years Teacher and I can be found most Tuesday reading stoires at Il etait une fois asbl in Gasperich.

Find out more about The Adventures of Meemoo and Pook at www.theadventuresofmeemooandpook.co.uk

A blog with lots of ideas for imaginative adventures in play.