If you’re taking a trip to Luxembourg with your kids then Parc Merveilleux is an attraction not to be missed. Located just east of Bettembourg in the south of Luxembourg the park offers a wide range of attractions including exotic birds, animals exhibits, a petting zoo, a miniature railway, children’s self-drive cars, adventure playgrounds, scenes from fairy tales and a range of good value restaurants and cafeterias.
We were lucky enough to be gifted a Visit Luxembourg Card by the wonderful team at Visit Luxembourg which meant we didn’t have to pay any entrance fees. Without the card it would have cost approx. 30 Euros for a family of 4 which is pretty cheap considering how much is on offer! You can also park for free on the main road leading up to the entrance – we found a space easily for our RV on a relatively busy day in the high season.
After purchasing your tickets you will be presented with a park map, keep it, this place is huge and you will get lost or miss out on attractions without it. We headed straight for the horse racing ride as there was no queue, it costs 1 Euro per person and is great fun for kids of all ages.
We then moved to the indoor Amazon exhibit which is absolutely fantastic; it holds a variety of species such as Caymans, birds, snakes & fish and there are tiny monkeys on the loose allowing you to get really close to them.
We then spent the rest of the day playing on the many adventure playgrounds (great fun for adults who are big kids too!), exploring the outdoor animal exhibits and walking though the woodland nature trails. The interactive petting zoo went down well as the kids were able to stroke pygmy goats and have their photos taken with them (cue a long lecture from mom as to why it wouldn’t be ok for the kids to sneak a goat into their backpacks and take it home with them…..I know they are cute but c’mon!). Make sure you look out for the bare foot sensory trail, our kids loved taking their shoes off and getting in touch with their senses. Great for home schoolers!
If you are on a budget or have fussy eaters then take your own picnic, there are picnic tables and rest areas dotted all over the park allowing you to enjoy your lunch in a beautiful setting.
Our kids (aged 9 and 8) rated the park as one of their best days out and are really looking forward to going back again. WorldWideWithKids Rating – 10/10
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