Me and my partner have just arrived home from a week in the beautiful little Duchy of Luxembourg. we arrived at the site on the Monday (24/10/11) and we were greeted by 3 very friendly and very helpful members of staff who all spoke fantastic English, One of them was from the west country by the sound of it. We arrived expecting to pay tourist tax and a hefty deposit like we had at other Vacancesoloel sites but we were glad to find that they just took our bank details, and we didn't have to pay tourist tax, which was great, The only thing we had to pay was a ten euro deposit for the key card to get in and out of the site.
The site is only small, but very well positioned to explore Lux. It has everything you want whether your a young or old couple or a family. there is a great all weather swimming pool, and great little shop to get your bread from in the morning, and a Café which you can have a few beers in later on at night. The Caravans are little compared to British ones, but we knew that, however ours did have a big fridge and freezer and a TV which had a few channels that showed English shows. Luckily we brought our laptop to take advantage of the free WiFi, and although it was a weak signal, it more than served its purpose for us.
For food there are many places for you to go, for groceries there is a shop in Larochette town. If you turn right at the main road down to the centre of town and then turn left there is a small supermarket next to the ESSO petrol station, alternatively if you turn left on the main road out of the camp site in about 8km you arrive at a big super market (Cactus) in the town of Mersch which is the size of an Asda or Tesco over here. Food is about the same as britain, maybe a little bit more expensive for some things, but spirits wine beer and cigarettes are much cheaper than in the uk and the rest of Europe. If you want to go for a nice meal there is a fantastic place in the Larochette called Op Der Bleech, which make local specialities and more French and Belgium oriented cuisine. But be careful dining out can be very very expensive!
Luxembourg itself is a fantastic country, I cannot believe how much there is to see and do in such a tiny nation, I had plans to visit Aachen Metz and Maastrict but didn't get to see them as i was too busy enjoying Luxembourg! There seems to be a beautiful Châteaux in every town, but the best Castles for me were Beaufort, Vianden and Larochette, but i do suggest you try and see them all, as there all so beautiful and so well preserved. If you a fan of just driving around til you stumble upon a beautiful little town, or breathtaking view then this is the place for you i cannot speak more fondly of this place.
The Capital however was a bit of a disappointment for me. We got to the capital within half an hour and then it took me over an hour to find a place to park. The signs seem to tell you where the car parks are up until about half a mile before and then let you guess the actual location yourself. There are a few things to see and lots of good photo opportunities, but all in all, you can find just as much to do in the smaller towns in Lux.
Be sure to learn the Luxembourgian for Hello ( Moyen ) and goodbye ( addi ) it will get you some brownie points with the locals, and don't go expecting to be understood, not many people in Luxembourg know English, knowing basic French and German will help you no end.
This place, as cheesy as it sounds, was captivatingly beautiful, and it's people are warm and friendly to each other and outsiders (only 40% of Luxembourgers are native). I cannot thank the staff on the campsite more, and i cannot thank the people of Luxembourg enough for giving me and my partner a brilliant holiday.
- Also Known As:
- Camping Birkelt Hotel Larochette
- Camping Birkelt Luxembourg/Larochette