This year's Schueberfouer has had to be cancelled because of the current circumstances. But with its "D'Stad lieft" (My City's Alive) initiative, Luxembourg City is organising a whole host of alternative festivities and events at various locations throughout the capital.
The health crisis caused by the coronavirus has led to the cancellation of several cultural events in Luxembourg. These include the Schueberfouer, the immensely popular funfair which every year attracts some two million visitors to the Glacis.
The annual fair is a victim of its own success and the huge crowds it attracts so for 2020 the Luxembourg City authorities decided to exercise caution and to cancel the 680th edition of the Schueberfouer for safety reasons, to avoid any risk of the coronavirus spreading.
But while we won't be seeing the usual bumper cars and haunted houses on the Glacis this year, the city was nevertheless determined to organise some summer festivities, a sort of scaled-down Schueberfouer known as D'Stad lieft (My City's Alive).
Over the entire summer – from 11 July to 13 September –, a wide range of events will be taking place at various locations throughout the capital, generating a relaxed summer vibe in every corner of the city. As the organisers explain, the idea is to bring urban life to every district while avoiding large gatherings to ensure compliance with health and distancing measures.
The big wheel is already turning
There won't be the usual funfair this year, but there will still be a big wheel. While it may not be as impressive as the one we're used to, it still stands an imposing 50 metres tall in the centre of the "Kinnekswiss" park. It contains 36 pods, each of which can hold up to 6 people.
Behind the big wheel, a handful of chalets will be serving all the usual treats enjoyed by fairgoers: hamburgers and chips, toffee apples, candy floss, waffles and fruit dipped in chocolate.
The big wheel is open every day from 11am to 10pm until Sunday 13 September 2020.
View from the big wheel over the Kinnekswiss, with the contemporary Kirchberg skyline on the horizon.
"Quartiersfest" and "Theaterplage"
For youngsters, merry-go-rounds and rides will be set up all over the city. They are free for children and are open every day from 11am to 10pm. Squares and parks in the city's districts will host a series of activities for the "Quartiersfest" initiative. Food and confectionary stands, shooting galleries, hook a duck, games and stands selling products will all be open at the usual prices.
After the success of last year's edition, a sandy beach will be set up on Place du Théâtre. A 350m2 sand pit with deck chairs and parasols will be available for the general public. While the ocean may be far away, visitors can still experience all the fun of the seaside in the city centre. A decorated piano, a pétanque court, strings of lights and brightly coloured plants will create a real holiday feel.
Merry-go-rounds and rides will be set up in the following places:
- Place Jeanne d'Arc (Bonnevoie)
- Parc Laval (Dommeldange / Eich / Pfaffenthal / Weimerskirch)
- Parc de Merl (Hollerich)
- Place de Roedgen (Cessange)
- Rue de Strasbourg (Gare)
- Place Thorn (Merl)
- Place Auguste Laurent (Limpertsberg)
"Summer bei der Gëlle Fra"
In the city centre, a variety of stands will be set up on Place de la Constitution. Passers-by can while away the hours admiring the picturesque views from the square while sampling the delights of the gourmet village (with outdoor seating) and exploring the market stalls.
In the pedestrian streets, clowns, jugglers, street entertainers, stilt walkers and a host of other artists will be putting on exciting, original performances for young and old alike. Check them out here.
"Kino um Glacis – Drive & Walk-in"
Although the Glacis won't be hosting fairground attractions this year, it will be turned into an open-air movie theatre. The scaled-down Schueberfouer includes a drive-in cinema.
With the "Kino um Glacis", you can enjoy great films from the comfort of your car as Luxembourg City embraces the vintage tradition popularised in the United States in the 1930s. Every evening, a different film will be shown on a giant 24 x 12m screen.
The car park can hold up to 130 cars. All cinematic tastes will be catered for, with films ranging from classics of the silver screen to more recent blockbusters such as Joker, Casino Royale, The Lion King and Back to the Future.