The Schueberfouer is THE great fair of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It generally takes place from the last week of August (from Saint Bartholomew’s Day) to mid-September and lasts 20 days. It is the traditional, must-attend and popular event in Luxembourg with more than 2 million visitors!
Free rides and entertainment as an alternative to the Schueberfouer 2020
Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the 2020 edition of the Schueberfouer is unfortunately cancelled in the historical form. But the City of Luxembourg in consultation with numerous fairgrounds, to whom it has launched an appeal, is preparing mini-Schueberfouer installed throughout the city. These could be installed as early as mid-July and last until mid-September 2020!
Seven privileged places are thus planned to this day to allow the inhabitants to rediscover a little of the particular and festive atmosphere of this ancestral fairground. Rides for young and old, subsidised by the City of Luxembourg, as well as refreshment stalls, stand-up restaurants and confectionery stands are also planned to delight visitors.
Other animations could be added depending on the evolution of the Covid crisis. So let’s cross our fingers and continue the efforts of the barrier gestures!
History of Schueberfouer
The “Schueberfouer” is the largest and oldest popular festival in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Its creation dates back more than six centuries to 1340. It is part of the soul of the Luxembourgers and today of the new residents.
Originally authorized by Jean l’Aveugle, Count of Luxembourg, in 1340, this trade fair made it possible to promote Luxembourg economically. Ideally located between Flanders and Italy, which were highly developed commercial players at the time. During the fair period, merchants were fully protected and allowed to trade. While the livestock trade developed later, it was with the industrial era that the first attractions appeared.
The biggest fun fair in the region
From this purely commercial origin, the Schueberfouer has evolved into the largest fair in the Greater Region, to the delight of young and old alike! Every year, it attracts 2 million visitors to the Glacis, located in the Limpertsberg district
Traditionally, the “Fouer” is announced in the streets of the city by a parade of musicians performing the “Hämmelsmarsch” (sheep march). A “Lämmy” sheep is the mascot of the Schueberfouer. You can buy it on the spot in plush or find it on the different items sold at the fair.
Every year, there are more than 260 attractions for young and old, including the traditional Big Wheel and other thrill rides. Every year new rides are added to the site to delight visitors and families who come back year after year.
Confectionery stands and shops sell local specialties suchas the traditional Fouerfësch. This is whiting cooked in brewer’s yeast, accompanied by chips, a cold beer or a good glass of dry white wine from Moselle! Bernard Massard, producer of crémant, is producing a special cuvee for the Schueberfouer.
Allée Scheffer is home to many camelots or small shops that will sell you all kinds of things.
The 2019 edition took place from Friday, August 23, 2019 to Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. And for this new edition, new rides have delighted thrill-seekers. The Alpina Bahn, a regular at Munich’s Oktoberfest, was well represented at the Schueberfouer with its 1.2 km of blue rails. The Transformer, Techno Power and Intoxx Störtz have also fulfilled the most daring. As for the little ones, they also found something new with the Crazy Clown.
A mobile “Schueberfouer” application can be downloaded from fouer.lu and will allow you to easily locate snacks and drinks, drinking water stations or toilets. You will also be informed of the special days and the agenda for the duration of the event.
To enjoy the festivities even more with your children, the Police give everyone a badge, as soon as you show up at the station at the main entrance. This will facilitate research if necessary.
Public transport is being reinforced. Special shuttles run from P+R car parks and from a number of towns and villages to avoid traffic and parking problems. The tram stops at the Schueberfouer, and adapts its night schedule for the occasion! For people with reduced mobility a Fouer-Call-a Bus service is also available.
The Schuberfouer is open every afternoon until 1am or 2am depending on the day.
Don’t miss this great fair in Luxembourg, it is an essential event in Luxembourg life!