The Schueberfouer is THE big fair of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It takes place from the last week of August (Saint Bartholomew’s Day) to mid-September and lasts 20 days. It is the traditional and popular event in Luxembourg with over 2 million visitors!
A new edition from Wednesday 23 August to Monday 11 September 2023
After two special years due to the coronavirus crisis, the Schueberfouer returns to tradition with a big party on the Champ du Glacis.
Once again, you’ll find the rides that delight us every year, such as the Ferris wheel, the Wilde Maus XXL, and the ghost train. New attractions such as Pirates Aventures and Airwolf Sky Control will delight thrill-seekers.
As for the Alpina Bahn, a regular at Munich’s Oktoberfest, will it be present this year with its 1.2 km of blue rails? What about the Transformer, Techno Power and other Intoxx Störtz? Only one way to find out… To get there, of course!
The little ones will also find over twenty rides and amusements, including duck fishing, mini-scooters and the Ballonfahrt mongorfer.
History of the Schueberfouer
Luxembourg, a commercial gateway
The largest and oldest popular festival in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Schueberfouer dates back more than six centuries. It is part of the soul of Luxembourgers and today of new residents.
Authorized for the first time in 1340 by Jean l’Aveugle, Count of Luxembourg, the Schueberfouer was originally a trade fair. Originally established on the plateau of the Holy Spirit, it gathered a market of various products and later a livestock market.
The fair was also an opportunity to promote Luxembourg economically. The country was ideally situated between Flanders and Italy, and represented a privileged trading location, as it was an obligatory crossing point between these two major players in the trade of the time.
During the Luxembourg Fair, merchants were fully protected and allowed to trade.
The Fair on the Glacis Field at Limpertsberg
In 1610, the fair was moved to the Limpertsberg district, to take its current place on the Champ du Glacis. The “Fouer” then offered food and drink, as well as dancing, games of skill and other forms of entertainment. It is with the industrial era in the 19th century that the first attractions appeared.
Traditionally, the “Fouer” is announced in the streets of the town by a parade of musicians. They perform the “Hämmelsmarsch” (sheep march) through the streets of the town, accompanied by sheep decorated with ribbons for the occasion. The “Lämmy” sheep is the Schueberfouer mascot. You will be able to buy him on the spot in plush or find him on the various objects sold during the fair.
The biggest fair in the region
From this purely commercial origin, the Schueberfouer has evolved into the the largest fair in the Greater Region. An unmissable event for the greatest pleasure of all!
Every year, the Schueberfouer attracts over 2 million visitors to the Glacis in Luxembourg’s Limperstberg district.
There are over 260 attractions for young and old, including the traditional Ferris Wheel and other thrill rides and more leisurely rides. Each time, new rides delight visitors. Families return year after year. Schuebi” is a true Luxembourg tradition.
There are also confectionery stands and stalls selling local specialities, such as the traditional Fouerfësch. It is whiting cooked in beer yeast, accompanied by French fries, a cold beer or a good glass of dry white wine from Moselle!
Bernard Massard, producer of crémant, also produces a special vintage for the Schueberfouer.
As for the Allée Scheffer, it’s home to a host of bric-a-brac and small stalls. You’ll find all kinds of objects.
A “Schueberfouer” mobile application can be downloaded from fouer.lu. It will help you to easily locate snack bars, drinking water stations and toilets. You can also find out about special days and the event calendar.
To make the party even more fun for you and your children, the Police will give everyone a badge. Simply report to the police station at the main entrance. This will make it easier to find what you’re looking for, should the need arise.
A reinforcement of public transport is set up on the occasion of the Schueberfouer. Special shuttles are organized from the P+R parking lots and a number of towns and villages in the Lucembourg area. The Schueberfouer is also served by the streetcar, which also adapts its night-time timetable! For people with reduced mobility a Fouer-Call-a Bus service is also available.
The Schueberfouer is open every afternoon until 1 or 2 am depending on the day. Don’t miss this great fair in Luxembourg, it is an essential event in the life of Luxembourg!