Eurocamp Holiday Review: Birkelt Village Campsite, Larochette, Mullerthal, Luxembourg

Looking for a fun family holiday to Luxembourg on a budget? This Eurocamp Holiday Review is all about Birkelt Village Campsite – a Hu holiday park in Larochette in Luxembourg. I’ve included our experiences, photos, details about the Eurocamp accommodation, what there is to do locally (including Schiessentumpel Waterfalls, Luxembourg City, Viandan Chairlift and Castle), driving time from Calais, the closest airport and everything else that you need to know about this campsite in this beautiful and unique country.

We always try to travel on a small budget, so if you’re looking to explore the UK and Europe with the kids (in an affordable way!) then have a browse around my blog for loads of money saving tips and budget holiday reviews. And if you have any recommendations, please let me know – I’m always planning our next trip! (You can follow our travels on Instagram too!)

Holiday: June 2024

 

Hu Birkelt Village Campsite Review

In June 2024, we embarked on another budget European road trip using Eurocamp campsites to hop between as usual. We drove from Calais to Luxembourg to spend five nights at Birkelt Village Campsite, before having at short stop off at Chateau de Galaure Campsite on our way to the South of France, where we stayed at Domaine des Naiades for a week in the French Riviera.

Exploring Luxembourg was really interesting, and it was a great stop off for a few days on our way to sunnier parts – we loved the city so much! So here’s everything that you need to know about Birkelt Village Campsite and visiting Luxembourg – our first stop on our adventure.

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What was Birkelt Village Campsite like?

Birkelt Village Campsite, near the town of Larochette, was actually pretty big – it definitely seemed to be a popular place. The main resort area has everything that you need in one area which was really handy – things like the shop, restaurant, entertainment area, play areas, the pools and soft play.

Prices in the takeout were €6 for an XL chips and pizzas from €12, restaurant meals were generally priced at €12-€20 per adult meal. We didn’t try the food, as we did all of our own cooking at our holiday home, but the restaurant was popular and the food looked good. We did however have to sample the ice-cream, which had some really cool flavours, at €3 for one scoop in a pot or cone.

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I think with Luxembourg being a small country I was expecting the campsite to be smaller, so we were pleasantly surprised by how much there was to do for the kids. They catered to kids of all ages too – there was a playground for younger children by the indoor soft play, which was suitable for kids up to the age of 10. And then an astro turf basketball / football area for the older ones as well as a zip line and trail type play park.

When we visited the football was also on, and they showed all of the matches on a large projector screen so we loved being able to keep up with it – even if we couldn’t understand the commentary! 😂

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What were the swimming pools like?

We found the weather in Luxembourg to be similar to the UK. We visited in June and whilst most days were mild it was a bit all over the place (very much in line with the summer we’d been having at home before we left!) and there were spells of rain too – we even had a few thunderstorms. Then on the day we headed into the city we had a downpour all morning before we left, and then an afternoon of 23° and brilliant sunshine (honestly we had no idea what to wear whilst we were in Luxembourg 😂 just like the UK!!).

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Because the weather was so varied, it was really handy to have both an indoor and outdoor pool option at Birkelt Village. We didn’t use the pool outside (though some people were brave enough!) but the kids enjoyed swimming in the indoor pool. Housed in a giant dome, it was a good size and had a slide for the younger ones – though Lola had a few trips down it too! On their second swim, which we thought would be a good plan whilst we waited out the rain, they had the entire pool to themselves!

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It wasn’t the highest quality pool area but it was nice enough and had showers, toilets and changing areas. Plus there were places for adults to sit and watch if they didn’t want to swim, which is always handy. Outside there were tons of sun beds all set up for warmer weather, so I think it must be popular when the summer finally arrives!

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The only thing I feel like I must mention is that the lifeguard at the pool was totally disinterested and distracted by listening to music and playing on his phone so, even if you have older ones, make sure you go to the pool with the kids just to be on the safe side.

 

Local Area: What is there to do near Birkelt Village Campsite?

Birkelt Village Campsite really is all about the location. Luxembourg is only a small country and this campsite was a fantastic base for exploring the countryside as well as heading into Luxembourg City centre which was only a half an hour drive away – it was the best of both worlds!

All public transport is also completely free in Luxembourg so even if you come without a car (or want to leave the car at the campsite when you arrive) it’s so easy to get around. There are bus stops everywhere, with one directly outside of the campsite on the main road, so you can hop on and off as you wish without spending a penny. Trains, buses and trams are all included, which really helps little legs too if you’re heading for a day in the city.

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Using Birkelt Village Campsite as our base we were able to see and do all of the things on our Luxembourg wish list without travelling more than 30 minutes away from the campsite. It was a fantastic base – here are some of the places you’ll want to add to your Luxembourg itinerary.

 

Schiessentumpel (Schießentümpel) Waterfalls

Just a 12 minute drive away from the campsite you’ll find Schiessentumpel Waterfalls in the Mullerthal Region – the perfect free adventure to have with the kids. This one is such a short route from the carpark – just 500m – that it’s doable even with little ones.

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Simply park in the free carpark, cross the road and follow the Mullerthal trail route 3 (all of the routes are well sign posted). There’s also a bus stop directly next to the parking area if you’re using public transport to get around.

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The trail isn’t tricky at all, and the pathway runs between cliffs and the beautiful river – it’s such a gorgeous area to explore. You’ll eventually come to some steps, and when you go up and along and down the other side you’ll be greeted by the Schiessentumpel cascades.

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From there you can continue on the trail through the woods if you’d like, there are lots of signposted hiking routes, or head back the way you came when you’ve soaked it all in.

 

Larochette

Just 1km away from Birkelt Village Campsite (both walkable and on a bus route) is the little town of Larochette. It’s a quaint area with a square with a few shops and restaurants, so somewhere to pop to for a coffee if you’d like. The old market town also has woodland walks, an industry museum and the ruins of Larochette Castle if you’d like to do some exploring without travelling too far away from the campsite.

 

Luxembourg City

You obviously can’t come to Luxembourg and not venture into the city. It’s only around a 30 minute drive from Birkelt Village, and again it can be reached using public transport too. Until now, even with all of our adventures, Italy’s cities were my unrivalled favourites but Luxembourg definitely wowed us. (I think I’ll give it joint first place! 😲)

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The roads aren’t busy and everyone seems to drive calmly in Luxembourg, so it was an easy drive to reach the city. We parked at Rue de Bouillon Park and Ride (follow the P&R signs when you get near the city) and parking is free for up to 24 hours. We then hopped on a bus (head towards ‘Central Gare’ which is the main train station) to reach the city centre.

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Honestly, if you’re looking for the perfect budget city break then it doesn’t get much better than Luxembourg. Free parking, free transport which you can hop on and off all day (and because the buses are so well used they arrive every few minutes) and if you take a picnic you needn’t spend a penny.

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The Wenzel Circular Walking route is the best place to start. It’s a well signposted walking route (2.5km) around the older parts of the city and it’ll take you past sights like Grand Ducal Palace, Luxembourg Cathedral, Neumunster Abbey, the Adolphe Bridge, Rham Plateau and the Bock Promontory. As cities go, I think you’d be hard pushed to find a cleaner, safer, more stunning place for a family day out.

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There’s also a free panoramic lift viewing point, and if you want to go inside the Cathedral that’s free too. If you’re thinking of visiting Luxembourg City, check out my article for more information: How to visit Luxembourg City on a budget with kids!

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Mersch

Around a 10 minute drive away is the Mersch area – where you can grab shopping and eat out if you like. But this area is also great for walking – it’s an area rich in natural beauty with interesting rock formations and caverns. So if you love exploring nature, you might want to pack up a picnic and have a wander.

 

Vianden Chairlift and Castle

Around half an hour’s drive from Birkelt Village Campsite you’ll find Vianden – a lovely little town, with a gorgeous river and castle on the cliffside. Running up the hill towards it is a chairlift, which (as someone who isn’t a fan of heights!) I have to admit was slightly terrifying! 😂 But, though you can walk up to the viewing point, it looked rather hard going so it seemed worth facing my fears on the chairlift.

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It was totally worth it too because the views surpassed my expectations, and we all really loved it. It cost €28 for a return trip for our family of four. You can see the whole town, the castle and the river from the viewing point, and if you want to visit the castle it’s just a 15 minute walk from the top of the chairlift.

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At the top there are also toilets and a quaint little restaurant where you can sit and admire the view, so the kids enjoyed an ice-cream before we headed back down to wander along the river and through the town.

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The town itself was also gorgeous and you’d be hard pushed to find somewhere more tranquil and beautiful than Luxembourg. Despite having to plan our excursions around the weather, we absolutely adored our time there.

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If you’re still on the fence about whether Luxembourg is for you, check out my article: 10 reasons why you should visit Luxembourg with kids! It’s definitely worth a visit!

 

Was the accommodation good?

We booked our accommodation through Eurocamp but there was also tons of room for camping – it seemed to be a popular place for people with motorhomes too. We booked a Premium holiday home and it seemed pretty standard besides the addition of a dishwasher – which definitely made self-catering less of a chore.

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The setting of our particular accommodation was brilliant. I’d asked for a quiet spot when we booked, and we couldn’t have been put in a nicer area. We were directly across from a huge forest, and woke up to the birds singing every morning. It was lovely to sit outside with a cuppa in the mornings, or for dinner and a game of cards in the evenings.

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Our holiday home had 3 bedrooms, a kitchen area, a bathroom and a comfortable seating area with a dining table in the centre. The kitchen was very well equipped in this one, with an oven too, so it was easy to cook.

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The gas actually went out about 3 minutes into cooking pasta on the hob on our first day, and when I called the Eurocamp Rep she came and changed it within five minutes flat – lovely lady and very efficient. We found all the staff to be really helpful and friendly during our stay.

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Our holiday home also had bug screens and blackout blinds on the bedroom windows, which is a massive plus point. We always bring spare bin bags (to cover the windows) and eye masks just in case when we travel, as it can be so hit and miss, so I LOVE it when there are decent blinds! And the beds were super comfy – we just brought our own bed linen to save money.

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For more info on the accommodation options, and to find out what to pack / what’s included, read my post: Eurocamp holiday reviews: Which accommodation should I choose? What’s included?

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What facilities are on site at Birkelt Village Campsite?

The shop on-site was large and well stocked – open from 8am-12pm and then again at 4-7pm when we visited. They had freshly baked bits, essentials and also extras like beach bits / goggles. A fresh baguette was around €2 – so it would be easy to have cheap lunches and picnics if you wanted to pack up a picnic. Everything else in the shop was definitely dearer than other local supermarkets but not extortionate for the odd thing if need be.

We didn’t buy anything from the on-site shop – we instead did a full shop at Lidl, which was just a 10 minute drive away in the nearby town of Mersch and generally priced similarly to our usual shopping back home. (There was an Aldi there too, as well as other shops and restaurants.)

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We were able to park directly in front of the holiday home that we stayed in, making it easy to load and unload the car of luggage and food shopping. If you’re camping, the facilities here for campers were very clean (we had a peak) and we also used the dryers in the laundrette (though it was expensive at €7 for an hour – but handy to have if needed!).

Most Eurocamp accommodation doesn’t come with a TV – it’s only included with their higher ranges – so it’s handy to take a tablet or laptop with you with some movies for when you want a quiet evening if it’s not included with your holiday home type.

All of the Eurocamp reps we met on our trip were friendly, helpful and spoke (or were) English. The other staff on the site were also fluent in English and very cheerful and friendly. There was an entertainment programme for the kids – with face painting and activities during the day, and then discos and games in the entertainment area in the evenings. We, instead, watched the football on the big projector screen nearby in the evenings, but there were lots of families with little ones taking part.

 

Getting to Luxembourg from the UK

Luxembourg is such an easy place to come for a road trip from the UK. My husband found it a pleasure to drive around, and it’s only 4 hours 15 minutes from Calais, so it’s perfect for a Le Shuttle or ferry crossing. We travelled down the side of France and through Belgium, which also meant that we didn’t encounter a single toll, and we got there using only around half a tank of petrol from door to door. So, if you’re trying to travel with the kids on a small budget then Luxembourg is a great option.

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If you are opting for a road trip, check out my article: Family road trip essentials: 13 things to pack on a road trip with kids to make sure that you have everything you need for stress free travel before you set off. If you’re new to road trips, this article is a great place to start: How to road trip on a budget around Europe – the ultimate family guide!

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Luxembourg City is only around 15 minutes from the airport, and 30 minutes from Birkelt Village Camping, so if you are opting to fly for your Luxembourg adventure then it’s not far to reach from there either. And, given that all public transport across the whole of Luxembourg is free, you don’t need to worry about expensive transfers!

 

How much does a Eurocamp holiday at Birkelt Village Campsite cost – was it good value for money?

Our 5 night stay at Birkelt Village Campsite in mid June in a Premium holiday home was £232. Averaging out at around £46 per night, it was brilliant value for money and a great option for a cheap family holiday.

We booked this trip, as part of a longer road trip, because I was desperate to visit Luxembourg City and it certainly didn’t disappoint, we all loved it. And, staying outside of the city, and travelling in is a brilliant way to keep costs down.

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Luxembourg is a very affluent country, and hotels in the city centre were charging more per night than we paid for 5 nights at Birkelt Village Campsite so, for travelling as a family on a small budget, avoiding the expensive central accommodation really is the best option. Plus you get swimming pools, activities and playgrounds – whilst being surrounded by forest and nature – making it a well rounded and fun holiday for the kids too.

As we home educate the kids, we are fortunate to be able travel term-time which is a great money saver, but if you’re restricted to school holiday dates then look for May half-term getaways – they’re always so much cheaper than the summer holidays!

But, having said that, affordable school summer holiday travel is possible – I went hunting on the Eurocamp website and found 35 family holidays under £1k! (There were more but I ran out of steam! 😂) So if you do need school holiday dates – this article is a great place to start: Budget Family Summer Getaways: July & August school holiday deals under £1000! I even found a week in Austria in August for £188!

For more information, and to check prices for your dates, click here to check out Birkelt Village Campsite on the Eurocamp website.

 

To find out more about Eurocamp and how to save money on your holiday check out:

The Ultimate Eurocamp Holiday Guide – and money saving tips!

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Or read my blog post: Why do we use always Eurocamp to travel in Europe with the kids?

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Still need help deciding where to stay?

Check out my full reviews of some of the other Eurocamp campsites that we’ve visited, just click through below:

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping Village Valle Gaia, Tuscany, Italy

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Manor Farm Campsite, Interlaken, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Duinrell Theme Park Resort, Wassenaar, South Holland, The Netherlands

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Italy Family Holiday Itinerary: Our 3 week budget Italian Eurocamp road trip with kids!

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Budget Family Summer Getaways: July & August school holiday deals under £1000!

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Budget Family Holiday Tips: How to travel abroad cheaply with kids

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