Getting on a tight budget

Luxembourg has an unfair reputation as being an expensive city in which to live. A recent cost of living survey from Mercer showed that the capital is less expensive than many European cities, including Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam and London. Even so, it doesn’t harm to know where to save a few pennies – here’s how.

Buy Second Hand

Since the Ville de Luxembourg introduced its Vide-Grenier second hand sales in 2012, the Knuedler has been packed on the first Sunday of the month between April and October. People living on a budget can pick up some neat second hand items, and those who are looking to raise a bit of extra cash can sell their unwanted items.

The British Ladies Club hosts a very popular car boot sale along the same lines once a year in late spring on the Glacis car park.

Second hand shops also exist and are a great place to pick up anything from clothes
to furniture – places such as Teddy Second Hand Shop (13 boulevard Royal) for women’s fashion or Troc International (83 rue de Hollerich) for furniture and household items.

Get on a Bike

The city has 152km of cycle paths
and has also introduced 30km/h zones throughout residential areas, also to make cycling safer. If you don’t have your own bicycle, the Ville de Luxembourg’s vel’oh! automated bike hire scheme costs just 15 euros for an entire year.

Hunt For Bargains

The Stroossemaart (held late May/early June) and the Braderie (on the second Monday of the Schueberfouer, late August/early September) see shops setting up stalls on the streets and selling a wide variety of items
at bargain prices.

Head to the Parks for free Outdoor Sports

Friskis & Svettis Luxembourg provides free outdoor fitness classes in the Parc de Merl and in the Parc Central in Kirchberg every summer.
For some less formal sporting activity, head to the Kinnekswiss in the city park in the summer where the Ville de Luxembourg sets up a stand at which sports equipment such as footballs, badminton racquets or frisbees can be hired for free.

Watch Films for less

Film fans can catch a classic movie or part of a retrospective programme on the big screen at the Cinémathèque for just 3.70 euros (or 2.40 euros for concessions).

The Utopia and Utopolis cinemas have a tradition of offering film fans a reduced rate on Mondays (just 6 euros) and at noon (6.70 euros). Teenagers and students as well as seniors also get a slightly reduced rate, while families comprising a maximum of two adults and two kids also pay just 6.20 euros each for a Family ticket.

Visits Museeums for free

The two museums of the Ville de Luxembourg offer visitors free entrance at different times. Lovers of classical art can gain access to the Villa Vauban free of charge on Friday evenings between 6 and 9 p.m. The Musee d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg is accessible gratis on Thursdays between 6 and 8 p.m. Students under 26 always benefit from free entry.

The Mudam is free to under 21 and students under the age of 26 on Wednesday evenings, while entrance to the permanent exhibition at the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art is free at any time. Visitors can access its temporary exhibits for free on Thursdays between 5 and 8 p.m.

Take the Bus on Saturday

If you use the bus on a Saturday in the City (or on a Sunday when the shops are open) the service is free.é/Autobus

Enjoy free Music

Between October and March the Luxembourg City Tourist Office holds free lunchtime concerts twice a month on Fridays at venues throughout the city such as the Église Protestante (5 rue de la Congrégation), the auditorium of Cercle Cité (rue du Genistre) and the Conservatoire (33 rue Charles Martel). The LCTO also organise free music festivals in the summer such as the MeYouZik celebration of world music, the Rock um Knuedler showcasing local talent and international stars and the Blues’n Jazz Rallye in the Grund and Clausen.

Try Sports on the cheap

The Ville de Luxembourg’s “Sports pour Tous” programme features some 160 courses per week on offer all over the capital city, indoors and outdoors. They cost just 30 euros per year per course, or for 110 euros per year you can get access to all courses. Courses for young people aged 12-16 are free, while the over 55 also get one course for free per season.

Author:Duncan Roberts