Sunny days in Luxembourg are few and far between so when we are greeted with azure blue skies, it is no wonder so many people head to open ground for picnics, sports and sunbathing.
Here, wort.lu/en presents some of its favourite picnic haunts around the Grand Duchy.
Villa Vauban Park
Located within easy striking distance for anyone using public transport the Villa Vauban grounds are an attractive and peaceful setting for a stylish outdoor feast. Entry is free and the owners provide chairs and outdoor games to keep visitors occupied. Because it's off the main road, it tends not to be as overrun as the city's other municipal parks such as Kinnekswiss.
The Grund opposite Abbaye de Neumunster
The Grund has no shortage of sunny corners where picnickers can stretch out with a hearty feast. Our favourite area is the hilly gardens the other side of the stream from the Abbaye de Neumunster. Surrounded by fragrant wild flowers, lie back and enjoy the gentle music of insects and birds in this little-exploited paradise. Should you wish to return to civilisation, a number of pleasant bars with terraces are just spitting distance away in either the Grund or Clausen.
The Stauséi lake located west of Esch-sur-Sûre has long-been a favourite swimming and barbecue spot among Luxembourgers and as such attracts huge numbers each summer. Why not use this area as a base to explore the many trails surrounding the lake and set up your picnic on a deserted beach along the way. While you are there, cool off with a swim in the lake.
If travelling with public transport, take the train to Ettelbruck and then the bus to Insenborn. Maps are available from www.naturpark-sure.lu
Canoe along the Sûre from Wallendorf to Echternach
If you like your picnics on the hoof, you can do no wrong by combining a gentle canoe or raft ride down the Sûre from Wallendorf to Echternach. During the sunny season water levels are low allowing boaters to bob lazily downriver, stopping off to explore the stunning countryside en-route.
Different departure points are available and there is also the possibility to cycle the 16 kilometres back to the start point. For more information, visit www.durivage.lu
Mondorf is mainly known as the spa town where cycling sensations the Schleck brothers come from. But, the relaxation centre also boasts some stunning woodland worth a visit for anyone in the area. Just behind the spa visitors can explore the 50-hectare wooded park and gardens. With picture perfect bridges and ponds, you'll feel as though you are taking a picnic in an impressionist painting. If that's not enough there's also mini golf and an aviation museum to keep visitors occupied.