Tic-tac tic-tac… the Schoubi kicks off on Thursday

On the 23 of August the 678e edition of the Schueberfouer will kick off

The annual fair will take place from the 23rd of August until the 11th of September.
This not-to-be-missed event, which attracts every year an increasing number of people, hosts 180 organisations coming from different countries.

The Schueberfouer is a strongly rooted tradition in Luxembourg. This multifaceted event is attended by people of all ages and nationalities who spend time there having fun with the sophisticated attractions, eating at the different restaurants or just drinking a fresh beer or some good crémant in one of the stands.

… a bit of history

It is interesting to know that the origines of the fair are found back in the middle-age. Jean l’Aveugle, King of Bohème et Count of Luxembourg is the founder of the fair. The Chart of the 20th October 1340 stated: “The Fair will start each year at the eve of the St. Bartholomew festivity (24 August), and will last 8 days.”  The Schueberfouer is thus linked to the date of August 24 celebrating St. Bartholomew.

The name “Schueberfouer” derived from the first place, where the fair was held, the “Schuedbuerg” which was located on the plateau of the Holy Spirit. From “Schuedbuerg” it came to “Schuedbermiss” and then to “Schuebermëss”.  Other sources believe that there is a link with the German word “Schober” which used to mean a place to store hay.

For nearly 450 years, until the French Revolution, the “Schueberfouer” was a large market, which was joined by a cattle market, called “Saint Bartholomew’s Market”.  Located at the crossroads of the most important European trade routes, the “Schueberfouer” was of great economic importance. There you could buy fabrics, porcelain and all sorts of goods.

Today the Schueberfouer, with more then 2 million visitors per edition, represents one of most important events of this sort of the Great Region and Europe.

Practical information

Opening time

Attractions : 14H00-1H00
Restauration : 12H00 – 1H00

Transportation

During the Schueberfouer period all the transportation system is adapted in order to facilitate the access to the Fair.

  • the tram is free to use from 23 August until 16 September
  • the tram will run every 10 minutes until midnight and every 15 minutes between midnight and 1.30am from Mondays to Thursdays.
    On Fridays and Saturdays the tram will serve until 2.30am.
    The use of tram is highly recommended. You can leave the car in one of the 5 car parks that are linked to the tram namely: Place de l’Europe and Trois Glands, Coque, Auchan, Luxexpo. A shuttlebus will run from P+R Bouillon and P+R Luxembourg-Sud.

Good to know

Police forces are offering a “lost children” prevention service. This year parents will be able to register their children before going to the Schueberfouer, from Monday to Friday afternoon before 4.00 p.m.

You can find more useful information about the fair on:  www.fouer.lu. 

 

 

 

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