Camping Val d'Or
Think of Luxembourg and you think of, well, not very much really. At first blush it’s one of those anonymous little places with little to boast about – no famous sports stars or A-list celebs in rehab and not even a laughably poor record in the Eurovision Song Contest to spice up their image. They’ve won it five times. Perhaps the most interesting fact about the country is that its area is 999 square miles. But out into the countryside of the Ardennes, tucked away in the trees in the valley of the Clerve river, you’ll find some of the finest acreage of that 999 square miles – the little goldmine of Val d’Or in Enscherange.
The friendly Dutch owners took over the site in 1991 and have turned it into an enchanting little oasis of greenery, with a river running through it, which is perfect for kids to play in. There’s room to pitch by the river or, over a wooden footbridge, there are more spacious pitches hidden away behind high hedges, if you fancy a little peace and quiet.
Not that the place is a riot at the best of times. The village has a population of 140 and the old bar that once tickled locals into a lively evening sing-along has since closed its doors. But its only a 5 minute drive to neighbouring Drauffelt, where a pleasant patisserie and a chinese restaurant have taken over the reigns – no singing though I'm afraid. If you're willing to travel a little further, then Clervaux is the best way to bolster your choices and enjoy some of the more traditional Luxembourg cuisine. A cluster of shops and eateries are resided over by the old, whitewashed castle, also home to the word famous photo exhibition “The family of man”.
FacilitiesThe facilities are good – though you need a digital gizmo from reception (for which there’s a €25 refundable deposit) in order to get any hot water. Charge it up with cash and watch the balance on it decrease at a rate of €0.03 every 10 seconds. That’s if you don’t get soap in your eyes from trying to shampoo too quickly. There’s everything you need right onsite for a bit of family fun. There’s the river, for a start, and loads of play areas with various swings, and so on. But the real star is a wooden and metal water feature: prime the pump and water flows into various channels and turns water wheels. It will keep the kids quiet for hours. A railway line runs right by the campsite. To be fair, it’s not that busy – they’re mainly local trains and they don’t run at night – but it’s a bit of a downer.
NearbyGrab a train from Wilwerwiltz main station and enjoy the scenic journey into the country's capital, Luxembourg City (a dayticket only costs €4). As you'd expect around these parts it's a small and compact place, with a wonderfully walkable centre. Make sure you visit the Grand Duke's Palace (00352 4796 2709), the monarch's official residence, smack-bang in the middle of town and open for tours in summertime.
Food & DrinkSadly there are no longer any eateries in the village. The nearest supermarket is in Marnach where there is an Aldi and a Carrefour, so it’s best to stock up there and self-cater.
The Owner Says
Contact Camping Val d'Or, Camping Val d'Or, Um Gaertchen 2, L-9747 Enscherange, G.D.-Luxembourg
ReviewsAdd Your Review
Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews