As much as we love jumping in a pool or sipping wine by a river, sometimes we’re in the mood for something a bit different. We put together this list for occasions like those—when you want the workout that comes with kayaking or the memories that come with fishing trips. Here are some of our favorite places to kayak, canoe, fish or even white water raft!
There are plenty of places to fish around Luxembourg! Just make sure that you are aware of the specific rules of each site—some places don’t allow you to kill the fish, for instance. One place to check out is Étangs de Fischbach, located in the middle of the country. Here, you’ll find two trout fishing ponds, a brasserie, and a playground! You can also reserve the pond for large group events. It’s open Thursday through Sunday from 7am until 6pm. There are also other fish ponds in Lamadelaine/Petange and Boulaide!
Luxembourg’s larger cities have several spots for fishing as well. In Esch-sur-Alzette, you can fish on either inland rivers or the rivers bordering Germany, although you will need a permit for the latter. You can fish on the Vianden reservoir too, as long as you purchase a permit! For angling on the Vianden reservoir (from April 1 to November 30), an annual permit is required. A two-week permit (from June 1 to November 30) can be bought at the Tourist Office (from June 1 to November 30).
Finally, up in Echternach, you can fish on the Sûre (with a fishing license, which you can find more about here) or in Lake Echternach! A single day of fishing on Lake Echternach is €12, but you can extend your permit for longer if you wish. An annual pass costs € 250, and there are other options in-between. Happy fishing!
Canoeing & Kayaking
There are also numerous places to enjoy a relaxing canoe or kayak ride down a river (and get a good workout in the process!). Head up to Dillingen to canoe down the Sûre—open from April 1 until September 30! A one-seat canoe is €25, and a two-seat canoe is €40. You can spend about three hours on the water, and you must pay in cash. Alternatively, the youth hostel in Lultzhausen offers canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle rentals! The prices are €36 for a canoe (3 seats), €21 for a kayak (1 seat), and €21 per stand-up paddle (1 “seat”). There’s also a €100 security deposit per boat that will be returned to you as long as there is no damage to the equipment.
If you have your own canoe already, Bech-Kleinmacher is the place for you! Enjoy a peaceful trip down the Moselle while taking in its natural beauty. You do have to be careful to not disturb the wildlife, plant or animal, as the area is protected. You can also head over to Wasserbillig for a scenic ride down the Sauer valley. It’s home to a lot of different natural wildlife, such as butterflies, dragonflies, and birds.
Finally, stop by Diekirch for canoeing and kayaking! (If you’ve seen our Diekirch itinerary, this might look familiar.) You’ll paddle for about 3 kilometers, learning about canoeing and the surrounding nature in the process, and then end up right back where you started. The entire trip takes about 2 hours. Or, head over to Wallendorf-Pont for a 3- to 3.5-hour canoe trip down the Sûre! You don’t need any experience to complete this route, and you can go at your own pace (or whatever pace the water sets for you!). The first kayak you rent is €22, and the second is €40 (€42.50 with a child).
If canoeing and kayaking aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other boating options for you! Try pedal boating on Lake Echternach if you’re in the mood for something fun with friends or family. You can rent a pedal boat for €20 per hour, and up to 5 people can fit in the boat. You could also rent stand-up paddle boats for €15 per hour! Children ages 12 and up can go on these. You can rent either boat in April Fridays through Sundays from 11am-6pm and in May-September, Wednesdays through Mondays from 11am until 7pm. Also, for the first time, starting from this summer Lake Echternach will also be open for swimming!
You can also visit Mondorf-les-Bains for pleasure boating, which are relaxing boat tours that show you the Parc Thermal and all it has to offer. These tours will take about 30 minutes. You can also rent a boat for two, three, or four people, for prices ranging from €6 to €8. They’re free with a Luxembourg Card! Or, if you have both a motor boat and a permit (you can take a course in Strassen) you can take your boat for a spin on the Moselle! Your boat must be clearly identified, and there is a speed limit of 30 km/h.
High Energy—Waterskiing, Windsurfing, etc.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to waterski? We sure have! Why not head up to Rosport to give it a try? They have courses in waterskiing and wakeboarding for both beginners and experienced riders. You can also gather two other friends together and hop in the “Banana” for some fun! The three of you will be pulled by the boat for €25 for 8-10 minutes. Waterskiing or wakeboarding lessons are €25 per rider. Alternatively, if you already know how to waterski and just want to get behind the boat for a bit, you can at a rate of €2.50 per minute. Opening hours (May-September) are from 5:30p until 10pm.
Or, have you ever wanted to learn to sail and windsurf? Lultzhausen is the place for you! It’s a full day of being on the water and is a great way to introduce kids to the art of sailing. The price for the day is €160. You can also head back up to Remich for “Water Adventures”, which are a little bit of everything! Drive an electric boat without a license, or take a ride on the speedboat (with 450 HP), or enjoy a party on the water. There are more activities coming soon as well!
These are some of our favorite places to spend some time on the water without necessarily needing to get wet. What types of boating do you enjoy? And where do you like to do it? Let us know in the comments!