The Schueberfouer, Did you know?
With over 2 million visitors each year, the traditional Schueberfouer funfair in Luxembourg is a much-anticipated occasion to meet with friends and family during the summer months. It is arguably one of the biggest events in the Greater Region and the place to be from the end of August to the beginning of September, and gathers inhabitants and guests of all ages from towns and villages near and far.
Besides being a huge fair where you can have lots of fun on 180 rides and games, indulge in local and regional products at over 100 stalls and restaurants, what else do you know about it?
Let’s start with some general historical information:
- The foundation of the fair goes back to 1340 with John the Blind, Count of Luxembourg and King of Bohemia, who created an 8-day market for Saint Bartholomew’s day. It used to be a large market with great economic importance. The monarch’s intention was to enhance Luxembourg’s economic competitiveness, the country being ideally located on the new trade route between Italy and Flanders.
- From the end of the 16th century on, traders added cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and horses to the offer and the importance of the strategic and economic hub increased furthermore.
- The origins of the name ‘Schueberfouer’ come from ‘Schuedbuerg’, the name of a fort on the Plateau du St Esprit, where the market was originally held, and was changed to ‘Schadebergermesse’, ‘Schobermesse’ and later to its actual name. According to other historical sources the name refers to a big fire which caused significant damage (‘Schaden’) to the marketers.
- In 1844, thanks to the Industrial Revolution, it was the first time that amusements became an integral part of the Schueberfouer.
- The Schueberfouer has been held on the Glacis since 1893.
- During WWII, the Schueberfouer was cancelled and it took years before foreign showmen were allowed to participate again and before it went back to its former glory.
- Can you imagine the fair without a Ferris wheel and roller coaster? They appeared only in the 20th century.
- The traditional clearance sale (braderie) in Luxembourg City was born through the Schueberfouer in 1929.
- On ‘Kiermes’ Day, musicians stroll with sheep through the streets of Luxembourg’s city centre to the melody of the ‘Hämmelsmarsch’ (the march of the sheep) to celebrate the Schueberfouer. Previously, the local shooting club organised a shooting competition at the fair every year, where the main prize was sheep. Today, the ‘Hämmelsmarsch’ is still played at the opening ceremony among a small flock of sheep.
- Lämmy, a sheep dressed in the musicians’ traditional ‘Hämmelsmarsch’ clothes is the mascot of the Schueberfouer.
- Fouerfësch, whiting fried in brewer’s yeast, is a fish traditionally eaten with chips and accompanied with a local beer or a glass of dry Moselle wine: the culinary speciality of the fair.
Why not enjoy this popular traditional event at the end of your summer holidays during a City trip to Luxembourg?
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