Let’s face it, people don’t travel to Luxembourg to visit Mersch, yet it does have places of interest and is in the centre of an area that is worth exploring and with access to interesting hiking/walking trails. And should you just want to relax, there is a covered pool in Mersch with a large sauna complex on the roof level.
Here are some links to sites that tell you more:
By car: Mersch lies on the north-south motorway (N7) which connects Luxembourg city with Ettelbruck and Diekirch. Travel times from the theatre in Mersch to these town centres are:
Luxembourg centre 25 minutes
Luxembourg Kirchberg 20 minutes
Ettelbruck 12 minutes
Diekirch 17 minutes
There is ample place for parking your car close to the theatre. There is no charge, but street parking in the centre and the places round the St Michael’s tower are restricted to 2 hours from 09:00 to 18:00 (Monday to Friday).
Train and bus: Luxembourg has a good public transport system and all travel within Luxembourg is free (except 1st class rail). Mersch lies on the n° 10 train line between Luxembourg City and Ettelbruck / Diekirch. This line has a regular a regular service, even over weekends and public holidays. There are also bus services to Luxembourg City (n° 290), and in the other direction to Ettelbruck (n° 402), with more stops than the train, thus giving greater flexibility on where to stay, but the service is less frequent on Sundays and public holidays.
There is an efficient mobility website with a useful Journey Planner service. This allows you to see what means of transport you will need and how long each leg will take as well as when you need to leave in order to arrive on time.
It helps to know the name of the closest bus stop/train station to where you start the journey. But if you don’t, select ‘Stops nearby’ if your location can be traced to the device you’re using, or if not, start to type something that’s fairly close, like ‘Luxem’. You will be given various options to choose from. (Note that Gare is station). Select one and enter your destination and other details. You don’t need to choose a means of transport. Select ‘Search’. The options will be shown with a map. Select ‘Map Options’, then ‘Stations’ and make sure ‘All stations’ is on. You can now navigate the map, zooming in to where you are staying and identify which bus or tram stop or station is closest to you, then go back to the beginning and put the new details in.
If you want to check the timetables on the ‘mobility’ website, select ‘Timetables and lines’ and then ‘Bus’, Train’ or ‘Tram’ and the number of the line you want. The through train (line n° 10) from Luxembourg to Mersch takes 17 minutes, the one serving all stations (also n° 10) takes 26 minutes. In the other direction (still line n° 10), Ettelbruck is 10 minutes by through train or 16 minutes on the all-stops train. The slow train also serves Diekirch (23 minutes from Mersch).
The Kulturhaus theatre is 600 m from the Mersch bus and train station, about an 8 to 10-minute walk.
Getting back at night after winding down in the theatre bar, and especially after the party on Saturday evening, is more difficult. The last train to Luxembourg leaves at 23:42, while that to Ettelbruck / Diekirch leaves at 23:49 and to Ettelbruck at 0:03. If you’re on a budget, avoid taxis as they’re among the most expensive in Europe. They need to be ordered well in advance as Mersch is not a traffic hub.
An alternative exists for Friday and Saturday nights:
The Night Rider operates a service on Fridays and Saturdays from 18:00 to 05:00. They will, by pre-arranged reservation – no good calling them up, it must be booked in advance – pick you up at an arranged time and drop you where you want to go. It’s a shared mini-bus service, not a taxi, but inexpensive. Good value for group bookings (up to 8).
For Thursday and Sunday nights, you are limited to the available public transport or taxis.
Getting to/from the airport: For those who will be flying into Luxembourg, there are a number of possibilities to get into Luxembourg city.
Bus n° 16 leaves from in front of the terminal building and passes through the centre of the city. There are connections to the tram at different points and a connection to the train line n° 10 at Rout Bréck-Pafendall. It leaves every 15 or 20 minutes during the week and every 30 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Travel time to the city centre is 25 minutes. It is a free service.
Bus n° 29 also leaves from in front of the terminal building and goes through residential areas to the central station. It leaves every 20 minutes during the week, and every 20 or 30 minutes on Saturday, Sundays and public holidays (more frequent during the day). Travel time to the station is 20 minutes. It is a free service.
The taxi rank is directly at the exit from the terminal building. A ride into the city will cost between around 25 to 50€ during the day.
A guided walk, in English, of the historic centre of Mersch with a professional (and well-informed) tour guide will take place at 10:30 on Saturday morning. Duration is about 2 hours. Cost per person is 5€. The tour will start at the entrance to the theatre.
Reservations can be made at the Hospitality desk in the theatre entrance hall. You can also pick up your walker's tag here before the walk starts.
Those who wish to explore Mersch on their own, without the historical context of the guided walk, can avail themselves of the 'Treasure Hunt'. This will take the form of rhymed clues leading participants to identify features, details or peculiarities, and so be 'guided' through the central area of Mersch. The clue sheet can be obtained from the Hospitaliy desk. It will take between 45 and 60 minutes.