Our youth hostels are in a constant state of change so that we can meet the demands of our guests. Existing hostels are regularly renovated and modernised. In other locations, new youth hostels are being built in cooperation with local and national partners to meet the demand for new and modern accommodation. Fortunately, the government and the municipalities have decided to maintain the high level of investment in youth and tourism facilities in the coming years, so we can continue to look forward with optimism to the development of the Luxembourg youth hostel network. After all, all these projects could not be realised without the help of the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, the respective municipalities as well as the Carlo Hemmer Foundation.
The youth hostel in Pfaffenthal is proud to offer further comfortable family rooms.
Three modern family-friendly rooms, each with five beds, ensuite bathrooms and plenty of storage space have been built on the ground floor of the youth hostel. Unfortunately, due to the sanitary crisis, the rooms couldn’t be finished in due time. Director Peter Hengel is very proud to inaugurate the new rooms and officially open them for bookings. ‘For years the demand for family rooms in the capital city has been rising, therefore, we decided to expand our capacity in order to become even more family-friendly."
Thanks to the support of the Ministries of Tourism and of Education, Children and Youth, as well as the City of Luxembourg, and due to the good cooperation with Theisen Architects, the youth hostel can welcome now even more families. A total of 249 beds divided into 52 rooms are now available to our guests.
Since 1949, the spacious manor house next to Hollenfels castle has continuously housed a youth hostel. Due to its location and the constant cooperation with the neighbouring ‘Service National de la Jeunesse’, the youth hostel has always been an integral part of village life and a well-known and popular address for children and young people. Now, an extensive renovation is on the agenda for this historic building. This is also a national heritage site that will be respectfully renovated. Planning has been well advanced since 2020, and work is scheduled to begin in late 2022/early 2023. In this project, the main entrance with its historic portal to the centre of the village will be brought back into use, and the silhouette of the roof and the façades will be preserved to continue to showcase this state patrimony. In addition, all rooms will be modernised - 4-bed rooms with en-suite bathrooms will be created. A small public bistro and a restaurant with a panoramic terrace will be created on the ground floor. Modern common rooms and a meeting room as well as accessibility for wheelchair users are also part of the new project.
A good 70 years after the first youth hostel was built in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg's ‘Nordstad’ is to get a new city hostel. The local council already approved the modernisation of Ettelbruck railway station, which includes the new youth hostel. Currently, work on the tracks and platforms is in full swing. Construction work will then begin on the road subway, followed by a new station building, the youth hostel, a multi-storey car park and an administration building.
The home town of Carlo Hemmer, one of the pioneers of the local hostel movement, is located in a rapidly developing centre and is ideal for exploring the Luxembourg Ardennes, not to mention the enormous cultural, tourist, sporting and commercial offer of the ‘Nordstad’. In addition, the hostel will be perfectly connected to free public transport and is located on the main cycling and hiking routes - the perfect location for a stay of several days.
The youth hostel thus completes the national network of hiking trails from one hostel to another and is the starting point for accessing the Lee and Eislek trails, which connect Ettelbruck via Clervaux, Troisvierges with La Roche in Belgium.
The same applies to cycle tourism, where Ettelbruck could become the international hub of the European cycle tourism network linking our country with Belgium via the RAVel cycle paths, as well as with Germany via the cycle paths of the Sûre and Moselle rivers via Vianden or Echternach, and even with the Netherlands via the ‘Vennbahn’.
In order to meet the wishes of families, we have made our infrastructures even more family-friendly and modernised them in recent years. In terms of concrete work, the youth hostel in Lultzhausen has been extended with a few family-friendly rooms with private bathrooms, an indoor playground has been built, the restaurant has been modernised, the terrace with a view of the lake has been renovated and the boat rental has been digitalised. During the campaign ‘Lëtzebuerg, dat ass Vakanz’, these investments have already met with high approval, because the reservoir lake of the Haute-Sûre is a popular destination for excursions.
Construction work to transform the former Trinitian monastery in Vianden into a new, modern youth hostel began in 2020. The location in the centre of Vianden and in a building of great historical value requires a respectful approach to the site. Basically, the existing historical structures and elements will be preserved and upgraded. In addition to a large kitchen in the former backyard, the new youth hostel will have modern, spacious single and multi-person rooms as well as meeting rooms in the attic, a small bistro and a restaurant. The latter will stand out as a highlight, as the restaurant will be integrated into the old walls and offer a direct view of the cloister garden. The cloister will remain in its form and will also be open to the public. In the meantime, work is in full swing and our association is looking forward to the opening (end of 2023) of one of the most charming and fascinating youth hostels in Europe.
Larochette youth hostel was also made more family-friendly in 2020. A shelter for bicycles and waste separation as well as a playground were built. Needless to say, the latter is already a big hit with the hostel's young visitors. Just like the newly designed rooms of the bungalows, which have been completely renovated. Now, however, further modernisation work is on the agenda in the short term. Already this winter, the sanitary areas in the main building will be renewed. Furthermore, the redesign of the reception is planned, which will be completed with a small bistro and a lounge area. On the one hand, this work will enable the relocation - from the basement to the ground floor - of the entire electrical, IT and security systems that were damaged by the recent floods. On the other hand, the opportunity will also be taken to spice up the rooms, to send the old carpeting into well-deserved retirement and to replace the furniture with more contemporary furnishings.