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Poster design competition
Poster design competition for this year's Schueberfouer! The winning poster will be used as the main visual in all publicity for the funfair.
Designs must be hand-delivered (receipts will be issued) by 28 February 2020 to the City's Service Communication et relations publiques (Communication and Public Relations Department) at the following address: first floor of the Raiffeisen Building, at 28, boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg.
Full details of the competition rules are available below:
See you in 2020!
Dates, times and locations
Dates of upcoming fairs
|2020||21 August 2020 - 9 September 2020|
|2021||20 August 2021 - 8 September 2021|
|2022||19 August 2022 - 7 September 2022|
Every day from 14:00 to 1:00, and until 2:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Champ du Glacis
Giant annual fun fair
The Schueberfouer is the largest funfair in Luxembourg and the Greater Region. From late August to early September, visitors flock to the fairground at Champ du Glacis to experience the magical atmosphere of the Luxembourg City fun fair, which covers a whopping 4 hectares in the heart of the city.
The Schueberfouer is also a hotbed of popular and innovative gastronomy. Visitors come to eat delicious Gromperekichelcher: the famous quintessentially Luxembourgish potato pancakes.
The City of Luxembourg, which organises the Schueberfouer each year, is proud to offer visitors and locals alike a wonderful mix of tradition, gastronomy and thrills – there's nothing quite like it anywhere else in Europe.
Our Schueberfouer has a lengthy history and is one of the few uniquely Luxembourgish traditions that survive to this day. Before it was established, there had long been plans for a large annual market in Luxembourg City.
But it was John the Blind, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg, who founded the fair through the Charter of 20 October 1340. Among other things, this charter ruled: "Every [la foire] year, it [the fair] shall mark the start of the vigil of the feast of St. Bartholomew and shall last for eight full consecutive days." This is why the beginning of the Schueberfouer is always tied to 24 August, the Feast of St Bartholomew.
The name "Schueberfouer" derives from "Schuedbuerg", the first place where the fair was held, which is located on what is now the Plateau du Saint-Esprit. "Schuedbuerg" became "Schuedbermiss" and then "Schuebermëss". According to other sources, there is a connection with the German word "Schober", which used to mean a covered place to store hay.
Up to the French revolution
For nearly 450 years, until the French Revolution, the Schueberfouer was a large market, which came to include a cattle market known as "St Bartholomew's Market". For a long time, the Schueberfouer stood at the crossroads of some of Europe's most important trading routes and was itself a major centre of trade and commerce. It was a place where fabrics, porcelain and all types of goods were sold.
As the fair grew over time, it became too big for its original site. The "Fouer" relocated to Limpertsberg in 1610 (to a place near its current location, north of what is now Allée Scheffer) after this area was cleared of trees to fortify the city.
In the 1700s
In the 18th century, new attractions were added and the "Fouer" gradually became what we would now consider a fair. There was music, dancing, games of skill, eating and of course drinking. The first rides were introduced in 1844.
In 1893, to allow for the urban development of Limpertsberg after the fortress was demolished, the Schueberfouer moved to its current site, the Champ du Glacis.
In the 1900s
A small Ferris wheel and a figure-8 roller-coaster appeared in the early 20th century.
Since then, increasingly mechanised and sophisticated rides have taken over the fairgrounds, but have not upstaged the eateries and hawkers. The Schueberfouer, with its 670-year history, has been able to preserve its own unique blend of tradition, market, funfair and cultural event. It remains strongly rooted in Luxembourg's collective consciousness, making it the number-one gathering place and highlight of the summer season – today more than ever.
Lämmy the mascot
Lämmy is the Schueberfouer's mascot. The fair's sheep mascot – yes, Lämmy is a sheep – was drawn by Emile Schlesser, a comic strip artist who was born in 1986 and who signs his work as Milli.
If you wish to participate in the Schueberfouer with your funfair business, please submit your application using the appropriate form. Click here to access the form and get additional information