The 13th Discover Luxembourg was held on Saturday 11 September 2021 around Limpertsberg, with the Belairians running out winners (657 points) ahead of Eurostars and The Twins & Co who rounded off the podium.
Discover Luxembourg has been going since 2008, with this year having its 13th edition (there was no such event in 2020 due to COVID-19). Once the authorisation was received from the Ville de Luxembourg, full planning could commence. The organisers (G-Media sarl) did not want to start at the normal place (the Place Guillaume II) as they wanted to move it outside the city centre and away from potential crowds; in any case, that square is undergoing renovations. The second option, the Glacis car park, was also discounted as the Fun um Glacis ("mini-Schoueberfouer") event is still going on. So, the VdL proposed the Parc Pescatore, close to the top of the Pfaffenthal lift. This served as both the Start and Finish Stations.
A total of 35 teams started the event, and all were able to complete the 6.25km route. Along the way, the teams (of four) had to answer a number of observation questions, take a number of selfies to post on social media, and undertake 6 challenges, earning points for all these. Along the way, the idea was to have fun as well as discovering more about the culture, history, gastronomy and technology of/in Luxembourg.
Station 1 had Vodafone organising an Online Quiz, Home from Home had a game to guess the weight of a hamper and the number of sweets in a jar, G-Media had a Film Quiz, Kerry Luxembourg had a Food and Taste challenge and Chronicle.lu ran a "Walk the Plank" challenge which tested teamwork. And the Luxembourg Chapter of the Ilula Orphan Project (IOP) had an Event Station at which they ran a quiz about the charity and the country.
The route took in a number of embassies, schools, cemeteries and hidden parks, amongst others, including a house that had been owned by the family who owned the largest rose farm in the world.
Thanks to the support of the above Station Sponsors plus Enevos/LEO, as well as prize sponsors (Le Moulin de Kleinbettingen, Luxlait, Ramborn, Cactus supermarkets, Steffen Traiteur, Bofferding, Bernard-Massard and the New Delhi restaurant), all teams won prizes upon finishing the route. One change from previous years was that there could be no prize-giving with all teams together indoors: instead, the organisers arranged for team prizes at the end, with the top four teams winning meal vouchers / gift cards, and the winning team "Belairians" also being presented with magnums of Crémant and the Maillots Jaunes.
The organisers paid special tribute to the volunteers from the ISL who helped support the activity - from start to finish - with enthusiasm and smiles all round.
The organisers will present a donation to the IOP charity in the coming weeks.
To see photos from the event, click here (credit: Ali Sahib).