From an industrial past to a modern region
Over decades the Red Rock region was mainly known for its steel and iron industry, which gave it the Luxembourgish name “Minett”. The industrial wasteland, of a size of 120 football fields, that was left behind has now become one of the most ambitious urban development projects: the reconversion of a former industrial site into one of the most impressive urban developments in Europe.
The Belval site which was once the biggest ironwork in Luxembourg, integrates the remaining blast furnaces into a new very modern city with extraordinary architecture. It houses a part of the university campus, a shopping mall, lodging and Research centers, creating an international environment for every generation. The blast furnace itself is an absolute must see. After renovation works, it has been opened to public. Climb up to a platform and enjoy the unique view over Belval and the region of contrasts.
Besides Belval, the region has way more to offer. Learn more about the hard work of a miner and the conditions in which they had to operate in one of the remaining underground galleries. Or spend a day with your family at the only amusement park of the country, playing or exploring animals from all over the world.
Culture enthusiasts should not miss Edward Steichen’s last exhibition “The Bitter Years”, a documentation of rural America during the Great Depression housed in an old restored water tower.
If you prefer discovering the natural richness of the region, you can take a tour at the Nature Conservation Centre Ellergronn, hike one of the many unexpected trails, find the caches throughout the region while geocaching or discover the diversity on two wheels. Bikers looking for an extra portion of thrill, check out the Pump track.
The Red Rock region is also home to some big music festivals offering all kinds of music genres and the “Rockhal” is the place to be for every age.
Furthermore, don’t forget to taste some gastronomic specialties at one of Luxembourg’s star restaurants, or savor freshly brewed local beer accompanied by regional products at the southern breweries.
Enjoy free access to more than 60 museums and tourist attractions in Luxembourg.