Blast Furnace by night Belval Minett
© Claude Piscitelli

Industrial heritage

Witnesses of the industrial past

The worldwide industrial revolution left many deep scars on the landscapes of Luxembourg – especially in the mining regions of the south, the cradle of Luxembourg’s iron and steel industry. The name Minett serves as a reminder of the vast iron ore deposits found in the region and the mines that burrowed into them. Mines, blast furnaces, and abandoned industrial buildings tell the story of a turbulent past in which everyday life was often far from being a bed of roses. A ride on the historic steam railway or a trip underground in an abandoned mine let you relive the past of the Minett.

A visit to Esch-sur-Alzette, one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2022, vividly illustrates how the old can be made new and how the past points the way to the future. Between the restored blast furnaces, visitors can find university buildings and businesses, the Rockhal concert hall, regularly changing exhibitions in various buildings and more. Here, a city of science, progress, art and culture is growing on the foundations of Luxembourg’s industrial heritage.

On the trail of sweat and steel

Transforming Experiences: Minett Tour

From the puffing steam train via imposing blast furnaces to gloomy mines where miners once toiled: feel the spirit of Luxembourg’s steel past on the Minett Tour.

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Blast Furnaces Belval
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  • Where? rue de Rumelange, L-4265 Esch-sur-Alzette

    Nature reserve "Brucherbierg - Lallengerbierg"

    A unique walk among butterflies and orchids

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    City Promenade Larochette
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  • Where? 20-22, Rue de Stavelot, L-9280 Diekirch

    Beermuseum of the Diekirch Brewery

    Beermuseum of the Diekirch Brewery

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  • Kabaisercher: Waasserbaséng

    Where? Montée du Cimetiére, L-4149 Schifflange

    Kabaisercher: Waasserbaséng
  • Where? rue Titelberg, L-4678 Differdange

    Nature reserve "Prënzebierg - Giele Botter"

    Nature has the final word

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  • Mine Grôven

    Where? Rue de Hussigny, L-4580 Differdange

    Mine Grôven

    Visit Differdange’s historic mine

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  • National Mining Museum
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    Where? Carreau de la mine Walert, L-3714 Rumelange

    National Mining Museum

    Underground at the National Mining Museum

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  • Fire brigade museum Wiltz

    Where? 2, Rue Geetz, L-9558 Wiltz

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    Fire brigade museum an der Géitz

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  • National Brewery Museum Wiltz
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    Where? 35, Rue du Château, L-9516 Wiltz

    National Brewery Museum and Tannery Museum

    National Brewery Museum: The Art of Brewing

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  • Where? Parc Industriel et Ferroviaire du Fond-de-Gras, L-4576 Differdange

    Titelberg - Parc Industriel et Ferroviaire

    Titelberg - Parc Industriel et Ferroviaire, Fond-de-Gras

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