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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  • Castle Larochette
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    City Promenade Larochette
  • Historical steam train "Train 1900"

    Where? 2, Fond-de-Gras, L-4576 Fond-de-Gras (Niederkorn)

    Historical steam train "Train 1900"

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  • Where? SEBES, L-9650 Esch-sur-Sûre

    SEBES Esch-sur-Sûre

    SEBES Esch-sur-Sûre

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    Minett Tour

    Stages: 5
    Minett Tour

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    Hiking Trail Minettswee
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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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  • Musée de l'Ardoise Leekëppert
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    200 years of slate industry
    • Complete overview of the museumcomplexe
    • Architectural structure of the former quarry
    • History and extraction
    • Leekëppert – Demonstration in splitting and cutting slate
    • Underground visit -15m & movie display 1938
  • Minett-Park Fond-de-Gras
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    Minett-Park Fond-de-Gras
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    The museum "Mine Cockerill"
  • Train 1900 Fond-de-Gras

    Where? L-4576 Fond-de-Gras (Niederkorn)


    The Fond-de-Gras area is a small valley with numerous galleries. Today it is an open-air museum

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