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? 2, Boulevard J.F. Kennedy, L-4930 Bascharage

    Brasserie Nationale (Bofferding & Battin)

    Discover the world of beers from Luxemburg at the Brasserie Nationale (Bofferding & Battin)

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  • Domaine du moulin d'Asselborn
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    Where? 1, Op der Millen, L-9940 Asselborn

    Museum of the watermill and milling industry

    1,000 years of industrial history

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  • Musée National des Mines de Fer Luxembourgeoises
    © Musée National des Mines de Fer Luxembourgeoises
    Guided tour

    by foot

    In the Role of a Miner
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  • Minett Cycle Vorschau: Streckenabschnitt Sanem-Bettembourg
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    Minett Cycle Preview: Segment Sanem-Bettembourg

    Distance: 19,89 km
    Duration: 1:20 h
    Difficulty: medium

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  • Kayl_Léiffrächen_copyright ORT Sud (159)
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    Where? Rue de la Forêt, L-3620 Kayl

    National Mining Memorial

    The miners of Luxembourg and their victims are remembered here

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  • Minett Trail Kabaischen Den Alen ARBED's Büro_Copyright Pulsa Pictures ORT Sud (6)
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    Where? rue de l'Industrie, L-3774 Tetange

    Kabaisercher: Den alen Arbed's Büro
  • Noerdange Bahnhof
    © ORT Guttland - Marc Lazzarini
    Guided tour

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    Jhangelis Gare - Old railway station
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  • Léiffrächen
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    Minett Trail
    Minett Trail
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  • Musée de l'Ardoise Leekëppert
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    Guided tour

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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
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  • Fonds-de-Gras Minièresbunn
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    Where? 2, Fond-de-Gras, L-4576 Niederkorn

    Mine train Minièresbunn

    A little time travel journey through the galleries of the Fond-de-Gras

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