Blast furnaces Belval / Esch-sur-Alzette

Thèmes

Iron & steel production, contemporary architecture,

Research & Innovation 

Opening hours

  1. Mon Closed
  2. Tue Closed
  3. Wed 10.00 - 19.00
  4. Thu 10.00 - 19.00
  5. Fri 10.00 - 19.00
  6. Sat 10.00 - 18.00
  7. Sun 14.00 - 18.00

Address

Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, 4361 Belval / Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Contact us

Le Fonds Belval

Avenue du Rock'n'Roll (opposite the Rockhal)

L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette

(+352) 26 84 01

www.fonds-belval.lu

Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm

Services

  1. Disabled access
  2. Guided tour
  3. Cafeteria
  4. Shop
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Important notice!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cultural events and visits are temporarily prohibited until July 31, 2020. Find all the news from the Fonds Belval on its website: www.fonds-belval.lu

 

 

History

 

The brownfield zone at Belval is a former industrial site belonging to Arbed, a Luxembourg steel group founded in 1911 and merged with Aceralia (E) and Usinor (F) in 2002 to form the Arcelor group. In 2006, ArcelorMittal merged again with the Mittal Steel. In 1997, when the Blast Furnace B ceased production, the last remaining blast furnace still in operation in Luxembourg, an area of 120 hectares was cleared to the west in order to accommodate new facilities, while the other part of the site has remained an ArcelorMittal production plant.

 

Joining the dots from past to present

 

The Blast Furnace Terrace has always been the heart of the Belval plant. It was the location where the ore was transformed into cast iron before being turned into steel and then taken to the rolling mill to shape it into various forms. This foundry, on the same site since 1911 but regularly refurbished, even completely rebuilt, was arranged along a north-south axis, where the blast furnaces were put in a line. Installed over a surface area of 24 hectares and connected to the railway network at the southern tip of the site, the Blast Furnace Terrace is the location of the City of Science, Research and Innovation which covers approximately 15 hectares. Renovated and integrated into the new urban quarter, these industrial remnants are now a symbol of renewal, connecting past to present and future.

 

Belval & More exhibition

 

The former « Massenoire » building has been transformed into a reception centre dedicated to the great urban project of the City of Science. The Massenoire presents exhibitions and conferences about the active projects. For example, we can find there a large-scale model and a 3D animated film which offer an overview of the university quarter on the Blast Furnace Terrace.

 

The permanent « Belval & More » exhibition also evokes the historical and contemporary backdrop against which the site has changed and evolved. Moreover, films about the history of the steel industry, urban development and new local planning can be viewed in a projection room.

Free entrance.

 

Blast furnace tours

 

Dating back to 1965 and 1970 respectively, the remnants of the two blast furnaces are now testimony to the era of the « 30 glorious » years of post-war economic growth. The Blast Furnace A is open to the public. Alone or in groupe, you can visit the site by following the signposted path and information boards. This visit allows to learn more about this great machine, the blast furnace.

 

For lovers of architecture, town planning, design and photographers, we recommend you to climb the stairs to the top of the blast furnace. The gueulard platform, located 40 m high (180 steps to climb), offers you breathtaking views of the new districts of Belval and the surrounding area. New buildings are popping up as fast as the district grows every year.

Price : 5 euros
Reduced price : 3 euros (under 18 and more and over 65) 
Fre price : accompanied children up to 12 years old 

 

 

GUIDED TOURS

The Fonds Belval suggests two options :

Guided regular tour (once a month) : registration required on www.fonds-belval.lu

Price : 8 euros

Guided tours for groups on demand  : 

 

City of Science, Research and Innovation

Duration: 1.30-2.00

 

The tour starts with a presentation about the development of Belval and the City of Science in the "Massenoire" building. Then, the guide suggests a tour of the neighbourhood in order to discover the buildings in the City of Science, the blast furnaces from the outside, the urban developments and ongoing building projects.

 

Blast furnace A

Duration: 1.30-2.00

 

The tour starts with a presentation about the development of Belval and the City of Science in the "Massenoire" building, followed by a tour of the Blast Furnace A by climbing the stairs up to the 40-metre-high viewing platform (180 steps). This tour allows to learn more about the operation of the Blast Furnace, cast iron production and the new lease of life given to the industrial remnants in the new university district.

 

City of Science & Blast Furnace

Duration: 1.30-2.00

 

This tour starts with a presentation about the development of Belval and the City of Science in the "Massenoire" building, followed by a tour of the Blast Furnace A and the City of Science : this combination allows to learn more about the City of Science developments, as well as the buildings architecture and the operation of the Blast Furnace.

 

School trips

Duration: approx. 1.30 to 2 hours

 

The educational tour stats with a presentation called "Von der Eisenhütte zur Stadt der Wissenschaft" about the development of Belval and the City of Science in the "Massenoire" building. Then, the tour continues by a tour of the Blast Furnace A, with the option to climb the stairs to the 40-metre-high viewing platform (180 steps). The tour allows to understand the operation of a blast furnace and the role of the industrial heritage in the new urban area of the City of Science.

 

Guided tour conditions for groups: By reservation only, at least three weeks in advance and subject to availability

 

 

DIRECTIONS

 

By car
Motorway A4, direction Esch-sur-Alzette; follow signs to "Belval"

Paid parking available

 

By train
Train line 60, direction Esch-sur-Alzette/ Rodange, exit "Belval-Université"

 

By bus
Bus line 3 at Esch-sur-Alzette train station, Exit "Belval-Université"

 

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