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!

the blast furnace is closed for public 01.11 - 01.04, the Belval & More expo can however be visited, as well as the entire site.

 

 

History

 

The brownfield zone at Belval is a former industrial site belonging to Arbed, a Luxembourg steel group founded in 1911. Arbed merged with Aceralia (E) and Usinor (F) in 2002 to form the Arcelor group, which merged again with the Mittal Steel Group in 2006 to form ArcelorMittal. In 1997, when blast furnace B ceased production it was 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 and its blast furnaces, on the same site since 1911 but regularly refurbished and even completely rebuilt, was arranged along a north-south axis. 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, 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.

 

Belval & More exhibition

 

The former "Massenoire" building has been transformed into a reception centre where you can learn about the great urban project of the City of Science - exhibitions and conferences run alongside active projects. A large-scale model and a 3D animated film 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.

 

Blast furnace tours

 

Dating back to 1965 and 1970 respectively, the remnants of the two blast furnaces are testimony to the era of the "30 glorious” years of high-level economic growth after the Second World War. Blast furnace A is open to the public. You can visit the site by following the signposted path and information boards. This large facility in its new surroundings is a truly stunning sight.

 

For lovers of architecture, town planning and design or indeed photographers, we recommend that you climb the stairs to the top of the blast furnace. From the 40-metre-high viewing platform (180 steps to climb!) you can enjoy breathtaking views of the new districts of Belval and the surrounding area. New buildings are popping up like mushrooms and the district is becoming livelier each and every year.

 

 

GUIDED TOURS

For individuals: registration at www.fonds-belval.lu

Guided tours for groups (by reservation only) : 

 

City of Science

Duration: 1.30-2.00

 

The visit includes a presentation in the "Massenoire" building about the development of Belval and the City of Science, followed by a tour of the neighbourhood. The route enables you to discover the buildings in the City of Science, the blast furnaces (from the outside), the urban developments and ongoing building projects.

 

Blast furnace

Period: from 1 April to the end of October

Duration: 1.30-2.00

 

The visit includes a presentation about the "Massenoire" building and a tour of blast furnace A by climbing the stairs up to the 40-metre-high viewing platform (180 steps). At the end of the tour you will 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

Period: from 1 April to the end of October

Duration: 1.30-2.00

 

This tour combines a visit of the two towers with general information about the City of Science and the operation of the blast furnace. It includes a presentation in the "Massenoire" building about the development of Belval and the university district followed by a tour of the blast furnace.

 

School trips

Period: from 1 April to the end of October

Duration: approx. 1.30 to 2 hours

 

The educational tour includes an introductory presentation "Von der Eisenhütte zur Stadt der Wissenschaft" and a tour of blast furnace A. You can climb the stairs to the 40-metre-high viewing platform (180 steps), from where you can enjoy a stunning view of the Belval district, the ArcelorMittal steelworks and the surrounding area. The visit provides insight into 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

 

 

Events 2018

 

01.04                  Season Opening

05.05                  Night of culture

19. - 20.05          Day of the Museums

07. - 08.07          Blast Furnace Festival

04.08                   Late opening of the blast furnace

27.10                   Late opening of the blast furnace

 

 

 

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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