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Blast furnace and City of Science Belval

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Steel production and the future

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. This way, the Blast Furnaces represent a joining of the dots from past to present and future.

Blast furnace

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.

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.

City of Science

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.

Available Offers

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min.120 €per group
Blast Furnace & City of Science Belval

  • Guided tour
  • Explanations on the transformation of the former industrial wasteland
  • Discover Luxembourg's hotbed of science and technology
  • Industrial heritage up close in the Belval blast furnace
Guided tour for groups of the Blast Furnace

  • Guided tour with a guide
  • Climb the blast furnace
  • Experience industrial heritage up close

Contact

Phone: (+352) 26 84 01

Email: visite@fonds-belval.lu

Website: www.fonds-belval.lu


How to get there

Fonds Belval

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

L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette

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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Opening Hours

Opening hours from 1 April to 31 October
Open Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 19h00 (last access at 18h30)
Closed on Tuesday
Open on public holidays

Opening hours from 1 November to 31 March
Open Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 16h00 (last access at 15h30).
Closed on Tuesdays, and from December 24 to January 1 inclusive
Open on public holidays