If you want to know how iron ore was once mined underground, a visit to the National Mine Museum is the thing to do. It is located in Rumelange and the former “Walert” mine, where ore was mined between 1891 and 1963, is the main part of it. 70 metres below the earth’s surface, you can still see here how difficult and dangerous underground work once was. A small train carries visitors through the almost 3-kilometre-long main gallery, but also travels a short distance through the open open-cast mines, which are gradually being reclaimed by nature. Incidentally, a lot of great hiking trails and mountain bike routes have been laid out here.
Around the entrance to the mine you will find decommissioned machines and tools that were once used for ore mining. Some of the tools are on display in the museum. There is also a restaurant with a terrace right next to the mine and the “Adventure Mine” playground.
During the season, i.e. from the beginning of May to mid-September, every first and third Sunday the “Lëtzebuerger Dampbunnclub” runs their 5-inch train on the large children’s playground in front of the National Mine Museum.
Information for parents:
- Address: Carreau de la Mine Walert, Rue de la Bruyère, L-3714 Rumelange, Tel: E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.mnm.lu
- For groups of 16 or more, the museum is open all year round by appointment only. For individual visitors, it is open Thursdays to Sundays from 14.00 to 18.00 during the months of April, May, June and September, and Tuesdays to Sundays from 14.00 to 18.00 during the months of July and August. From October to March, it is only open on the second Sunday of each month.
- The museum also offers an interactive visit for children between the ages of 6 and 14. A guide then takes them on foot through the main gallery into the mine. There, the children slip into the role of a miner: they experience a re-enacted blasting, repair the gallery roof and dig a little iron ore themselves. As a reward, the children receive a small gift at the end. Interactive visits are possible in groups of a maximum of 18 children and two accompanying persons from Tuesdays to Sundays between 8.30 am and 4 pm.
- Reservations can be made through the website www.mnm.lu/informations. Here you can also find a lot of information about the history of the mine, the museum and mining in general.
- It is recommended to check the site www.mnm.lu regularly, as the Covid 19 regulations may entail changes.