Almost 100 years ago, in Steinfort, smoke from blast furnaces filled the air. Today, vestiges of the steel industry can be found still on the Mirador discovery trail in Steinfort. The starting point is the “Mirador” building, where the amount of ore and coal to be fed into the blast furnaces was determined. Today, the building houses a nature conservation centre where visitor activities are organised throughout the year. The trail is well signposted. It is approximately 13 km long; part of it runs through Belgium where it leads to the ruins of the Clairefontaine convent where Ermesinde, the founder of the Duchy of Luxembourg, is buried. Clearly signposted shortcuts can be taken throughout the trail. The trail also regularly crosses the Atert bicycle path (Bicycle Path 12, Colmar-Berg – Pétange) that runs along the tracks of former Pétange – Ettelbruck railway line, which ran until the late 1960s. The Pétange – Ettelbruck railway line was also connected to the Steinfort industrial site. The railway tracks can still be found in the forest where they create a very special atmosphere. Sometimes you can even come across wooden monsters…
Practical information for parents:
- The starting point for the Mirador Trail is the Mirador Nature Centre, 1 Rue Collart, L-8414 Steinfort.
- The Nature Centre organises nature discovery activities throughout the year.
- The current activities programme can be found at: Mirador-Programme.
- Guided tours are limited to 9 persons and reservations are required.
- Here are the contact details for the Mirador Centre.
- The trail is marked with panels containing historical and scientific information.
- Wooden sculptures are to be found in the forest near the Mirador.
- Steinfort also has an Acrobranch Adventure Park which reopens on April 3rd. Reservations are required!
For more information go to: www.steinfort-adventure.lu.