Fond-de-Gras was once one of Luxembourg’s most important mining centres. However, iron ore mining ended in 1955. In 1964, a landslide on the Fond-de-Gras – Pétange railway line finally put an end to all railway activity. A few years later, volunteers undertook to run a tourist train with historic steam locomotives. The first trip took place in 1973. A few years later, an old mine was reopened and can now be visited thanks to the “Minièresbunn” mine railway.
Today, the open-air museum Minett Park Fond-de-Gras offers many complementary activities whose common thread is iron ore. It includes the Fond-de-Gras, the village of Lasauvage, the old open-cast mining area “Giele Botter” and the Celtic oppidum of the Titelberg.
There are several restored historic buildings on the Fond-de-Gras site. The “Train 1900” runs between Petingen and the Fond-de-Gras on the old “Ligne des Minières” line, which was used to transport iron ore mined in the area from 1874.
During the iron ore mining period, mine railways were used to transport the “buggies” (trolleys) loaded with iron ore from the iron ore mine. Today, the “Minièresbunn” runs between Fond-de-Gras and Lasauvage. The ride as part of the tour of the old mine is an impressive experience. However, due to Covid19 restrictions, passengers have to stay on board.
There are many things to see in the village of Lasauvage and a walk over the Titelberg with its archaeological sites is definitely worthwhile, as is a tour over the “Giele Botter”. Nature has impressively reclaimed the former open-cast mining area. A very special experience are the trolley cars with which you can whizz along the rail between Fond-de-Gras and Bois-de-Rodange.
Information for parents:
- Address : 2, Fond-de-Gras, L-4576 Niederkorn. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org(+352) 26 58 20 69 (from Monday to Friday). Web: www.minettpark.lu
- How do I get there? By car: A13 motorway, exit no. 2 Niederkorn, follow signs for “Fond-de-Gras”. Free parking is available.
- By Train 1900: In Petingen, follow the signs “Train 1900” to the platform (Rue de Niederkorn). Free parking is available. The two historic trains run exclusively from 1 May to the last Sunday in September, always on Sunday afternoons, and on Luxembourg public holidays (except 23 June). Attention: Due to the Covid 19 distance rules, there are fewer seats on board the “Train 1900”.
- The exhibition venues and the museums at Fond-de-Gras and Lasauvage are open from 14.00 to 18.00.
- The Minett Park also offers thematic guided tours, for which you have to register via the website www.minettpark.lu. The limit is 10 people.