National Museum of Iron Ore Mines

Rumelange lies to the south of the Duchy of Luxembourg near the French border, in an area rich in iron ores, called ‘les roches rouges’ (the red rocks). Large-scale mining of ore began with a concession granted to Charles Joseph Collardt, owner of an ironworks at Dommeldange, in 1824. The scale of extraction increased after the opening of a railway in 1862, and mining in the area continued until 1978.


The Kirchberg/Walert mine began operation in 1898, worked until 1964, and in 1973 was opened as a museum that was substantially enlarged in the late 1990s. Visitors are taken on a train into an extensive adit where former miners explain what can be seen. The highlight of the 105 minute tour is a display of working methods in the Kirchberg Chamber, 90 m below the surface. The museum holds a collection of mining machinery, and a range of calcining kilns stands on its boundary.

National Museum of Iron Ore Mines
Luxembourg Musee National des Mines de Fer
Carreau de la Mine Walert
1714 Rumelange
+352 (0) 56 - 5688