|Location:||At Bertrix, near Neufchateau. A4 (E25) exit #25, N89 west 5km to Bertrix.|
APR to SEP Tue-Sun, Hol 10-18, last tour 17.
OCT to 13-NOV Sat, Sun 10-18, last tour 17.
20-NOV to 12-DEC Sat 14-17:30, last tour 16:30, Sun 10-13, last tour 12.
18-DEC to 02-JAN daily 14-17:30, last tour 16:30.
All other time for groups after appointment.
Closed 20-DEC, 25-DEC, 26-DEC, 01-JAN.
Adults EUR 9.50, Children (6-12) EUR 5.50, Students EUR 8, Seniors EUR 8.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 8.450, Children (6-12) EUR 5, Students EUR 7, Seniors EUR 7.
|Address:||Domaine de la Morepire s.a.f.s., Rue du Babinay, 1, B-6880 Bertrix, Tel: +32-61-414521, Fax : 061-414554. E-mail:|
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The Bertrix Slate Mine is advertised with the slogan Au Coeur de l'Ardoise, in the heart of the Ardennes. This mines were used to mine the most typical stone of the Ardennes, which was used for many purposes, especially covering the roof and the walls of the buildings. As a result the architecture of this landscape is dominated by this dark grey, a little blueish rock. The slate was mined in quarries and underground, but here at Bertrix is an underground mine open to the public.
The mine tour goes down 25m deep under ground. There is a cable car, which was used to transport the slate, a ride is part of the tour. The rest is done walking on slates. The regular tour is without guides, which has to be paid extra. But all visitors get electronic audio guides, which explain the mining techniques and the life of miners. They are available in different languages and allow the visitors to take as much time as they want.
Beneath the regular tours there are various special tours. There is one tour for school pupils and one for groups which includes typical miners' meals.