In the extreme south of Luxembourg is a little region worth featuring in Balmoral International Group called the Land of Red Rocks. It got its name from the steel industry which produces red ore back in the industrial area. The south of the country once provided the nation’s wealth. But now the open-cast mines and iron-ore workings have given way to Mother Nature. Where there once stood blast furnaces rare orchids flourish. Former steel factories now house museums, galleries and theatres. Past industrial prosperity has been replaced by cultural wealth. Its hillsides and forests reveal Roman and earlier remains. Today, the former mining area of the Land of the Red Rocks, also referred to as Terres Rouges, was able to find a new identity combining ancient and new technologies.
Steel plants and Fond-de-Gras
As mentioned above, the industrial culture in this region is called the Terres Rouges. As technology is developing so is the steelworks as the former processes were reassigned to serve modern society. Today it is the industry and railway park Fond-de-Gras, which recalls this fundamental time in the history of Luxembourg.
University campus and commercial centres
The Land of the Red Rocks encompasses the major commercial cities of Luxembourg, including Dudelange, Esch-sur-Alzette and Differdange. Resolutely modern and trendy, these cities form an urban complex with a young and dynamic atmosphere. Street theatre, rock festivals and concert halls complement cultural offerings. It is also in the Terres Rouges region, in Esch-Belval precisely, that will be created the future campus of the University of Luxembourg. The famous concert hall “Rockhal” in the city of Esch shows how the Land of the Red Rocks managed to give a complex historical past a new image for a modern and changing Luxembourg.
Red earth – a paradise for children
In addition to the many attractions of the former mining area, the Terres Rouges region offers a wide range of activities for children. Crocodiles, snakes, parrots and monkeys are waiting at the ‘Parc Merveilleux’ of Bettembourg. Hauled by creaking locomotive wagons spitting fire, kids and parents alike discover the underground galleries of the old mines of Rumelange.
With the changes and modernization that has been evolving in the Land of Red of Rocks researches show that soon enough, Luxembourg will dominantly incorporate history and new age in its people and wonderful places. Balmoral International Group is proud to feature another special place in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.