1. Nature walk on the mine slag heap
Coal had to be separated from rocks before it could be sold. This is why the coal was ‘washed’. The stones were stacked, which resulted in a tip or slag heap. Beringen has two slag heaps. The oldest slag heap lies behind the coal preparation plant. Here coal was poured until 1944. As of 1941 pouring continued on the other side of the railway, resulting in slag heap two. The total amount poured onto both slag heaps is estimated at 73,000,000 tonnes of stones. When the mines closed, slag heap two was given a new purpose. It was sowed and walkways were laid. At the top you have a marvellous view of the entire mine site and the horizon reaches to the winding towers of the other mining communities. An unforgettable view!
2. Visit to the mining cathedral
Sint-Theodardus church is one of the most attractive Limburg mining cathedrals. It was built in Byzantium style between 1939 and 1943. For the realisation of the church the mine appealed to leading architect Henri Lacoste. Apart from a church with forecourt, the complex has a catechesis room, a presbytery, two curacies, a parish hall, a patronage room and a reception room. A neonatal care facility was built against the church in 1947. The dark galleries symbolise the underground mine infrastructure, so it’s well worth a visit!
3. Visit to the Fatih mosque
This Turkish mosque is one of the largest in Belgium. During the tour you discover Islam and the corresponding architecture of the mosque.
4. Walk or tour of the mining dwellings
Not only was the mine important for employment. An entire village was built around the mine with a residential area, shops, sports fields, a cultural centre, a park, etc. The guide tells the fascinating story of the area.
More information and reservations: contact Tourism Beringen for the full offer. This can be done by phone on 011/45 15 12 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Also check their website: www.toerismeberingen.be