Visit the Blast Furnace Park: tickets, prices, opening hours

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On vacation in Thionville? Come and visit the Parc du Haut-Fourneau, one of the region’s most emblematic monuments!

To visit the Parc du Haut-Fourneau is to discover a place that is both cultural and artistic. Cultural, because it perfectly represents France’s industrial heritage. Artistic, thanks to Claude Lévèque’s contemporary artwork. The park is particularly oriented towards the street and circus arts. It’s a veritable source of inspiration for the artists who showcase their talents in this exceptional setting.

Classified as a Historic Monument, the Blast Furnace Park dominates the Thionville area. A visit is a must, as it’s a local must-see. Generation Voyage has prepared a guide to help you make the most of your visit.

History of the Blast Furnace Park

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The story begins in 1890 with the creation of the Uckange plant with four blast furnaces. It was the Stumm brothers, German industrialists, who decided to set up their business here. In response to high productivity, two further blast furnaces were built in 1904. The Uckange plant continued to expand, reaching its peak between 1960 and 1980. At that time, blast furnaces were a symbol of the economic boom in eastern France.

From the 1980s onwards, industrial development in the country slowed down, and the Uckange plant had to close its doors in 1991. As soon as it closed, the Mécilor association took the initiative of preserving this heritage, one of the few remaining monuments to 20th-century steelmaking. Ten years later, the French Ministry of Culture listed the former factory as a French historic monument.

In 2005, the Val de Fensch urban community acquired the park. After two years’ work, the site opened its doors to the general public with the presentation of Claude Lévèque‘s Tous les soleils.

Our tips for visiting the Blast Furnace Park

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A visit to the Parc du Haut-Fourneau is an opportunity to discover a former factory transformed into an artistic venue. Here’s some information you need to know:

  • Pets and bicycles are not allowed in the park;
  • Events are regularly scheduled, including concerts, sensory tours, plant observations and more. To find out more and make sure you don’t miss a thing, visit the Parc du Haut-Fourneau website.

What can you do when you visit the Blast Furnace Park?

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Evolu4

Evolu4 is a project designed to show the evolution of industrial wastelands. The buildings have been transformed for new uses. The project leaders had to deal with several problems inherent to the constraints of the industrial world, such as pollution and overcrowded basements. With an iron will, the former factory became a park full of life. Soil has been transformed into gardens, wasteland into living space.

The Evolu4 project is divided into four areas:

  • Economic: this includes all support services, such as catering, administrative services, meeting rooms, etc;
  • Habitat: the aim is to rebuild links between the surrounding neighborhoods and the site;
  • Heritage, science and gardens: gardens have been created around industrial themes, explaining the processes involved in reclaiming polluted soil, while other gardens host artistic interventions;
  • Cultural: here, the circus arts take center stage.

During your visit to the blast furnaces, you’ll be impressed by the evolution of the park.

The garden of traces

Take a stroll through the gardens of traces and discover Lorraine’s industrial past.

The world of steel is presented from three different angles, divided into three groups:

  • The alchemy garden: four large cylinders display all the elements needed to produce cast iron;
  • The steelworkers’ garden: a tribute to the factory’s workers. You’ll see five planters representing the landscapes ofItaly,Spain, Portugal, Poland and North Africa;
  • And the energy garden: as the steel industry is a major energy consumer, the new park aims to focus on renewable energies, symbols of our future.

All the suns

Tous les soleils is a work by Claude Lévèque commissioned by the Val De Fensch urban community. The aim was to reopen the site by illuminating the blast furnaces.

This contemporary work of art challenges the imagination of every visitor to the park. Several walkways allow you to explore the site in different ways: by day and/or by night. By day, you’ll discover the history of the factory and the men who worked there. At night, a light show pays tribute to the steel industry and its workers. Use your binoculars to discover all the installation elements.

With this work, the Uckange plant becomes a symbol of France’s industrial heritage, while remaining firmly anchored in the modern world.

Activities for children

To introduce youngsters to France’s industrial past, a number of activities have been planned:

  • The lost treasure of the blast furnace: a treasure hunt that invites children aged 6 and over to discover the world of the steel industry;
  • Le p’tit explorateur: from age 4, children must unravel the mystery of the blast furnace;
  • Self-guided tour: a booklet is provided for younger visitors to help them understand the history of the plant.

How much does a ticket to the Blast Furnace Park cost?

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  • Tickets for the Blast Furnace Park cost €3. An annual ticket is available for 12€;
  • Children between 12 and 17€ get a discount with a €2 admission. Under 12, admission is free;
  • If you’d like to visit the Blast Furnace Park with an audio guide, there’s an additional charge of €2.

How do I book a ticket for the Blast Furnace Park online?

Online booking is very simple. Simply go directly to the website and enter your personal details (first and last name, telephone number, email address).

Then, the site asks you a few questions to make your visit easier:

  • What type of tour would you like? Guided in French or German, anniversary, unusual, U4 live?
  • How many adults? How many children?

Are there guided tours of the blast furnace park?

Guided tours are available at different times of the year:

  • From April 1 to November 1: only on weekends and public holidays between 2:15 and 4:30 p.m.;
  • From June 15 to August 31: night visits at 9 p.m.;
  • And from July 9 to August 27: Tuesdays at 3pm.

Are there combined tours with other monuments in Thionville?

There are no combined tours with other monuments in the Thionville area.

Opening hours

Self-guided tours are available from April 1 to November 1.

Times vary according to season:

April 1 to June 14 and September 1 to November 1:

  • Tuesday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 6.30pm.

June 15 to August 31 :

  • Tuesday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 2pm to 7pm;
  • Saturday: 2pm to midnight.

Night tours take you on a journey of discovery through the work of Claude Lévèque. These are available every Saturday from 7pm to midnight.

How do I get to the Blast Furnace Park?

Located in Uckange, the park can be reached in several ways:

  • By car: take theA30 and exit at Uckange ;
  • By train: the Uckange stop is just 600 meters from the entrance;
  • By bus: from Thionville, two buses will take you to the park: Citéline, line 18, get off at the rue du bac stop / TIM, line 49, get off at the Uckange stop.

Where can I park near the blast furnace park?

Free parking is available just a few meters from the park entrance.

Where to stay near Blast Furnace Park?

To be as close as possible to the park, live directly in Uckange, part of the Thionville region. If you’re looking for more entertainment, Thionville is the perfect place. You can discover all the city’s sights with a heritage map.

The banks of the Moselle, the Parc Napoléon and the Parc Wilson in the German districts are an excellent blend of architecture and nature. You can also visit the Château de la Grange, where you can learn about the history of the region.

Visiting the Blast Furnace Park is now child’s play. All that’s left to do is enjoy it. Enjoy your visit!