A - Walking
The Way of the Speaking Stones
The disused Bertrix-Herbeumont-Muno line was built between 1902 and 1914. It does not include any level crossings, just tunnels and viaducts. The line was used by the Germans during World War One to supply their troops as far as Verdun... The portion of the line from Bertrix to Herbeumont has now become a pleasant walk, the ‘Way of the Speaking Stones’. Along the route, informative panels describe the riches of the Bertrix region acquired thanks to the slate industry. The walk starts at the esplanade of the old station.
B - At the heart of the slate Voir sur la carte
Equipped with helmets and audio guides, visitors are ready for an amazing journey into the bowels of the earth. The atmosphere in this old slate mine is captivating. Visitors are immersed in the world of those courageous miners of yesteryear. During the descent, they learn about the techniques used to extract this black stone, which was to be used in many buildings, including a number of abbeys. Emerging from this dark universe, they can well imagine the joy felt by the labourers when they saw daylight again after a hard day’s work.
Our favourite: the gourmet mine, where a meal is served at a depth of 25 metres underground!
rue du Babinay, 1
Tel : 0032(0) 61 41 45 21
Web : www.aucoeurdelardoise.be
C - Tourist reception site Voir sur la carte
Syndicat d’Initiative de Bertrix
place des Trois Fers, 12 - 6880 Bertrix
In July and August from Monday to Saturday from 10am tot 5pm
During the rest of the year, open everyday except on Sunday, variable schedule (closed from midday to 1.30pm)