Grotte de Lorette

Grottes de Lorette-Rochefort - Grottes de Rochefort

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Location: E411 (Brussels-Luxembourg), exit 23 (Wellin). Han/Lesse is 5 km further. Follow signs to Grottes de Han, stay on same road for 3 km to Rochefort. In Rochfort turn right, uphill, signposted.
Open: APR to JUN Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 10:30-12, 13:30-15, 16.30.
JUL to AUG daily 11-17, every 45 min.
SEP to OCT Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 10:30-12, 13:30-15, 16.30.
Fee: Adults EUR 7,25, Children (3-12) EUR 4,70.
Groups (20+): 20% reduction. [2006]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=75 min.
Address: Grotte de Lorette, Drève de Lorette, B-5580 Rochefort, Tel: +32-84-212080 and +32-84-377213, Fax: +32-84-212080, e-mail contact
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The Grottes de Rochefort were lately renamed Grotte de Lorette or Grottes de Lorette-Rochefort, after the nearby chapel of Lorette. It was completely renovated, including the paths, the light, a sound system, a new reception building with audio-visual displays, and a small museum showing the scientific work at this place.

The cave contained prehistoric remains, and is of some interest to archaeologists. Although the cave is close to Han - and there is a combination ticket sold - it is still rarely visited. This makes the experience of a tour much friendlier. So if you do not need "attractions" like train ride and animal park, this cavern is well worth a visit.

The tour goes down 540 steps to the 37 m high chamber called Salle du Sabbath, which is the largest chamber of the cave, 65 m below surface. Here, the guide launches a small hot-air ballon to the accompaning light and sound show. The vanishing ballon gives a very good impression of the size of the chamber.