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Someone had the bright idea of combining a historical, disused Belgian coal mine with an arts centre, and the result is pretty cool.

A unique mix of industrial heritage and art make Genk’s creative centre a fun and alternative experience. Built on the site of the Winterslag coal mine, C-mine combines the historical significance of Limburg’s mining industry, with a modern vision for repurposing old industrial infrastructure. C-mine’s history means that all of the protected monuments on the site have been maintained and repurposed. The site centres around the Energy Building, formerly the mine’s compressor rooms and fan building. There you’ll find the visitor’s reception, a culture and design centre and several restaurants.

Located roughly 3 kilometres north of Genk’s town centre, C-mine now offers a variety of activities. If you’re creatively inclined then C-mine has got you covered with theatre, dance, art and independent films on offer.

Want something a bit more adventurous? Get a ticket for the C-mine Expedition. Here, you descend into the old mining tunnels, making your way through a number of installations, including a virtual reality mining experience that takes you back to the 1950s.

  • The highlight of the expedition is climbing the original, 60-meter mining headframe, Belgium’s tallest winding tower! Your hard work pays off with fantastic views of Limburg’s green surroundings. If heights aren’t your thing, don’t let that put you off - there is a stop a quarter of the way up the tower with its own viewing platform.
  • On C-mine square, you can make your way through the Labyrinth, a 1km sculptural maze.
  • Bring your cameras: the combination of art, sculpture and industrial architecture makes the site a great place for a fun and unique photoshoot!
  • Located in the mine’s old warehouse, you can visit internationally renowned porcelain artist Pieter Stockman’s workshop and see his intricate, minimalist creations up close.
  • There is a cinema on site where you can see both mainstream and independent films.
  • Make sure to check out the C-mine website to see which exhibitions, performances and talks are on when you’re there.
Updated on 8 November 2021

Tips and Tricks

  • If you’re really keen, you can organise a 1 hour guided tour of the Energy building for groups up to 10 people on the Visit Genk website. Group tours are priced between €40-45.

Getting There

  • By Car: free parking available on site
  • By Bus: close to bus stop Genk C-Mine. Buses G8 and G3 (evening) stop here
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C-mine Energy Building: 08:00 to 19:00 C-mine Expedition: 10:00 to 17:00 (Tuesday - Sunday)

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All seasons

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C-mine Expedition: Adult ticket €8, child's (6-18) ticket €5, student ticket €5 and children under 6 go free.

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Open; national COVID rules apply

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