Genk had no fewer than three mines on its territory: Winterslag, Zwartberg, and Waterschei. The old mining site in Winterslag is these days known as C-mine.
Above and below ground
At C-mine, you can relive the life of a miner. An underground interactive experience trail with innovative installations stimulates all your senses. You experience how dark it was in the corridors, you hear the miners shuffling past... Be sure to climb up the 60-meter high shaft tower with a phenomenal view.
What’s in a name?
The C in C-mine stands for creativity. And they really are creative here! Ceramic artist Piet Stockmans has his studio in the former metal store. The artistic and architectural duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh has built a large maze on the inner courtyard. And the LUCA School of Arts is located here.
Discover the Vennestraat
Family game 'Where's Cyriel the cricket?'
The game can be played during the opening hours of C-mine expedition, at your own pace. It lasts on average 1.5 hours and is suitable for children six years and older. The expedition booklet contains extra craft pages to get started with at home.The game is played in the C-mine expedition and is suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years. (Only in Dutch and French).
There is plenty to do both in and around the former mining buildings. Have you heard about the C-mine expedition, for example, an underground experience tour? A must-see for anyone who wants to find out more about Genk’s mining history!
The impressive, restored Energy building (Energiegebouw) is the beating heart of C-mine. There, you will find the C-mine visitors’ reception, where you can go with all your questions about the site, as well as activities and excursions in Genk and the surrounding area.
Behind the installation are two young designers, the art and architects duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, who have already surprised the region with their ‘see-through church’ in Borgloon.
Bike rental C-Mine
Book your rental bike online at www.fietsparadijslimburg.be. On the day of your trip, you can pick up the key at C-mine's visitors' reception.
Rental period 2023
From March 15 through October 15:
● Mon (and holidays that fall on Mondays): 13 - 17u
● Tue - Sun (and holidays and bridge days): 10 - 17 u
● No bike rental on 3/05, 28/06, 6/09 and 8/09
● City bicycles with or without a child's seat
● Children's bicycles
● Cycling bags
Collecting a bike
You can pick up your bike keys at the visitor center desk.
Returning a bike
March to June and September to October
● Possible after closing time until 7 p.m.
July and August
● Possible after closing time until 9 p.m.
Free parking within walking distance:
● C-mine car park 1 (covered)
● C-mine parking 2 & 3
Free booklet ‘Food&Co' in Vennestraat’
Over the past few years, and with lots of loving attention, Vennestraat has transformed into a street full of sensual delights. It’s a street that invites you to wander and stroll, and to sample its mouth-wateringly delicious popular foods.
Where to go if you want your choice of 18 types of pasta? What’s the name of that place where they have that traditional Belgian miners’ beer on tap? Where can you take a bite out of those delicious Genk-style cookies? The free booklet ‘Soul food in de Vennestraat’ guides you to shops, cafes and restaurants with origins all over the world. From a Turkish supermarket over a Greek restaurant or an Italian specialty shop to a cozy Flemish coffee house. The booklet comes with a handy map, a brief description of each business and tips for fun day trips, such as art galleries, pop-up shops or antiquing – it’s all listed in here.
Pick up your free booklet at the C-mine visitor reception desk.