Zwartberg colliery


Genk had no fewer than three mines on its territory: Winterslag, Zwartberg, and Waterschei. Zwartberg was the first mine in Limburg that had to close. Since very little consideration was given to preserving the industrial heritage back in the 1960s, the colliery was as good as demolished. Nowadays LABIOMISTA is located on the former mine site. 

Walking past art and lamas

LABIOMISTA - literally 'mix of life' is an area of 24 hectares on the former mining site. One half was left to nature, the other half serves as a living work of art with a sculpture garden, landscape art, and an animal park. Koen Vanmechelen's art is exhibited all over the park.