The little village of Han-sur-Lesse, at the gateway to the Ardennes and one hour by road from Brussels, is home to one of the most famous caves on our continent, the Cave of Han. The Cave of Han is exceptional in terms of the beauty of its concretions and the immensity of its chambers and fashioned by the river Lesse that flows through it from one side to the other. It has welcomed more than 20 million visitors for over 250 years. It well deserves its three stars in the Michelin Green Guide.
On the hill that overhangs the Cave and in the valley abandoned by the Lesse extends a 250-hectare park of unspoilt nature that accommodates the Wildlife Reserve, where you can contemplate the fauna of our regions in their natural environment.
The caves are the result of the underground erosion of a limestone hill by the river Lesse. The river forces its way under the hill over a distance of over one kilometer as the crow flies. The caves have a constant temperature of 13°C (55°F) and a high level of humidity. Access is only possible via a vintage streetcar, a remnant of the country’s once extensive vicinal tramway system, which departs from the center of Han-sur-Lesse. The entry to the caves is about 2 km from the village. The guided tour takes about an hour to an hour and a half and includes a sound and light show in one of the largest chambers of the cave and an ending with a cannon shot to demonstrate the cave’s acoustic properties.
Domain of the Caves of Han
Rue Joseph Lamotte, 2
Tel +32 (0)84 37 72 13 ● Fax +32 (0)84 37 77 12
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