When I went back to Belgium in December last year, I went to visit one of my favourite places in the South, the Caves of Han-sur-Lesse.
I’ve visited a lot of caves in the UK and in Belgium (here and here for examples) and I still feel that this one is the most beautiful and intact one. I’ve been there there many times over the years and one thing does not change: it’s still the hundred-year-old tram that takes you to the entrance of the cave :-)
The caves are the result of the underground erosion of a limestone hill by the river Lesse that forces its way under the hill. It takes about 1h30 to visit all the chambers.
The Gallery of the Verviétois was very picturesque. There was a lot of stalactites and stalagmites, and the columns look so fragiles.
In the Room of the minaret, you can see a 6-meter high stalagmite, and it’s very impressive
A bit further away, there is this unusual Dome-shaped stalagmite. I was quite surprised to see something that wide. Usually, the stalagmites and quite lean :-)
My favourite room is the one with the trophy, a 7 m hight stalagmite. If you look towards a certain directions, it’s sparkling a bit. It’s difficult to see it on the pictures because the light is very dim.
Towards the exit, the last room, the Room of the draperies contains superb stalactites hanging above the river Lesse!
A lot of people only visit the North of Belgium, for the picturesque Flemish towns: Bruges and Ghent and spend some times in Brussels. The South has a lot of nice places as well, maybe not as well known :-)