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“Fascinating natural formations tour, not the most English-speaker-friendly.”
Review of The Cave of Han

The Cave of Han
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Estate of the Caves of Han is an encounter with real nature and the most magical things that it has to offer you. Visit the Cave of Han and venture into the Wild Animal Reserve ... Wonder guaranteed!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 10, 2014

This was a stop off we had made during our road trip through Belgium.
Getting to the caves was a beautiful and scenic drive.

We made sure the caves were open before hand as it had rained a lot the days prior.
(Tour times are listed online, make sure you check them, if you plan to go.)
Unfortunately, only 1 out of the 3 caves were able to be visited, due to flooding from the rain. However, the 1 that was open was the main cave, so that was agreeable, as well as admission was half price due to this unprecedented circumstance.

You will take a streetcar to the entrance of the caves. When we visited, during the wintertime, it was freezing to be in the open car, there is an enclosed car at the front of the train, which we had failed to noticed in the beginning. Not many animals were visible as large areas of the valley were flooded at the time.

When you reach the entrance of the caves, you will be asked to separate into Flemish or French speaking groups for the tour guide. If you do not speak either, like us, you should immediately make yourself known to the tour guide. He/she will have an English pamphlet for you to read. Our tour guide had asked us, the small group of English speakers, to be at the front of the group so he could quickly explain in English first, then will follow in French and Flemish. Perhaps he was not as detailed in explaining as in the other languages, but the pamphlet did help fill in the historical significance and details, if you fancied reading in the dim light. Also we had to keep up with the tour guide towards the front which was not the easiest to do within a large group.

The caves and formations were pretty incredible, and is the biggest cave in Belgium. The tour definitely saved the best cave for last, which was quite a sight.

3  Thank motraveling
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The caverns at Han were suggested by a good friend from Denmark and we were more than amazed at their beauty and splendor. I have been in several caves in the U.S. but not ones that matched the immense caverns that kept coming coming as we walked the one mile pathway. The centuries old erosion by the river Lesse has created something not to be missed. And lunch in one of the sidewalk restaurants is a real treat, as well!
The bilingual guide, English and French, was impressive and facile.

2  Thank Jim D
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Our visit August 2013. Price of tickets: combined ticket for two adults entering the caves and a trip through the wildlife park 50 euros. The caves are intresting and very nice. guides speak French and Dutch and (our guide spoke English too). visiting is not suitable for people with walking difficulties. Quite alot of steps. Duration about little over an hour. At the end of the tour you are asked to tip the guide. (apparently they work on a voluntary basis). Thats ok. At the end of the tour it is about a ten minute walk back tot the centre of Han sur Lesse. A train back would be nice. Outside the grottes is enough catering. Restaurants, bars, snackfood ect.

The wildlife park : As other reviewers here have mentioned here. A bit mediocre. You dont know what to expect. The animals in the park dit not really give me the big safari experience ;-) Children might like it though. Personally we found it a bit of a waste of money. ( i will post some foto's soon ;-) Han Sur Lesse is very touristik so parking can be a problem . We parked a little outside the main street and had a bout five minute walk tot the main building ( ticket purchase).

Conclusion: the grottes are worth visiting. The wildlife park : not for us. Catering: the little snackbar right outside the grottos has good stuff for reasonable prices
Enter fees for grotto and wildlife park: 50 euro's for two adults. Is well paid for. Conclusion a days trip with a entire family can mount up. Never the less we had a pleasant visit.

2  Thank marretje47
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We visited the caves during the last week of our three week tour of Europe. We'd had absolutely stunning weather down through France, across into Italy, up through Switzerland and Germany. Unfortunately we arrived in Belgium the weather was less kind to us, with drizzle and grim skies greeting us.

Anyway a cave visit seemed ideal to get us out of the miserable weather. Parking was limited in the town, and we did struggle to find somewhere to park. Once in the main building, it was bustling with visitors, and there were long queues at the ticket desks. We opted to use a touchscreen which was free to order our tickets.

We then walked to the nearby train, and had a half hour wait. When we approached to board the train, we realised that we should have left the pushchair in the building. My Wife fought her way through the queuing crowd, only to be met with very unwelcoming faces in the main building. No one wanted to help her. In the end she had to dash back to us at the waiting train with the pushchair in hand still. Not great customer service. It meant that I had to carry the pushchair the entire way around the caves, not ideal, and certainly not easy.

When we came to board the train, I'm carrying a pushchair, a toddler, and my Wife was carrying our one year old, coupled with two older girls who we're trying to make sure get on safely too. I've never come across such a "rugby scrum" and rude people who literally pushed past us. It wasn't a great start to the visit. As I struggled with the pushchair, and the rude folks pushing past me, I guided our three year old to a vacant seat, just then the whole train lurched forward throwing me, the pram, and my little girl flying. The rackety train took us to the cave entrance. I think ear defenders would've been in order.. what a incredibly noisy ride it was. Another thought on the train, and that was despite there been lots of people waiting, the young lad who was looking at tickets, only looked at ours and a couple of others... not very clever really. How many people boarded without tickets is anyone's guess.

The caves were stunning, but they are so immense that it felt like we were walking forever. We're not a family of lazy people who don't like to walk, but with a little girl who suddenly didn't want to walk any more, and a pram to carry it became a nightmare. Towards the end of the tour it became a bit too much, and personally I couldn't wait to get out.

There were other aspects to the tour included in our ticket price, but we chose to go back to the car.

It has to be said that when we left the caves, and walked out of the area, we struggled to get out bearings. There were no signs showing where to exit. We sort of just walked through the town, and eventually found the car. The exit of the caves is a long long way from the entrance building. Bearing in mind that you've taken a train to get there, there is no train back! Fine, we don't mind walking, but come on give us a clue as to where the 'eck we are, and just point us in a rough direction back to the building!! :-)

Tour guides spoke in French and Dutch, so for English speakers on the tour it wasn't very informative.

So to sum up, the caves are fantastic, but the train isn't, customers service in the form of being helpful is somewhat lacking, as was any form of signage to get us back to the entrance, but if you like caves, and a good long walk, then I'm sure you'll enjoy it. If you are a family with babies or toddlers, I'd bear in mind that this is a very very long walk for small ones... oh and remember to leave your pram in the car.

Thanks for reading.

4  Thank EastYorkshireFamily
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

While the caves are impressive, we could not understand a single word of the commentary given by the tour guide because she spoke only in French. When we bought our tickets at the counter, we were told that the guides would speak in English only if there were enough English speakers on the tour. So as it turned out, there weren't enough English speakers on the tour I went on.

The number of English speakers on your tour being a hit-and-miss affair, I would advise those who speak only English to avoid these caves and go see some others elsewhere.

We were given a printed guide in English to read while on the tour, but it was hard to know which parts of the cave the printed guide was referring to so we mostly felt lost during the tour.

We also went on the animal safari, which I felt was a cop-out because the number of animals featured were small. But my husband liked that he got to see animals such as deer roaming around in the vast open fields. The mountainous terrain the animal safari was set on was pretty scenic too, but that was about it.

To top off our lacklustre experience here was that signage around the caves complex is very poor. We spent ages just trying to find the ticketing counter for the caves. We were also confused over what time the trams left for the various attractions, or even where they left from because there were no signs.

The restaurant outside the exit of the caves served a limited choice of mediocre fare but you had no choice, there being nowhere else to eat.

The only good thing was that it had a nice children's playground which my three-year-old child enjoyed.

1  Thank KY T
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