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Regional route Saxony | Germany

The industrialisation of Saxony is based on mining which already started in the 10th century, thus creating capital and early technological expertise – a history that is particularly told by historical sites in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). In the early 19th century textile processing became the ... more

Saxony

The industrialisation of Saxony is based on mining which already started in the 10th century, thus creating capital and early technological expertise – a history that is particularly told by historical sites in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). In the early 19th century textile processing became the driver of progress, thus entailing the rise of metal working industries. This made Saxony the cradle of the German automotive engineering and home to renowned automobile manufacturers until today.

The Saxon Route of Industrial Heritage" developed by TMGS illustrates the industrial history of the region with a selection of 51 sites, including exciting museums as well as active plants. Leading sectors are mining, textile industry, vehicles and transport, food and beverage, and the printing industry. Outstanding architecture is part of the route, too.

Olbernhau | Germany
Saigerhutte in Olbernhau, 32 km south-west of Chemnitz, was once a self-contained village of timber-framed buildings devoted to the processing of copper, which originated in 1836, and was the principal centre for copper working in Saxony. The 22 historic buildings that remain include calcining ...
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Saigerhütte Museum
In der Hutte 10
09526 Olbernhau, Germany

Plauen | Germany
As early as 1810, commercial hand embroidery in Plauen was well-known, and in 1828 more than 2,000 people were employed in whitework embroidery. The industrialization of the craft proceeded just as quickly. The first hand embroidery machines in the Vogtland still came from the Alsace and ...
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Plauen Lace Museum
Altmarkt
Im alten Rathaus
08523 Plauen, Germany

Already in pre-industrial times chairs were made in Rabenau; but the industrialization of production was hesitant. It was not until 1870 that the chair merchant Ferdinand Reuter build a large factory complex on the site of the castle ruins, producing chairs of curved beech wood following the example ...
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German Museum of Chair Production
Lindenstraße 2
01734 Rabenau, Germany

Riesa | Germany
Riesa in Saxony, 40 km. north-west of Dresden, is famous for making steel and matches, but still more for pasta. Pasta Riesa GmbH traces its origins from 1914, although it has experienced several changes in ownership. The Nudelcenter is a modern building, near its principal factory, set up in 2003 ...
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Riesa Pasta Museum
Marzdorfer Strasse 21
01591 Riesa, Germany

Schlettau | Germany
Schlettau Castle in the ore mountains has a long and diversified history. It was build as a residence for the Bohemian nobility, converted into a Cistercian abbey, later used as an electoral forestry and game office and at the years of industrialization as part of a spinning mill and even of an ...
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Schlettau Castel
Schlossplatz 8
09487 Schlettau, Germany

Weißwasser | Germany
The development of Weisswasser, a town in the Northeast of Saxony close to the German-Polish border, is intertwined closely with the glass industry. When the Berlin-Görlitz railway line was opened in 1866/67, the little village in the district of Muskau was suddenly connected to the world. And ...
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Weßwasser Glass Museum
Forster Straße 12
02943 Weißwasser, Germany

Wernesgrün | Germany
In 1436 the estate of the Schorer brothers, members of the famous Schürer glassblowing family, won the right to build a glassworks in the forest. This was associated with the granting of a brewing and supplying licence. In the following years the village of Wernesgrün developed around the estate and ...
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Wernesgrün Brewery
Bergstraße 4
08237 Wernesgrün, Germany

In 1906 the Dane Jorgen Rasmussen Skafte came from Chemnitz to Zschopau and tried to develop steam-driven vehicles for the German military in 1916/17. What remained after the war were only prototypes and the brand-name “DKW”. In subsequent years his company used these initials to mean different ...
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Motorcycle Exhibition in Wildeck Castle
Schloss Wildeck 1
09405 Zschopau, Germany

Zwönitz | Germany
The paper mill in the part of the town called Niederzwönitz was first mentioned in 1568 and rebuilt in the 19th century during the course of industrialization. Until then, paper workers had used pulped rags to make “laid paper” by hand. Rags, along with waste products from cotton and rope factories, ...
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Niederzwönitz Paper Mill
Köhlerweg 1
08297 Zwönitz, Germany