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European Themeroute | Xtra: Company Museums and Factory Tours

In this section you will find all the sites of our database, which are part of a company that is still active today, from the Fagus factory world heritage site in Alfeld on Leine (Germany) to the shoemuseum of Clarks in the small market town Street in Somerset, England.With this, ERIH is striking the ... more

Icon: Xtra: Company Museums and Factory ToursLiving Industry. Company Museums and Factory Tours

In this section you will find all the sites of our database, which are part of a company that is still active today, from the Fagus factory world heritage site in Alfeld on Leine (Germany) to the shoemuseum of Clarks in the small market town Street in Somerset, England.

With this, ERIH is striking the arches of abandoned industrial monuments to the manufacturing industry and shows that "industrial culture" does not only mean the past, but also encompasses the present and the future of industry.

Copenhagen | Denmark
DieselHouse celebrates and explains the role of the diesel engine, particularly the marine diesel engine, during more than a century of development. It also commemorates the work of the outstanding Danish engineering firm Burmeister & Wain, dating from 1843, which gained the Danish rights for the ...

Diesel House
Teglholmsgade 4
DK 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark

Beer is not simply beer. The huge visitor centre in the historic Carlsberg Brewery covers an area of around 10,000 square metres and as such seems to be a complete brewery universe. Today more than 500 different beers are linked with the name Carlsberg. A tour of the museum leads you through the ...

Visit Carlsberg / Carlsberg Visitors Centre
Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11
1799 Copenhagen, Denmark

Kotka | Finland
The Sunila pulpmill at Kotka of 1937-8 was designed by the great Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1888-1976) and is one of the most notable 20th century industrial buildings in Europe. It remains in production and parties can visit the premises by arrangement. Adjacent to it is a large residential ...

Sunila pulpmill
Kotka Tourist Service
Kotka, Finland

Verla (Jaala) | Finland
The mechanical pulp mill at Verla was founded in the 1870s by Hugo Neuman, a Finnish-born civil engineer who had worked in Zurich. The first mill buildings were destroyed by fire in 1892, but were replaced by richly-ornamented brick structures, a mill, a cardboard factory and drying sheds, designed ...

Verla Mill Museum
Verlan tehdasmuseo
Verlantie 295
47850 Verla, Finland

Creil | France
The nailworks at Creil in the département of l’Oise was established in 1888 by Théodor Rivierre (d 1900). By 1914 it had some 400 employees, but there were only just over a hundred in the 1960s. It continues to operate in its original buildings. It is now the last of its kind in France and was ...

The Rivierre Nailworks
La Clouterie Rivierre
6 Rue des Usines
60100 Creil, France

Laval, 80 km east of Rennes and capital of the département of Mayenne, is the headquarters of Lactalis, now reckoned to be the world’s largest dairy company. The business was established on 19 October 1933 by André Besnier (1894-1955) and in its first week his employees made 17 Camenbert cheeses ...

La Cité du Lait. Lactopole
18 Rue Adolphe Beck
53000 Laval, France

Mulhouse | France
Electropolis, located in a ‘city of museums’, is claimed to be the most important museum of electric power in Europe, and is sponsored by EDF SA (i.e. Electricite de France), the principal French power generating and distribution company that has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The ...

EDF Electropolis
Musee EDF Electropolis
Rue de Paturage 555
68200 Mulhouse, France

Passavant-la-Rochère | France
The small village of Passavant-la-Rochère, in the department of Haute-Saône, is the most northerly community in France-Comté, and has a long history of industrial activity. Its population, now less than 700, has declined from a peak of 1,805 in 1851. The glass works in the village was set up in 1475 ...

La Rochère Glass Works
Verrerie La Rochère
Rue de la Verrerie
70210 Passavant-la-Rochère, France

Saint Barthélemy d'Anjou | France
Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau founded a distillery at Angers in 1849, making liqueurs from local fruits. In 1875 they began to sell a liqueur made to a formula they had devised, blending sweet and bitter orange peels with pure alcohol derived from sugar beet. The liqueur proved popular and ...

Cointreau Museum
Carré Cointreau
2 Boulevard des Bretonnières
49124 Saint Barthélemy d'Anjou, France

The museum at Sochaux stands alongside the huge car plant of PSA Peugeot-Citroën, the largest in France. It tells the complex story of the development of the family business since the brothers Jean-Pierre and Jean-Frédédic Peugeot adapted an old corn mill as a foundry and forge in 1810. The foundry ...

The Peugeot Experience Museum
Musée de l’Aventure Peugeot
Carrefour de l’Europe
25600 Sochaux, France

Friedrichshafen | Germany
Friedrichshafen on shore of the Bodensee (Lake Constance) is best-known in industrial history as the manufacturing and operating base for the airships built by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), but it was also the home of another of Germany’s principal aircraft manufacturing companies, ...

Dornier Museum
Claude-Dornier-Platz 1
88046 Friedrichshafen, Germany

Giengen an der Brenz | Germany
Europe’s most celebrated soft toys, the teddy bears with buttons in their ears (‘Knopf im Ohr’) are manufactured in an architecturally revolutionary factory building in this small town 32 km north-east of Ulm. Margarete Steiff (1847-1909), a native of Giengen was partially-paralysed at the age of 18 ...

Steiff factory
Margarete Steiff GmbH
Richard Steiff Straße 4
89537 Giengen an der Brenz, Germany

Görlitz | Germany
Named after the Landeskrone, Görlitz’s “own” mountain, the Landskron brewery has been brewing since 1869 according to a traditional method in which the beer matures for 40 days, significantly longer than usual. The 12 m deep fermentation and storage cellars are listed buildings and can be visited as ...

Landskron Brau-Manufaktur
An der Landskronbrauerei 116
02826 Görlitz, Germany

Koblenz | Germany
The museum of historic railway rolling stock at Koblenz is a satellite of the Transport Museum at Nuremburg which is managed by a voluntary group. It is located in a workshop of the early twentieth century that was used until 1995 for the repair of goods wagons. It was built at the time when a ...

DB-Museum Koblenz
BSW-Gruppe zur Erhaltung historischer Schienenfahrzuge Koblenz
Schőnborn Luster Strasse 14
56070 Koblenz, Germany

Kochel am See | Germany
There is a 200 m difference in height between the Kochelsee and Walchensee lakes in the Bavarian Alps that was first exploited for the construction of a hydro-electric plant in 1904. From 1918 Oskar von Miller began to establish the Bayernwerke complex, linking existing plants with new generating ...

Walchensee power station
Informationszentrum Walchenseekraftwerk
Altjoch 21
82431 Kochel am See, Germany

Köln | Germany
The museum of the chocolate industry in Cologne was founded by Dr Hans Imhoff who was born in 1921 within sight and small of Stollwerck, the city’s celebrated chocolate-manufacturing company. After the Second World War Dr Imhoff established his own chocolate factory at Bullay an der Mosel, but later ...

Chocolate Museum
Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a
50678 Köln, Germany

Krayenberggemeinde OT Merkers | Germany
Even General Eisenhower was there. At the end of the Second world War the American general confiscated the reserves of gold and currency which had been hidden here by the Reichsbank. The money has long since gone. The gold which can be seen here today is white: potassium salt. You can see it for ...

Merkers Adventure Mine
Zufahrtstraße 1
36460 Krayenberggemeinde, Germany

Marl | Germany
30 active companies, 100 production units, 900 buildings, a dense network of high technology stretching over more than six square kilometres. This is what the future of industrial heritage looks like. In the Chemical Industry Estate in Marl, on the northern edge of the Ruhrgebiet, it is already part ...

Chemical Industry Estate
Ausstellung im Informations-Centrum (IC)
Paul-Baumann-Straße 1
45764 Marl, Germany

Mettlach | Germany
When people talk about "cathedrals of industrial heritage", we sometimes have to take this literally. The huge buildings offered enough space to accommodate factories in the middle of the 18th century. These were the original forms of industrial architecture: a good example is the Benedictine abbey ...

The House of Villeroy & Boch
66693 Mettlach, Germany

Mülheim an der Ruhr | Germany
Water is indispensable. For life, for power, bathwater, drinking water, you name it… The trouble is that it is not inexhaustible. It can also get polluted. That is easy to forget. But not if you pay a visit to the Aquarius Water Museum in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The museum is housed in a listed ...

Aquarius Water Museum
Burgstraße 70
45476 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany