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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.

München | Germany
Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) was established in 1916 and originally made aero engines for military aircraft. When this was forbidden in Germany by the Treaty of Versailles, the company turned to produce motor cycles from 1923 and motor cars from 1928. The first cars were modelled on the British ...
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BMW Welt/BMW Museum
Am Olympiapark 1
80809 München, Germany

Nürnberg | Germany
Nuremberg 1835: When the first–ever steam engine in Germany set off on its maiden voyage it was accompanied by huge expectations. People hoped it would work miracles, put an end to the current economic crisis, modernise society and help bring about national unity. The six kilometre stretch of ...
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DB (German Railway) Museum
Lessingstraße 6
90443 Nürnberg, Germany

Oelsnitz/Vogtland | Germany
In 1880 Karl Wilhelm Koch and Fritz te Kock founded a carpet weaving factory named “Vollmond” in Oelsnitz in the Vogtland area of Saxony. Before World War I, the company had become the largest carpet manufacturer in Germany. It survived both world wars, its nationalization as “VEB Halbmond” and the ...
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Museum of Carpets in Voigtsberg Castle
Schlossstrasse 32
08606 Oelsnitz/Vogtland, Germany

Paderborn | Germany
Even in the second half of the 20th century the location of industry owed much to the enterprise of individuals, and the concentration of computer companies in Paderborn is largely due to Heinz Nixdorf (1925-86) who happened to be born in the city. His education was interrupted by military service ...
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Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Fürstenallee 7
33102 Paderborn, Germany

Recklinghausen | Germany
Suddenly there’s a cow standing in the room. The milking machine attached to its udders is genuine. The cow isn’t. There again the tram dating back to 1915 is genuine. It’s fully lit and appears to be ready to drive off at any moment. Just as genuine are old-fashioned telegraphs and telephones, a ...
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Electricity Museum
Uferstraße 2–4
45663 Recklinghausen, 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

Spremberg-Schwarze Pumpe | Germany
The whole system moves in perfect harmony here. In the steam generator furnace the lignite dust burns at around 1,000ºC and heats up the so-called feed water. The resulting steam drives several turbine components. Power is thus generated, with part of the heat feeding the regional heating network. ...
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Schwarze Pumpe power station
An der alten Ziegelei
03130 Spremberg, Germany

Stuttgart | Germany
Stuttgart is one of the principal centres of motor car production and development in Europe since Gottlieb Wilhem Daimler (1834-1900) set up a workshop in the suburb of Bad Cannstadt in 1890. His company registered the name ‘Mercedes’ for its vehicles after one of its agents won the first Tour de ...
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Mercedes-Benz Museum
Mercedesstraße 100
70327 Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart | Germany
Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951), founded the company which bears his name in 1931. He was primarily a designer, who was responsible in 1934 for the concept of the original people’s car, the Beetle which was subsequently made by Volkswagen. He began to manufacture prestigious sports cars after the ...
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Porsche Museum
Porscheplatz 14
70435 Stuttgart, 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

The wheel was invented in the early stone age period. The history of the motor car begins in the 19th century. Thousands of years lie between the two. Why this should be and all the developments in vehicle construction in the meantime is shown in an astonishing survey to be found in the Axle, Wheel ...
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Museum of Axes, Wheels and Carriages
BPW Bergische Achsen Kommanditgesellschaft
Ohlerhammer
51674 Wiehl, Germany

Wolfsburg | Germany
The town of Wolfsburg was established in 1938 by the Third Reich, and was originally called Stadt des Kdf-Wagens (town of the KdF [Kraft durch Freude – Strength through Joy] car). It was re-named after a nearby castle after the Second World War. The beetle-shaped people’s car – the Volkswagen – ...
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Autostadt
38446 Wolfsburg, Germany

The nuclear power station 5 km from the city of Paks supplies about 50 per cent of Hungary’s requirements for electricity. It uses pressurised water reactors, originally of Soviet design, and occupies a site originally chosen in 1976. The first unit began generating in 1982 and the next three, ...
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Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Museum of Nuclear Energetics
Atomenergetikai Múzeum
8803/10 HRSZ
7031 Paks, Hungary

Dublin | Ireland
The brewery established at St James’s Gate in 1759 by Arthur Guinness (1725-1803) has for more than two centuries been the dominant manufacturing concern in the Irish capital. From 1799 Guinness concentrated on brewing stout that was exported, at first to England, and by 1900 to almost every country ...
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Guinness Storehouse
St James’s Gate James Street
The Liberties
Dublin, Ireland

Maranello | Italy
The Ferrari museum adjacent to the company’s manufacturing plant at Marandello is complementary to that at the childhood home of Enzo Ferrari at Modena 27 km. north, with which it is linked by a shuttle bus service. Enzo Anselmo Ferrari (1898-1988), whose father, Alfredo Ferrari, had a mechanical ...
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Museo Ferrari
Via Dino Ferrari 43
41053 Maranello, Italy

Modena MO | Italy
Enzo Anselmo Ferrari (1898-1988) grew up at Modena where his father, Alfredo Ferrari, had a mechanical engineering business based in a workshop that is part of this museum. The younger Ferrari was inspired to a career in motor racing by watching the Circuit di Bologna in 1908. He became a racing ...
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Enzo Ferrari Museum
Museo Enzo Ferrari
Via Paola Ferrari 85
41121 Modena, Italy

Pontedera Pl | Italy
The core of this museum is one of the icons of European young people in the 1950s and 60s – the Vespa scooter. The Piaggio company originated in 1884 as a ship-fitting concern at Sestri Ponente near Genoa. It then turned to manufacture railway locomotives and carriages, and during the First World ...
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Piaggio Museum
Museo Piaggio
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio, 7
56025 Pontedera, Italy

Rome | Italy
Francesco Peroni (b 1818) opened a brewery in Vigevano, Lombardy in 1846, and moved to premises near the Piazza di Spagna in Rome in 1864. His business grew into one of Italy’s largest brewing companies between 1910 and 1920 exporting to many countries, and operating breweries in other Italian ...
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Peroni Beer Museum
Museo Birra Peroni
Via R Birolli 8
00155 Rome, Italy

Torino | Italy
The priorities for enthusiasts for the history of the motor car industry when visiting Turin are likely to be the Lingotto factory and Italy’s National Motor Museum, but, although it is open only on Sundays, the Fiat Historical Centre also provides much that is interesting. It is located in an Art ...
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Fiat Historical Centre
Centro Storico Fiat
Via Gabriele Chiobrara 20
10126 Torino, Italy

The SAME archive and museum at Treviglio, 20 km south of Bergamo, provides documentary services to collectors of and researchers into tractors throughout Europe. The brothers Francesco and Eugenio Cassani built the pioneering diesel Cassani 40CV tractor in Treviglio from 1927, and formed a new ...
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SAME Historical Archives & Historical Museum
Archivo Storico SAME & Museo Storico SAME
Viale Frencesco Cassani 15
24047 Treviglio, Italy