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Welcome

to the European Route of Industrial Heritage, the tourism information network of industrial heritage in Europe. 

Currently we present 1,315 sites in 45 European countries. Among these sites there are around 90 Anchor Points which build the virtual ERIH main route. On nineteen Regional Routes you can discover the industrial history of these landscapes in detail. All sites relate to thirteen European Theme Routes which show the diversity of European industrial history and their common roots.

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Anchor Point of the Day
Danish Railway Museum | Odense

In 1840 travelling by train was so incredibly new that there were no words to describe it....

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Anchor Points

Anchor points illustrate the complete range of European industrial history.
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Regional Routes

The Regional Routes link landscapes and sites which have left their mark on European industrial history.
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European Theme Routes

Theme Routes take up specific questions relating to European industrial history.
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Biographies

History is always made by people. We present a selection of personalities who influenced the European industrial history.
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Do you know...

where the first factory on the European mainland was built?

In Ratingen, near Düsseldorf – the former Cromford Cotton Spinning Mill is now one of the sites of the Rhineland industrial Museum. At the end of the 18th century Johann Gottfried Brügelmann, an extremely rich merchant and textile magnate from Wuppertal decided to take a lesson from England (Cromford) – you can call this industrial espionage, if you like – and in 1784 he built what was most probably the first factory on the European mainland.

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This website was last modified on 10th June 2016.