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Regional route North Hessia | Germany

The history of industry and technology plays an important role in North Hessia even though it is less evident today. Sector giants such as Henschel & Sohn, Salzmann & Comp., Kali + Salz, Volkswagen and SMA were or are based here, but technical details are not everything. Mining has shaped not only the ... more

North Hessian Route of Industrial Heritage

The history of industry and technology plays an important role in North Hessia even though it is less evident today.

Sector giants such as Henschel & Sohn, Salzmann & Comp., Kali + Salz, Volkswagen and SMA were or are based here, but technical details are not everything. Mining has shaped not only the landscape, but also people’s lives. The consequences of the arms industry settling in Kassel can still be seen today in the cityscape and the Edersee lake is used to generate power as well as serving as a popular destination for day-trippers. There is also a range of smaller industrial heritage artefacts of which few people are aware.

Ever since Denis Papin, the French physicist, mathematician and inventor, had the first steam cylinder for a high-pressure steam engine cast at the ironworks Veckerhagen in Reinhardshagen around 1700, remarkable inventions and ground-breaking developments have followed which originated in the North Hessia region. Who knows the history of the textile industry in North Hessia? What about the “Cannon Railway” which stopped off at various North Hessia locations?

NINO (Netzwerk Industriekultur Nordhessen, the North Hessian Network of Industrial Culture) is dedicated to raising the profile of North Hessia’s industrial past, linking small and large sites in relation to subject matter and creating a dialogue between their stakeholders. Joint activities are designed to help enshrine North Hessia’s industrial heritage as an important part of its regional identity.

A fixture in the calendar since 2009, BLAUER SONNTAG is an event which takes place on the last weekend of the summer holidays in Hessia and showcases the industrial heritage of North Hessia.

Borken (Hessen) | Germany
Borken is an old town in Hesse, 45 kilometers southwest of Kassel and roughly the same distance northeast of Marburg, in the heart of a region that relied on lignite mining for more than 400 years. The museum, founded in 1992 and located in a timber-framed building called Am Amtsgericht in the town ...
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Hessian Brown Coal Mining Museum
Am Freilichtmuseum 1
34582 Borken (Hessen), Germany

Frankenberg | Germany
Michael Thonet's (1796-1871) lifetime achievements impressively reflect the transition from handcraft to industrial mass production in the 19th century. Thonet is considered a pioneer of industrial design. Starting in 1819 he produced own designs using the then new bentwood process, which he ...
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Thonet Museum
Michael-Thonet-Straße 1
35066 Frankenberg, Germany

Großalmerode | Germany
The museum of Großalmerode, the „city of good clay”, takes its visitors on a trip through 800 years of clay work and glass-making, showing the development of local trades and their impact on the people involved, with a primary focus on the time from the beginning of the industrialization until the ...
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Museum of Glass and Ceramic
Kleiner Kirchrain 3
37247 Großalmerode, Germany

Heringen (Werra) | Germany
The discovery of potassic salts in the valley of the river Werra, about 70 kilometers southeast of Kassel at the border of Hesse and Thuringia, in 1893 promoted the emergence of a still operating mining area with occasionally up to 30 pits and various potash plants processing the raw material to ...
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Werra Potash Mining Museum
Dickesstraße 1
36366 Heringen (Werra), Germany

Immenhausen | Germany
The Glass Museum in Immenhausen, established in 1987 in a building of the former glassworks Süßmuth, is one of the few museums specialised on glass products in Germany. Between World War II and its shut down in 1987 the company produced high-quality consumer glassware like vases, bowls, and goblets. ...
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Glassmuseum
Am Bahnhof 3
34376 Immenhausen, Germany

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