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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.

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

Gräfenthal/Thür. | Germany
The porcelain factory at Lippelsdorf in the Thuringian forest was established by Kuch & Co in 1877. From 1901 its owners were Berhard Wagner and his partners Anton and Bernhard Apel and it is now owned and managed by the fifth generations of their families. It remains a small company with less than ...

Porzellanmanufaktur Wagner & Apel GmbH
Lippelsdorf 54
98743 Gräfenthal, 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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Museum of Carpets in Voigtsberg Castle
Schlossstrasse 32
08606 Oelsnitz/Vogtland, Germany

Oldisleben | Germany
The technology for extracting sugar from beet was developed by Prussian chemist Andreas Markgraff in 1747. The first sugar factory in Silesia was opened in 1797 by his pupil Franz Achard, and the industry was supported by the government in Prussia in the nineteenth century. The factory at Oldisleben ...

Oldisleben Sugar Factory
Esperstedter Strasse 9
66578 Oldisleben, 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Porsche Museum
Porscheplatz 14
70435 Stuttgart, Germany

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