The foundations of industry in Rüsselsheim were laid by Adam Open (1837-95) who began making sewing machines in the town in 1862, and diversified into the production of bicycles and, from 1898 began to make motorcars. His company prospered, and the American corporation General Motors took a majority stake in 1929. Features of the factory are its lengthy southern façade and the 52 m high Opel Tower of 1930.
A special, very adventurous place is located between the river Main and the city center: the early-modern Hessian state fortress which is home to the museum of industry and city history. The newly designed permanent exhibition in the south wing shows how Rüsselsheim went from being a small town to becoming a big city. The interactive exhibition invites visitors to try out things themselves. From inventions such as the Petticoat or the assembly belt to the modern work-life in a globalized world, all this can be found in the north wing of the fortress. Enjoy refreshments in an historical ambience at the café afterwards.
|Recommended duration of visit:||2 Hours|
|Duration of a guided Tour:||90 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||Available|
|Infrastructure for Children:|
|Visitor centre on site:||yes|
|Gift and book shop on Site:||yes|
Tuesday - Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday, Sunday 10am-5pm