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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.



Baku | Azerbaijan
The Villa Petrolea contains a museum of the oil industry in the mansion of the Nobel family. When the Nobels from Sweden invested at Baku in 1879 the area was environmentally degraded and called ‘the black city’. The Nobels built the Petrolea estate with houses for 100 employees overlooking the ...

Villa Petrolea
Nobel Avenue 57/2
1025 Baku, Azerbaijan

Eupen | Belgium
Who can resist the sweet temptation of soft, aromatic melt-in-the-mouth runny chocolate or the hard crunchy bars which make children and adults alike so happy? Originally the art of making chocolate was cloaked in mystery, and chocolate was a mystical cult symbol for many years. It was also used as ...

Chocolaterie Jacques
BCB-Division Jacques
Rue de L´Industrie 16
B-4700 Eupen, Belgium

Schaerbeek | Belgium
The station at Schaerbeek, on the north-eastern side of Brussels, is an architectural delight, with a lofty and airy ticket hall, 13 platforms and an expanse of tracks serving maintenance depots for locomotives and rolling stock. It was designed by Franz Sevlen (b 1845) in a Neo-Renaissance style, ...

Train World
Prinses Elisabethplein 5
1030 Schaerbeek, Belgium

Karlovy Vary | Czech Republic
Karlovy Vary, 120 km west of Prague, is renowned as a spa and for the 19th century ironwork which adorns its buildings. It has also been a centre for the manufacture of high quality glass for which Bohemia is famous. The museum attached to the Moser factory at Karlovy Vary displays the history of ...

Moser Glass Factory & Museum
Sklárny Moser
Kapitan Jaroše 46/19
36060 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Kopřivnice | Czech Republic
Kopřivnice in eastern Moravia is the site of the Tatra works, founded in Ignác Šustala (1822-81), which progressed from making horse-drawn coaches, to building railway wagons and coaches from 1881, motor cars from 1897, and commercial trucks from 1898. Production of railway vehicles ceased in the ...

Tatra Technical Museum
Technickŏ Muzeum Tatra
Záhumenni 367/1
74221 Kopřivnice, Czech Republic

Mlada Boleslav | Czech Republic
The Skoda factory in Mlada Boleslav, 72 km N of Prague, traces it origins from 1895 when Vlaclav Laurin and Vlaclav Klement began to manufacture bicycles, soon progressing to motor cycles, and in 1905 to motor cars. The present factory, dating from 1945, the principal motor manufacturing plant in ...

Skoda Auto Museum
Vaclava Klementa 294
293-60 Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic

Prague | Czech Republic
The sparkling white water palace on the right bank of the River Vltava at Podoli is one of the most striking architectural affirmations in Europe of the benefits that a city derives from a supply of clean drinking water. The first waterworks in the area was built from 1882 for Vinohrady which until ...

Prague Waterworks Museum
Muzeum Pražského Vodárenstvi
Podolská 15/17
14700 Prague, Czech Republic

Copenhagen | Denmark
DieselHouse celebrates and explains the role of the diesel engine, particularly the marine diesel engine, during more than a century of development. It also commemorates the work of the outstanding Danish engineering firm Burmeister & Wain, dating from 1843, which gained the Danish rights for the ...

Diesel House
Teglholmsgade 4
DK 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark

Beer is not simply beer. The huge visitor centre in the historic Carlsberg Brewery covers an area of around 10,000 square metres and as such seems to be a complete brewery universe. Today more than 500 different beers are linked with the name Carlsberg. A tour of the museum leads you through the ...

Visit Carlsberg / Carlsberg Visitors Centre
Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11
1799 Copenhagen, Denmark

Tartu | Estonia
The A. Le Coq company was started in 1807 and in 1912 moved to Tartu, which had a long history of brewing. The company was nationalized in the Soviet era but relaunched with the A. Le Coq trademark in 1999. It is now the largest drinks manufacturer in Estonia, making beer, cider and soft drinks.  ...

A. Le Coq Beer Museum
Õllemuuseum A. Le Coq
Laulupeo pst 15
50050 Tartu, Estonia

Vaernla Küla | Estonia
Hiiumaa is the second largest of the Estonian islands in the Baltic and has a complex political history. When part of the USSR it was a restricted area, but a local industrial combine was able to establish a wool manufacturing enterprise in the 1950s using wool from the distinctive breed of sheep ...

Vaemla Village Wool Museum
Vaemla villavabrik EHK ettevote Hiiu Vill
92101 Vaemla Küla, Estonia

The Sunila pulpmill at Kotka of 1937-8 was designed by the great Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1888-1976) and is one of the most notable 20th century industrial buildings in Europe. It remains in production and parties can visit the premises by arrangement. Adjacent to it is a large residential ...

Sunila Pulpmill and Residential Area
Alvar Aallon katu
Kotka, Finland

Pori | Finland
Pori is a substantial town and port in the Satakunta region on the Gulf of Bothnia with a current population in excess of 80,000. The Rosenlew company (1853 – 1987) was one of the largest industrial companies in Finland as well as an important employer in Pori and the whole Satakunta region. During ...

Rosenlew Museum
Kuninkaanlahdenkatu 14
28100 Pori, Finland

Verla (Jaala) | Finland
The mechanical pulp mill at Verla was founded in the 1870s by Hugo Neuman, a Finnish-born civil engineer who had worked in Zurich. The first mill buildings were destroyed by fire in 1892, but were replaced by richly-ornamented brick structures, a mill, a cardboard factory and drying sheds, designed ...

Verla Mill Museum
Verlan tehdasmuseo
Verlantie 295
47850 Verla, Finland

Blagnac | France
The airfield at Toulouse-Blagnac is the headquarters of the Airbus Corporation. The first Concorde supersonic airliner took off from its runway in 1969, and the innovative Caravelle short-distance airliner was built there in the 1950s. The foundation stone of the Musée Aeroscopia was laid in 2011 ...

Musée Aeroscopia
1 Allée AndréTurcat
31700 Blagnac, France

Creil | France
The nailworks at Creil in the département of l’Oise was established in 1888 by Théodor Rivierre (d 1900). By 1914 it had some 400 employees, but there were only just over a hundred in the 1960s. It continues to operate in its original buildings. It is now the last of its kind in France and was ...

The Rivierre Nailworks
La Clouterie Rivierre
6 Rue des Usines
60100 Creil, France

La Richardais | France
The pioneering Rance tidal power station near La Richardais is located on the estuary of the River Rance between Dinard and St Malo in Britanny. Construction began in July 1963 and it opened in November 1966. The dam, 163 m long, includes a lock measuring 65m X 13m which allows 20,000 vessels per ...

Rance Tidal Power Station
L’usine marémotrice de la Rance
Barrage de la Rance
35780 La Richardais, France

Laguiole | France
Laguiole is located on the Aubrac plateau in the southwest of the Massif Central and is well-known for the knife that bears the town’s name. A local cutler developed the Laguiole knife in 1829, following the pattern of the Navaja, the traditional Spanish pocket knife. It was very popular with ...

Laguiole Forge
Route de l'Aubrac - BP 9
12210 Laguiole, France

Laval, 80 km east of Rennes and capital of the département of Mayenne, is the headquarters of Lactalis, now reckoned to be the world’s largest dairy company. The business was established on 19 October 1933 by André Besnier (1894-1955) and in its first week his employees made 17 Camenbert cheeses ...

La Cité du Lait. Lactopole
18 Rue Adolphe Beck
53000 Laval, France

Mulhouse | France
Electropolis, located in a ‘city of museums’, is claimed to be the most important museum of electric power in Europe, and is sponsored by EDF SA (i.e. Electricite de France), the principal French power generating and distribution company that has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The ...

EDF Electropolis
Musee EDF Electropolis
Rue de Paturage 555
68200 Mulhouse, France