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The story of iron, steel and the people who produced it: That's what the Henrichshütte in Hattingen, one of eight sites of the Westphalian Industrial Museum, is centred around. Visitors are invited to discover the varied aspects of the industrial monument by following several theme routes. The path ...
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Henrichshütte Steelworks LWL Industrial Museum
Werksstraße 25
45527 Hattingen, Germany

To see, hear, touch, and feel: entering the former Knappenrode briquette factory means to explore 100 years of Lusatian industrial history with all your senses. The visit starts by climbing the 22-metre open staircase. From up there, the panoramic view reveals a landscape where former open-cast ...
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Saxon Museum of Industry | Knappenrode Energy Factory
Ernst-Thälmann-Straße 8
02977 Hoyerswerda, Germany

How did people used to make bricks? Where did they make them? And who made them? You can find the answers to all these questions on the historic brickworks site of the Westphalian Industrial Museum in Lage. The brickworks are situated in the heart of the Lippe region that was once renowned for its ...
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Lage Brick Works LWL Industrial Museum
Sprikernheide 77
32791 Lage, Germany

Lichterfeld | Germany
It looks like the Eiffel tower, only it’s called F60 and is situated in the Lausitz countryside near Lichterfeld. We’re talking about the largest existing overburden conveyor gantry which has ever been built. Now it’s the star attraction at the F60 visitor colliery. It doesn’t take you underground ...
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F60 Overburden Conveyer Bridge
Bergheider Straße 4
03238 Lichterfeld, Germany

Oberhausen | Germany
Between 1988 and 1992 the citizens of Oberhausen were involved in a passionate dispute. The bone of contention was a gasometer belonging to the disused Good Hope steel mill. Bulldozers had been ordered onto the site to demolish it and then sent back again. Some people considered it to be a filthy ...
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Gasometer
Arenastraße 11
46047 Oberhausen, Germany

Papenburg | Germany
A towering lobby of white and gold, glass-cased panorama lifts, galleries like opera boxes. This is where glittering worlds of leisure are created. Floating five-star hotels. Completely artificial towns laid out specially for smooth running and utmost comfort on the high seas. The Meyer wharf has ...
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Meyer Shipyard
Papenburg Tourismus GmbH
Ölmühlenweg 21
26871 Papenburg, Germany

Peenemünde | Germany
Peenemünde was once the embodiment of high-tech perfection – earlier and more modern than anywhere else in the world. Here in the extreme north-east of Germany the first long-distance rocket was set off in 1942. Some scientists even dreamt of developing a means of transport which would catapult ...
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The Peenemünde Historical Museum
Im Kraftwerk
17449 Peenemünde, Germany

Selb | Germany
Don’t be afraid of the jaw crusher: it might sound like a violent thug but in reality it is simply a machine for processing quartz, feldspar and china clay. The end result is breakfast dishes. In the European Industrial Museum of China in the Bavarian town of Selb everything revolves around the ...
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Porzellanikon
Werner-Schürer-Platz 1
95100 Selb, Germany

A museum that is still in production? A factory full of the noise of hammering and hissing, with a huge drop hammer beating glowing steel into shape? This is all part of the everyday life at the Hendrichs Drop Forge in Solingen. The machines here have never really stood still, not even in 1986 when ...
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Hendrichs Drop Forge LVR Industrial Museum
Merscheider Str. 289 - 297
42699 Solingen, Germany

Solms-Oberbiel | Germany
The adventure starts in the pit cage, coming to a halt only 150 metres below the surface. An underground railway takes visitors from there to a gallery where experienced guides revive daily routines of yesteryear on original machines: Drill hammers, rocker shovel and LHD loaders recount the hard ...
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Fortuna Visitor Mine
Grube Fortuna 1
35606 Solms, Germany

The Völklinger Hütte (ironworks) in Germany’s Saarland, which was shut down in 1986, can be justifiably described as an industrial dinosaur. It extends over an area of 600,000 square metres and exemplifies the combined power of more than 100 years of iron and steel manufacturing. It was the first ...
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World Heritage Site Voelklingen Iron Works
Europäisches Zentrum für Kunst und Industriekultur
Rathausstraße 75
66302 Völklingen, Germany

The powerful steel framework offers a truly imperial view, being flanked by elegant sandstone towers each of which is crowned by an ornamental globe, the whole construction majestically reflected in the waters of the Dortmund-Ems canal. Not surprisingly, it was Emperor Wilhelm II himself who ...
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Henrichenburg Shiplift LWL Industrial Museum
Am Hebewerk 2
45731 Waltrop, Germany

Zehdenick | Germany
Climb aboard everyone! The historic field railway is waiting to take you on a tour of the Mildenberg brick park near Zehdenick in Brandenburg. Or join a guided tour and follow the procedures by which clay was turned into bricks during the last century. The brick moulder set off the process. Up until ...
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Mildenberg Brick Works Park
Ziegelei 10
16792 Zehdenick, Germany

Zwickau | Germany
Horch street, Audi street, Trabant street: a quick glance at the map immediately reveals that this is all about cars - and not common ones at all! A Horch 303 fire engine from 1927, for instance, with Germany's first standard eight-cylinder unit under the bright red bonnet. Or a DKW F 1 built in ...
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August Horch Museum
Audistraße 7
08058 Zwickau, Germany

They represented the acme of European technology prior to the Industrial Revolution: the Bologna-type silk-throwing machines. Not a single of them has survived, but a half-size reconstruction in the Museum of Industrial Heritage keeps them impressingly alive. Coupled with other functional models and ...
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Museum of Industrial Heritage
Museo del Patrimonio Industriale
Fornace Galotti Via della Beverara 123
40131 Bologna, Italy

Carbone, the Italian word for coal has given its name to the Sardinian town of Carbonia. Its former colliery - Serbariu – now houses the most important coalmining museum in Italy. Just as the colliers once did, visitors first enter the lamp room which in this case has the dimensions of an extended ...
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Italian Centre for Coal Mining Culture at Geological Mining Park of Sardinia
Centro Italiano della Cultura del Carbone
Grande Miniera di Serbariu
09013 Carbonia, Italy

How does a drop of water transform into electric power? The high halls of Cedegolo's historical Museum of Hydroelectric Power, bathed in light, offer answers that affect all senses. The experience starts with the sphere's room: A double video projection on opposing semispheres follows a drop's ...
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Museum of Hydroelectric Energy
Museo dell'energia idroelettrica
Via Roma 48
25051 Cedegolo, Italy

The Anglosardo gallery in Montevecchio on the west coast of Sardinia runs right through an old metalliferous vein. Visitors experience first-hand how metal ores were mined here around the middle of the 19th century and marvel at the blossom-white lime crystals in the light of the pit helmets. Once ...
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The Mines of Montevecchio at Geological Mining Park of Sardinia
Miniera di Montevecchio
Piazza Rotundi
09030 Guspini, Italy

Malnisio di Montereale Valcellina | Italy
Without the water pipes climbing the steep slopes in the background this monumental wing-shaped building in the village of Malnisio could well be taken for a palace. In fact, it's a palace of hydroelectric power: for more than 80 years its powerful machines transformed the current of northern ...
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"Antonio Pitter" Power Plant Museum
Museo dell'ex Centrale Idroelettrica "Antonio Pitter"
Via Volta 27
33086 Malnisio di Montereale Valcellina, Italy

You want to know how industrialisation welds a small town and its people together into a whole? Then you have to go to Monfalcone in Italy. Since 1908, when the first ship was launched here - a place near Trieste that belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918 - Monfalcone has been renowned ...
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MuCa - Museum of Shipbuilding Industry
MuCa - Museo della Cantieristica
Via del Mercato, 3
34074 Monfalcone, Italy

In the centre of Prato there can be found an industrial heritage site of European importance: The Campolmi Textile Factory. The two-storey, faithfully restored rectangular building with its courtyard, elegant water basin and slender brick chimney was constructed in 1863. Today it is a symbol of ...
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Campolmi Factory | Lazzerini Library | Textile Museum
Istituto culturale e di documentazione Lazzerini Via Puccetti, 3 59100 Prato Telephone +39 (0) 574 - 1837800
Museo del Tessuto Via Santa Chiara 24
59100 Prato, Italy

Pratovecchio Stia (Arezzo) | Italy
The elongated stone buildings with their regular, multi-storey rows of windows appear to be down-to-earth and tidy. Functional metal posts structure the bright and spacious room inside. Around 1900 this place in the hills of the Casentino region not far from Florence witnessed the hustle and bustle ...
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Museum of the Art of Woolmaking
Museo dell’Arte della Lana Fondazione Luigi e Simonetta Lambard
Via Giovanni Santori 2
52017 Pratovecchio Stia, Italy

A dozen neatly arranged copper cauldrons, linked to tall distillation columns by curved pipes, the whole framed by smoothly jointed brick walls and permeated by the characteristic mix of sweet and dry scents that accompanies the production of brandy: Already at first glance the Grappa Distillery ...
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Poli Distillery – Poli Grappa Museum
Poli Distillerie – Poli Museo della Grappa
Via G. Marconi 46
36060 Schiavon, Italy

Rumelange | Luxembourg
Helmets on, enter the mine train and off it goes into the mountain, 580 metres deep. An extensive network of tracks covering main and secondary galleries indicates how busy the iron ore mines of Rumelange must have been back then. Monumental machines illustrate post World War II mining operations ...
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National Museum of Iron Ore Mines
Musée National des Mines de Fer Luxembourgeoises
Carreau de la Mine Walert
3714 Rumelange, Luxembourg

Amsterdam | Netherlands
Four huge copper silos stand side by side in the hall. Until 1988 this was the heart of the famous old Heineken brewery in Amsterdam. Now the world famous firm is using its historic building to present a highly modern interactive exhibition on itself and its products called “The Heineken ...
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Heineken Experience - Heineken Brewery
Stadhouderskade 78
1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cruquius | Netherlands
King William I of the Netherlands had a choice between 240 windmills or three coastal pumping stations. He could not afford to waste time because every year violent storms beat against the banks of the Haarlemmermeer. In 1836 the ever growing lake even threatened to flood Amsterdam. So two years ...
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Haarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius
Cruquiusdijk 27
2142 ER Cruquius, Netherlands

Hoorn | Netherlands
Some of the steam locomotives look just like outsize toys. Or exactly like Emma, the locomotive in Michael Ende’s fairytale about Jim Knopf and the train driver Lukas. But as soon as smoke begins to pour from the chimney and the whistle blows, it becomes quite clear that this is the real thing! The ...
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Hoorn-Medemblik Steam Tram Museum
Museum Stoomtram
Van Dedemstraat 8
1624 NN Hoorn, Netherlands

A celebration of technology – that's at the heart of the Wouda Steam Pumping Station's machine room near the village of Lemmer in Friesland. The four double steam engines, coupled with powerful flywheels driving eight round centrifugal pumps, are all sparkling and gleaming as on their very first ...
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Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station World Heritage Site
Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
Gemaalweg 1
8531 PS Lemmer, Netherlands

Maastricht | Netherlands
How did industrialization affect the cities of the 19th century? The extensive Sphinxkwartier in Maastricht illustrates this transformation with a multitude of factories and industrial buildings that, through reuse, are increasingly evolving into the city's cultural hotspot. The district is ...
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Sphinx Quarter | Sphinx Passage
Sphinxkwartier
Fenikshof 1
6211 AX Maastricht, Netherlands

Medemblik | Netherlands
This museum in the north of Holland forms a twin milestone in Dutch industrial history. On the one hand it displays a huge number of original steam engines used in shipping and industry, most of which have been preserved thanks to the farsightedness of a private collector named Cees P. Jongert. On ...
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Dutch Steam Machine Museum
Nederlands Stoommachinemuseum
Oosterdijk 4
1671 HJ Medemblik, Netherlands

Ulft | Netherlands
In Ulft, along the river Oude IJssel, once stood the DRU's 'iron hut'. For almost 2.5 centuries iron products, such as stoves, pans and bathtubs, were produced for millions of customers worldwide. This glorious past has left an impressive heritage: an ensemble of seven industrial monuments.  ...
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DRU Industrial Park
CIVON Innovatiecentrum
Hutteweg 24
7071 BV Ulft, Netherlands

Zaandam | Netherlands
Creaking windmills, little wooden houses with green facades, hump-backed bridges, brand-new clogs, row and rows of cheese blocks. And water wherever you look. Zaanse Schans could come straight out of a picture book of Holland in the 17th and 18th century. Time seems to have stopped still here. The ...
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Zaanse Schans
Schansend 1
1509 AW Zaandam, Netherlands

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