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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.



Passavant-la-Rochère | France
The small village of Passavant-la-Rochère, in the department of Haute-Saône, is the most northerly community in France-Comté, and has a long history of industrial activity. Its population, now less than 700, has declined from a peak of 1,805 in 1851. The glass works in the village was set up in 1475 ...

La Rochère Glass Works
Verrerie La Rochère
Rue de la Verrerie
70210 Passavant-la-Rochère, France

Saint Barthélemy d'Anjou | France
Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau founded a distillery at Angers in 1849, making liqueurs from local fruits. In 1875 they began to sell a liqueur made to a formula they had devised, blending sweet and bitter orange peels with pure alcohol derived from sugar beet. The liqueur proved popular and ...

Cointreau Museum
Carré Cointreau
2 Boulevard des Bretonnières
49124 Saint Barthélemy d'Anjou, France

The museum at Sochaux stands alongside the huge car plant of PSA Peugeot-Citroën, the largest in France. It tells the complex story of the development of the family business since the brothers Jean-Pierre and Jean-Frédédic Peugeot adapted an old corn mill as a foundry and forge in 1810. The foundry ...

The Peugeot Experience Museum
Musée de l’Aventure Peugeot
Carrefour de l’Europe
25600 Sochaux, France

St-Jean-de-Maurienne | France
The story of the Opinel knife begins in 1890 in a small smithy near St.-Jean-de-Maurienne in the French Alps when the grandson of the company founder, Joseph Opinel, assembled the Opinel pocket knife. During the First World War the production moved to a former tannery in Cognin near Chambéry, ...

Opinel Museum
Musée Opinel
25 rue Jean Jaurès
73300 St-Jean-de-Maurienne, France

Wingen-sur-Moder | France
Wingen-sur-Moder is a small town between Strasbourg and Sarreguemines in Alsace, which was the site of the Hochberg glassworks between 1715 and 1868. Glass-making was revitalised in the twentieth century by René Lalique (1860-1945), who was born in the Champagne region and apprenticed in Paris, ...

Musée Lalique
40 Rue de Hochberg
67290 Wingen-sur-Moder, France

Alpirsbach is a small town in the Black Forest, on the Kinzig river, 13 km south of Freudenstadt. The town is famous for its timber-framed houses, some of them extending to six storeys, for a monastery, and for its brewery that produces the celebrated Klosterbräu beer. There is also a brewery ...

Alpirsbacher Brauwelt Brauereimuseum
Alpirsbacher Brauwelt Marketing GmbH Brauereimuseum 1 Marktplatz 72275 Alpirsbach Germany +49 (0) 7444 67149
1 Marktplatz
72275 Alpirsbach, Germany

Bayreuth | Germany
This museum in located in a nineteenth century brewery where it looks as if the employees have just gone home at the end of their day’s work. Displays extend through twenty rooms in what is claimed to be the world’s most comprehensive beer museum. Visitors can follow the manufacture of beer from raw ...

The Maisels Beer Experience
Maisels Bier-Erlebnis-Welt
Kulmbacher Strasse 40
95445 Bayreuth, Germany

Berlin | Germany
BMW motorcycle tyres are filled with Berlin air. The BMW Group plant in Berlin-Spandau produces BMW motorcycles for sale around the globe in historic brick buildings. Factory tours provide an insight into state-of-the-art vehicle production at a long-established manufacturing site that tells an ...

BMW Group Factory Berlin
Am Juliusturm 14-38
13599 Berlin, Germany

More than 300 years ago, Johann Friedrich Böttger invented the perfect composition for the production of porcelain. Labelled "white gold", the precious chinaware also fascinated the Prussian King Frederick the Great. He founded the Royal Porcelain Manufacture Berlin (Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur ...

KPM Royal Porcelain Manufacture
Wegelystraße 1
10623 Berlin, Germany

Cologne | 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 Cologne, Germany

Friedrichshafen | Germany
Friedrichshafen on shore of the Bodensee (Lake Constance) is best-known in industrial history as the manufacturing and operating base for the airships built by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), but it was also the home of another of Germany’s principal aircraft manufacturing companies, ...

Dornier Museum
Claude-Dornier-Platz 1
88046 Friedrichshafen, Germany

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 and Museum
Margarete Steiff GmbH
Richard Steiff Straße 4
89537 Giengen an der Brenz, Germany

Göppingen | Germany
The Märklin company, perhaps Europe’s best-known manufacturer of model trains, originated in 1859 in Goppingen, 40 km east of Stuttgart, when a tinsmith, Theodore Märklin, began to make dolls’ houses of lacquered tinplate. He died in an accident in 1866, but the firm was carried on by his wife, ...

Reuschstraße 6
73033 Göppingen, 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

The porcelain factory at Lippelsdorf, a district of Gräfenthal 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 ...

Porzellanmanufaktur Wagner & Apel GmbH
Lippelsdorf 54
98743 Gräfenthal, Germany

Ideas for a museum in Hanover illustrating the history of energy were first discussed in 1979 at the time of the 50th jubilee of the Hannover-Braunschweigischen Stromversorgungs AG power company. The museum opened in its present premises in Humboldtstrasse in 1987. It has exhibits that relate to the ...

Avacon Netz GmbH Museum of the Histories of Energy
Museum für Energiegeschichte(n) der Avacon Netz GmbH
Humboldtstrasse 32
30169 Hannover, 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

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