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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.



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Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) was established in 1916 and originally made aero engines for military aircraft.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

Nuremberg | 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 Nuremberg, 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

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

Wernesgrün | Germany
In 1436 the estate of the Schorer brothers, members of the famous Schürer glassblowing family, won the right to build a glassworks in the forest. This was associated with the granting of a brewing and supplying licence. In the following years the village of Wernesgrün developed around the estate and ...

Wernesgrün Brewery
Bergstraße 4
08237 Wernesgrün, Germany

The wheel was invented in the early stone age period. The history of the motor car begins in the 19th century. Thousands of years lie between the two. Why this should be and all the developments in vehicle construction in the meantime is shown in an astonishing survey to be found in the Axle, Wheel ...

Museum of Axes, Wheels and Carriages
BPW Bergische Achsen Kommanditgesellschaft
51674 Wiehl, Germany

Wolfsburg | Germany
The town of Wolfsburg was established in 1938 by the Third Reich, and was originally called Stadt des Kdf-Wagens (town of the KdF [Kraft durch Freude – Strength through Joy] car). It was re-named after a nearby castle after the Second World War. The beetle-shaped people’s car – the Volkswagen – ...

Carmuseum 'ZeitHaus' at Autostadt
38446 Wolfsburg, Germany

Santorini is an island in the Cyclades in the Southern Aegean Sea. The island produces crops of large cucumbers, Spanish vetchling, capers and aubergines. Cherry tomatoes cultivated there from the late nineteenth century have a distinctive flavour and a high sugar content that come from the soft ...

Tomato Industrial Museum ‘D Nomikos’
Vlichada Beach
84700 Vlichada, Greece

Győr | Hungary
Rába is a very large engineering company that originated in 1896 as the Hungarian Railway Carriage and Machine Works. It produced more than a thousand railway wagons in its first two years. The company supplied the Habsburg imperial army and produced its first road vehicles in 1904. In 1906 it ...

Raba Technological Centrum
Martin ul 1
9027 Győr, Hungary

The nuclear power station 5 km from the city of Paks supplies about 50 per cent of Hungary’s requirements for electricity. It uses pressurised water reactors, originally of Soviet design, and occupies a site originally chosen in 1976. The first unit began generating in 1982 and the next three, ...

Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Museum of Nuclear Energetics
Atomenergetikai Múzeum
8803/10 HRSZ
7031 Paks, Hungary

Dublin | Ireland
The brewery established at St James’s Gate in 1759 by Arthur Guinness (1725-1803) has for more than two centuries been the dominant manufacturing concern in the Irish capital. From 1799 Guinness concentrated on brewing stout that was exported, at first to England, and by 1900 to almost every country ...

Guinness Storehouse
St James’s Gate James Street
The Liberties
Dublin, Ireland

Arese | Italy
The principal factory of the Alfa Romeo company is near their plant at Arese, 15 km from the centre of Milan. The company originally established a museum in 1976 but it was open only by invitation, and closed in 2011. The present museum was established in 2015 as part of a wide-ranging re-launch of ...

Alfa Romeo Museum
La Macchina del Tempo Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
Viale Alfa Romeo
20020 Arese, Italy

Bologna | Italy
Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sports bikes equipped with desmodromic distribution engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology since 1946. It is an over 90 year-long story that recounts the passion for speed through its origins, the beauty of its bikes and the charm of a ...

Ducati Museum
Museo Ducati
Via Cavalieri Ducati, 3
40132 Bologna, Italy