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The town of Forssa was born from textile industry. The Swedish Axel Wahren (1814-1885) founded the Forssa cotton spinning mill on the edge of the Kuhala rapids in 1847. It was soon followed by a weaving mill, a yarn dyeing plant, and in 1861 Finland's first and for 60 years the only fabric printing ...
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Forssa Museum & Pattern Centre on the Spinning Mill Area
Forssan museo
Wahreninkatu 12
30100 Forssa, Finland

Kihniö | Finland
Aitoneva, a part of the municipality of Kihniö around 100 km north of Tampere, houses the only museum which exhibits the history of industrial-scale peat production in Finland.  The extraction and use of peat for energy production began in Aitoneva during World War II. Finland was lacking sources of ...
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Aitoneva Peat Museum
Aitonovan turvemuseo
Aitonevantie 358
39820 Kihniö, Finland

Tampere | Finland
The pioneer of large-scale manufacturing in the Finnish city of Tampere was the Scot James Finlayson (1771-1852) who, after a spell working in St Petersburg, established an engineering shop in the early 1820s using the water-power provided by the Tammerkoski river. He diversified into cotton ...
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Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Työväenmuseo Werstas
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
33210 Tampere, Finland

Uckange | France
Blast furnace U4 is a rusty fossil. The oldest furnace in the Lorraine coal basin stands alone on an open industrial steppe alongside the 953 main road and the River Fensch. The adjacent furnaces have been demolished one by one. The struggle to keep it in existence lasted 15 years. Since 1935 blast ...
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Blast Furnace U4
Parc haut-fourneau U4
1, Jardin des Traces
57270 Uckange, France

Constructed in the 60-70ies in the narrow canyon of the Enguri river, with the breathtaking scenery of mountainous landscape, Enguri HPP represents one of the most fascinating examples of civil engineering achievements of the 20th century in Georgia. Objects that comprise the whole structure of ...
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Enguri Hydro Power Dam – ENGURI Attractions
Office: 18, Kakabadze street 0108 Tbilisi
Site address: 1 Tsimintia street
5223 Jvari, Georgia

Altena | Germany
It’s an all rounder: tough, delicate, shining, decorative. It’s always flexible and it’s quite simply indispensable in everyday life. This amazing material is wire and everybody knows what that is. But if the only thing you associate with the term is barbed wire or wire netting you’re in for a huge ...
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German Museum of Wire
Fritz-Thomée-Straße 12
58762 Altena, Germany

Augsburg | Germany
The former railway depot and workshop, covering about 35,000 square meters, was built in 1906 by the Königlich-Bayerische Staatseisenbahnen (Royal Bavarian State Railways). Today the whole complex is listed. The restoration of the buildings and facilities started in 2014 and is due to last several ...
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Railway Park
Firnhaberstraße 22c
86159 Augsburg, Germany

The director of the Electoral State of Saxony Saline Baths in Dürrenberg, Johann Gottfried Borlach, was a stubborn man. He had people drilling for saline sources for 19 years. Finally, on 15th September 1763, he struck lucky at a depth of 223 metres. The discovery turned a hitherto obscure place ...
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The Graduation Tower and the Borlach Museum
Borlach-Museum
Borlachplatz 2
06231 Bad Dürrenberg, Germany

Bad Nauheim | Germany
The Friends of the Wetterau Heritage Railway is about 20 km long and crosses the fertile Wetterau, a landscape north of Frankfurt/Main. The railway enthusiasts who maintain the facilities are doing it on a voluntary basis and on their own initiative, running their ‚business‘ as professionally as a ...
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Wetterau Heritage Railway
Eisenbahnfreunde Wetterau e. V.
Am Goldstein 12 (Lokschuppen)
61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Bad Sassendorf | Germany
The Museum “Westphalian Salt Experience” traces 5.000 years of history that salt and brine made along the ancient trade route of the Hellweg and it sheds light on various aspects of salt that are less known. Brine, salty water which washes out subterranean deposits of rock salt, surfaced along the ...
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Westphalian Salt Experience
An der Rosenau 2
59505 Bad Sassendorf, Germany

Balve | Germany
Smoking chimneys and industrial spires towering into the heavens! Not here! The Luisenhütte in Balve-Wocklum looks almost cosy. No steel, no complicated tangles of pipes, no gigantic engine house. Instead there’s an angular half-timbered quarry-stone building set amongst quiet trees, and a nearby ...
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Luisenhütte
Wocklumer Allee
58802 Balve, Germany

Baruth | Germany
In 1716 Count Sigismund Friedrich (1696-1738) established a glassworks about 7 km from the small town of Baruth that lies 60 km south of Berlin. The community that grew up around the works gained the name ‘Glashütte’. The works continued to operate until 1980.The historical monument Baruther ...
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Baruth Glassmaking Village
Hüttenweg 20
15837 Baruth, Germany

Bendorf-Sayn | Germany
The casting hall in the Gothic style at the Bendorf ironworks, Sayn, 10 km north of Koblenz, is one of the most monumental industrial buildings in Europe. A blast furnaces was built at Bendorf in 1769 by Clemens Wenzeslaus, Elector of Trier. When the state of Nassau was absorbed into Prussia the ...
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Sayner Hütte Iron Works
In der Sayner Hütte 4
56170 Bendorf-Sayn, Germany

Benndorf | Germany
Broad, undulating fields and rows of fruit trees line the stretch of the oldest narrow-gauge railway in Germany. At the front of the train is one of the original Mansfeld steam engines. Clattering behind it are historic wagons with open platforms and round iron stoves. Re-greened spoil tips which ...
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The Mansfeld Works Railway Line
Hauptstraße 15
06308 Benndorf, Germany

Berlin | Germany
The Fischerinsel in Berlin-Mitte offers familiar views of the TV tower and the Nikolai district. However, if your gaze wanders to the Spree, you will notice historic ships, steam tugs and excursion boats. They are part of the Historic Harbour. The history of shipping in Berlin goes back a long ...
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Berlin Historic Port
Märkisches Ufer
10179 Berlin, Germany

The museum of communications in Berlin claims to be Europe’s oldest postal museum. The collection was established in 1872 by the postmaster of imperial Germany, Heinrich von Stephan (1831-97), who, in 1866, had been commissioned by the government of Prussia to establish a federal postal service, ...
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Berlin Museum for Communication
Leipziger Strasse 16
10117 Berlin, Germany

Berlin | Germany
Brewhouse, warehouse, cooper’s workshop, horse stables, canteen and children’s home: the preserved complex of the historic Schultheiss Brewery clearly illustrates how a company that once ranked among the largest breweries in Europe was organized around 1900. The renovated industrial monument ...
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Culture Brewery
Schönhauser Allee 36
10405 Berlin, Germany

Berlin | Germany
How does electricity get into the socket? The Energy Museum in Berlin does not only vividly illustrate how electricity is generated and distributed, but it also traces the development of communication technology and home appliances. Several exhibits are shown in action. Whoever, for instance, kept ...
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Energy Museum
Teltowkanalstraße 9
12247 Berlin, Germany

From the outside, Berlin's last preserved gasometer made of stone seems almost unchanged. But a guided tour of the interior of the colossus in Fichtestraße reveals an insight into 130 years of the city's history. Since its construction in 1883/84, the circular building has stored so-called coal gas, ...
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Gasholder "History Storehouse Fichtebunker"
Fichtestraße 6
10967 Berlin, Germany

Nestled between commercial buildings and main roads, the Herzberge landscape park offers a peaceful oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of a large city. Right in the middle of it can be found the complex of brick buildings constructed in late 19th century to form the Evangelisches Krankenhaus Königin ...
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Herzberge Boiler House Museum
Herzbergstraße 79
10365 Berlin, Germany

Berlin | Germany
The industrial district Schöneweide is closely linked to Emil Rathenau. In 1896 he purchased an area of 92,000 square meters next to the river Spree to establish the Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG). Thus, he laid the foundations of one of the major industrial sites of his time. One year ...
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Industriesalon Schöneweide
Besucherzentrum für Industriekultur
Reinbeckstraße 9
12459 Berlin, Germany

Berlin | Germany
"Pfefferberg" refers to an area with listed buildings and three new buildings on an area of 13,504 sqm in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg. The Pfeffer brewery was the first bottom-fermented brewery north of the former city limits of Berlin. The Bavarian master brewer Joseph Pfeffer founded ...
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Pfefferberg
Schönhauser Allee 176
10119 Berlin, Germany

Bestwig | Germany
Take a journey of discovery deep into the earth and experience first-hand the fascinating world of mining. Once you have been equipped with a helmet and protective clothing, travel 1.5 kilometres into the pit on the original mine railway. Experienced miners tell the story of their past world of work ...
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Sauerland Visitor Mine
Sauerländer Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck
Glück-Auf-Straße 3
59909 Bestwig, Germany

Dozens of children’s’ dreams are simultaneously fulfilled here. For example when the eyes of large and small railway fans light up as they climb into the driver’s cab of a steaming locomotive to watch the stoker shovelling coal into the crackling oven. Sometimes there’s a whole train attached to the ...
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Bochum-Dahlhausen Railway Museum
Dr.-C.-Otto-Straße 191
44879 Bochum, Germany

Bochum | Germany
This impressive hall was built as an exhibition hall by the Bochumer Verein ironworks for the 1902 world exhibition in Düsseldorf, after which it was used as a gas-blower and dynamo station in the cast-iron works. The airy steel construction is one of the first examples of purely functional ...
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Hall of the Century Bochum
An der Jahrhunderhalle 1
44793 Bochum, Germany

Borken (Hessen) | Germany
Borken is an old town in Hesse, 45 kilometers southwest of Kassel and roughly the same distance northeast of Marburg, in the heart of a region that relied on lignite mining for more than 400 years. The museum, founded in 1992 and located in a timber-framed building called Am Amtsgericht in the town ...
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Hessian Brown Coal Mining Museum
Am Freilichtmuseum 1
34582 Borken (Hessen), Germany

Braunsbedra | Germany
Slender, pointed gable windows and a rosette in the middle of the red brick facade make the Pfännerhall central workshop look more like the outside of a church. But once inside it is patently clear that this building was once used to house briquette-making machines and repair locomotives. Nowadays ...
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Pfännerhall Central Workshop
Grubenweg 4
06242 Braunsbedra, Germany

The town of Crimmitschau lies on the River Pleisse about 17 km north-west of Zwickau. Domestic textile manufacturing flourished in the region in the early 19th century, but from the 1850s production was concentrated in factories to such an extent that by 1900 the town was regarded as the ‘stadt der ...
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Saxony Industrial Museum | Pfau Brothers Textile Factory
Leipziger Strasse 125
08451 Crimmitschau, Germany

Darmstadt | Germany
The court furniture manufacturer Ludwig Alter (1847-1908) had the four-storey building constructed by the Darmstadt architect Karl Klee (1871-1927) as a furniture factory in 1905/1906. Klee chose a reinforced concrete construction, at that time considered innovative, and a classical outline for the ...
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Hessian State Museum
Abteilung Schriftguss, Satz und Druckverfahren
Kirschenallee 88
64293 Darmstadt, Germany

Dessau-Roßlau | Germany
Fireproof, weatherproof, resilient, comfortable and extremely safe. These are the properties that swiftly made Junkers aircraft classics of aviation history. Less well-known are the other achievements of the famous aeroplane manufacturer, above all the invention of the bathroom gas geyser which ...
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Dessau Technical Museum
Kühnauer Straße 161
06846 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

Dessau-Roßlau | Germany
Along with other architects of the "New Building" group, Walter Gropius, the director of the Bauhaus Dessau Design Academy, was a leading figure in the building of housing estates in the 1920s. After the First World War housing was scarcer than ever. Between 1926 and 1928 Gropius designed the Törten ...
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The Steel House | Törten Housing Estate
Stahlhaus – Info-Punkt der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau für die Siedlung Dessau-Törten
Südstraße 5
06849 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

Dortmund | Germany
For outsiders the Hansa coking plant was a forbidden city for more than 60 years. Its roads and bridges were permeated with the smell of tar, its buildings and towers covered with layers of coal dust, day and night. Every ten minutes the endless batteries of coking ovens had to be emptied and ...
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Hansa Coking Plant
Emscherallee 11
44369 Dortmund, Germany

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