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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

Ennepetal | Germany
Experience forging technology up close at the Krenzer Hammer. It is one of the last surviving open-die forges in Germany which works with the help of historical facilities.The Krenzer Hammer is situated in the valley of the Ennepe river, one of the most scenic valleys in the northern Sauerland ...
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Krenzer Hammer
Peddenöde 3
58256 Ennepetal, Germany

Essen | Germany
Take a ride on the historical coaches of the Hespertalbahn (Herspertal railway) and enjoy the trip along the Baldeney lake. The museum railway takes you from Essen-Kupferdreh to Haus Scheppen, a former vassal estate of the abbey of Werden.Travelling through the today's recreational landscape ...
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Hespertal Railway
Prinz-Friedrich-Platz 3
45257 Essen, Germany

Frankenberg | Germany
Michael Thonet's (1796-1871) lifetime achievements impressively reflect the transition from handcraft to industrial mass production in the 19th century. Thonet is considered a pioneer of industrial design. Starting in 1819 he produced own designs using the then new bentwood process, which he ...
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Thonet Museum
Michael-Thonet-Straße 1
35066 Frankenberg, Germany

Frankfurt am Main | Germany
In 1881, the German architect Hermann Eggert won the design contest for the station hall, his runner-up in the contest, Johann Wilhelm Schwedler was made chief engineer for the steel-related works. The station was built by the contractor Philipp Holzmann with construction starting in 1883. The ...
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Central Station
Am Hauptbahnhof 1
60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Frankfurt am Main | Germany
In 1928, IG Farben was the world's fourth-largest company and its largest chemical company. Consequently, the space requirements for the building were for one of the largest office buildings ever constructed. It was designed in the New Objectivity style. The 250-metre long and 35-metre tall building ...
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Poelzig Building, former IG-Farbenhaus
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Fröndenberg/Ruhr | Germany
The production of chains determined the industrial history of the town of Fröndenberg for over a hundred years. The product range extended from chains for agriculture to heavy chains, especially ship and anchor chains.  Besides the German shipyards and the mining industry of the Ruhr area, oil ...
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Chainforge Museum
Kulturzentrum Ruhraue
Ruhrstrasse 12
58730 Fröndenberg, Germany

Großalmerode | Germany
The museum of Großalmerode, the „city of good clay”, takes its visitors on a trip through 800 years of clay work and glass-making, showing the development of local trades and their impact on the people involved, with a primary focus on the time from the beginning of the industrialization until the ...
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Museum of Glass and Ceramic
Kleiner Kirchrain 3
37247 Großalmerode, Germany

Großpösna | Germany
Central Germany has a long history of the extraction, refining and use of lignite. The testimony of this industry that profoundly shaped the landscape will soon be nothing more but "blue spots" – that is lakes – on the map. Only the few remaining open-cast mining machines will tell the story of the ...
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Bergbau-Technik-Park
Am Westufer 2
04463 Großpösna, Germany

For many centuries Halle was one of the principal salt-producing cities in Germany. The city’s name is an ancient Indo-Germanic word for salt, and the first documentary reference to the brine springs in the vicinity dates from 961 ad. In the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries salt was produced by ...
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Technical Museum of the Saltworks and Saltworkers
Mansfelder Strasse 52
06108 Halle, Germany

It is not far from Hamburg's city centre to the green gem in the Norderelbe, the Water Art on Kaltehofe island in the Rothenburgsort district. From here, Hamburg was supplied with clean and germ-free drinking water for almost 100 years from 1893 onwards. Since 2011, the museum, industrial monument ...
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Kaltehofe Elbe Island Water Art
Kaltehofe Hauptdeich 6-7
20539 Hamburg, Germany

The Großauheim Museum has been housed in the former power station and in the historical bathhouse since 1983. It has been fundamentally overhauled and its contents given a new direction in the past few years. The exhibition area is divided into two sections. In August 2010, the art exhibition opened ...
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Großauheim Museum of Art and Industrial History
Pfortenwingert 4
63457 Hanau, Germany

Heringen (Werra) | Germany
The discovery of potassic salts in the valley of the river Werra, about 70 kilometers southeast of Kassel at the border of Hesse and Thuringia, in 1893 promoted the emergence of a still operating mining area with occasionally up to 30 pits and various potash plants processing the raw material to ...
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Werra Potash Mining Museum
Dickesstraße 1
36366 Heringen (Werra), Germany

The history of the Ewald colliery began in 1871. Three mining contractors in Essen, one of whom Ewald Hilger, gave his name to the pit, set up the colliery in the south of Herten. After a thorny start the colliery grew to become the most productive pit in the Ruhrgebiet, above all after the Second ...
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Ewald Mine | Hoheward Landscape Park
Besucherzentrum Hoheward
Werner-Heisenberg-Straße 14
45699 Herten, Germany

Immenhausen | Germany
The Glass Museum in Immenhausen, established in 1987 in a building of the former glassworks Süßmuth, is one of the few museums specialised on glass products in Germany. Between World War II and its shut down in 1987 the company produced high-quality consumer glassware like vases, bowls, and goblets. ...
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Immenhausen Glassmuseum
Am Bahnhof 3
34376 Immenhausen, Germany

Haystacks is what the locals called them. And what do you find in haystacks? If you’re lucky? If you’re not you’d have been faced with more than 100 different working stages before you could produce even a single one, let alone find it. This was the case around two hundred years ago. And then some ...
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Historic Factory Maste-Barendorf - Museum of Needles and Brass Casting
Baarstraße 220-226
58636 Iserlohn, Germany

Königs Wusterhausen | Germany
The windmill on the hill at Königs Wusterhausen was used for radio tests in 1911. A military radio station was built in 1913. It used Morse code and then did early experiments in voice broadcasting. The first radio programme in Germany was broadcast here in 1920. By 1926 there were 12 masts and ...
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Funkerberg Radio Technology Museum
Sender- und Funktechnikmuseum
Funkerberg 20
15711 Königs Wusterhausen, Germany

Krefeld | Germany
Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia has a long association with the silk industry. The House of Silk occupies the building of a silk goods manufacturer dating from 1868. The large windows facing south gave good light for manual weaving. From 1908 it was the factory of Hubert Gotzes and his sons, who ...
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The House of Silk Culture
Luisenstraße 15
47799 Krefeld, Germany

The Uerdingen wastewater treatment plant was built in 1909 and was in operation until 1962. Today it is one of the last surviving examples of urban sanitation from the period of burning issues resulting from the enormous growth of cities during the industrialization of Europe at the end of the 19th ...
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Uerdingen Wastewater Treatment Plant
Rundweg 20-22
47829 Krefeld, Germany

Kressbronn am Bodensee | Germany
Bodan shipyard was the largest shipyard on Lake Constance from 1919-2011. Ferries and excursion boats for Lake Constance and the large Swiss lakes were built here. An engine of the "Lodi", the largest Lake Constance ferry built here with a length of 82m, can be seen today in the former hall no 1. ...
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Bodan Wharft
Bodanstraße
88079 Kressbronn am Bodensee, Germany

Leipzig | Germany
An historic printing works in Leipzig accommodates a museum which holds collections of international significance and offers to visitors opportunities for gaining an understanding of the technologies that enabled the communication of knowledge of many kinds for 500 years before the advent of the ...
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Museum of the printing arts
Museum für Druckkunst
Nonnenstrasse 38
04229 Leipzig, Germany

Lüneburg | Germany
Lüneburg is an old hanseatic city at the edge of Lüneburg Heath, which is located between Hamburg and Hannover. Local salt extraction has a 1,000-year history here. The fires under the boiling pans were extinguished in 1980, thereby closing a 1,000-year chapter on a salt works whose historical ...
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German Salt Museum
Sülfmeisterstrasse 1
21335 Lüneburg, Germany

Welcome to the "Alte Salzstraße" (Old Salt Route) – located between the Hanseatic cities of Lüneburg, Lübeck and Hamburg. The geographical position on the ancient trading route – once a Via Regia – and the vicinity of the three important centres of the Hanseatic league gave birth to the idea of ...
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Draught Horse Transportation Museum
World of Heavy Horses Museum für die Arbeit mit Zugpferden
Alte Salzstraße 29
21483 Lütau, Germany

Lutherstadt Wittenberg | Germany
This housing estate is a real stroke of luck. It was built between 1916 and 1919 by a young Swiss architect called Otto Rudolf Salvisberg, and throughout its existence it has been spared the fate of individual privatisation, demolition and new buildings. In this way it provides visitors with an ...
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Piesteritz housing estate
Karl-Liebknecht-Platz 20
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Magdeburg | Germany
If there is one feature which unites the exhibits in the Magdeburg Technical Museum, it is pioneering spirit. This is immediately obvious in the threshing equipment manufactured by the Magdeburg company, Zimmermann, around 1900, which was discovered in a barn in Glindenberg. Its owner was utterly ...
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Magdeburg Technical Museum
Dodendorfer Straße 65
39112 Magdeburg, Germany

The 10th October 2003 was a very special day for the residents of Magdeburg and the surrounding region. They flocked in droves to the opening of the longest canal bridge in Europe directly in front of the city gates. The all-steel trough which takes the water from the Mittelland canal across the ...
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Water Crossroads / Rothensee Boat Lift
Am Schiffshebewerk
39106 Magdeburg, Germany

Mendig | Germany
The millstone district in the Eifel is an area of the eastern Eifel between Mayen and Mendig with a 7,000-year history of continuous grindstone and millstone production using local deposits of basalt lava. The district developed as a result of quaternary volcanic activity caused by eruptions from ...
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Eifel Millstone District
Lava-Dome
Wintgertsbergwand
56743 Mendig, Germany

Merseburg | Germany
Chemistry is the basis of a modern affluent society. This is the message put out by the German Chemistry Museum which opened in 1993 in Merseburg. Its aim is to pay tribute to the outstanding economic and social importance of chemistry using demonstrations of historical and modern achievements. The ...
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German Chemistry Museum Merseburg
Rudolf-Bahro-Straße 11
06217 Merseburg, Germany

Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge | Germany
Coal in the area around Oelsnitz, 25 km south-west of Chemnitz was mined on a large scale between 1844 and 1971, although some had been extracted by farmers from their own fields in earlier times. Some 200 shafts were sunk in the district, ranging in depth from 9 m to 1200 m, the deepest of them ...
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Oelsnitz Mining Museum
Pfockenstrasse 28
09376 Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge, Germany

When margrave Karl Friedrich von Baden founded the manufactory of jewellery and watches in 1776, he laid the basis for the development of a small town to a city and a center of jewellery and watch industry with global reputation. In the course of the past centuries, national and foreign goldsmiths ...
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SCHMUCKWELTEN | World of Jewellery Pforzheim
Westliche Karl-Friedrich-Straße 56
75172 Pforzheim, Germany

The museum radiates an aura of vibrant activity; it smells like oil and metal in here, and the machines make a lot of noise! In the building of the former Kollmar & Jourdan jewellery manufactory, visitors have an opportunity to gain insights into the world of Pforzheim’s traditional jewellery and ...
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Technical Museum of Pforzheim’s Jewellery and Watchmaking Industries
Bleichstraße 81
75173 Pforzheim, Germany

Rüsselsheim | Germany
Adam Opel (1837-95) laid the foundation for Rüsselsheim’s industrialisation. He started in 1862 by producing sewing machines and then expanded operations to bicycle production, which ultimately led to vehicle manufacturing in 1898. His company flourished to such an extent that the American car ...
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Municipal and Industrial Museum
Hauptmann Scheuermann Weg 4
65428 Rüsselsheim, Germany

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