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Eisenerz | Austria
The world's biggest taxi is as high as a house, goes by the name Hauly and has 860 hp. The converted heavy goods vehicle takes visitors right in the middle of the largest surface mining of Central Europe. Starting from the valley of the small Styrian town Eisenerz the ore mine rises like the steps ...
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Erzberg Adventure
Erzberg 1
8790 Eisenerz, Austria

A wooden vat and two rollers inside a seamless wire: this is what the world's first paper machine looks like. Visitors to the Laakirchen Museum of Papermaking and Print can see its replica in action. The technical relic is part of an exciting trip exploring the history of paper production - from the ...
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Austrian Museum of Papermaking at Old Factory
Museumsplatz 1
4662 Laakirchen, Austria

Beringen | Belgium
What a sight! The long line of carefully built individual showers in the miners’ washroom appears to be never-ending. Here every man had his own cabin. The progressive features on the site are mainly due to the fact that the colliery was built relatively late – shortly after 1900. For this reason it ...
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Beringen Mine Museum
Mijnmuseum Beringen
Koolmijnlaan 201
3582 Beringen, Belgium

Les Gueules Noires - the black faces: That’s the way the Walloons called their coal buddies. Italians, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, Russians, Turks and of course Belgians labored in teams to feed the insatiable blast furnaces around Liege with coal. At the closing in 1980 Blegny mine was the oldest ...
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Blegny Mine World Heritage Site
Domaine Touristique de Blegny-Mine
Rue Lambert Marlet, 23
4670 Blegny, Belgium

Gent | Belgium
The bale breaker, the beater and the rack all sound like instruments belonging to a torture chamber, but in reality they are part of the machines in an old mechanical cotton mill. The Museum of Industry in Ghent dedicates a whole storey to textile manufacture because cotton was the driving force ...
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Museum of Industry
Industriemuseum
Minnemeers 10
9000 Gent, Belgium

A portico with three arches and a cobbled forecourt, followed by another three arches in a brick building: that' s the entrée to the spacious lawn of the Cour ovale, its oval - framed by arched arcades - looking like the arena of a Roman amphitheatre. Yet this is not the case: here, in southwestern ...
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Grand Hornu World Heritage Site
Rue Sainte-Louise 82
7301 Hornu, Belgium

Two silent pithead winding gears tower over the redbrick gable of the Bois de Cazier colliery near Charleroi. The colliery has now ceased operations but in August 1956 it was the site of one of the most tragic accidents in European mining history; a disaster that killed a total of 262 workers. A ...
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Le Bois du Cazier World Heritage Site
Rue de Cazier 80
6001 Marcinelle, Belgium

Ostrava | Czech Republic
Not even 20 years ago Ostrava was called the ‘Republic’s Iron Heart’, referring to the production facilities of Dolní Vítkovice right in the center of the third-largest Czech city. The local concentration of industrial sectors is unique. The Hlubina colliery produced coal that was coked next door to ...
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Dolní Vítkovice
Dolní oblast VÍTKOVICE, z.s.
Vítkovice 3004
703 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic

Ostrava-Michálkovice | Czech Republic
One might almost imagine that the smell of soap and sweat, tiny specks of coal dust and the hum of voices at a change of shift still hang somewhere in the air. Dozens of helmets, working clothes and boots hanging down from chains on the ceiling, and the tiled washrooms recall the activities that ...
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Michal Mine
Důl Michal
Československè armády 95/413
715 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic

Pilsen | Czech Republic
Take some malt from specially refined Moravian barley and bring the mash to the boil three times. Add medium ripe red hops from the area around Saaz each time, and leave the brew to ferment slowly at a low temperature. Finally store it for up to 30 days in cooled barrels. This recipe, written on 5th ...
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Pilsner Urquell Brewery and Museum
Plzensky Prazdroj
U Prazdroje 7
304 97 Pilsen, Czech Republic

This historical sewage treatment plant is not an ordinary museum. Rather, it is an adventurous trip to the turn of the 19th century. Right next to the immense hall of the main building is the machine shop, four times a year witnessing the huffing and puffing of two 1903 steam engines. They are still ...
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Stará Čistírna Old Waste Water Treatment Plant
Stará Čistírna odpadních vod v Bubenči
Papírenská 6
160 00 Prague, Czech Republic

Dommartin-le-Franc | France
Everyone knows the Statue of Liberty in New York. But did you ever hear where it was casted – at least part of it? In a blast furnace of a village in northwestern France called Dommartin-le-Franc. How that happened and why this place left its mark elsewhere in the world is a story told by the ...
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Metallurgic Park
13 rue du Maréchal Leclerc
52110 Dommartin-le-Franc, France

Grossouvre | France
The ironworks in the Pays Loire Val d'Abois were once known all over the world. The area manufactured weapons for the French Revolution, pipelines for Madrid and Paris, and components for building the Eiffel Tower. Visitors can find out how this came about in the extensively restored former Charcoal ...
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Charcoal Hall of Grossouvre
Espace Métal - Halle de Grossouvre
Route de Véreaux
18600 Grossouvre, France

Petite-Rosselle | France
The sheer size of the central tip is enough to give you an idea of what was going on here once. Rising into the sky to the north is the stripped face of a sand stone quarry which once supplied filling material for the mined-out seams of coal below. Two gigantic buildings - the washeries for coke and ...
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Parc Explor Wendel
F 57540 Petite-Rosselle, France

Alfeld (Leine) | Germany
Why is it that a boot-last factory in rural Lower Saxony becomes a turning point in modern architecture? The former warehouse of the Fagus Factory turns that question into an exciting story, displayed on five floors, and recounting various aspects that still shape our reception of architecture. This ...
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Fagus Factory World Heritage Site
Hannoversche Strasse 58
31061 Alfeld (Leine), Germany

Rattling looms, creative fashion laboratory, modern high-tech: tim, the young Augsburg Textile and Industrial Museum, which opened in January 2010, connects the rapid development of the local textile industry with an exciting trip into the history of fashion and clothing over the past two centuries. ...
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tim - State Textile and Industrial Museum
Augsburger Kammgarnspinnerei (AKS)
Provinostraße 46
86153 Augsburg, Germany

Berlin | Germany
Lifeworld Ship”, “From Ballooning to the Berlin Airlift”, “Trains, Locomotives and People”: any technological developments that Berlin witnessed during the past 120 years are showcased in the capital's Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology). Greeting travellers from a distance there ...
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German Technical Museum
Trebbiner Strasse 9
10963 Berlin, Germany

It is located in the middle of a residential area: the 75/76 forced labor camp in Berlin-Schöneweide. From June 1944, deported civilians from all over Europe lived here, as well as more than 400 Italian military internees and about 200 female concentration camp prisoners. Who were they, what did ...
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Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre
Britzer Str. 5
12439 Berlin, Germany

Bitterfeld-Wolfen | Germany
Nowadays, the complexity of producing non-digital films is hard to imagine. A guided tour of the Bitterfeld-Wolfen Industry and Film Museum helps to change the focus. Visitors gain deep insights into the challenging temperatures and light conditions by inspecting the particular machines that ...
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Industry and Filmmuseum
Chemiepark Bitterfeld-Wolfen Areal A
Bunsenstr. 4
06766 Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany

Whirring belts, rattling looms, the smell of oil and work: the Industrial Museum Textilwerk Bocholt replicates the activities in an early 20th century cotton mill. The reconstructed brick buildings follow the historical examples of the region: the boiler house and shed roofs, workshop and office, ...
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TextilWerk Bocholt LWL Industrial Museum
Uhlandstraße 50
46397 Bocholt, Germany

The framework: a listed factory building from around the turn of the 20th century. Inside: innovative products of Saxon industrial history, the major ones highlighted on a silver strip. The exhibits cover more than 200 years, from the beginning of industrialization to this day. There are, for ...
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Saxon Museum of Industry | Chemnitz Museum of Industry
Zwickauer Straße 119
09112 Chemnitz, Germany

Delmenhorst | Germany
Twelve hours work in suffocating factory rooms followed by a meagre dinner in a house belonging to the company, and maybe a chat over the garden fence with the neighbour before going to bed. This was more or less the typical pattern of everyday life in the north German Wool Combing and Worsted ...
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Nordwolle
Nordwestdeutsches Museum für Industriekultur
Am Turbinenhaus 10-12
27749 Delmenhorst, Germany

Angle towers and gables with battlements, artistically ornate staircases, an imposing boulevard of lime and plane trees against the background of a palatial redbrick façade! Was this once supposed to be a colliery? Indeed it was. The original owners consciously set out to build a magnificent ...
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Zollern II/IV Colliery LWL Industrial Museum
Grubenweg 5
44388 Dortmund, Germany

Duisburg | Germany
“Clean and tidy and ready to be fired up once more”. That may be so. But blast furnace no. 5 on the site of the disused Thyssen ironworks will stay for ever cold. Because it is right in the middle of the North Duisburg Landscape Park. This 200 hectare area is a clear example of how nature and ...
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North Landscape Park
Emscherstrasse 71
47137 Duisburg, Germany

Zollverein is the meeting place for past, present and future. The past is explored by the "Heritage Trail", bringing to life the history and technology of what was once Europe's largest coal mine. What was it like when the rhythm of gigantic machines and conveyor belts determined the lives of 5,000 ...
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Zollverein Mine and Coking Plant World Heritage Site
Besucherzentrum Zollverein Zeche Zollverein Schacht XII Gebäude A 14 / Kohlenwäsche
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181
45309 Essen, Germany

Dust hangs in the air. It smells of oil and wool. Coffee mugs stand forgotten amongst the machines. Pieces of scribbled note paper are lying untidily around. In the factory owner’s office stands a safe riddled with bullet holes from the Second World War and files of yellowed paper. Suddenly the ...
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Mueller Cloth Mill LVR Industrial Museum
Carl-Koenen-Str. 25b
53881 Euskirchen, Germany

Friedrichshafen | Germany
'Flying cigars', 'luxury liners of the air', 'giants of the skies': ever since the invention of airships they have sparked people's imagination. People are also the main focus of the Zeppelin Museum at Friedrichshafen. Who was this Count Ferdinand Zeppelin sticking against all odds with the idea of ...
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Zeppelin Museum
Seestrasse 22
88045 Friedrichshafen, Germany

The same show is repeated every hour on the hour. A striking mechanism pushes a little wooden bird into position and simultaneously raises two small bellows that emit air through two lip pipes: "Cuckoo!" For 300 years the people in the German Black Forest delivered handmade cuckoo clocks all over ...
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German Clock Museum | German Clock Route
Robert-Gerwig-Platz 1
78120 Furtwangen, Germany

Geeste | Germany
The Mammut is still alive, at least at the Emsland Moorland Museum in Geeste. "Mammut" is the name of a massive 30-ton steam plough made by Ottomeyer in the 1940s. The only one of its kind in the world, it ploughed the ground up to two metres deep and was pulled by four locomobiles, two of which ...
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Emsland Moormuseum
Geestmoor 6
49744 Geeste, Germany

Narrow, crudely hewed out mining galleries: damp rock: glittering coloured crystal minerals. Suddenly the seemingly enchanted underground kingdom springs to life. Rushing water: a mighty scoop wheel creaks into action: above it rises the remarkably genuine sound of crackling fire and bursting rock. ...
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World Heritage Site Rammelsberg - Museum and Visitors Mine
Bergtal 19
38640 Goslar, Germany

Gräfenhainichen | Germany
Its nickname was “Racehorse” and in its life it travelled a total of 221 kilometres – a long way for a crawler swing excavator. In 1995 the old steel giant went into retirement in Ferropolis, the town of iron. Here it is surrounded by four other examples of decommissioned giant building machines, ...
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Ferropolis - Town of Iron
Ferropolisstraße 1
06773 Gräfenhainichen, Germany

Hamburg | Germany
The telephone, the light bulb, the camera – what we now take for granted was revolutionary around 1900. But technical progress had its price, as can be seen by the spittoon for tuberculosis sufferers – an expressive symbol of the poverty-stricken living and working conditions in the old cities. ...
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Museum of Work
Wiesendamm 3
22305 Hamburg, Germany

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