9-13 September: 18th Rhine-Main Industrial Heritage Days

5 days, 38 venues, dozens of events: For the 18th time, the Rhine-Main Industrial Heritage Route invites visitors to explore the past and present of a multi-faceted industrial region on special guided tours, bicycle rides or – due to Covid-19 – on a digital basis. As always, ERIH sites are involved in the programme, including the Poelzig Building (formerly IG-Farben-Haus), the Rüsselsheim Municipal and Industrial Museum and the Großauheim Museum of Art and Industrial History in Hanau.

The motto, "Shaping the environment", refers to everyday experiences shared by all of us and creates links to the debate on climate change. How have humans affected the environment as a result of industrialisation? What does "shaping the environment" mean for past, present and future generations? In addressing these and other questions, the programme takes a look at a wide range of current issues, including energy, mobility, health and nutrition, manufacturing and consumerism, as well as economy and labour.

The digital offers include, for example, a journey back in time through the history of Frankfurt's Westend Campus - from the time of the IG Farben headquarters to its actual use as a university site. Another virtual trip explores the development of craftsmanship and industry in the Main-Taunus district, where industrial activities such as leather processing and tinfoil production originated from a wide variety of water-powered mills.

But this year's programme also offers exciting guided tours in abundance. At the listed Art Nouveau power station in Bad Nauheim, for example, visitors can experience the transformation from a steam power station to a modern power plant with an integrated cogeneration unit. The Ginsheim ship mill, which is unique in Europe, provides an impression of the work in a floating grain mill around 1900. From Bad Nauheim, visitors can embark on nostalgic museum train rides to Münzenberg, and bicycle tours to working-class housing estates in Frankfurt or on the tracks of early industrialisation in Hanau combine industrial heritage with physical activity.

Factory tours – for example of the Aschaffenburg biomass cogeneration plant or the Offenbach recycling centre – complete the programme. The corporate museum of the current Rolls-Royce headquarters Germany at the site of the historic Oberursel motor factory even allows visitors to get a glimpse into the future by focusing, among other things, on environmentally friendly propulsion systems for aviation, which Rolls-Royce is intensively involved with.

18th Rhine-Main Industrial Heritage Days