47 cities, 150 hosts, and a 120-page programme: The Days of Industrial Heritage turn the Rhine-Main region into a hotspot for all those who want to discover and experience the diverse epochs of industrialization in a most exciting way.
And since the factories, workers' settlements, railway lines, industrial ports and all the other sites involved are located in the heart of Europe, and considering that we are currently celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the week-long event is entitled ‚Europe – Links & Connections‘.
If you, for instance, like to get to know the first large-scale mechanical sewage-treatment plant on the European continent, all you have to do is to travel to Frankfurt-Niederrad. The region‘s close links to Europe until today are revealed by institutions such as the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) or the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) in Darmstadt as well as the Rolls-Royce turbine plant in Oberursel. Not least, the renowned International Aerospace Exhibition ILA has not been launched in Berlin, but in Frankfurt, where the first ILA opened its doors on 10 July 1909 in the brand-new Festhalle.
Incidentally, there is a guided cycle tour focused on the ILA story, starting at the Frankfurt town hall ‚Römer‘. In general, visitors can choose from a variety of tour offers, using heritage railways, boats, buses or bicycles. Techies and fans of architecture will enjoy the Days of Industrial Heritage as well as laypersons, families and sports enthusiasts. The programme is available free of charge in town halls, public offices and tourist information and can be downloaded here.