BLUE SUNDAY, which starts today, is Northern Hesse’s annual celebration of its rich industrial heritage. This year, operating under the motto ‚Experience With All Senses‘, marks the 10th anniversary of the event. For four days, ending on Sunday, the region centered around the former royal seat Kassel showcases the treasures of its industrial past and present.
Indeed there are many of them. For example, Germany's oldest lignite and clay mine is located at Hohen Meißner. Moreover, industry giants such as Henschel & Sohn, Salzmann & Comp., Kali + Salz, Volkswagen and SMA had or still have their headquarters here. The BLUE SUNDAY effectively stages North Hesse's industrial heritage and helps to raise its tourism potential as an important part of regional identity.
There is a broad range of topics. The educational hiking trail in Großalmerode invites visitors to dive deep into industrial history. The region’s wealth of mineral resources once fueled the production of ceramics, glass and alum, leaving many traces of the sites involved. Fine fabrics such as brocade, damask, tapestry and paraments for liturgical vestments have been produced in the Egelkraut weaving mill, one of the last mechanical mills of its kind in Germany, established in 1922. And the beer brewed at the Hütt Brewery Bettenhäuser was already appreciated by the Grimm Brothers.
For anyone who wants to know what industrial production looks like today, the BLUE SUNDAY programme offers a variety of activities. Prima Verpackung, for example, strongly focuses on innovation and ranks among Europe‘s most high-performing producers of packaging made of die-cut corrugated cardboard. Bombardier Transportation is one of the world's leading suppliers of railway technology and introduces visitors into the manufacturing process of a locomotive. The world of design classics unfolds in the Museum Thonet, which tells the story of the world-famous chair manufacturer Thonet from 1819 to the present day.
On BLUE SUNDAY, all participating companies welcome visitors for guided tours. The complete programme is available online, indicating events that are already fully booked. The registration form is available here.