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Volklingen Ironworks

Volklingen, Saarland, Germany
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Ranked #2 of 44 attractions in Saarland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Bangalore, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A group of us took a 2-hour guided tour of the iron plant. The guide was very knowledgeable and patient :) He gave us lots of information. Seeing the gigantic machinery in plant up close and realizing what was accomplished close to 100 years ago will make every engineer be amazed. If you are interested in how design choices enable... More

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Krungthep Mahanakorn
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75 attraction reviews
511 helpful votes 511 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you wonder what makes Deutschland an economic powerhouse it is today, jump on a Saarbrücken-bound train from Trier to Völklingen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. Once the biggest steel girder producer in the German Empire employing as many as 17,000 labourers and a symbol of SaarLorLux’s prosperity, the factory shut down in 1986 after a century of... More

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Buderim, Australia
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240 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was an interesting place that UNESCO has defined as a historic site. You can visit the site if you have a hour or an interest in steel making. We walked around the outside of the site and had a good view of steel works. What was interesting about the site can be read in German on the walls of... More

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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

A soft or indeep visit for the Iron industry at this Saarland region! A very big factory working till 1986, very well preserved! Miss more information for foreigns!!!

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This smelter has been standing since 1873 and 2014 marks the 20th anniversary as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was 24 euro for our family. They had a couple of slides for the kids and lots of places they could run around and waste some energy. The site has more to offer during the peak months. There's a science... More

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Around this site steel-making is continuing while this ironwork was closed in the eighties. Site is relative small when compared to locations like the Henrichshuette in Hattingen. The advantage is that you can see all there is to make iron. Details: the blast-furnaces are relatively small. In contrast to other furnaces they are supplied with cokes, ore etc by a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The size and scale of the place is hugely impressive and if you have any interest in raw, industrial buildings and processes this should be a perfect day out. There are so many nooks and crannies that you can easily miss the routes as they are not that clearly indicated. With nothing else to do for the day I just... More

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Sydney, Australia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We were amazed by the size and scope of this ancient steel works. Not only that, but also the way it has been preserved and upgraded for sightseeing as well as appreciation of its historical and industrial significance is very satisfying to see. My husband and I are both keen amateur photographers and had a wonderful time taking images of... More

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Vanersborg, Sweden
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133 reviews 133 reviews
67 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

For a visitor from Sweden where we haven't had these kind of heavy industry-buildings this was a really amazing experience. We went with a large group from the hochschule in Saarbrücken and had a guided tour for about 2,5 hours so we covered most of the area. To be honest I have a hard time following guided tours since I... More

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Andechs, Germany
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The massive 19th-20th century defunct ironworks is absolutely fascinating. It is an enormous site, an you'll need half a day to get around it to see everything. I was surprised and happy that we were allowed to just climb around and explore the site ourselves, but I also wished that the information provided was more informative in some places. I... More

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