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Volklingen Ironworks

Volklingen, Saarland, Germany
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Ranked #3 of 41 attractions in Saarland
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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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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Usa, Japan
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
86 helpful votes 86 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Mainz, Germany
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68 reviews 68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Völklinger Hütte is an ironworks industrial site that allows you to travel back in time to see how iron was produced, and to experience the general atmosphere of cowering beneath the Cowper heaters and towering smokestacks. You can download MP3 audio guides (in german) on their homepage, and there are multimedia installations to help... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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65 reviews 65 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Very interesting place if you have never visited an iron smelting factory and do not know how stell is made. Also has interesting varying expositions in the former coal and ore storage areas. Bit pricey though.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I stopped at the site not knowing what to expect and I spent an entire afternoon exploring it. An amazing piece of industrial heritage. And in its current state of semi-decay and new use as exhibition and Art space it's nearly poetic. The way nature is reclaiming the site step by step, especially when I visited at the end of... More

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