Völklingen Ironworks

The Völklingen Ironworks (German: Völklinger Hütte) is located in the German town of Völklingen, Saarland. In 1994, it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Völklingen Ironworks
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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LocationVölklingen, Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iv)
Inscription1994 (18th Session)
Area7.46 ha (18.4 acres)
Coordinates49°14′40″N 6°51′0″E
Location of Völklingen Ironworks in Saarland
Völklingen Ironworks (Germany)

It is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

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In 1873, Julius Buch began planning of a steel works near Völklingen on the banks of the Saar river. However, this planned work was not completed. In 1881, Carl Röchling began new construction. Two years later the first smelter began operation. The plant closed in 1986.


Today, the Völklinger Hütte is a museum. The Ferrodrom is an interactive science center focusing on the making of iron. Visitors can tour the production areas. In addition, temporary exhibits on a variety of topics are hosted in the large power halls. In the summer, occasional concerts are held.

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