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Henrichshütte Hattingen

Henrichshütte Hattingen

Old blast furnace in the Ruhr area

One of the oldest preserved blast furnaces in the Ruhr area, the Henrichshütte in Hattingen, was built in 1854.

This mini-city was where 10,000 workers worked, including in the coke-oven plant. The furnaces spewed out tons of pig iron every day. The steel was further processed in the foundry, rolling mill and pressing shop.

However, the closure of the factory in 1987 was irreversible. Some of the installations, such as the gas holder, were promptly dynamited.

Blast furnace

In 2000, the factory reopened as an open-air museum. This way, you can now climb the 55-meter-high and 80-year-old blast furnace.

In the shadow of the blast furnace, you will also find old freight wagons, including a diesel locomotive and torpedo wagon to transport the cast iron.

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