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Völklinger Hütte

Völklinger Hütte

The first industrial world heritage

Julius Buch built the Völklinger Hütte in 1873, where steel was produced until 1986.

 After its closure, the steel factory became one of the first industrial monuments to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. After a thorough renovation, the steel factory opened its doors to the general public. Today, Völklinger Hütte offers a lot of unique industrial heritage.

Water tower

When it was built, the water tower was one of the most significant concrete structures in the world.

Stairs and passerelles guide you through the remains of the old factory, including the ore factory.

Six blast furnaces

The battery of blast furnaces consists of six units, 45 meters high and 250 meters long. Hot air was forced into the ovens through the pipes.

Transport system

Instead of using an elevator, the iron ore and coke were tipped into the blast furnaces via a cable car system.

Coking plant

Next to the blast furnaces are the remains of the coking plant, where coal was heated to produce coke.

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