Völklingen Ironworks

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Völklingen Ironworks
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
View from the A 620
Location Germany
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 687
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1994 (18th Session)

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.

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


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, there are occasional concerts held.


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Coordinates: 49°15′02″N 6°50′43″E / 49.25056°N 6.84528°E / 49.25056; 6.84528