Discovering milestones – the European Route of Industrial Heritage

The European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH), an international network of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe, links 850 locations, towns and regions in 32 countries.

This route offers exciting and unforgettable insights into the world of work, the history of engineering and the fascination of industrial heritage, including striking monuments to our industrial past and present. You can discover industrial sites of national importance and workers' estates designed by famous architects, as well as museums and panoramas illustrating the region's history. Walk-through production sites, industrial landscape parks and interactive museums of technology all feature on the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Leading away from the anchor points along the backbone of the route are regional routes that open up the history of areas with a particularly rich industrial heritage. Germany's sites nominated for European-level recognition are the Ruhr region (where the vestiges of industry – steelworks, gasometers and mines – are omnipresent), the industrial valleys of the Rhenish slate mountains, the Euregio Meuse-Rhine and the Saar-Lor-Lux area (both cross-border) and the industrial heritage of Lusatia. The German ERIH locations include Völklingen Ironworks and Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (both UNESCO World Heritage sites), Oberhausen gasometer, Ferropolis – the 'iron city' in Gräfenhainichen, the Mines of Rammelsberg near Goslar (another UNESCO World Heritage site), the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, the German Tool Museum in Remscheid, Marga garden city in Senftenberg-Brieske and the State Museum of Craft and Technology in Hagen.

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