World Heritage Sight
If you get to travel through Saarland, a beautiful and small German federal state, you shouldn't miss visiting a particular sight: Völklinger Hütte. It is a listed UNESCO world heritage sight. The ironworks are a relict from the iron industry and a beacon for steel constructions originating in the period of high industrialisation (1870-1914). The Völklinger Hütte is a fantastic prove that steel constructions certainly contain beauty and charm.
There's plenty to explore on the 6000m (6560yd) long path circling the Völklinger Hütte. Before starting the tour, one can first receive basic information via a multimedia presentation about the entire history of the place in the so-called sinter plant. Afterwards, one can take a glance at the sprawling ore hall and then get lifted up on top of the building, where one enjoys a spectacular view on the surroundings. The tour continues downwards to the charge hall, which used to be the storage placed for resources. Once you're down here, it's also worth visiting the impressive furnaces on the way to the coking plant.
At the coking plant, one will discover a special highlight of the entire plant: “the paradise”, a large garden landscape. It's here that nature meets technology in a very special way, portraying an unusual and an aesthetic image at the same time. The garden area is about 33,000m² (8 acres) large, consisting of 12 gardens in total and also rich in artworks by Eva & Adele.
The Science Center is quite an experimental adventure for the whole family. Children will love the interactive experiment stations, where they learn everything about the production of iron and steel by various stages. They will also playfully enhance their knowledge about the elements, which clearly play a huge role in the context of industrialisation.
Apart from this unique and varied circular path, Völklinger Hütte is often also used as a venue for extraordinary events.