Volklingen - Germany

Völklingen is a town in Saarland, Germany situated near the border with France, on the river Saar, approx. 10 km west of Saarbrücken. The town is known for its industrial past, the Völklinger Hütte (ironworks) being declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The ironworks, which cover some 6 hectares, dominate the city of Völklingen. Although they went out of production in 1986, they are the only intact example, in the whole of western Europe and North America, of an integrated ironworks that was built and equipped in the 19th and 20th centuries and has remained intact. Today, the Völklinger Hütte is a museum. The Ferrodrome is an interactive science centre 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. In 1986, operation ceased.