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The Henrichshutte Steelworks was an important traditional steelworks factory that is now open as a museum for tourists.
There are railway tracks, trolleys with containers that used to contain the ores, lime, coke, etc... The furnace tower and several aspects of the entire process of iron and steel manufacturing are explained on various displays.
Visit this place to understand a little of how life was like for the workers here, and the rise and fall of the iron and steel industry in the Ruhr River region.
The site is very quiet, definitely not overrun by tourists. If you are a photo-buff, it is perhaps nicer to go in the afternoon with the cast of shadow.
Traditional German houses at Freilichtmuseum
This is an open-air Industrial and Technical Museum. 60+ traditional buildings have been relocated here. The old industry in this region taps energy from the River Ruhr. The water-wheel, for example, had been used to burn furnaces for the making of iron and steel products like axels, nails, sickles, chains, etc…
Here, handymen demonstrate the various kinds of equipment to mould the iron and steel products, perform the art of printing and papermaking, spinning, weaving, cigar-rolling, dyeing, mustard production, etc…
The compound is large and there are few sheltered areas, can be HOT and sweaty in summer. As you will take a few hours to walk through, my suggestion : bring your own drinks and lunch.
One can buy some of these local crafts and products at the end of this interesting museum.
Burg Altena and its medieval charm
One of the largest medieval castle of Germany, it is very well-restored with some interesting medieval weapons and furniture in various rooms. Worth it to drop by if you are in the neighbourhood. The world’s oldest youth hostel is located right there.
Website: http://burg-altena.maerkischer-kreis.de/ (in German)
Coal-miners taking a shower after the work
Coal-mining is an old industry in the Ruhr region as well. A striking tower transported from a real coal-mining site sits by the museum. The museum is extremely thorough in the history and evolution of coal-mining equipment.
There is even a coal-mine where tourists can descend to take a look. There are drilling machines, explosives, transportation carts, scrapping equipment, etc…
In the museum, the evolution of shafts, drilling tools, transportation, etc… are all detailed out. Head out here for an interesting and alternative museum outing, instead of the usual European art museum or palaces.
Website: http://www.bergbaumuseum.de/dhtml/frame17.html (in German)
Caves at Dechenhohle
The stalactite and stalagmite cave was discovered during the construction of a rail-line. The formations are about 300 to 350 million years old. All tours are with a guide. As the caves are rather well-lit, on the one hand, it feels less authentic than other cave experiences, but on the other hand, you can see the formations and structures very clearly.
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