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Industrial Heritage Museums

Hallors and Saline Museum in Halle (Saale)

Hallors and Saline Museum in Halle (Saale), Germany

This museum was established in 1967 in the buildings of the former Royal Prussian saline to Halle (Saale). In these rooms, salt is still traditionally extracted. On regular events the visitors can look over the Hallors’ shoulders during salt production.

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Warehouses at the city harbour of Rostock

Warehouses at the city harbour of Rostock, Germany

At the Rostock City Harbour you can find old as well as reconstructed warehouses. In the rooms of the warehouse on the left side the headquarter of AIDA Cruises is based. The piers for the huge AIDA cruisers are not far way at the port of Warnemünde.

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Cranes at the city harbour of Rostock

Cranes at the city harbour of Rostock, Germany

Two cranes dating back to the 1960s at the city harbour of Rostock. They are strong personalities, aren’t they?

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Industrial Heritage

Timber mill at Mendlingtal

Venetian saw at Mendlingtal, Austria

Everybody knows the scenery of American Old West. Can we see anything similar in good old Austria too? Sure! The photo shown above was taken at a theme park in Mendlingtal Valley in Mostviertel. The park is all about logging in earlier times. The building in the background is housing a Venetian saw dating back to 1907.

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Industrial Heritage

Pithead bath in Dortmund

Waschkaue at Kokerei Hansa, Germany

A detail I was especially impressed in. At the coking plant Hansa I saw a pithead bath. In this hall the workers put their clothes in special frameworks. Each framework is movable up and down by a chain.

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Kokerei Hansa in Dortmund

Cooling tower of cokery Hansa in Dortmund, Germany

Kokerei Hansa is a former coking plant in Dortmund. Today the plant houses a huge climbing gym named Kletterhalle Bergwerk and the remaining installations can be visited by guided tours.

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Animals Industrial Heritage

Sundheimer Huhn at Zeche Zollern

Sundheimer Hühner at Zeche Zollern, Germany

In earlier times German miners used to have a small garden for vegetable and animals behind their homes. While strolling around a mining settlement next to the colliery Zeche Zollern I came across this special breed of chickens. In German they are called Sundheimer.

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Lohnhalle at Zeche Zollern

Lohnhalle at Zeche Zollern, Germany

An interesting detail seen at the colliery Zeche Zollern: The Lohnhalle. This is a building shaped like a station hall with some cashier’s desks inside. Here the miners were paid their wages.

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Administration building of Zeche Zollern

Administration building of Zeche Zollern, Germany

The ‘Alte Verwaltung’ served as administration building and office of the director. It was designed by the architect Paul Knobbe. It looks a bit like a manor house or a chapel, doesn’t it?

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Industrial Heritage

Zeche Zollern in Dortmund

Zeche Zollern in Dortmund, Germany

Zeche Zollern is a colliery in Dortmund built in 1898/1904. Some parts of the colliery are built like castle, therefore it is also called ‘Castle of Work’. It got famous for several special architectural elements, e.g. a gate of the machine hall in the style of art nouveau.

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Industrial Heritage

Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum

Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, Germany

The Jahrhunderthalle is a venue for such famous events like the Ruhrtriennale. Interesting detail: The hall was constructed on top of an existing plant. After that, the soil was risen up to the level of the hall. So the first plant became part of the basement.

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Industrial Heritage

Zeche Zollverein in Essen

Winding tower at Zeche Zollverein, Germany

The Zeche Zollverein (Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex) is a larger former industrial site and is inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. I was especially impressed by the use of Bauhaus style for some buildings.