World Cultural Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte



brief description: 

Initially founded in 1873 by a smelting engineer in the town of Völklingen/Saarland, the Völklinger Hütte (Völklingen Ironworks) was in operation for more than a century. As the world´s only preserved iron smelting plant from the heyday of the iron and steel industry, it was placed on the UNESCO´s list of World Heritage Sites in 1994. Often referred to as a cathedral of work and an icon of industrial culture, the Völklingen Ironworks can indeed be considered the principal headquarters of industrial culture in Europe today, as it is an anchor point on the prestigious European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH - a network of major industrial heritage visitor attractions across the UK, Germany and the Netherlands). The Völklingen Ironworks is also renowned as a fascinating interactive theme park which offers its visitors the unique opportunity to retrace all the different phases of pig iron production at authentic sites. In 2004, the Ferrodrom® opened to the public. As the first Science Centre in the SaarLorLux region, the Ferrodrom® is an exciting multimedia experience dealing with everything concerning iron and steel. Visitors can find exhibits on the cultural history of iron, living iron, educational films and talks with contemporary witnesses, and tours expertly guided by former steelworkers, who give a wonderful 3-dimensional account of their work on the blast furnace. The Völklingen Ironworks is also a prestigious venue for cultural happenings of all kinds. It attracts more than 200,000 guests each year to such events as open-air rock concerts, chamber music evenings, or special exhibitions on man, nature, technology, etc.

relevant filming facts

opening times: 
from April through November, the Ironworks Park and the Ferrodrom® are open daily from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
tourism, concerts, exhibitions
many areas have been restored
all levels of the blast furnace plant are accessible by lifts/elevators
possible disturbing factors: 
possibly interfering noise due to tourism and neighbouring industrial plants
Space restrictions: 
to be discussed
Time restrictions : 
to be discussed
Bistro B40/Café Umwalzer, located directly at the entrance to the Völklingen Ironworks, offers a variety of foods and beverages. Please make advance reservations and contact: Michael Maas & Dirk Stoll Gastro GbR, Phone: 49 (0)6898 - 689 352. Official website:
available for make-up, wardrobe, technical equipment, etc. in the blower hall (Gebläsehalle)
Filming experience: 
the Völklingen Ironworks can almost be considered a veteran of film productions (e.g. numerous scenes for the German television police series Tatort have been shot on the premises). Its operators are very open-minded and welcoming to new filming requests


On the motorway A623 take the exit 8-Völklingen / Geislautern. Follow the signs "Weltkulturerbe".
Völkingen train station is a 3-minute walk away.


sanitary facilities: 
electricity supply: 
available on the entire grounds (regular and high voltage)
water supply: 


Steffen Conrad