A journey through time
Shut-down mines and machine halls, mills and grinding workshops, steam-powered trains, and a suspension railway that is unique in the world are some historical destinations that invite to an up-close experience.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s eventful (industrial) history can be experienced at best in the very places where it was written, which are still characterised by it today. Let the journey through time commence.
Historical mills and grinding shops
Some are powered by water, others by wind: The Bergisches Städtedreieck and the Lower Rhine region sport a number of historical mills and grinding shops worth taking a trip.
Rolling, running, and swimming technology
Historical steam locomotives, suspension railway, and inland shipping
The term of “time travel” may be taken quite literally here, as many original historical railroads are still in operation in NRW, inviting visitors on excursion trips. Please get on and shut the doors.
Collieries, mines, and ironworks
Excursions into the working world underground
Mining has a long tradition in North Rhine-Westphalia. Visitors can experience the sweaty underground work up close and see what used to be brought to light in an excursion into collieries, mines, and ironworks.
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