Völklinger Hütte – Ironworks

I’d heard about this UNESCO world heritage site before: a monumental ironworks that had been converted into a life-size museum on industrialisation and iron working in the 19th and 20th century.

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I took a lot of pictures, because it was such an impressive sight.

Even though it was cold, the sun shone through a few times during our visit.

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Since it was winter, the place was almost deserted.

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The nearby, more modern ironworks were still producing iron and that was being transported to a steel mill in torpedo carriages. You can see the hot air wafting above the waggons, and even a sliver of orange from the molten iron shining through a gap in the lid.

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I loved the geometry of the place, the depth and perspectives it afforded!

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There were so many textures to explore: reinforced concrete walls that had been cut through to make way for a path through the bunkers or just the plain old corroded iron all over the place!

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The old storage bunkers had had their walls neatly dissected to create passages at ground level and space for exhibitions on the bunker walls. A wholly unusual perspective on the structures – from below ground level!

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Overall, the criss-crossing lines, the geometry of the site and the sheer scale of it made for a confusing macro perspective.

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Muted earth tones everywhere. Even on a winter’s day, these colours prevaled.

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A visit here is an absolute must if you pass through the region of Saarbrücken! There is so much to learn and such a lot to take in – do it!