UNESCO Visitor Centre

In 1994 the Völklingen Ironworks was the first monument of heavy industry to be classified by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Site. It was an important step for the Völklingen Ironworks – but a huge step for UNESCO too: until that moment only sacred buildings, castles, fortifications or historical city centres were awarded UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site status. Now a site of industrial production, of work and every day culture, was raised to the ranks of a World Cultural Heritage Site of humanity.

In so doing, UNESCO recognised industry culture as an outstanding achievement of humanity and placed it under special protection. Authenticity and sustainability are vital goals for UNESCO. Sustainability can only be achieved when the World Cultural Sites are made fit for use by the visitor. To this purpose UNESCO sets up a Visitor Centre in all World Cultural Heritage Sites enabling visitors to really tune in to the site they are visiting.

The UNESCO Visitor Centre at the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks conveys information to the visitor on UNESCO, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, on the history of the Völklingen Ironworks and the history of the Sintering Plant. The UNESCO Visitor Centre of the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks is a Visitor Centre plus - being integrated into the authentic locus of the Sintering Plant at the World Cultural Heritage Site.

World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks The visitors’ path at the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks begins at the UNESCO Visitor Centre.

A catalogue on the UNESCO Visitor Centre has been published of 96 pages priced at 14.50 €.

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