Völklingen has a population of over 40,000 and is hence the fourth largest town in the Saarland. Since more than half of its area consists of woodland, numerous hiking routes, over 200 km of which have been marked out, offer nature-lovers all that the heart desires. And the “Huguenot route” leads straight to France.

Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

The former ironworks, which were founded in 1873, dominate the face of Völklingen. At that time the iron industry enjoyed a tremendous growth rate and transformed Völklingen into an economic boomtown. A trip to the city centre to see the old town hall, the St. Eligius Church and the Neo-Baroque Reconciliation Church is also worthwhile.

Sights in Völklingen

  • World Cultural Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte (Old Ironworks)
  • Alter Bahnhof (Old Train Station)
  • Eligius Church
  • Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)
  • Late 19th century houses
  • Mühlgewann School
  • Versöhnungskirche (Reconciliation Church)
  • The Steel Mill Dormitories
  • Hugenottenkirche (Huguenot Church)
  • Local museum

World Cultural Heritage Site Old Steel Mill

World Cultural Heritage Site Old Steel Mill

The steel mill in Völklingen was closed down in 1986 and elevated to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994; it is the only authentically preserved steel mill in the world dating back to the peak of the iron and steel industry. Six imposing furnaces with the unique sloping lifts pierce the skyline. In the blasting hall (65,000 ft2/ 6,000 m2) where gigantic turbo compressors were used to produce the furnace blast necessary for pig iron production, events and exhibitions spanning a variety of themes are held throughout the year.

Picture gallery