Industrial Culture

The dawn of modernity

In the once mighty Central German industrial region between Wittenberg (Luthers city, the “Lutherstadt”), Dessau and Bitterfeld, milestones of industrial history are never far apart.

The regions extensive lignite deposits were the basis for several unique developments in the 20th century. Hugo Junkers ushered in the era of civil aviation using light metal from Bitterfeld, while nitrogen fertilizer from Piesteritz served as the basis for modern agriculture. The worlds first color film hailed from Wolfen. The Bauhaus Dessau was a pioneer of modernism, and the Zschornewitz power plant was once the largest steam power plant in the world. It even supplied far-away Berlin with energy.

Today, pleasant leisure centers have developed where large mining machines once dug into the earth. Lakes and recreational areas have replaced mining sites, inviting visitors to take a swim, discover nature or enjoy water sports.

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Places with industrial history

Kreismuseum Bitterfeld

Regional Museum Bitterfeld

Visit the Bitterfeld museum detailing almost 800 years of history of the city and its immediate surroundings. Set between the Protestant town church and the historic town pharmacy, this museum is located directly in the centre of Bitterfeld and has existed for almost 125 years.

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Adventure and cycling route
Radfahrer vor einem Kran in Ferropolis

On the well-signed cycle route COAL| STEAM | LIGHT (KOHLE|DAMPF|LICHT), covering over 160 kilometers, you will experience one of the greatest structural changes of the German economy. The stations along the route, some of which are located directly on the bike path while others require a quick detour, provide interesting insights into the history and present of this versatile region. All stations are also easily accessible by car.

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