Stadtkonfetti – henrichshütte hattingen – an excursion tip

Great themed playgrounds, guided tours for children and lots of opportunities to join in make this trip a lot of fun. Here is the history of Iron production brought to life: Today the metal flows again in the show foundry and fascinates visitors large and small.

Tip: There is one every Sunday at 2.30 p.m. "rats lead" for little visitors and their parents. Pre-registration is not necessary. The entry fee is 2 euros per participant.


Henrichshütte Hattingen offers lots of fun, games and learning for families and children. Children can visit the museum with the mascot "the rat" explore, romp, play and finally have a picnic. The RackerWerk playground, the ironworks playground, is an innovative one "Adventure place and learning place for iron and steel production".

The hard work of yore is child’s play on the hut playground. However, the oven remains cold. Gravel must be taken up into the funnel of the game blast furnace. From there it slides through the blast furnace to the tap hole. Here the little blast furnace convey her "iron" made of gravel through the gutters in the tap room. The game blast furnace is a project that is unique in Germany. It gives an idea of ​​the world of work in metallurgy. And it teaches that you can do a lot together. But what would a playground be without a slide? A giant slide is of course also available.

Way of the rat

Nobody knows the hut more than the blue rat. As part of the permanent exhibition, our museum mascot introduces children and their families to the secrets of steel and iron.

Tubes and niches form the stations of the circular route, which can be explored independently of any guided tour. Wherever the rat’s blue signs appear, boys and girls can discover something. There are at all these stations models and opportunities to participate so that you can better understand what is going on in the furnace.

With the computer game "Rat at the blast furnace" Children for Finally test yourself what you have learned on the tour. On the “Path of the Rat" there are many stations to explore.

About the Henrichshütte Hattingen

Sparks flew for 150 years when the Henrichshütte blast furnaces spat out the molten iron. Today visitors can experience the history of iron and steel alive at this unique original location.

10,000 people worked on the huge industrial area. They produced coke, iron and steel, poured, rolled and forged the metal. The last furnace in Hattingen was blown out in 1987 against great resistance. Today it is the oldest surviving blast furnace in the district and at the same time the largest exhibit in the LWL industrial museum.

A glass elevator leads up to the 55 meter high giant. From above you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the past and present of the region. Visit our show foundry (March to October), where metal flows again today. Or send your children on a tour of discovery with our museum mascot "Rat". Get to know animals and plants from the wasteland in our eco workshop, be fascinated by a guided tour of the grounds or combine a concert in the blower hall with a culinary conclusion in the restaurant "Henrichs". (Source: LWL Henrichshütte Hattingen.)

Henrichshütte Hattingen is the anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Culture and the anchor point of the Route of Industrial Culture in the Ruhr Area.

Current information for all visitors to the Henrichshütte:

  • Due to structural measures, the blast furnace is only accessible via stairs until further notice.
  • The circular path is only of limited use for prams and wheelchair users due to construction work.
  • Due to construction work, the air-raid shelter remains closed until further notice.


On the premises of the Henrichshütte there is an open every Friday at 6 p.m. and every Saturday at 3 p.m. family tour instead of. A Guided tour for adults is offered daily from Tuesday to Sunday at 11:30 a.m..


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