Former Ironworks Complex in Neunkirchen
During the course of the 1990s, a 40 hectare complex emerged on the grounds of the former Neunkirchen Ironworks, boasting marvellous monuments and relicts from the heyday of the iron and steel industry. Blast furnaces no. II and VI, hot blast stoves, water tower, blower hall, and indoor riding arena - former properties of the Neunkirchen Ironworks or the Stumm family - were integrated into the newly conceived Ironworks Park. The blower hall and the Stumm riding hall are being used as venues for cultural events of all kinds. The water tower, standing on the same premises, was transformed into an architecturally remarkable multiplex, housing several restaurants, cinemas, and a fitness centre - an impressive make-over, which originated in private initiative, in 1996, and was carried out with special consideration given to the preservation of the historical monument. In the adjoining Ironworks Park, visitors can marvel at original machinery parts from the former Neunkirchen Ironworks, which have been set up, almost like objets d´art, all throughout the terrain. Together with the group of blast furnaces, they evoke the bleak splendour of the Steel and Iron Age. Guided tours give a wonderful insight into the lives of ironworks masters and workers alike, and the park, of course, can also be used for purely recreational purposes, such as seeking relaxation away from busy city life.