Eight questions for...

Meinrad Maria Grewenig, general director of the Völklingen Ironworks World Heritage Site

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Völklingen, what should I definitely not miss?

One absolute must is the Science Center at the Völklingen Ironworks. Here, among other things, visitors can see the individual stages of production in an ironworks. A big challenge for engineers back then was moving unimaginable quantities of material and raw materials through the different stages of production. Visitors can even try their hand themselves.

What do you particularly like here?

The numerous, continually changing events and exhibitions at the Völklingen Ironworks.

Do you have an insider tip?

The "paradise." That's what we call the space between the group of former blast furnaces and the River Saar. The area is more than 30,000 square meters in size, with wide expanses and long pathways. It opens up entirely new perspectives on the Völklingen Ironworks World Heritage Site.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

The great creative potential and possibilities that such an enormous, disused and completely preserved industrial site has to offer.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

Every season has its own draws. In winter it is mainly the covered interiors of the Völklingen Ironworks. In summer it is any one of the many large open spaces at the World Heritage Site.

What else should I see here?

You should not miss one of the regular jazz or classical concerts.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

For visitors who are not from Saarland I would recommend a Saarland specialty, Hoorische. They are oblong dumplings made from raw potatoes, usually served with bacon cream sauce and sauerkraut. You should also drink a Saarland beer with it, or a wine from the Upper Moselle region of Saarland.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Meinrad Maria Grewenig

has been general director and head of the management board at the Völklingen Ironworks World Heritage Site since 1999.

The art historian and archaeologist previously served as acting director at numerous museums in Saarland, where he was born. From 2011 until 2013 Grewenig was also president of Saarland's cultural heritage foundation.



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