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Ironworks museum combines industry and art on a colossal scale

Voelklingen Ironworks is a 15-acre complex that dominates the city of Voelklingen in Germany. (Brian Ferguson/Stars and Stripes)

With its massive Industrial Revolution-era machines and science fiction movie set atmosphere, you would think that Voelklinger Huette was the birthplace of the steampunk trend.

Classified as a World Cultural Heritage Site, the ironworks was the first monument from the era to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

When I asked my 9-year-old daughter if she wanted to come along, she said sure, even though I had no idea what we would see.

The site has just reopened after closing

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