The Henrichshütte iron and steel works museum
This region is known for coal and steel and Hattingen was living from this for 150 years. However, with the globalisation and competition this factory was not enough profitable and was shut down over 15 years ago. Today it is interesting museum that tell the story of the old industry and life in a steel town.
- Museum Visits
The white house
This is probably the most famous building here in Hattingen. At any time during the daylight when you will pass here you will see someone taken picture of this house. It is located just there in the shopping area of the old city.
Just walking around the old town, the alstadt, you realise that many of the buildings have peculiar leans to them!
It was quite a contrast from our Wuppertal visit but again a place I would enjoy returning too.
Walking around Hattingen is a pleasure as its pedestrianised. The whole town is like a museum - look out for the information boards on the buildings as you pass by. Only in german I'm afraid, but its handy if you have a translator with you ;-)
What a surprise find Hattingen was - isn't it great when you visit somewhere on the spur of the moment and it turns into a real gem of a place, so unexpectedly. So unresearched so no pre-conceived ideas of what to be looking at. The area of the "Malerwinkel" with its picturesque houses and the inclined St. George's Church tower is one of the most scenic spots in Hattingen. I just love the way those leaning roofs almost touch each other!
Flat Iron House
This amazingly shaped house was built in 1611. You can see why it is named The "Bügeleisenhaus" (flat-iron house)!
Inside it holds the museum of the "Heimatverein - local traditions as a cloth maker lived and worked in this house between 1771 and 1856.
HISTORICAL WALK IN THE CITY
If you come in our AREA and would stay near Hattingen , dont forget to make a WALK throug the historical PART of HATTINGEN .
It s PEDESTRIAN ZONE is well known in the RUHR AREA !!
A lot of the MONUMENTS ( HOUSES ) are describes by signes , SORRY only in german .
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
While walking around on a beautiful sunny day I saw this church located a bit outside the walls of the old city.
And a modern type white house
And this one was just next to the previous house, look modern to me but still fits very well with the feelings of this place.
Another white house
While strolling around you can see many nice houses, some are old and some are new or renovated. This is another very nice white house I saw in the old city.
The old city
The old city is the main interest here. Few churches, old jail, nice old buildings and even some old wall that used to surround the old city.
This is the gate to the old city. It is modern made of stone and metal symbolize the old city and the memory of what used to be an industrial steel town that has been shut down few decades ago.
Apart from the black and white timbered houses another feature I noticed was some unusual house decorations - just like this colourful one.
Just behind the strange sculpture (see previous tip) these walls and tower were evident - presumably part of the city's old fortifications.
As we were leaving Hattingen I noticed this strange looking modern art sculpture of 3 figures. Very strange men indeed!