Blick in die Arena
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From lignite to a tourist destination

Experience the time of lignite mining in a different way

On the former Golpa Nord lignite mining site in Gräfenhainichen, you can visit and in some cases even climb disused mining equipment in impressive surroundings. Based on an idea from Bauhaus Dessau, the site was transformed into an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Culture during Expo 2000. The huge pieces of equipment give you a unique impression of how lignite was mined in central Germany until the 1990s. In Ferropolis, you will visit a museum, an industrial monument, an event area and a theme park all at the same time. Surrounded by the newly created Gremminer Lake, Ferropolis also lies in the midst of dreamlike nature.

Schaufelradbagger Big Wheel
©Ferropolis GmbH

Impressive evidence of open pit mining

The centerpiece of Ferropolis' attractions is, of course, the former mining equipment, which gives you an extraordinary impression of the actual scale of lignite mining. The equipment is truly impressive contemporary witnesses of lignite mining in Central Germany. The Mad Max bucket chain excavator, the Gemini and Medusa skip loaders, the Big Wheel bucket wheel excavator and the crawler column slewing excavator tower gigantically into the sky here. It is the contrast with the surrounding nature that makes the sight of the large machines so fascinating.

Ferropolis is a very special experience in the evening, because when it gets dark, colored spotlights bathe the impressive mining equipment in a colorful sea of lights. Ferropolis also offers the possibility of sporting activities. The latest sport you can indulge in the city of steel is skiking. In addition, cross golfing, geocaching and quad tours are possible on the grounds. All by yourself, you can climb the Gemini skip - provided you are good on your feet and free from vertigo.


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Opening hours

November till March
daily: 10.00-17.00 or until nightfall

April till October
Mon-Fri: 10.00-18.00 hrs
Sat-Sun, public holidays: 10.00-19.00 hrs

Ferropolis cannot be visited on days with major events.



Adults 8,00 €

Reduced € 5.00

Family (2 adults and max. 4 children) 20,00 €

Free entrance for children under 6 years




The premises as well as the exhibition areas are only partially barrier-free. Please inform yourself in advance on the pages of the city of iron or ask us directly.



On weekends, regular guided tours of the area take place, which are conducted by guest advisors. The Ferropolis tours start at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Price: 3,00 € per person

You can experience a tour of a different kind on the Segway tour or the quad tour. On the quad tour you will be accompanied by a quad specialist and a tour guide, who will give you a closer look at the quad and the terrain.

Events in Ferropolis

The music festivals splash! and Melt! have chosen Ferropolis as their festival site. The arena, encircled by the five biggies, has room for 25,000 visitors. The Iron Drift King event is also a real draw for car fans.

Overview of all events in Ferropolis



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