Spraying sparks, the banging sound of the forging hammer, pounding machines and the heat of the fire: In Germany's only chainsmith museum, you can experience regional industrial history with all your senses.
Take a trip to one of the formerly most important industrial branches of the eastern Ruhr Area and the Sauerland region: Fröndenberg's special geographic location - ships used to be able to navigate the Ruhr up to here - promoted the development of the metal industry in the town. Above all, the production of chains flourished here. The blacksmiths specialised early on in the production of particularly large specimens such as ship and anchor chains. These can be seen in the museum as well as machines at work, which were made up to 100 ago. Every first Sunday of the month, you can also watch a blacksmith do his craft. Working at the hot forge fire, he shows you how a large chain is professionally manufactured. If you like, you can even weld your own small chain.
The Chain Forge Museum is also the "Wedding Forge" of the town of Fröndenberg. In this only branch office of the Fröndenberg registry office, more than 600 couples have started their matrimonial bliss there and literally forged their "friendship for life".
P.S. Known by many cyclists: Bicycle parts such as spokes, chains, dynamos and lamps from the "Union" brand. Until the 1990s, the company's headquarters were in the Ruhr city.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. from April to October every Saturday and Sunday as well as on all holidays. Admission is free!
Forging demonstrations are given every 1st Sunday duging these months by a real chainsmith.
Outside these opening hours, special tours for groups of 10 persons or more are possible at any time by prior appointment by telephone at +49 (0) 2303 82004 or +49 (0)171 7092963.
Costs: EUR 2 per person as well as a chainsmith's lump sum of 25 € for an optionally booked chainsmith's demonstration.