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Industrial Heritage – Europe's common heritage
Welcome to ERIH - The European Route of Industrial Heritage, the tourism information network of industrial heritage in Europe.
Currently we present more than 1400 sites in 45 European countries. Among these sites there more than 100 Anchor Points which build the virtual ERIH main route. On thirteen Regional Routes you can discover the industrial history of these landscapes in detail. All sites relate to ten European Theme Routes which show the diversity of European industrial history and their common roots.
The legacy of the most radical change in economic history is a crucial element in the continent’s identity. Yet, as a result of modern structural changes, many parts of Europe have de-industrialised, leaving unemployment and physical dereliction. Dealing with such sites is expensive, calling for innovative solutions; a redundant plant is rarely viewed as a heritage resource. As industrial history is a common European heritage and the protection of such sites is such a difficult task, it was felt that it is an issue that could be appropriately tackled through co-operation between member states. To encourage the appreciation, understanding, protection and promotion of this common history as a means of achieving economic growth, ERIH was established in 2000, since 2008 we are a registered association.