Starting around the middle of the 18th Century with the advent of the industrial revolution, new technology spread rapidly across Europe.
Manufacturers built factories, thousands of workers migrated to the emerging urban industrial areas and throughout Europe trade unions fought for social progress.
Today, industrialisation plants open to visitors and modern technology museums tell the exciting story of European industrialisation and its cultural, social and economics legacies.
Council of Europe values
The history of the industrialisation of Europe is an essential part of our European heritage, shaping our continent’s history, landscape and the lives of Europeans for the last 200 years since the industrial revolution. Today, thousands of industrial sites, monuments and museums bring this period of shared European history to life.
European Route of Industrial Heritage is certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2019.