FERROPOLIS - the city of iron - is an industrial museum on a peninsula in Lake Gremmin near Gräfenhainichen.

There, where the Golpa-Nord open pit mine used to be, five large open pit mines can now be visited all year round and some of them can be walked on. With this imposing backdrop, FERROPOLIS is a popular venue for music, sports and cultural events, as well as a popular camping site during the summer months.

From above, the view encompasses a green landscape rich in water. Nearby: the tranquil town of Gräfenhainichen. It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, Central Germany's lignite industry was centered here. At peak times, up to 1,000 miners, men and women, worked in the Golpa-Nord open pit mine. Today, the Gremminer Lake covers the former dredging desert. In the middle of it, on a peninsula, lies FERROPOLIS and is full of life.

Since the opening of the Ferropolis Arena in 2000, world stars have been turning out for concerts and festivals. Ferropolis is part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH), a living museum full of impressive tangible history. The mixture of music, light storms and nature experience in the shadow of the iron colossi make a visit to the unique arena an unforgettable event.

The "City of Iron" touches the spirit and generates emotions. Five heavy excavator giants, each with its own history, on a peninsula in the middle of the created Gremminer Lake, which covers the desert of an open pit mine. A young landscape of contrasts. A future-oriented, haunting present that deliberately plays with its past.

Zahlen & Fakten

- 1991: The last coal train leaves the "Golpa-Nord" open pit mine (1958 - 1991). The post-mining landscape emerges and the idea for Ferropolis is born at the Bauhaus Dessau.
- 1995: Ferropolis becomes EXPO project. City foundation on 14.12.1995.
- 1998: Construction of the arena begins.
- 2000: Flooding of the remaining hole begins and the arena is inaugurated. Ferropolis becomes an internationally important event location.
- 2004: Dredging renovation completed
- 2009: Ferropolis becomes anchor point of the ERIH route.
- 2020: Granting of public use for the Gremminer Lake. Swimming and diving are possible to a limited extent.

SUP on the Gremminer lake in Ferropolis
Camping under excavators on Ferropolis at Gremminer Lake
Cyclist in Ferropolis
On the excavator in Ferropolis
Ferropolis in winter

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 10:00 - 19:00

November - March:
daily 10:00 - 17:00

Guided tours: year-round Saturday/Sunday/holiday 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 & audio guide to borrow