Industrial Tourism Attractions

Industrial Tourism Attractions in Romania

The Timisoreana Brewery

Was grounded in 1718 by the Austrian authorities led by prince Eugene of Savoy, after the conquest against the Ottoman Empire in 1716. The installations were designed to supply the army and the town with drinking water. Some of the original buildings and devices are still preserved. The tour presents the actual technological process and highlights historical aspects too.

The UCM Resita Heavy Machinery Factory

Here were built in the 1970s the famous huge Danube Iron Gates' 200 MW hydraulic turbines and generators. The UCMR museum exposes photos and quality replicas of the factory's products since the mid 1800s: railway steam engines, diesel engines, locomotives, bridges, cranes, hydraulic turbines, electric generators. The factory is a part of the initial steel works grounded in 1771 in Resita by the Austrian Crown. Unfortunately, after the fall of communism, due to an unsuccessful privatization, it knew a continue decay, but now it belongs again to the State of Romanian. For the visit, the administration's special acceptance is required.

The Faur (Malaxa) Factories, Bucharest

Were founded in 1921 by Nicolae Malaxa. Main activities included were the repairing of the rolling stock, manufacturing of steam and diesel locomotives, car engines and passenger coaches, Diesel engines, brake equipment and special alloy steels. By the end of the 1930s, the Malaxa factories were one of the biggest industrial groups in Southeastern Europe, and the main provider of equipment for the Romanian Railways during the period. Nationalised in 1948, part of the company became known as 23 August Works. During the communist regime it extended its range of manufacturing by approaching pilot projects to the most Romanian industries, but also to other countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. After 1990 the company was renamed Faur and privatized, but knew a serious decay: from 20,000 employees in 1989 only 400 remained in 2010. The present administration accepts scheduled visits, also some buildings can be rented for shooting films.

The Ruschita Marble Quarry

Located in the Caras Severin county, the exploitation began in 1884, reaching 130 meters deep. This marble was utilized at famous buildings in Viena, Milan (the Dome's restauration), Budapest and Bucharest. The visit requires the administration's permission with at least a week notice.

The Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant

Produces around 20% of the country's electricity. The power plant was designed in Canada in the 1980s, and was contracted during the communist era. The initial plan was to build five units. Units 1 and 2, each of 706 MW, are currently operational. Three more partially completed reactors exist on the same site, part of a project discontinued at the fall of the Ceausescu regime. The plant's visitor center allows visits for tourists.