Industrial Tourism Attractions

Industrial Tourism Attractions in Hungary

Audi Factory Tour, Gyor

The German automobile manufacturer Audi opened this factory in in 1994, producing car engines. In 1998 it began the Audi TT assembly, in 2001 the A3 and S3, in 2007 the A3 cabrio. In 2013 an extended plant was opened and 10,000 new employees were recruited. The visitors are introduced to engine production, the press and body shop of the new car factory, which was inaugurated in 2013.

Mercedes Factory Tour, Kecskemet

In March 2012, the German automobile manufacturer Daimler AG opened a plant nearby Kecskemét, to manufacture the new Mercedes B-Class, A-Class and CLA-Class models. The Stuttgart-based company invested €800 million (US $1.24 billion) to build the new plant, which created 3,000 new jobs in the region. More than 100,000 vehicles are produced annually. The visitors take a look behind the scenes and see how the cars are being made in line with the customers' orders by means of cutting-edge technologies. They will experience in person how Mercedes-Benz CLA and B-class cars are born, along with the third model, the CLA Shooting Brake, which will be put on the market in the year of 2015.

Zsolnai Porcelain Manufactory

Was established by Miklós Zsolnay in 1853 in the city of Pécs, in order to produce stoneware and ceramics. The factory achieved worldwide recognition for its innovative frost-proof products at world fairs and exhibitions, including the 1873 World Fair in Vienna and the 1878 World Fair in Paris, where the Zsolnay factory received a Grand Prix. In 1886, Zsolnay introduced the innovation of pyrogranite (an ornamental ceramics) and in 1893 another one: eosin (colors changing - iridescent glaze). By 1914, Zsolnay was the largest company in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Surpassing many difficulties during the time, especially during communism, the factory survived and is still a prosperous one. The factory can be visited together with the nearby museum of the 14th century Zsolnay family house.

Herend Porcelain Manufactory

Was founded in 1826 and it is based in the town of Herend near the city of Veszprém. In the mid 19th century it was purveyor to the Habsburg Dynasty and aristocratic customers throughout Europe. Many of its classic patterns are still in production. After the fall of Communism in Hungary the factory was privatised and is now 75% owned by its management and workers. As of 2006, the factory is profitable and exports to over 60 countries of the world. Its main markets are Italy, Japan, Russia and the US. The factory organizes 40 minutes group tours and since 1962 it opened a museum too.

Dreher Brewery Budapest

Is one of Europe's most beautiful old breweries that was established in Buda in 1845 by Peter Schmidt. During the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Kőbánya district of Budapest became the centre of Hungary's brewing industry. The Dreher brewery is named after Anton Dreher, the creator of the Vienna lager style. He bought the brewery in Budapest in 1862 and it came to dominate the Hungarian market before the Second World War. In 1948 the brewery was nationalized and since 2002 it belongs the SabMiller group. The visit is a chance to find out some of the secrets of making and enjoying beer, and also includes entrance to the Dreher Beer Museum.