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Jakob Bengel Stiftung

Visiting the Past
Machines for the production of chains
The historic factory of Jakob Bengel produces chains and costume jewellery since 1873. The visitor will make a journey to the times of mechanic production from 1870 – 1990. Therefore industrial development, social structure and working conditions at that time will be impressively presented. By watching the working machines the methods of production and technical device may be retraced.

Specialities of the Historic Plant
The Bengel Ensemble
Within the typical mid-size factory of the former costume jewellery production, the layout of the factory, quarters for the workers as well as the mansion house of the owner are unique in the whole region. Especially as it is completely preserved in its original construction. Since 2003 the Art Déco Jewellery of Jakob Bengel of the 20‘s and 30‘s is reproduced according to their own pattern books with the original tools and in the same production method in limited editions for individual customers. The jewellery of this style is experiencing a renaissance.

Programme of the guided tour
• History of the industry and the factory
• Demonstration of working chain-machines
• Working of a friction-driving-press
• Historic machines driven by transmission belts
• Foot-operated press, eccentric press, workroom equipment
Astonishing demonstrations you can listen to and even feel and touch things!

Original Bengel Jewellery Factory Shop
In the factory shop you may buy the Original Bengel Jewellery, besides chains for decoration purposes, necklaces and bracelets at very attractive prices.

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekend tours by arrangement.

Guided tours only
Adults 4,50 €
Children from 6 years 3,00 €
Children under 6 years free of charge

Entree fees for several exhibitions
Adults 3,00 €
In groups (more than 10 persons) 2,50 €
Children under 6 years free of charge