Industrial culture

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Industrial culture

The face of the Ruhr area was shaped for decades by winding towers, gasometers and blast furnaces. Today they are the most important witnesses to 150 years of industrial history. Where once hard work was done in collieries, or as we say, “slaving away”, visitors today find living industrial monuments with enormous historical significance. Although coal is no longer mined today and the great smokestacks of the steel industry have also abdicated, the heart of coal and steel has still been preserved in the Ruhr area.


Mining industry

Collieries in the Ruhr Area

Ewald Colliery in Herten

Nestling in the Hoheward Landscape Park is the Ewald Colliery, where coal was mined from 1877 to 2000. It was even a record-breaking site, as it was once the deepest mining shaft in the Ruhr region. Today it is home to the Hoheward slagheap visitor centre and the RevuePalast Ruhr.

Zollverein Colliery in Essen

The Zollverein Coal Mine and Coking Plant industrial complex, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, is considered one of the most imposing industrial monuments in the world. During its active industrial period, it was the largest coal mine in the world. Today, it is a place of art and culture with many visitors.

Photo: Gerd Koch

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Halde Hoheward

In the heart of the Metropole Ruhr lies the Hoheward Landscape Park – Europe’s largest slag heap from the coal mining industry.

Here there is an impressive summit experience with a 360-degree panormama over the Ruhr region, sundial, an oversized open-air planetarium and much more, all of which can be explored on foot, by bike or even on SEGWAY tours.

Photo: Gerd Koch