Industry & monuments
Hardly any smoking chimneys are left, most winding towers stand still, steel hammers are silent. The days of heavy industry are over. Impressive buildings are still there, witnesses of days gone by, turned into unique visitor attracttions.
The Ruhr metropolis, once a center of coal and steel industries, has become one of the most thrilling cultural regions in Europe. Former industry plants are now home to arts and culture, entertainment, sport and relaxation. Prime example is Zollverein in Essen: what used to be the biggest and most modern coal mine in the world is now protected by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Get ready for a unique experience discovering the industrial heritage of the Ruhr: breath-taking exhibitions in the Oberhausen Gasometer, climbing on top of the blast furnaces at Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord or ice-skating in front the old coke oven plant in Essen. Exciting discoveries any time of year!