Nowhere else can the eventful and inspiring history of the Ruhr be “experienced” in quite as lively a manner and in all its glory as along the “Industrial Heritage Trail”. This well marked route covers approximately 400 kilometres, guiding visitors to highlights and hidden treasures of the industrial history at Emscher and Lippe, Rhine and Ruhr.
This route opens up the unique cultural heritage of the Metropolis Ruhr and offers a fascinating journey through 150 years of industrial history. Former industrial monuments with their newly-defined uses are strung along this route like pearls on a string: former smelteries and gasometers, colleries and coking plants, mining stock-piles that have been transformed into spectacular panoramas and listed workers’ housing estates.
As lively, industrial heritage sites they provide visitors with first hand insight into the diverse facets of the industrial heritage landscape of the Ruhr Area. Thus, the route through the Revier becomes a unique and diverse experience.
If you prefer to experience the “Industrial Heritage Trail” by bike, there is a well-marked network of cycle routes that extends approximately 700 kilometres along the banks of canals and former railway lines. The visitor centre at Essen’s Zeche Zollverein, which is listed as a World Heritage Site, is an ideal starting point.
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Anchor points on the Route of industrial heritage
World cultural heritage coal mine and coke oven Zollverein
The Zollverein World Heritage Site is the best known industrial monument in the Ruhr Area, and is the centre point of its creativity-based economy.
The 'Jahrhunderthalle' in Bochum is both industrial monument and cultural highlight in one. As a prime example of the economic restructuring in the Ruhr Area, it is characteristic of the new understanding of culture in the Metropolis Ruhr.
With an exhibition space of 12,000 sqm the German Mining Museum is the most prominent mining museum in the world.
In Recklinghausen's transformer station the "Power and life" museum, with 2,000 sqm of exhibition space, takes its visitors on a journey through time to explain the history of electricity.
The premises of the former Ewald colliery are the best example of the economic restructuring in the Ruhr area, the new use of old industrial plants and the creation of industrial heritage.
The Chemical Park in Marl is the only anchor point on the Route of insturial heritage that is still active.
LWL-Industriemuseum Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg
The Henrichenburg ship lift in Waltrop is a popular excursion destination in the Ruhr area not just for engineering fans.
"Mansion of labour" is the name given by contemporaries to arguably the most beautiful colliery in the Ruhr area. Zollern colliery was famous in Dortmund above all for the plant floor, with its art nouveau entrance.
The central problem of the museum focuses on securing central human values such as integrity, dignity, health, and participation in social life as relates to everyday working life.
On the grounds of the former Hansa coking plant, visitors can today learn about the history and present of the Metropolis Ruhr on guided walking tours.
The Maximilianpark Hamm has emerged from the Maximilian colliery on the occasion of the state garden show in NRW.
Lindenbrauerei - Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst
The Centre for International Light Art in Unna is the first and only museum in the world that is exclusively dedicated to light art.
Hohenhof - Museum des Hagener Impulses
The villa of the Osthaus family has been transformed to a museum of the "Hagener Impuls".
With its numerous demonstration facilities, the museum gives insight into the handcrafts and technology of the 18th and 19th centuries.
LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Nachtigall
The Nachtigall colliery nowadays recounts the fascinating industrial history and leads visitors amongst other features through a 130-metre long visitor gallery.
LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte Hattingen
The Henrichshütte, with the oldest blast furnace in the Ruhr Area, is the highlight of the Route of Industrial Heritage.
The Railway Museum in Bochum-Dahlhausen presents more than 200 historical railway vehicles, signals and much more associated with the development of the railways.
Together with the nearby Lake Baldeney, Villa Hügel and the surrounding park are major local recreation destinations in Essen.
The element water is the focus of the Aquarius Water Museum in Mülheim an der Ruhr.
The inner harbour in Duisburg is an impressive testament for the economic restructuring in the Ruhr Area.
Museum der Deutschen Binnenschifffahrt
Germany's largest museum for the history of inland water navigation presents a interesting and fascinating permanent exhibition.
As a decommissioned iron smelting works, the landscape park is now one of the most important industrial monuments, as well as being an excursion destination, a venue for events, climbing and diving.
Rheinisches Industriemuseum - Schauplatz Oberhausen
The Rhine Industrial Museum Arena in Oberhausen is housed in the former Altenberg zinc factory.
The Nordsternpark in Gelsenkirchen has been transformed from a colliery site into a park with playgrounds, restaurants and venues for events.
The Gasometer in Oberhausen can be seen from a great distance, making it a high-visibility landmark for the Ruhr Area.