The Zollverein World Heritage Site is now the best known industrial monument
in the Ruhr Area, and is the centre point of its creativity-based economy.
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Ruhr Metropolis: The new Ruhr area
A fiery temperament has always been characteristic of Germany’s former coal-producing region. But, what was once the Ruhr Valley – hard but hearty and a little grey – has long since developed into a modern Metropolis Ruhr. The creative interaction of apparent contradictions makes out a large part of its fascination: listed cathedrals of industry serve as modern think tanks for innovative ideas and culture.
200 museums, 120 theatres and 100 concert halls prosper magnificently in the midst of superlative urban entertainment. The best way to gain an overview of this diverse abundance of shopping centres, temples of culture, entertainment and sports arenas, is from one of the region’s soil tips. To enjoy also means to participate, to be inspired and enthralled – by the sizzling diversity, which is probably unique in its density. Get infected.