The Erzbahntrasse
The Erzbahntrasse

The Erzbahntrasse (mine railway track)

From Bochum to Gelsenkirche, the Erzbahntrasse – one of the best-known railway routes – covers around ten kilometres and leads slightly downhill. The former railway line has been fully redeveloped and leads from the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum to the spectacular Grimberger Sichel bridge, which has a span of 150 metres and goes over the Rhine–Herne Canal. The tour starts in the Westpark in Bochum, with the striking 130 metre long Erzbahnschwinge bridge, one of the best-known bridges in the Ruhr region.

Erzbahnbude cultural centre

Relaxed and away from the traffic, visitors cycle to the Erzbahnbude hub, one of the best-known points for cyclists in the central Ruhr region. From this bustling intersection, the route takes a west-bound detour towards Essen, allowing cyclists to visit the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hannover Colliery is a worthwhile detour to the east. It is well-signposted, and the road branches off along the way to the Erzbahnbude.

Destination: Grimberger Sichel

Heading further north, the tour leads across the long railway bridge, and then further downhill to the ZOOM Erlebniswelt zoo on the Rhine-Herne Canal. The ride over the Grimberger Sichel marks the end of the Erzbahntrasse. In 2010, it even won the European Steel Bridges Award in the “Foot Bridge” category. From here, continue to Ewald Colliery in Herten, which is home to the largest mine dump in the Ruhr region, the Hoheward. Or head west along the canal to the Gelsenkirchen Nordsternpark, or east to the Henrichenburg boat lift in Waltrop.