At the heart of the radrevier.ruhr, the Nordsternweg route covers a distance of around 5 kilometres from the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site in Essen to Nordstern Colliery in Gelsenkirchen. With just a few intersections, the former railway line is ideal for cyclists. Opened in 2010, the Capital of Culture year, the Nordsternweg Route connects two of the most beautiful mine dumps in the Ruhr Metropolis.The Nordsternweg Route runs alongside the former railway line, and also passes the Schurenbachhalde mine dump. It is worth the journey, because the Haldenplateau can be reached in just a few minutes by bike, and the panoramic view of the central Ruhr region is very rewarding.
Cycling route just under 30 kilometres long
The Nordsternweg Route is part of one of the best-structured day tours in the radrevier.ruhr. Cyclists start in the Nordsternpark and head along the Nordsternweg Route to the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, head along the former railway lines to Essen-Krey and the Bonifacius Colliery. After passing through Mechtenberg, it’s on to Gelsenkirchen and the Jacob’s ladder, and then to the Erzbahnbude in Bochum. From there, the route heads downhill along the Erzbahntrasse and back to the Rhine-Herne Canal. From the ZOOM Erlebniswelt zoo, the route leads along the canal, and back to the Nordsternpark in Gelsenkirchen.