Spoil tips in the Ruhr Valley
Spoil tips in the Ruhr Valley

Spoil tips - the mountains of the Ruhr Valley

They incisively shape the otherwise rather flat landscape of the Ruhr Valley. They have a long history and many feet have already stepped on them and many bikes have been ridden over them. They give you a wonderful panoramic view across the cities of the Ruhr Valley and its landmarks. Many of them have not only been made greener and restored to their original natural state, but also been adorned with a landmark or work of art. They are simply a part of the Ruhr Valley: Our “mountains”, the spoil tips. As "panoramic views", they are part of the Industrial Heritage Trail.

What are spoil tips?

Over 250 of them tell the history of mining and industrialisation in the Ruhr Valley. The artificially created “new mountains” of up to 140 metres in height, which resulted from the accumulation of spoil, cinders and rubble - or mining “waste materials” - have permanently changed the region. Many spoil tips were reshaped and restored to their original natural state. This made them fit for future use and created space for new applications and perspectives. 

today and tomorrow

You can explore many of the spoil tips in the Ruhr Valley on long hiking trails on foot, while jogging or Nordic walking. Even cyclists have long been conquering the spoil tips - the cycle routes on and around the spoil tips are included in the radrevier.ruhr . There are well-established routes and trails for mountain bikers. If you like to do something different, then you can explore some spoil tips on Segway tours or use them as a starting point for paragliding. Particular highlights include the artist-designed installations, parts of which can be walked on, that manifest as landmarks that can be seen from afar, giving the spoil tips a unique profile. By now they have become emblems of the new Ruhr Valley, while educational mining trails give you an insight into the former local mining industry.

Magnificent view across the spoil tips!

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Discover the Ruhr Valley from above!

Das Bild zeigt eine tanzende Person im Sonnenuntergang auf dem Tippelsberg.

The Tippelsberg in Bochum

The Tippelsberg in the north of Bochum is 150 metres high. There are many stories surrounding its creation because the Tippelsberg is not a relic from the time of coal extraction, but something much older. There are many paths that take you to the summit where steel slabs with spyholes direct your gaze. On a good day, you can see up to 80 kilometres away. The paths are made up of varying materials and there are climbing stones, balancing beams and other playthings on the “children’s trail”.

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Das Bild zeigt den Fernsehturm Florian im Dortmunder Westfalenpark

The “Florian” television tower in Dortmund

The Florian television tower is a landmark of Dortmund and soars 219 metres high over the city. At 141 metres, there is a viewing platform which is accessible to visitors and gives you a fantastic 360 degree view of Dortmund and the neighbouring towns in the Ruhr Valley. At 137 metres, you can unwind in the panoramic restaurant which rotates, affording you a view in all directions.

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Das Bild zeigt die Hohensyburg mit dem Vincke-Turm.

Hohensyburg in Dortmund

From the 12th to the 17th century, the Hohenburg, at 244 metres high, proudly kept watch over the Ruhr crossing at Westhofen. Today you can still see and explore the foundations of the great hall, parts of the outer wall and the stumps of the towers of the successor of a Saxon Siggiburg. The magnificent view across the Ruhr is also still there. Next to the ruins you will find the Vincke-Turm (Vincke tower), which was built in 1857 and can be climbed at weekends/on bank holidays or from 10am on weekdays if the weather is good.

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Das Bild zeigt einen Radfahrer auf dem Alsumer Berg vor industrieller Kulisse

Alsum hill in Duisburg

From the top of Alsum hill, there is an interesting panoramic view over the Rhine, the former rural regions in the west, the north of Duisburg, ThyssenKrupp Steel, the Hamborner Ofengruppe, the Schwelgern coking plant and both the Schwelgern large blast furnaces. This takes you right up close to the still-beating industrial heart of the Ruhr Valley. It is particularly exciting when an impressive steam cloud rises into the air when the coal is burned at the Schwelgern coking plant.

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Spoil tip views