If you want to visit one of the prettiest spoil tips in the Ruhr Valley, then your best bet is to take a trip to the Heinrich-Hildebrand-Höhe with the walk-on Tiger and Turtle sculpture, one of the region’s showpieces. As part of the Ruhr Valley’s restructuring and redesigning, many spoil tips in the region were given a new look: Today they are more than just former spaces where spoil was stored - they represent extraordinary works of art and enchant with their breathtaking views. This has given recreational value to places whose past was characterised by heavy industry.
How to get to the Heinrich-Hildebrand-Höhe
To get to the Heinrich-Hildebrand-Höhe, head towards the Angerpark in the southern part of Duisburg . The path to the top is spiral-shaped and stretches over approximately 2.7 kilometres. A panoramic view of the city of Duisburg awaits atop the Heinrich-Hildebrand-Höhe, as well as an imposing structure in the style of a rollercoaster: Tiger and Turtle.
A rollercoaster over the Ruhr Valley rooftops
The work of art was presented in celebration of the events for the Ruhr Capital of Culture in 2010. The sculpture is a piece of work by artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth and is around 20 metres high. And best of all: You can even go on the rollercoaster - except for the loops of course. Its name makes reference to the animal world: Although the work of art appears to be like a tiger in its conception, you can only actually experience it by walking at the pace of a turtle. The Heinrich-Hildebrand-Höhe with its Tiger and Turtle is definitely worth a visit, especially in the evening. The curved rollercoaster sculpture shines particularly nicely at this time in magnificent lighting.