Are you interested in the industrial past of the Ruhr? Would you like to know more about today's pearls of industrial culture in the Ruhr Area? Then make a detour to the Hansa Coking Plant in Dortmund. In the former "forbidden city" in Dortmund's Huckarde district, coke and coke oven gas were extracted from hard coal from neighbouring mines for Dortmund's iron and steelworks until 1992. The Hansa Coking Plant has been a listed building since 1998.
Coke cake & giant toaster
On the "Nature and Technology" adventure trail you will discover the disused coking plant. Your way leads you up to the coal tower with a panoramic view and to the heart of the entire plant, the oven batteries, in which coal was once "baked" to coke at over 1,000 degrees Celsius. You can also see the jewel of the complex - the machine hall with a unique ensemble of five gas compressors - on your journey into the past of the complex along former conveyor belts - pure adventure! The family tours offered offer you and your children exciting insights - what is a coke oven for some is a "giant toaster" for others! Attention to all (hobby) photographers: The area and Hansa itself are perfect for photo excursions - in search of the perfect motif you move into the "hidden place", the Hansa Coking Plant.
Get active against an industrial culture backdrop
Once a year, the Kokerei Hansa is the venue of ExtraSchicht (extra shift), the night of industrial culture in the Ruhr Area. Then the façades are bathed in light and colour and the grounds and halls are used as stages and backdrops. If you want to be active in sports, you can climb in the turbo compressor building, because a climbing hall has been opened there. You can cycle to the Hansa Coking Plant on the Route of Industrial Heritage. A RevierRad station is also on site, so you can rent and return a bike here.
Important information at a glance
Information on guided tours, opening hours and prices at the Hansa Coking Plant can be found at the Industriedenkmal-Stiftung.
The Hansa Coking Plant is an anchor point on the Route of Industrial Heritage.