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ESSEN. INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE.

Industrial heritage

Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site

Once the most productive hard coal mine in Europe, today it is home to museums for dance, performance, theatre and design, as well as the most important venues of the ExtraSchicht, and welcomes around 1.5 million visitors from home and abroad every year. It is regarded as a symbol of the area’s successful transition from an industrial hub to an attractive cultural, leisure and business location. Visitors can explore the past and the present on these grounds, either on their own or as part of a guided tour, e.g. on the ZOLLVEREIN® monument trail.

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Zollverein coking plant

Visitors can join a tour and explore the coking plant, which was shut down in 1993 and now belongs to the UNESCO world heritage site. High-profile art projects contribute to a reinterpretation of the location; a 150-metre-long ice rink attracts visitors in the winter. As a complete ensemble, the coking plant, together with the Zollverein coal mine, has developed into a fantastic future-oriented location in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Villa Hügel

The ancestral home of the Krupps, idyllically located above Lake Baldeney, has 269 rooms. With its beautiful tapestries and coffered ceilings, it provides the perfect backdrop for exquisite chamber concerts and international art exhibitions.

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Margarethenhöhe

Not just the most beautiful settlement ever built by Krupp, but also one of the most fascinating examples of the garden city movement. Bays and pergolas, arched gables, plaster and natural stone foundations were used to give each home a unique look.

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Cultural Landscape Deilbachtal

This landscape of monuments from early industry describes the origins of the iron and metal industries in the region. The Deilbachhammer, whose origin dates back to the 16th century, is regarded as the Ruhr region’s last hammer mill still at its original location.

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Halbachhammer

The Halbachhammer was a donation from Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach to the city of Essen. Originally located in Weidenau an der Sieg, the listed building is now situated in the western part of the forest park which was created as a permanent installation and donated to the city of Essen for local recreation by Margarethe Krupp in conjunction with the construction of the Margarethenhöhe. During the summer time, on the first Sunday every month, the technical monument of the Ruhr Museum is demonstrated in show events.

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Schurenbachhalde (Schurenbach Spoil Tip)

Any rubble left over from coal mining activities was collected here. Famed American sculptor Richard Serra erected his “Bramme (für das Ruhrgebiet)” at its top, thus creating a kind of a visionary mythical place.

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RUHR MUSEUM

Here, the exhibition venue itself is a monumental exhibition piece: The Ruhr Museum, located at the former coal washing plant of the Zollverein World Heritage Site, highlights the natural and cultural history of the Ruhr region from its beginnings right up to the present day.

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Industrial Heritage Trail

The "Industrial Heritage Trail" is a 400-kilometre road circuit around the industrial heritage of the Ruhr region. The core network of the signposted road trail has 25 anchor points (highlights) and 16 industrial landscape panoramas (viewing points) as well as the 13 most beautiful settlements of varying eras.

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(This information is only available in German.)

Zeche Carl (Carl Mine)

With its well-preserved facilities, some of which date back to 1855/56, Zeche Carl is regarded as an excellent industrial monument. It hosts one of Germany’s oldest sociocultural centres, with cultural and entertainment programmes and gastronomy.

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Further information and contact:

Essen Marketing GmbH
Tourist Information Office
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
D- 45127 Essen
Telephone: +49 201 19433 or +49 201 88 72333
Fax: +49 201 8872044
E-Mail: touristikzentrale@essen.de

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