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Industrial Heritage Route – A route that is very different from all the others

Industrial Heritage Route – A route that is very different from all the others

The Route of Industrial Culture is an unmissable circuit of sites that is approximately 400 km in length. Brown tourist signposts point the way to over 20 key sites of industrial heritage from Essen to Duisburg, Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund and then back to Essen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site and major visitors' centre, the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (Zeche Zollverein) , for example, is to be found in Essen.

Welcome to the Ruhr area, a region of Germany full of surprises. The comprehensive Route of Industrial Heritage, which forms part of the European Route of Industrial Culture, takes visitors on a "tour through the Ruhr" to explore the region's industrial heritage hotspots. Along the route you will encounter industrial monuments, as well as a vibrant cultivated landscape full of surprises.

There's more to this route than meets the eye

The attraction of the Ruhr region lies primarily in its monuments to engineering and its industrial sites, some of which are still active today. These treasures of the region's industrial past make up the Route of Industrial Heritage, which takes you to more than 50 cultural monuments – including numerous mines – that cover 150 years of industrial heritage up to the changes taking place today.

Have fun while discovering the legendary Ruhr area

Nowhere else can you see so many spectacular sights so close to each other. With collieries that became temples of design and industrial wastelands that became the playgrounds of the 21st century, there is much to both see and experience in this unique location. Enjoy rest and relaxation at reservoirs and public parks, culture in the Gasometer Oberhausen exhibition centre, dancing in the Old Colliery Washhouse (Zechen-Waschhaus), German beer on a brewery tour, strong football traditions, the latest niche sports and much more.

A hands-on experience that will hold you captivated

The interactive museums in former mines, coking plants and steelworks are fascinating visitor attractions during the day and by night, they are transformed into fantastic illuminated worlds, creating a night-time panorama that is simply breathtaking. These almost surreal cathedrals to industrial heritage are great subjects for photos.

Going away is old news – today it's all about discovering!

The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Essen, is one of the most spectacular places to visit in the Ruhr region, and is a site so powerful, you'll simply have to return. You can also combine your journey into the Ruhr's industrial heritage with a bicycle tour. Highlights of the region's industrial heritage on the Emscher, Lippe, Rhine and Ruhr rivers are connected by a 700 km network of cycle paths.

Route of Industrial Heritage

Length: approximately 400 km

Theme: industry, culture

Bochum: railway museum, Century Hall (Jahrhunderthalle), German Mining Museum (Deutsches Bergbaumuseum)
Dortmund: Zollern II/IV colliery, Hansa Coking Plant (Kokerei Hansa), Westphalia Stadium (Westfalenstadion)
Duisburg: Inner Harbour (Innenhafen), German Inland Waterways Museum (Museum der deutschen Binnenschifffahrt)
Essen: World Heritage site Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (Zeche Zollverein), Villa Hügel mansion, Ruhr Museum (Ruhrlandmuseum)
Gelsenkirchen: North Star Park (Nordsternpark), Veltins-Arena (football stadium)
Hagen: Hagen Open-air Museum (Westfälische Freilichtmuseum Hohenhof)
Hattingen: Henrichshütte Industrial Museum
Oberhausen: Gasometer exhibition centre, Rhineland Industrial Museum (Rheinisches Industriemuseum)
Waltrop: old ship lift, Henrichenburg boat lift
Witten: Nachtigall Coal Mine (Zeche Nachtigall), Muttental valley

Disneys Musical TARZAN takes audiences on an unforgettable jungle journey right in the centre of Oberhausen. The Stage Metronom Theatre in Oberhausen presents the famous story of the young man who is looking for his roots and finds the love of his life, a show with spectacular lighting effects, breathtaking aerial choreography and music by Phil Collins.
Nearly 2,000 people at the Stage Metronom Theatre in Oberhausen are whisked away to the jungle... the light shimmers, the birds twitter and Tarzan and his companions swing from vine to vine, seemingly defying gravity, as the jungle drums rumble and the waves whisper in the distance.

Upcoming dates:

01.08.2016 - 31.12.2018


Stage Metronom Theater Centro Oberhausen
Musikweg 1
49047 Oberhausen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Where better to go than the GOP Variety Theatre Essen if you feel like getting away from the daily stresses of life for a few hours and treating yourself to a whole evening of fun, cuisine and live entertainment in one of the finest auditoriums in North Rhine-Westphalia? With its shows and rich variety of dining options, the theatre has achieved cult status – not only among locals, but also much further afield.

The GOP Variety Theatre's aim is as simple as it is ambitious: to give you an unforgettable evening. To make good on this, the theatre treated itself – and its audiences – to a renovation in 2006. The building itself was totally refurbished, given a contemporary makeover and equipped with the very latest in stage technology. Clear shapes and structures were broken up by opulent decorations and highlighted with coloured lighting. The different seating levels in the auditorium are now much more prominent, with the rows cascading upwards and outwards from the stage, enabling up to 400 audience members to have an unobstructed view wherever they are seated. These changes have made the GOP Variety Theatre in the city of Essen, the European Capital of Culture in 2010, an exceptional venue for events. Its auditorium, restaurant and bar area provide a perfect mix of infotainment, delicious food and drink and amazing shows. State-of-the-art conference technology, high-end cuisine and the best of variety entertainment make the GOP a premium setting for successful events.

Upcoming dates:

02.11.2017 - 31.12.2017


GOP Varieté Essen
Rottstraße 30
45127 Essen
Fon: +49 (0)201 247 93 93

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Inoperative coal mines, coking plants and steel mills – these contemporary witnesses of the mining industry present themselves all across the Ruhr Area as they developed into fascinating temples of culture.

A stage at a water purification works, a production at a gasometer or a performance at a colliery: the creative use of industrial monuments in the Ruhr – including those found on the Route of Industrial Heritage – has transformed the region from an area of industry into a centre for culture.

The annual “Night of Industrial Culture” of the Ruhr Metropolis composes 48 venues and 500 events in only one night again. Winding towers, gasometer and wage halls turn into stages for streetart, poetry slam, music and theatre performances, light and pyro shows.

Allow yourself to be captivated by the unique atmosphere of this night and be sure to go on an exciting expedition through the Ruhr Metropolis!

Upcoming dates:



Centroallee 285
46047 Oberhausen


Fon: +49 1806 - 18 16 20

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