Symbiosis of history and high-tech in the Ruhr region

After its year as European Capital of Culture in 2010, the Ruhr has finally shed its image as a backwater for the arts. But perhaps even more surprising is how green the region is. Take your pick from historical palace gardens, renaturalised industrial parks and everything in-between.

Once a glowing beacon of heavy industry, this blast furnace ensemble is now a powerhouse of creativity, its landscaped park is a pioneering attraction for the new millennium.

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