Zollverein Coal mine Industrial Complex

Once the heart of the Ruhr's coal mining industry, the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex stands as a testament to Europe's industrial heritage and transformation. Read more

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Visit Zollverein Coal mine Industrial Complex in 2024

The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen is a massive industrial complex that represents the height of coal mining and coking in the Ruhr area. Its construction began in the late 19th century, and it quickly became one of the world's largest coal mines. While coal production ceased in 1986, the site has since evolved into a symbol of the region's shift from a heavy industry base to a cultural and creative hub. Today, visitors can marvel at its stunning Bauhaus-influenced architecture, designed by the modernist architects Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer. The complex's preservation and conversion into a cultural and educational site make it a prime example of how industries can be repurposed for the modern age.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Zollverein Coal mine Industrial Complex

Shaft 12:

The most iconic part of the complex, Shaft 12 stands as a prime example of Bauhaus design. Visitors can ascend the shaft for panoramic views of the entire area.

Zollverein Coking Plant:

Once turned coal into coke for steel production, the plant now hosts exhibitions and events. Its old machinery is still largely intact, offering a glimpse into the industrial process.

Ruhr Museum:

Located within the old coal washing plant, the museum presents the natural and cultural history of the Ruhr area.

Design Zollverein:

Showcasing the region's transition to a design and creative hub, this design school and center holds exhibitions, workshops, and events.

Red Dot Design Museum:

A modern museum displaying contemporary designs from around the world that have been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award.


A nearby green space ideal for relaxing after exploring the complex, it contains lakes, playgrounds, and an observation deck.

Zollverein Ice Rink:

Come winter, parts of the complex transform into a magical ice-skating rink, popular among locals and tourists alike.

Guided Tours:

Guided tours are available that offer deep insights into the history and significance of the complex.

Cafes and Restaurants:

The complex boasts various eateries where visitors can sample local cuisine or grab a quick bite.

Cultural Events and Festivals:

Throughout the year, Zollverein hosts numerous cultural events, from film screenings to music festivals, emphasizing its role as a vibrant cultural hub.

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Essen (4.83 km)

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