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Zollverein Unesco World heritage Site

the heart of the Ruhr Area

Hundreds of coal mines produced coal in the Ruhr area, but only one has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2001. With good reason: the Zollverein Coal Mine is a masterpiece of industrial architecture, created by the visionaries Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer. The symmetrical arrangement of buildings is still impressive today: the facilities designed down to the last detail are a completely preserved synthesis of the arts.

Until 1986, a total of 240 million tons of coal had been produced, up to 8,000 miners worked day and night above and underground. Today, the industrial monument is a dynamic cultural location with museums for industrial heritage and design, numerous leisure activities and events. The famous pit head gear impressively represents the change of a whole region. About 1.5 million guests from all over the world meanwhile visit the site every year to experience the exceptional industrial architecture, participate in guided tours, visit exhibitions, celebrate festivals or relax in the Zollverein Park.

If you have any questions, please contact us
phone +49 201 2 4 6 8 10

© Jochen Tack / Stiftung Zollverein

Denkmalpfad Zollverein®

living history and moving present

Denkmalpfad ZOLLVEREIN®, in English “Monument Path”, brings industrial history back to life. On guided tours through the originally preserved aboveground facilities visitors experience what it meant to be working at the once most efficient coal mine in the world and Europe’s largest coking plant.

The participants follow the “path of coal” above ground, thereby gaining exciting insights into the work as well as the life of miners and coke workers. Furthermore, the tour guide explains descriptive details on architecture, industrial nature and the change of the Zollverein World Heritage into a modern cultural location. 28 different guided tour formats in 8 languages guarantee unforgettable experiences for all age

Those who prefer to comfortably and quickly explore the entire World Heritage Site simply book the E-Bus! On the one- respectively two-hour ZOLLVEREIN® bus tours, a guide from Denkmalpfad
ZOLLVEREIN® imparts interesting information on the history and architecture of the facilities. During the trip, the participants get to know all important buildings at Shaft XII, Shaft 1/2/8 and the Zollverein Coking Plant.

For detailed information please refer to (only available in German).

At a glance
28 different guided tour formats in 8 languages for all age groups / Duration of the tours and thematic focus can be individually adapted, max. 20 participants / Basic price for two-hour tours: from 110 EUR up (extra charge for foreign languages and tours starting after 7:00 p.m.) / Group price ZOLLVEREIN® bus tour: from 195 EUR up

Information and booking
Visitor Service Denkmalpfad ZOLLVEREIN®
Hotline +49 201 2 4 6 8 10 (Mo-Sa 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

© Jochen Tack / Stiftung Zollverein

Ruhr Museum

The regional museum of the Ruhr Area

Fascination of the Ruhr Metropolis: featuring more than 6,000 exhibits, the Ruhr Museum in the former Coal Washery presents the exciting natural and cultural history of the Ruhr region. On three spectacular levels, the permanent exhibition illustrates the present of the Ruhr Metropolis, the pre-industrial memory as well as the dramatic history of industrialisation and structural change in the Ruhr area.

In the special exhibition “Rock and Pop in the Ruhr Area” from 5 May 2016 to 28 February 2017, visitors can expect a gripping journey through six decades of music history: with records, posters, instruments, stage outfits and much more of what makes music special. As of April 2017, the special exhibition “The Divided Heaven. Reformation and religious diversity along the Rhine and Ruhr” uses the anniversary of the Reformation as an occasion to illustrate the relationship as well as coexistence of different religions and denominations along the rivers Rhine and Ruhr with significant and meaningful historico-cultural exhibits.

For all exhibitions, the Ruhr Museum provides a multi-lingual, comprehensive programme of guided tours and accompanying events comprising lectures, audio guides, film series and excursions.

All services for families, adults, children, and senior citizens are available at

At a glance
Opening hours Ruhr Museum: daily 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., closed on 24., 25. and 31.12. / Guided tours: duration 90 min., 70 EUR plus admission fee, school and student groups 50 EUR with free admission, max. 20 participants / Admission fee: permanent exhibition Ruhr Museum + Portal of Industrial Heritage 8 EUR, reduced 5 EUR, groups 6 EUR, special exhibitions Ruhr Museum 7 EUR, reduced 4 EUR, groups 5 EUR, children and adolescents under 18 free

Information and booking
Visitor Service Ruhr Museum
Phone +49 201 24681-444
(Mo–Fr 9 a.m.–4 p.m.)

© Ruhr Museum, Foto Brigida González

Art, culture and culinary art

enjoy the highlights

The magic of change: where the noise of machines dictated the rhythm, art and culture now set the tone.

When during the “ExtraSchicht”, the Night of Industrial Culture, the whole Ruhr area shines and hundreds of thousands turn night into day once a year, the Zollverein World Heritage Site is always right in the middle of music, dance, theatre, guided tours, and light installations. Twice a year, the art fair contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) gives new impetus to the artistic landscape, and the international cultural festival “Ruhrtriennale” brings spectacular cultural experiences as well as inspiring premieres to the World Heritage Site every summer. On a guided tour of the Red Dot Design Museum, visitors discover excellent design and visionary ideas. You can find an overview of all offers at: (only available in German).

Active and relaxed
Industrial culture meets wild nature: The Zollverein World Heritage Site can be perfectly explored and enjoyed outdoors, e.g. when strolling through the densely overgrown Zollverein Park, when jumping into the Work’s Swimming Pool or skating at the ZOLLVEREIN® Ice Rink. Several organisers provide guided cycle tours at and around the 100-hectare grounds. Convince yourself of the varied leisure activities at: (only available in German).

Enjoy with all the senses
Whether visitors take a bite of typical dishes like a curried sausage or feel an appetite for the sublime pleasures of the New World Cuisine – there is the right gastronomic treat for every taste. In summer, a gourmet mile at the track boulevard attracts guests with exquisite delights from the region and from all over the world. Discover the culinary variety at Zollverein: (only available in German).

© Jochen Tack / Stiftung Zollverein

Contemporary artists and their work at Zollverein

The unique industrial architecture und living history of the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site fascinates artists from all over the world. When taking a walk on the grounds, visitors come across sculptures and installations by artists, for whom the Zollverein World
Heritage Site with its industrial past serves as a varied source of inspiration.

Some of the artworks cannot be missed due to their massive presence, like Ulrich Rückriem’s granite sculptures. Others are discovered rather incidentally, for example Alf Lechner’s “Konstellation D4”, the sculptures by steel sculptor Ansgar Nierhoff or the “Palace of Projects” by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov in the former Salt Store. The diverse artistic works which increasingly characterise Zollverein as an art venue have one thing in common: they are engaged in an aesthetic dialogue with the terrain and the architecture of the disused coal mine and coking plant. For example, they broach the theme of the effect of spaces or deal with the change of the location from a heavy industry site towards a centre for art, culture, history, and the creative industry.

Today, visitors to Zollverein discover more than just artworks in the public spaces. Several times a year, the former coal mine and coking plant is a venue for innovative art productions. In 2012, for example, Scottish video artist Douglas Gordon opened the Ruhrtriennale with an impressive installation in the Mixing Plant. On the occasion of the annual international art festival in 2014, “Urbane Künste Ruhr” installed the monumental sculpture “Tower”, a huge structure made of water in the proximity of the pit-head frame, which attracted visitors from near and far.

Additionally, contemporary art exhibitions take place on the site at regular intervals. The art fair “contemporary art ruhr” (C.A.R.) has presented young talents and international galleries at the World Heritage Site twice a year since 2006. Several artists have opened their own studio or workshop at Zollverein. This compact overview invites you to an inspiring discovery tour at the Zollverein World Heritage Site.

Download Flyer Art at Zollverein

© Jochen Tack / Stiftung Zollverein

Information and Orientation

How to get there
Local public transport: tram line 107 (stop “Zollverein”); suburban railway line 2, bus line 170 + 183 (stop “Zollverein Nord”) / car: parking areas A1, A2 and C (free of charge) / buses: parking area C (free of charge). Find out the best way to Zollverein: (only available in German).

Barrier-free accessibility
Stiftung Zollverein and local institutions consistently work on providing an unhindered and mostly barrier-free stay for all visitors. Further information on barrier-free accessibility is available
at: (only available in German).

Visitor Centre
At the RUHR.VISITORCENTER Essen in the former Coal Washery, visitors can obtain information leaflets, advice and tickets. The Portal of Industrial Heritage informs about the cultural variety of the region and affords an impressive panoramic view from the rooftop of the Coal Washery.

’Consultation for tourism experts, phone +49 201 24681-230
Download Folder „Touristic Offer at the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site 2017/2018“

© Thomas Willemsen / Stiftung Zollverein

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