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The heritage of mankind

The cultural heart of the Ruhr Area

Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site: 100 hectares, distributed over the central shaft facilities of Zollverein XII, the Shafts 1/2/8 and the coking plant premises. 100 hectares which fill the term “industrial culture” with life like no other place. More than 25 years after its closure, the once largest colliery in Europe combines culture and dining, design and architecture, handicraft and the creative industry – as the only World Heritage Site of the Ruhr Area.

December 14, 2001: The UNESCO World Heritage Committee declares the inscription of the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen on the World Heritage List. The overriding objective: the preservation of cultural and natural heritage sites of mankind, which have an outstanding universal value and are thus both unique and authentic, but are simultaneously sensibly integrated into public life. The conditions at Zollverein were perfect: The Committee acknowledged the ensemble as “representative of the development of traditional heavy industries in Europe” and especially praised the “architecture of the industrial complex in the Bauhaus style, which was for decades exemplary for modern industrial construction”.

Authentic and part of public life: meanwhile, about 1.5 million visitors get inspired by the Zollverein World Heritage Site. Year after year. Preservation through conversion has been the motto to the present day; variety characterises the offerings, which combine history, culture, creativity, entertainment, gastronomy, and recreation.

Be inspired – by cultural highlights and guided tours, by renowned museums, exceptional studios and exquisite cuisine, by an exceptional symphony in red and steel.

Welcome to the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site!



Zollverein UNESCO-World Heritage Site
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen

Ruhr Museum

Exhibitions, guided tours and workshops

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.

2018 will see the end of the German coal mining industry. The termination of coal production marks the end of an important era not only in Germany but also in European history. For two hundred years, coal minings has determined the economy far beyond the Ruhr area. From 27 April to 11 November 2018, the joint exhibition “The Age of Coal. A European History” of the Ruhr Museum and the German Mining Museum Bochum in the architecturally impressive rooms of the Mixing Plant at the Zollverein Coking Plant presents a fascinating time journey through the historical, technical and cultural dimensions of coal. The exhibition is made possible by the RAG Foundation as part of the initiative “Glückauf Zukunft!”.

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


Ruhr Museum & Portal of Industrial Heritage
  • Single ticket / reduced 8 € / 5 €
  • groups   6 €
special exhibition
  • Single ticket / reduced 7 € / 4 €
  • groups  5 €
gallery exhibition Ruhr Museum
  • Single ticket / reduced 3 € / 2 €
  • groups    2 €
admission free
  • children & teenagers up to 17 years of age

Opening hours

Opening hours
  • Mo-Sun 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • closed on 24., 25. &  31.12.


  • Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site, Area A [Shaft XII], Coal Washery [A14]
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen

Info and registration

phone +49 201 246 81-444 /

For other available guided tours in English please contact us

Denkmalpfad Zollverein

Living history and moving present

Guided Tours

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. 36 different guided tour formats in 8 languages guarantee unforgettable experiences for all age groups.

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).

Participation Fee

Participation Fee "About coal and miners"
  • Single ticket / reduced 9,50 € / 6 €
  • children and teenagers [aged 5 to 17]  6 €
  • family ticket I [two adults and own children] 22 €
  • family ticket II [one adult and own children]  14 €


UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Area A [Shaft XII],
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen

Info and registration

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