Zeche Zollverein in Essen, © Jenna Davis

5 Urb­an Land­marks in the Ruhr Re­gion You Need to Vis­it

Yep - we have buck­et list worthy land­marks too!

Sim­il­ar to the Eif­fel Tower in Par­is of the Lon­don Bridge, the Ruhr Re­gion has some sur­prises too.

You know when you visit Paris and you have to see the Eiffel Tower? Or you fly to Peru and you need to check Machu Picchu off your list? Well… there’s something similar in the Ruhr Region as well.

I’m writing this post to make sure that anyone visiting (and especially living in) the Ruhr Region can cross these 5 awesome landmarks off their Ruhr Region bucket lists. If you haven’t been to at least a few of them, I’m thinking you might just need to stay in North Rhine-Westphalia a little bit longer.


Tiger & Turtle | Duisburg

You might know this landmark better as the roller coaster of Duisburg. This incredible piece created by Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter is located in the Duisburger Angerpark, standing 20 meters high and built on top of a slag of toxic zinc from previous mining projects. If you can’t get rid of the toxic waste, why not build something spectacular on top of it? You can walk the steep steps of the Tiger & Turtle for a beautiful view of Duisburg’s industrial sector.

Tiger & Turtle

Zeche Zollverein (Coal Mine) Industrial Complex | Essen

The Zeche Zollverein is an old coal mine industrial complex located in Essen, Germany and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was designed with incredible architectural design by Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer. Up until 1986, the coal mine was in full function, producing more than 240 million tons of coal. Today, the Zeche Zollverein is home to the Ruhr Museum, various culture and art events and contemporary art. There are also daily guided tours in 8 different languages.

Zeche Zollverein

Gasometer | Oberhausen

This spectacular monument has developed into a landmark over the last 20 years. The Gasometer Oberhausen was built in the late 1920’s and was Europe’s largest disc-type gas holder. Today, the space is used for annual exhibitions, art galleries and theatrical performances. From March 11, 2016, until November 30, 2017, the Gasometer is selling tickets to their current exhibition called Wonders of Nature.


Landschaftspark | Duisburg

Landschaftspark in Duisburg-Nord is an incredible industrial complex once used for ironworks and now used as a cultural hub for various events and activities all year round. Today, Landschaftspark covers 2-hectares of land and offers a climbing park, scuba diving in the old gasometers, an outdoor summer cinema and plenty of parties and events. My favorite time to visit Landschaftspark is when the sun goes down and you’ll be able to enjoy the park illuminated in different colors, like a perfect work of art.


Tetraeder | Bottrop

The Tetraeder (Tetrahedron in English) is located in Bottrop and is a steel landmark built in 1994 designed by Wolfgang Christ. It is a three-sided pyramid sitting on a four-plane that stands about 50 meters tall. It sits on top of the cities mine dump (similar to Tiger & Turtle) and is a walkable structure for visitors to enjoy beautiful scenic views of the city.


If there is one thing certain, it’s that you’re not going to find urban industrial landmarks like the ones you’ll find in the Ruhr Region anywhere else. How many can you check off your Ruhr Region bucket list already?

Written by Jenna Davis | Life in Düsseldorf

Images and videos

Be inspired: images of your NRW

Tetraeder Bottrop - Photo Credit: Claus Moser, © Claus Moser
Gasometer Oberhausen, "Wunder der Natur", © Thomas Machoczek
Duisburg's Tiger & Turtle, © Jenna Davis
Enjoying the Views on Tiger & Turtle, © Jenna Davis
Landschaftspark in Summer, © Jenna Davis
Summer Festivals at Landschaftspark, © Jenna Davis
Hanging out at the Zeche Zollverein, © Jenna Davis
Exploring the Zeche Zollverein, © Jenna Davis

More tips worth trav­el­ing for

The sound of #urbanana, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Sound of #urb­a­nana

City-Strand Köln 2, © KölnKongress GmbH

High­lights 2019

Bierkranz mit Kölsch, © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Spe­ci­al­ity beers

Die Flamingos am Zwillbrocker Venn teilen sich ihren Lebensraum mit Kolonien von Lachmöwen, © Biologische Station Zwillbrock e. V.

Nature Tours

Eifel Nationalpark Kind schaut durch Fernglas mit Ranger, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


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