Barrier-free experiences in the Ruhr Area
Industrial culture and a whole lot of green
The Ruhr metropolitan region is particularly diverse: Blurred city boundaries and unique industrial culture – where coal was once mined, today there are leisure facilities and green, blooming parks. Numerous museums and theatres attract culture enthusiasts.
The Ruhr metropolitan area had been through significant changes over the last few centuries: Where steel was once smelted and coal mined, a cultural region is now to be found. Industrial monuments such as former smelting works and decommissioned gasometers have become exhibition venues and artists’ stages. All around them, plants and animals are reclaiming their habitats and providing a natural idyll in the middle of the city.
Wherever you look: Industrial culture
Industrial culture can be found in every corner of the Ruhr Area: Zeche Zollern coal mine in Dortmund, which used to be called the “palace of labour” and is considered a model pit of the Ruhr Area. Today, the LWL Industrial Museum tells stories of those who worked underground in the mine. Industrial history can also be experienced at Zeche Zollverein coal mine in Essen. As an impressive monument to industrial culture, Zeche Zollverein coal mine and its coking plant has held UNESCO World Heritage status since 2001. Visitors can experience ever-changing exhibitions in the decommissioned gasometer in Oberhausen: The incomparable spatial experience inside the 117-metre-high interior of the gasometer is particularly impressive. A glass elevator goes all the way up to the top. From there, visitors have a unique long-distance view of the Ruhr Area.
Anyone who would like to get really close to wild animals can plan a visit to one of the many zoos in the Ruhr Area. The stars at Duisburg Zoo are of course the cute little eucalyptus-eating Australian marsupials: The koalas. At Zoom Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen, the three themes worlds, namely Alaska, Africa and Asia, provide insights into the animal species of the respective continents.
The offerings below are certified by “Reisen für Alle” (Travel for All) and will help you to plan your holiday in the Ruhr Area.
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