Luftaufnahme vom Tetraeder auf einer Halde in Bottrop., © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Slag heap-hill-hop­ping

Moun­tain hik­ing à la Ruhr area

Twelve themed routes con­nect nat­ur­al el­ev­a­tions with ar­ti­fi­cial slag heaps. As well as great views, they also of­fer nar­ra­tion sta­tions, with in­form­a­tion on sub­jects such as min­ing and struc­tur­al change, cit­ies and people, as well as in­dus­tri­al nature.

The greatest re­ward for moun­tain hikers awaits them at the sum­mit. The same is also true in the north­ern Ruhr area, where slag heaps and hills are con­nec­ted by a 200-kilo­metre net­work of paths known as ?Halden-Hü­gel-Hop­ping? (?slag heap hill hop­ping?), a net­work of rem­nants of the min­ing in­dustry and nat­ur­al el­ev­a­tions. Some of the 17 slag heaps in the hik­ing area have works of art on the sum­mit, such as an ob­elisk and a tet­ra­he­don.

However, what?s spe­cial about slag heap-hill-hop­ping is that there?s already plenty to ex­plore on the way to the top. Twelve themed tours with around 150 nar­ra­tion sta­tions in­form hikers about min­ing and struc­tur­al change, cit­ies and people, and in­dus­tri­al ar­chi­tec­ture. On the ?Nature in trans­ition? themed route, for ex­ample, which cov­ers around 15 kilo­metres and which passes through Europe?s largest slag pile land­scape, the Ho­heward in Her­ten, with an as­cent of 250 meters above sea level, hikers can see which flora and fauna have be­come es­tab­lished in their new hab­it­at, and how. In clear weath­er con­di­tions, the view from the Ho­h­en­ward slag heap stretches across to Ober­hausen, Dortmund, Es­sen and even Düs­sel­dorf. Hikers want­ing an over­view of the re­gion can choose the ?Vestischer Höhen­weg? route, which runs over 53 kilo­metres in three stages, from the Hen­richen­burg ship hoist to the tet­ra­he­don in Bot­trop, through the slag heap-hill-hop­ping re­gion.


Guided tours are offered for al­most all themed routes. The tour lead­ers, who are ex­tremely fa­mil­i­ar with the route, are also good storytellers who can provide a great deal of in­form­a­tion about the re­gion and the people who live there. The pub­lic tour sea­son be­gins on 1 May each year and ends on 3 Oc­to­ber. Ad­di­tion­al dates for groups can also be booked out of sea­son.  Vis­it­ors pre­fer­ring to ex­plore the re­gion on their own can down­load the ?Halden-Hü­gel-Navi? (?slag heap-hill-nav­ig­at­or?) on their smart­phone. The app of­fers in­form­a­tion about travel to the re­gion as well as spe­cial slag heap-hill-hop­ping in­form­a­tion.


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