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The Social Traveler at Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

Art meets nature in Ruhr area

The Ruhr area-mis­sion: I had to go “Moun­tain hik­ing à la Ruhr Area” – heap heap hoo­ray: And I had to find three “moun­tains” with unique art­works or sculp­tures on the top and en­joy the dif­fer­ent per­spect­ives on the Ruhr Area from above.

The Ruhr area in North Rhine-West­phalia is the go-to-spot for lov­ers of nature, hik­ing and art! In this area you can find eight moun­tains - they are called ?Halden?- where you can find truly unique art on top. As part of my Des­tin­a­tion Chal­lenges in North Rhine-West­phalia, I had to find three of these ?Halden?.

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    The Social Traveler at Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Halde Rheinelbe in Gelsenkirchen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Rose vor Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Tetraeder Bottrop, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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Rose vor Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

Ti­ger and Turtle

The first Halde I found was the ?Ti­ger and Turtle?. This was by far the most unique con­struc­tion I saw. It looks like a roller­coast­er, but without the ride that usu­ally goes along with it. This ?roller­coast­er? is made for ped­es­tri­ans, and you can walk all the way up on the steps, un­til you meet the hastle called grav­ity. Either way, this con­struc­tion makes for a very unique sight!

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The Social Traveler at Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

Roller­coast­er for ped­es­tri­ans

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Tetraeder Bottrop, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

Tet­raeder

The most styl­ish ad­di­tion to one of the three Halden I found was the ?Tet­raeder?. This con­struc­tion looks like a gi­ant tri­angle and you can climb it al­most all the way to the top. This is quite the chal­lenge for the faint of hearts: You can feel the con­struc­tion mov­ing along with the wind while climb­ing it and the stairs are see-through all the way. This is a mag­ni­fi­cent piece of art that would def­in­itely feel at home at a fest­iv­al like Burn­ing Man!

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Halde Rheinelbe in Gelsenkirchen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

Halde Rheinelbe

Halde Rheinelbe in Gelsen­kirche was not my fa­vour­ite con­struc­tion-wise ? it?s ba­sic­ally a pile of stones on top of a moun­tain. But the thing that makes this art­work a great find is the road lead­ing to it: You have to walk through a forest to get all the way to the top of the Halde. And though the art­work it­self didn?t ex­actly nur­ture my art-lov­ing soul: the view from the top of the Halde was amaz­ing!

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