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Illustration Zeche Zollverein, © Saskia Wragge

All about the Ruhr Area


From the youth cen­ters to the world

The beat wave rolled in­to the Ruhr Area by the end of the 60s. The youth cen­ters were epi­tomes of pop tsuna­mis at the same time. Even the churches offered beat ser­vices fort he youth. Later on it was es­pe­cially the city of Ha­gen, that set the Neue Deutsche Welle in mo­tion with bands such as Ex­trab­reit and Nena. Her­bert Gröne­mey­er conquered the mu­sic world from Bo­chum and planted his hymns in count­less hearts. Even Frida Gold ? one oft he most prom­in­ent con­tem­por­ary Ger­man lan­guage bands has made their way back home from Ber­lin.

To start the pop mu­sic­al tour through the Ruhr Area, choose the Pop Trail. It will guide you to care­fully chosen spots in the re­gion. If you would rather browse around and ex­plore the pop pil­grim­age sites around you, choose the Prox­im­ity Search. The Travelogue will give you a de­tailed de­scrip­tion in writ­ten and au­dio form on what has changed in the city with re­gard to rock and pop mu­sic in past dec­ades.

So klingt das Ruhrge­biet


Sound of #urb­a­nana

Grugahalle Essen, © Rainer Schimm
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Pop-Trail


Hebo Minimarket Bochum, © Ruhr Tourismus GmbH Kreklau
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Prox­im­ity Search


2018 Landschaftspark DuisburgNord, © Ruhr Tourismus GmbH, Hoffmann
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Travelogue


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Illustration Zeche Zollverein, © Saskia Wragge