The casino at the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site in Essen radiates a very particular kind of charm, since it combines industrial culture with elegant chic. Candelabras with candles hang from the high ceilings of the former compressor hall, which are supported by solid exposed concrete pillars. Wooden floorboards combine with machinery parts and the exposed ventilation system makes its own contribution to the industrial flair of this location. The cuisine is young and creative, with traditional regional influences. Crime dinners are incidentally also organised on a regular basis.
Landscape park, Duisburg
The disused Thyssen smelting works in Duisburg-Meiderich is the spectacular centrepiece of the Duisburg-Nord landscape park. The furnace complex is open to visitors, and for anyone wanting to stop for a break, the Hauptschalthaus, or main transformer building, is the right place to go. Here, under steel girders and among old machinery, cross-over cuisine is served bistro-style, with regional influences such as “Currywurst” sausage. It’s particularly worth visiting during the evening, when the disused furnace is lit up in bright colours.
In the Ramsbeck adventure mine in Bestwig in the Sauerland region, a “Gruben-Light” pit dinner is served 300 meters under the ground. By candlelight and by the light of the “frogs”, the old miners’ lamps, a three-course menu is served, with miners’ songs as background music. The dinner is offered in combination with a guided tour through the mine by former miners.
Red Wagon, Kleve
In Kleve, right by the handcar station, there is a former railway carriage that has been converted into a small snack bar with a beer garden. The food served in the Red Wagon is generally vegan, and to a large extent also gluten-free. Events are organised there every so often.