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

Up and down in the Ruhr area

Broad views onto the pan­or­a­mas of the in­dus­tri­al cul­ture route

Are the fur­naces block­ing your view of the Ruhr area? No prob­lem, thanks to the many slag heaps and view­ing plat­forms. Once you reach the top, you can en­joy broad views onto the ex­cit­ing in­dus­tri­al land­scape.

Tet­ra­he­don (Bot­trop) - Geo­metry in the open air

The tet­ra­he­don is a gi­ant con­struc­tion, the geo­metry of which is re­min­is­cent of maths les­sons at school. However, it?s a lot more fun than that. The 90 meter-high con­struc­tion, which is open for vis­it­ors to walk on, is situ­ated on the 60 meter-high slag heap from the former Prosper Haniel mine. Over 400 steps lead to the top, and for any­one that doesn?t have a fear of heights, there?s an op­por­tun­ity to climb up steps onto three plat­forms with­in the in­dus­tri­al pyr­am­id. But watch out: the high­er the sum­mit towers, the more the plat­forms sway! Up here, in clear weath­er, the view ex­tends across to Es­sen and Duis­burg, and even as far as Düs­sel­dorf, the cap­it­al of NRW.


Ti­ger & Turtle (Duis­burg) - On foot to the loop-the-loop

On the Hein­rich Hildebrand Höhe hill in Duis­burg-Wan­heim, there is a roller coast­er ride. However, the ride is without cars; in­stead, the ima­gin­ary rails, which in one place even arch up to cre­ate a loop, are crossed on steps. On this roller coast­er, there is no cash desk. In­stead, vis­it­ors can walk around the ?Ti­ger & Turtle? con­struc­tion for free and en­joy the in­cred­ible views onto the south of Duis­burg.


Miner?s lamp (Mo­ers) - Red glow­ing high­light on the A42 mo­tor­way

What is bright red and about 30 meters high? A pit lamp. But not just any pit lamp: since 2007, the over­sized light source cre­ated by Otto Pine has graced the sum­mit of the Rhein­preußen slag heap  in Mo­ers. From dusk un­til mid­night, the red light shines out over the slag heap, and is even vis­ible from the mo­tor­way bridge on the A42. The lamp is open to vis­it­ors, and from the top, at a height of 104 meters, there is a view onto the Ruhr area near Mo­ers and Duis­burg.


Ho­heward slag heap (Her­ten) - The sky is so close

The Ho­heward slag heap, which towers 152 meters above the ground, was cre­ated by 180 mil­lion tonnes of hill rock. Where the stars are already brought closer to any­one who climbs the heap, there is also an ob­ser­vat­ory.  The theme at the sum­mit of the heap is ho­ri­zont­al as­tro­nomy. Up here, the con­di­tions for ob­serving the path of the sun and the stars are par­tic­u­larly ideal!


Rheinelbe slag heap (Gelsen­kirchen) - Sci­ence fic­tion in Gelsen­kirchen

At the top of the steps on the bald, grey Halden­top slag heap sum­mit, there?s an ar­cha­ic stone sculp­ture: the ?Him­mel­strep­pe?, or ?Stair­way to Heav­en?, by Her­man Prigann. The cone shaped ob­ject made of rubble was tipped out onto the slag heap, which took the form of a table moun­tain, cre­at­ing a top­ping of whipped cream on the Rheinelbe slag heap. At the foot of the heap, vis­it­ors can enter the mys­tic­al sculp­ture world, where oth­er works by Prigann are ex­hib­ited.

As one of the main cyc­ling routes through the Ruhr area, the Em­scher Park cycle route passes close by the Rheinelbe slag heap in the south of Gelsen­kirchen.


Nord­stern­park (Gelsen­kirchen) - A park that will as­ton­ish you

What used to be the first col­li­ery to the north of the Em­scher river is now a var­ied land­scape park. The Nord­stern­park in Gelsen­kirchen has gradu­ally been re­gen­er­ated, and now has a whole range of at­trac­tions to of­fer. They in­clude the 100 meter-long double-arch sus­pen­sion bridge, the sup­ports of which are at­tract­ively re­flec­ted in the wa­ter. There is also an 83 meter-high view­ing plat­form on the Nord­stern­turm tower. From here, vis­it­ors look out over the en­tire Nord­stern­park and the sur­round­ing areas of the city. Here, there is also an op­por­tun­ity to see the ?Her­cules of Gelsen­kirchen? cre­ated by Markus Lüpertz.


Zeche Con­sol­id­a­tion col­li­ery (Gelsen­kirchen) - Our in­sider tip

This col­li­ery is even lit up at night - or more pre­cisely, its red wind­ing tower, which is lit up after dusk by the ?Con­sol Gelb? (?Con­sol Yel­low?) light­ing in­stall­a­tion by Gün­ther Dohr. It is situ­ated in the middle of a large, hilly park land­scape, which has a skater fa­cil­ity, a play­ground and a small foot­ball pitch. Today, the ma­chine room and wind­ing tower are used for cul­tur­al pur­poses, and con­tain Wern­er Thiel?s col­lec­tion of old min­ing ob­jects and the power­ful-look­ing Con­sol Theat­er.


See here for more in­form­a­tion on the slag heaps in the Ruhr area.