Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, Essen

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Historic Site
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, complete with giant machinery and impressive buildings, played a large role in driving Europe's Industrial Revolution. Founded in 1847 and active for nearly a century and a half, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tower above shaft 12 is considered an architectural and engineering masterpiece and an enduring symbol of the Ruhr industrial area. After exploring the grounds, you can grab a German bratwurst at the mine's beer garden. Be sure to check the website for special events and exhibits that often are held at the onsite museum. Put Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Essen travel itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • This place is interesting. It has own story . There is nice view and inside is like museum... In the tower there is coffe  more »
  • Always a great place to visit, full of angles and adventures, a good place if you are in an industrial mood, Rhurland Museum is fantastic. It is nice to wander around outside as well!  more »
  • Huge complex with interesting view. Not much option for non German language as when we came English only available during weekend. Was good though, although inside factory guide took quite so long, ne...  more »
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  • A fascinating experience, spent over 3 hours there today. Very interesting not only the mines buildings but the history of the area. Well organised and the staff very pleasant and helpful. Well worth the visit. The views from the roof made a good photo shot, even today being slightly overcast and drizzling. Would highly recommend this as a must see.
  • An old mining site that has become a world heritage. A very large area to walk around in an old industry setting. It's free accessable and parking is near. There is also a museum en places to eat and drink.
  • Impressive and massive. It's quite arty and fancy, mostly made for tourists.
  • Way cooler than I expected. It's also a UNESCO world heritage site. The visit is very informative and nice!
  • One amazing museum in of coal factory. Excellent presentation about mining coal and industrial development in this area. It's kind of very big and need a lot of time to be seen all in this museum.