Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, Essen

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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. For Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex and beyond, use our Essen trip maker site to get the most from your Essen vacation.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This place is huge - literally, both in times of the main building / museum and the actual grounds. Plenty of parking available and easy enough to find. The only real downside perhaps is support for l...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Zollverein you can never often enough visit the Bill, you must simply succumb to the charm of the industry. A guided tour is worthwhile!
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  • August 15, 2017
    I've been walking around the site and looking at many things. It's all magnificent to see, especially considering how deep the mines probably go, you'll feel small. As a lover of all things on rails, ...  more »
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  • Do a guided tour. Totally worth it to get a complete overview of the significance of the place. Also a special place to understand art in its new function and one special space to do photography
  • Vast multi-floor museum showcasing Ruhrpott culture and mining history. If you're afraid of heights you may want to prepare for some tense situations but you can avoid most of them if you pass on the panorama platform.
  • Super modern architecture (built between 1928 and 1932). Take a guided tour because this coal plant tells us a lot about industrial history of this urban area. The location can also be venue for weddings and other events, on some rooms.
  • Great museum for students and adults alike. Guide was good and the museum was very informative
  • 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.

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