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. 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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  • Very interesting guided tour giving complete picture of history of coal in this area. 8.000km of tunnels in underground. 
  • My son was there several times and has been thrilled! I am very much like in summer there at events and it is always nice! Wide range throughout the year
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  • Highly recommended, impressive to this old well preserved coal mine to see, we had a tour of a from NL-derived Guide, who could tell fascinating and many knew. You get a good picture of the hard life in the mine and around it + special architectural complex
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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.