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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  • for all those of industrial culture, this is a hidden parreltje!, it is very large and you can walk to the complex. also for cultuurleifhebbers, this is a beautiful place.
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  • Probably essential to capture the industrial revolution in Germany. We had a guided tour! The size and the style are impressive. We were in the red dot Museum, that we are all also very liked. We were then eat here. You should take the swimsuit and run in the winter with ice skates. Absolutely recommendable excursion
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  • Incredibly interesting place to visit for all the family. The story on the spot, the architecture, landscape processing and the museums. In addition to a tour of the area, and a look into the Mine Museum, as well as Design the school (by SANAA Architects) we visited the Red Dot Museum, which was a nice experience. However, a word of warning, do not eat at my Museum cafe, the food is super boring.
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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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