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Gelsenkirchen

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Gelsenkirchen stands as a tribute to the Industrial Revolution in Germany. World War II bombing raids targeted the area due to its coal mine's economic importance. But the city endured, and coal production continued well into the second half of the 20th century. While much of the heavy industry has disappeared, the city has transitioned into a leader in solar technology. Nevetheless, the old facilities remain a huge draw because of their critical role in Gelsenkirchen's history. Today, this high-tech, modern city with international restaurants and multinational businesses still remains true to its working-class roots. Gelsenkirchen is in North Rhine-Westphalia. Plan the details of your Gelsenkirchen holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Germany trip planner .
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