Highlights in the Ruhr Metropolis

Essen: Zeche Zollverein

An old mining facility turned into a World Cultural Heritage Site? If you can't picture it, you should definitely pay a visit to Zeche Zollverein in Essen. Shaft towers, coking plant, museums, gigantic halls and many, many recreational activities. Simply fabulous... Read more...

Photo: Ruhr Tourismus GmbH / Nielinger


Lights out? Not at "ExtraSchicht", the long night of industrial culture, which is celebrated every year on a Saturday before the beginning of the summer holidays. The entire Ruhr region joins in to enjoy a plethora of arts and cultural events in former industrial facilities until long past midnight... Read more...

Photo: NatiSythen, [CC-BY-SA-3.0], Wikimedia Commons


The meaning behind the term "Ruhrtriennale" does not necessarily become obvious at first glance. It refers to a six-week cultural festival that takes place across the entire Ruhr area (hence "Ruhr") every year in August and September. Every three years (hence "Triennale") the intendant is replaced... Read more...

Folkwang Museum
Photo: Julius1990, [CC-BY-SA-3.0], Wikimedia Commons

Essen: Museum Folkwang

The first special exhibition in the new extension of the famous Museum Folkwang in Essen was indeed called "The most beautiful museum in the world" (2010). Not to show off, but because this is what Museum Folkwang was once called by Paul J. Sachs, co-founder of the New Yorker Museum of Modern Art... Read more...

Duisburg: Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

Landschaftspark Nord is to the people of Duisburg what Zeche Zollverein is to the people of Essen. It is not easy to describe that gigantic industrial setting with its countless cultural and recreational facilities in a few words; two of its highlights are: fantastic climbing walls and a reservoir for scuba diving... Read more...

Photo: Elke Wetzig [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0], Wikimedia Commons

Oberhausen: Gasometer

If the incomparable wrapping artist Christo uses a location twice, he must have a good reason to do so. That reason becomes apparent to everyone who ever visits the Gasometer. In fact, this industrial monument in Oberhausen is the only location worldwide that has been granted that honour... Read more...