Halde Haniel
Photo: Островский Александр, Киев, [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], Wikimedia Commons

Bottrop: Halde Haniel

Halde Haniel in Bottrop, one of the Ruhr's largest pithead stocks, is a popular destination for day-trippers and an event venue. Stations of the cross are aligned along the path leading to the peak, which is marked with a cross, combining both mining and ecclesiastical themes; it was consecrated by the bishop in 1995. In addition to the art installation "Totems", made from railway sleepers, the pithead stocks also houses the classical-style "BergArena" amphitheatre, which is used as an original venue for musical and theatre performances.