Travelling to culture, nature and history of industry
The metropolis has more than 1,000 excursion destinations on offer. Residents and visitors have a choice between museums, parks and gardens, castles and palaces, industrial heritage and remodelled tips. The industrial-heritage landscape of the Ruhr region unites pre-industrial history, the coal and steel industry history and new cultural impulses, which are triggered by the structural transformation.
The first museum to open in the Ruhr region was the Museum of Art and Cultural History in Dortmund in 1883. This was the impulse for the development of a museum landscape which now incorporates 200 museums. The range of museums is a colourful mixture: Art museums, castles and churches, archaeological and natural history collections present their exhibits; technology, open air and industrial museums tell their story about work and machines. Youngsters transform themselves into miners or art experts during special museum activities for children.
Imposing industrial heritage
The attractions on the Industrial Heritage Trail have preserved the typical industrial ambience. On the circuit, 25 anchor points are to be investigated and about 900 smaller industrial monuments can be discovered. The characteristic pit head frame of the World Heritage Site Zollverein in Essen has become a landmark, as the newly utilised witness of the coal and steel era make the Ruhr Metropolis unmistakeable.
Tips with a view
The spoil tips, which originated from mining, have been integrated into the landscape of the Ruhr Metropolis as a trademark. Because the greened tips are areas used for sport and leisure activities. You have to choose between cycling, walking, flying or enjoying the panoramic view and marvelling at giant art objects. These landmarks crown many tips and some of them shine with light installations which are visible far over the Ruhr region.
Idyllic nature in parks and gardens
The Emscher Landscape Park spreads out between Hamm and Duisburg, forming the green heart of the Ruhr Metropolis. New parks and gardens have emerged around the winding towers and blast furnaces - and added to that the industrial nature has conquered old wasteland. The Ruhr region parks, which were built close to the cities in the 1970s, combine nature and wellness. Numerous green areas are also a legacy of the industrial era, as entrepreneurs financed city gardens, public parks and pretty places.
Ruins from ancient times
Over 100 castles, palaces and manor houses are a reminder of the history before industrialisation. The well-preserved or lovingly restored ruins, which are spread across the whole of the Ruhr Metropolis, are popular excursion destinations.