Once a perfect example of the coal mining and coal processing industry of the 19th and 20th century, this unique and outstanding cultural venue offers a huge range of attractions. Zollverein reveals a rich spectrum of leisure activities. Whether peace and quiet, relaxation, fun and games, there is something here for everyone on this enormous one hundred hectare site.
Zollverein offers a unique range of attractions, permanent collections, high class installations and exhibitions. Furthermore, a huge number of activities and workshops are open to visitors to view or take part in. First-class arts and crafts are also represented. Zollverein also caters for all culinary tastes in unforgettable surroundings, ranging quick snacks to a selection of upscale dishes.
Four of the five old shaft sites have been preserved along with underground equipment, the central coking plant, the spoil tips, transport sites and the colliers’ housing estates. In short the industrial mining complex is a perfect example of the coal mining and coal processing industry during the 19th and 20th centuries.
This is the only mining site in the world where the complex processes involved in this branch of industry can be seen and clearly understood. For this reason Zollverein is the symbol of industrial heritage in the Ruhr Metropolis, the region of Germany most deeply affected by the social, economic, aesthetic and industrial upheavals during the age of coal and steel.
By Vincent Green, Mar 22 2021