Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Essen

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Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, complete with giant machinery and impressive buildings, played a large role in driving Europe's Industrial Revolution. Founded in 1847 and active for nearly a century and a half, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tower above shaft 12 is considered an architectural and engineering masterpiece and an enduring symbol of the Ruhr industrial area. After exploring the grounds, you can grab a German bratwurst at the mine's beer garden. Be sure to check the website for special events and exhibits that often are held at the onsite museum. For Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen and beyond, use our Essen trip maker site to get the most from your Essen vacation.
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  • The Zollverein Coal Mine is an inactive Coal mine located on the outskirts of Essen which has been converted into a park with museums. Overall this is an interesting area and would be highly...  more »
  • This is such a great idea - taking an old industrial area and turning it into a place for all ages to enjoy! Wonderful place to ride a bike, picnic, take photos (excellent place for photography), go.....  more »
  • A very interesting museum and architecturally an absolute highlight. The exhibitions are beautifully presented and explained, vividly designed and well thought out. History can be experienced here and it is a blessing that this piece has been preserved. Great class!
  • An amazing place for all industry lovers! Coming from a heavy industrial and coal mining city myself, I thought it would be similar but how wrong I was..it's much larger, very nicely reconstructed and you could really spend several days here exploring all the nooks and crannies of this awesome place. Must see!
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