LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern
5 Grubenweg, Dortmund, Germany
LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern Dortmund Reviews
The most beautiful coal mine that was ever built Aug 12, 2015
Zeche Zollern has a reputation among locals as "the most beautiful coal mine that was ever built". This coal mine was built between 1898 and 1904 with the intention to present it to visitors. All buildings have been designed by well-known architects. The office building was designed like a Gothic palace, the horse stable was designed like a British manor and the engine hall was equipped with painted windows like a railway station. Commercial mining ceased in 1955, and the whole area was used for cleanup operations. All underground galleries have been filled during the 1970s. Originally, it was intended to demolish the whole area, but protests of local architects prevented the demolition. The whole coal mine area with all buildings was donated to German Mining Museum in Bochum. Since 1981, it operates as distinct museum.
Entrance fee is 5 EUR, with some free days. Due to maintenance, some buildings are currently closed.
This museum displays the living conditions of mining workers. High wages, depending on the amount of produced coal, attracted many men from remote provinces to work as miners in The Ruhr area. Mining, however, was a risky job, and hundreds lost their life due to underground accidents. Each miner got a personal identity disk in order to check whether he has entered left the mine alive. After a week of hard work, the miners assembled in the church-like Wage Hall to receive their weekly wage.
The architecture of coal mine buildings looks a little bit like Casa Loma in Toronto. Both buildings have become a local landmark after having been preserved by local protests.
Part of the list Route der Industriekultur
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