Zollverein Essen Reviews
A large-scale World Heritage Aug 13, 2015
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen is one of the first large-scale coal mines and thus has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage in 2001. Between 1928 and 1932, the whole complex has been equipped with large-scale buildings, which enabled an increased productivity. Unfortunately, it is very hard to imagine the functionality of large-scale devices if a pipe is stretched over hundreds of metres, for example. Most of the area is free to visit.
Large-scale complex means that it covers some square kilometres, and it takes kilometres to walk from one part of the area to another area. At least, there are some signposts not to get completely lost. Once an hour, there is a shuttle bus running between major attractions. Those riding a bike have an advantage, even if there are some steps. Those walking on foot will soon get tired. There are some restaurants whose price level is dedicated to squeeze tourists. Just one block away, outside the heritage area, you can get two dishes and a bottle of wine for the same price as one dish inside the area. However, most visitors will be too tired to search a cheaper food option.
Light rail line #107 is running every 10 minutes between Essen Central Station and Gelsenkirchen, giving excellent connection to German railway network. Each area has an own designated free parking lot (A,B,C), which can be confusing for visitors.
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex has many international visitors who want to increase their number of visited World Heritage Sites. Smaller coal-mines like Zeche Zollern in Dortmund are a better option to imagine how a coal-mine worked.
Part of the list Route der Industriekultur
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Zollverein in Essen - Coal Mine Industrial Complex Feb 23, 2009
The Zollverein industrial complex in Land Nordrhein-Westfalen consists of the complete infrastructure of a historical coal-mining site, with some 20th-century buildings of outstanding architectural merit. It constitutes remarkable material evidence of the evolution and decline of an essential industry over the past 150 years.
The area is split in three parts:
Part A: Shaft XII
Part B: Shaft 1/2/8
Part C: Coking Plant
The access to the whole area is free of charge. There is some parking and even a bike station. The Zollverein is World Cultural Heritage Site and part of the "Route der Industriekultur".
And even if there is a museum, art exhibitions, bars & restaurant, it's not as touristic as I thought. I mean ,you can't have the feeling of an overcrowed place, it's so huge!
You can simply spend a sunny day biking with your family, drink a coffee, go to the restaurant or make some guided tour (about 2h: 8€) to follow the path of coal amongst gigantic machines or get to know more about the impressive architecture.
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