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Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen

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Remnant of the fossil era but very impressive heritage all the same

It does not matter whether you are for or against fossil, probably if you're against this will... read more

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Wouter K
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The Hague, The Netherlands
Worth visiting but not easy to comprehend

Former coal mine is preserved as a UNESCO site and you can wander around, take a guided tour, or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Simon C
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Munich, Germany
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Gelsenkirchener Str. 181 | 45309, 45309 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Reviewed today

It does not matter whether you are for or against fossil, probably if you're against this will reinforce that view. That does not block the fact that this site, half a village in size is extremely impressive and worth visiting. Even on a gloomy day.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Former coal mine is preserved as a UNESCO site and you can wander around, take a guided tour, or visit the museums. First, I spent about two hours doing the walk around the perimeter of the site. The buildings and mining equipment are huge. For...More

Thank Simon C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In this place you don't only learn about the story of the museum but others matters such as pre historic animals, WW II and the diferents machinery they used back in the day.

Thank Joao G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coal mining is what drove the Ruhr's 'Golden Century' during the industrial revolution - here's a great big (huge !) museum to show you how and why. Explanations in German and English. The only oddity is that they don't show you what happened underground, focusing...More

1  Thank colin w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a must for all visitors. This mine had shaped the history of Germany and may other coal mining nations. Make sure to visit the Coking plant first and get the timings for English tours which last for a hour mostly. In between you may...More

1  Thank Mandy_Mondo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be honest we only managed to scratch the surface of what's on offer at the Zollverein Coal Mine Complex. We only had a couple of hours to spare so looked round the Visitor Centre and then ventured down into the Ruhr Museum. This is...More

Thank Biliousgreen
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

A fascinating insight into life working in a coal mine and the conditions the workers endured, particularly in the early days. Good to get a guide to show you the highlights and explain things to you.

1  Thank deebee584
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

This is really a beautiful Unesco building. The expo inside the building gives a good view of the life and history back in the days. You could buy drinks and food in a small kiosk. You don’t have a lot of choice but it’s ok....More

Thank EsthervWezel
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

A must if you visit Essen! Be sure to walk up to the viewing roof. UNESCO heritage and well worth the visit. Wish I had more time to try the restaurant. Not sure if the name, nice ambiance when I popped in to check it...More

Thank Meander158748
Reviewed 29 August 2018

A pretty good place to wander around on a nice day and have a walk among some impressive industrial culture. Good place to learn more about it. In summer you can also go swimming around here. There's also no lack of events, so a lot...More

Thank Be K
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The entire complex/area on its own is free to walk around. The Ruhr museum has its own entrance prices that can be fouind easily if you google them, and of course the food and drinks at the restaurants are not for free as... More
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