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“Industrial Heritage”

Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen
Ranked #1 of 76 things to do in Essen
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Bochum, Germany
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187 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“Industrial Heritage”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Famous Bauhaus architecture, great Museum, very interesting complex

Visited September 2011
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Perth, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

We toured the complex ourselves (didn't do a guided tour) and found our way around just fine. The swimming pool and ferris wheel were a highlight!

We also ate in the restaurant - one of the best meals we have had in Europe!

Visited August 2011
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“dive into the history of the 'Ruhrpott'”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

the site is a bit out of town but easy to reach with public transport - what's excellent is the opening hours (10 - 20h) and the fact that it's free of charge. . . - the outside part at least.
The site is enormous, just exploring the outside sights can easily take about 2h, the museum inside has three or four levels, in addition there's galeries and a theatre, so really so much to see and to do. . . I got the impression that people are very motivated and are organising a lot for whoever is interested, with guided tours, workshop and performances - I liked the athomsphere that was prevailing - it was engaged and relaxed!
There's a couple of possibilties to enjoy 'a little something' in between or at the end of the day, a cafe, a fine restaurant and a kiosk where you can get the obligatory 'curry wurst' and 'fritten' (French fries) - I didn't try them but liked the idea of serving them from a site caravan. . ., the cafe is inside and has a couple of nice cakes, coffee and ice cream, there's a museum shop where one can buy souvenirs but also books about history, art and/or art history. . .
the view from the central access shaft of the caisson is a must - it's not too many stairs, and you'll be rewarded - on a good day you'll spot all the sites of the surrounding towns!

Visited July 2011
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Dallas
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9 attraction reviews
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“Great part of history”
Reviewed 19 February 2012

Even if you aren't interested in 'coal', this site is a monument to the human engineering required to overcome the obstacles related to extracting and processing the resources that make our world so livable. Fantastic experience!

Visited February 2012
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Cardiff, UK
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66 reviews
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“Outstanding vision from UNESCO in saving this site - its remarkable”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

Just go there and see what's possible in a post industrial landscape. It's fascinating and if you're lucky as we were, you can take in a concert - Mozart's Requiem in Shaft 12 - and a design exhibition, or a dine or just wander. The site continues to evolve as nature reclaims it from industry, and the old mine-works structures are fabulous. If you have already been - just get to it. We went in 2006 or 07 first of all and it's still as good.

Visited October 2011
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