Zeche Zollverein

Industrial and cultural heritage to touch

Written by Garry on

© Ruhr Tourismus / Stefan Ziese
© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius
© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius

Once a perfect example of the coal mining and coal processing industry of the 19th and 20th century, this unique and outstanding cultural venue offers a huge range of attractions. Zollverein reveals a rich spectrum of leisure activities; whether peace and quiet, relaxation or fun and games, there is something here for everyone on this enormous one hundred hectare site.

A unique and outstanding cultural venue with a huge range of attractions, Zollverein offers permanent collections, high class installations and exhibitions, as well as a huge number of activities and workshops, which are open to visitors to view or even take part in. First-class arts and crafts are also represented at Zollverein. Zollverein also caters for all culinary tastes in unforgettable surroundings, ranging quick snacks to a selection of high-class dishes.

Four of the five old shaft sites have been preserved along with the underground equipment, the central coking plant, the spoil tips, the transport sites and the colliers’ housing estates. In short the “Zollverein industrial mining complex“ is a perfect example of the coal mining and coal processing industry in the 19th and 20th century.

This is the only mining site in the world where the complex processes involved in this branch of industry can be seen and clearly understood. For this reason Zollverein is the symbol of industrial heritage in the Ruhr Area, the region of Germany most deeply affected by the social, economic, aesthetic and industrial upheavals during the age of coal and steel.



Stiftung Zollverein

Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181

45309 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 246 810

Fax: +49 201 854 3100

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