Some 150 years ago, the German industrial revolution took place in the central region of the state of North Rhine Westphalia. The face of the Ruhr metropolis was changed forever.
However, in the Ruhr region as elsewhere, vast swathes of industrial landscapes have slowly but surely become obsolete over the last few decades. While some huge factories were sold to countries in the far east, others simply decayed.
Nowadays, the whole region celebrates its past in a proud and curiously cheerful way. Industrial production parks have been turned into fascinating recreational zones with museums, experience centres and a variety of events.
Industrial Heritage Trail reveals many such places. Over some 400 kilometres, 25 highlights and 16 vistas, the route weaves its way through marvellous countryside, urban areas and former industrial locations.