Secret places with historical flair in Germany
  • Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex

    Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen

    How to Get There?


      Take the tram 107 (culture line) from central station Essen to station Zollverein. The entrance is directly opposite. From Zollverein Nord please follow the yellow canaries of the design avenue to Zollverein World Heritage Site.

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      For arriving by car, the parking P A1, P A2, P B1 and PC are available for free.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 51.486393
      LONGTITUDE: 7.045912



      Take the S-Bahn or Regionalbahn to Essen Hauptbahnhof. The journey takes about 30 minutes.The fare is 10,50 Euro (October 2013).

      Nearest airport

      Düsseldorf International (DUS)

    Why Go There?

    Outside always accessible. Indoors during tours.

    The Zollverein Shaft XII in Essen was the largest and most modern coal mine complex in the world. Especially the Bauhaus architecture is impressive. In 1986, the mine was shut down.

    The entire industrial complex is now an exemplary location of mining history. The entire Industrial Complex was kept in its original state. Visitors can experience the path of coal. Mining history comes alive at Zollverein. There are many different tours. Especially for children Zollverein is a great adventure.

    In the Ruhr Museum you can learn about the history of the Ruhr (Ruhrgebiet).

    Tip: A total of 150 meters extends the Zollverein icerink in winter - a popular leisure-time activities for residents and city tourists and powerful symbol of the structural change in the Ruhr.

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    Things to do close by!


    Essen is known as "Essen, the Shopping-Town". The pedestrian zone and the shopping mall "Limbecker Platz" offers to countless opportunities.

    Nature exploring

    Visit the Baldeneysee - a big lake in the South of Essen. In summer excursion boats operate there and a great beach club invites you to relax. Also those who like water sports get their money worth.


    The Villa Hügel, located in Essen's Bredeney was built in 1873 by Alfred Krupp and is the former residential and state House of Krupp industrialist family.

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