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I visited the Ruhr region in May 2005 with four other friends, mainly because we were interested to explore the industrial heritage of the region. The German "Ruhrgebiet" was once known as one of the dirtiest and most polluted areas in Europe. It consists of several cities that all have their particular identities although they form one big spot on geographic maps.

The era of dirty coal mines and steel mills is over, but not forgotten. This is probably the reason why for most people this is still not an area they would want to visit on their travels. On the other hand, the fact that industrial revolution left so many traces here is also the reason that local people take industrial heritage as a very important element of their local identity.

A creative program of large transformation was launched in the 1990s, after most of the old industry collapsed in the previous decade. This included transformation of former mine pits and steel factories into new programs that include culture, leisure and vast open spaces.

The sky over Ruhr is clean now, and steel "Cathedrals of Work" are waiting to be discovered by the new tourists attracted by industrial heritage. Ruhr is a genuine and true monument to hard work in the first place, to industrial achievements that changed our lives, cities and landscapes during the last two centuries.

It took lots of imagination and energy to make this area not only clean again, but attractive for both locals and visitors. I guess it will also take some time for visitors to discover it - but Ruhrpott's lid is off, waiting for you to jump in and explore what it has to offer.

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  • In a nutshell:Ruhrgebiet - the beauty of industrial landscape
  • Last visit to Land Nordrhein-Westfalen: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 22, 2005
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  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Excellent page with very interesting and useful information. When I will explore the Ruhrgebiet, I now know where to find the best travelguide. Thanks for sharing !

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    Jul 9, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    marvellously interesting and funny page - love the bossy machines that speak perfect croatian

  • Jun 20, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Couldnt agree more . First class. The best book on the market.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2006 at 11:00 AM

    Simply excellent!!!

  • antistar's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2006 at 11:37 AM

    Ah the Zollverein, the Gasometer and the Innerhafen and the Landscaftspark. I went to all these places when I visited my friend in Duisburg. Good memories. Wasn't there a fatal crash on the Schwebebahn recently?

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    Jun 22, 2006 at 12:16 PM

    Interesting page! I have driven through there, but only stopped in Koeln once.

  • hundertmorgen's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2006 at 11:28 AM

    That is really the best page about the "Ruhrgebiet" at VT and I really enjoyed reading your pages :-) And I am very happy that you enjoyed travelling thru my region... hugs, Sandra

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2006 at 4:33 AM

    impressvie page and not usual.. good attraction ! !

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2005 at 3:08 AM

    Fine descriptions of this fascinating part of Germany! I have been to some of these places in recent years, and can confirm that they no longer smell of coal dust and are well worth a visit.

  • Nov 27, 2005 at 1:26 AM

    Excellent page Niksa - very helpful, informative (and very funny! ) Vielen dank, Maria ;-)

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