The best of the Ruhr Area: Addresses and places for tourists

The best addresses and places to get to know the „Pott“

Our recommendations are a personal choice and make no claim to be complete, but they do seem to us showing the Ruhr area in all its facets and history.

Region:

Cycle track along the Emscher river: www.emscher-weg.de
Kiosk “pilgrimage“: dates and bookings on www.bochum-tourismus.de
Events on the Industrial Heritage Route: www.route-industriekultur.ruhr
Events around the end of the German coal mining industry in December 2018: www.glueckauf-zukunft.de

Bochum:

German mining museum: www.bergbaumuseum.de
Visit of the botanical gardens at the Ruhr University with their own beekeeping

Datteln–Hamm:

Cycle track along the canal

Dortmund:

Guided tours inside Europe’s biggest inland harbor: www.kulturvergnuegen.com
Phoenix Lake in the suburb of Hörde – for those, needing a refreshment, we can recommend the world’s best chicken soup or a typical lunch of the region in Frühstückscafé Bistro Sternberg, situated in Hermannstraße 66.
Visit to the August Dinsing distillery: www.kornbrennerei-dinsing.de
Visit to the Bergmann’s brewery pub in the suburb of Hörde: harte-arbeit-ehrlicher-lohn.de/ueber/stehbierhalle/
Attending a home game of the German soccer club Borussia Dortmund
Traditional Ruhr Area comfort food at the Restaurant Overkamp in the suburb of Höchsten: www.overkamp-dortmund.de
German Cookbook Library, Berswordthalle im Stadthaus, Südwall 2–4, 44122 Dortmund: at the moment on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment (phone +49/231/5025742)
Art installation by Adolf Winkelmann at the Dortmund U, the centre for arts and creativity: www.dortmunder-u.de/partner/fliegende-bilder

Duisburg:

Cycle track through the Ruhr river vallley between Schwerte and Duisburg
Port of Duisburg

Essen:

UNESCO world heritage site, colliery Zollverein: www.zollverein.de
Villa Hügel (art exhibitions): www.villahuegel.de
Folkwang Museum (art exhibtions): www.museum-folkwang.de
European Green Capital 2017 and following projects: www.essen.de

Gelsenkirchen:

Attending a home game of the German soccer club Schalke 04
Cycling tour along the former mine railway track around the city

Lünen:

Pitman’s lodging museum

Recklinghausen:

Ruhr Festival: www.ruhrfestspiele.de

Waltrop:

Ship canal lift in Henrichenburg

Witten:

Hiking path along the old mining track in Muttental

Movies:

„Junges Licht“ (Young Light) by Adolf Winkelmann
„Phönix fliegt“ (Phoenix Flies) by Horst Herz
„Solino“ by Fatih Akin
„Wir, die Wand“ (We are the Wall) by Klaus Martens
Schimanski detective stories, set in Duisburg, by several directors
„Kannze gucken“ gives a nice overview of movies about the Ruhr area, on the website of the daily newspaper „Westfälische Rundschau“.