Deutsches Bergbau-Museum

The Ruhrgebiet

This hugely popular museum will remain closed until 2020 while getting a much needed refurb and completely updated permanent exhibition. It's still worth visiting, though, for a chance to descend into the earth's belly for a spin around a demonstration mine and to ride the lift up the landmark winding tower for commanding views.

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1. Zeche Zollern

5.44 MILES

The Zollern II/IV Coal Mine was considered a 'model mine' when operation began in 1902. It boasted state-of-the-art technology and fantastic architecture,…

2. Eisenbahnmuseum Bochum

5.52 MILES

Fans of historical trains have plenty to admire at this vast museum, which displays around 120 steam locomotives (many puffing away), coaches and wagons…

3. Red Dot Design Museum

7.42 MILES

Part of the Zeche Zollverein colliery-turned-cultural centre, this museum showcases the best in contemporary design in the former stoker's hall,…

4. Zeche Zollverein

7.45 MILES

A key site along the Ruhr area's Industrial Heritage Trail, the former Zollverein coal mine was a marvel of efficiency while in operation from 1932 until…

5. Ruhr Museum

7.54 MILES

The former coal-wash plant at the Unesco-listed Zeche Zollverein provides a suitably atmospheric setting for accessible and engaging exhibits on the…

6. Alte Synagoge

8.93 MILES

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7. Dom Essen

9.05 MILES

Essen’s medieval Dom is an island of quiet engulfed by the commercialism of pedestrianised Kettwiger Strasse, the main shopping strip. It has a priceless…

8. Museum Folkwang

9.63 MILES

A grand dame among Germany’s art repositories, the Museum Folkwang has sparkling digs designed by top British architect David Chipperfield. Galleries…