Basilika St Ludgerus

The Ruhrgebiet

Werden’s main sight is the solid stone St Ludgerus (1175), a beautiful late-Romanesque church named for the Frisian missionary buried here. It has an impressive exterior as well as a commendable treasury housed in the old abbey. Standouts include the bronze crucifix forged locally around AD 1060.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Ruhrgebiet attractions

1. Museum Folkwang

3.77 MILES

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

2. Dom Essen

4.72 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…

3. Alte Synagoge

4.76 MILES

The grand Alte Synagoge served as the hub of Essen's Jewish community between 1913 and 1938 and miraculously survived WWII largely intact. A memorial site…

4. Eisenbahnmuseum Bochum

6.09 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…

5. Ruhr Museum

6.97 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. Zeche Zollverein

7.03 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…

7. Red Dot Design Museum

7.12 MILES

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

8. Gasometer Oberhausen

9.34 MILES

This barrel-shaped tower – spectacularly lit at night – stored gas to power blast furnaces from the 1920s until 1988. Six years later, the Gasometer…