Gasometer Oberhausen

The Ruhrgebiet

This barrel-shaped tower – spectacularly lit at night – stored gas to power blast furnaces from the 1920s until 1988. Six years later, the Gasometer Oberhausen took on a new life as a unique exhibition space whose headline-making exhibits draw huge crowds. Top off your visit – literally – by riding a pair of elevators to a 117m-high platform for sweeping views over the entire western Ruhrgebiet.

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