Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Essen

Ruhr Museum

The former coal-wash plant at the Unesco-listed Zeche Zollverein provides a suitably atmospheric setting for accessible and engaging exhibits on the history, nature and culture of the Ruhr Region. Just as the coal w…
Top Choice Historic Building in Essen

Zeche Zollverein

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 1986. In 2001, Unesco declared the Bauhaus-style complex a Wo…
Top Choice Museum in Essen

Museum Folkwang

A grand dame among Germany’s art repositories, the Museum Folkwang has sparkling digs designed by top British architect David Chipperfield. Galleries radiate out from inner courtyards and gardens of the glass-fronte…
Top Choice Park in Duisburg

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

Molten iron used to flow 24/7 from the fiery furnaces of this decommissioned ironworks that is now an urban oasis, performance space and all-ages adventure playground. You can free-climb its ore bunkers, dive in the…
Top Choice Museum in Dortmund

Deutsches Fussball Museum

This vast shrine to the nation's passion and obsession is a place of pilgrimage not only for German football fans. Inside a futuristic building next to the Hauptbahnhof is an emotional multimedia and sometimes inter…
Top Choice Museum in Dortmund

Museum am Ostwall

The 4th and 5th floors of the Dortmunder U creative complex are home to the Museum am Ostwall, an art-world star thanks to its far-reaching collection of all major 20th- and 21st-century genres, from expressionism t…
Sculpture in Bottrop

Tetraeder

The Tetraeder is one of the most striking stops on the Ruhr Valley's Industrial Heritage Trail. The airy 60m-high installation by Wolfgang Christ is a triangular pyramid made from steel pipes atop a massive slag-hea…
Cultural Centre in Dortmund

Dortmunder U

You can see it from afar – the golden ‘U’ atop the tower once used for beer storage by the now defunct Union Brauerei. Once one of Dortmund’s largest and most famous breweries, the protected landmark has been reborn…
Museum in Bochum

Eisenbahnmuseum Bochum

Fans of historical trains have plenty to admire at this vast museum, which displays around 120 steam locomotives (many puffing away), coaches and wagons dating back as far as 1853. A highlight is the meticulously re…
Museum in Essen

Red Dot Design Museum

Part of the Zeche Zollverein colliery-turned-cultural centre, this museum showcases the best in contemporary design in the former stoker's hall, creatively adapted by British architect Norman Foster. In a perfect ma…