The Industrial Heritage Trail

The Industrial Heritage Trail is a project of the Ruhr Regional Association (RVR ) and connects as a tourist Theme Road the "most important and attractive tourist " industrial monuments in the Ruhr. The selection of the listed stations meets the RVR.


Despite the name Route of Industrial Heritage is not a single track but a network, the museums, exhibitions, panoramic viewpoints and historically significant settlements together. The individual sites represent the industrial developments of the past few centuries in the Ruhr dar. These are likely to be the most comprehensive tourist Network to develop the industrial heritage of a contiguous region. For cyclists there is a separate trails.

It is a signposted about 400 km long scenic route that includes all attractions. The network includes a total of about 700 km cycle track as part of the Route of Industrial Culture by bike Furthermore, there are special routes for people with disabilities and adventure for children.

Regularly revised the RVR, the stations in the network, theme routes are extended or corrected and opens new anchor points. Beginning of April 2013 came with Route No. 26 " sacred " an entirely new theme route added.

As observed in the whole network through the densely populated Ruhr area, it is very well developed for tourism and offers a very good infrastructure, such as a high density of hotels, youth hostels and camping sites.

The Route of Industrial Heritage in the Ruhr area is also known as known as " Regional Route " part of " ERIH - European Route of Industrial Heritage ", the European Route of Industrial Heritage.


Among the 54 main attractions include the

  • 25 anchor points, which include a number of technology and social history museums,
  • 17 viewpoints with panoramic views in the industrial landscape and
  • 13 major housing estates.

All goals are easy to reach by car, bus and train, but also by bicycle or in some cases even by motorboat. On the main attractions is indicated by brown signs with white letters.

Anchor points and visitor center

The main visitor center is the World Heritage Zollverein in Essen. It provides with the " portal of Industrial Heritage " large amount of information. The anchor points are experience places and hubs for information. Bullets from west to east:

  • Museum of German Inland Waterways, MA
  • Duisburg Inner Harbour
  • LVR Industrial Museum in Oberhausen, vorm. Rhine Industrial Museum ( RIM)
  • Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord
  • Gasometer Oberhausen
  • Aquarius Water Museum, Mulheim an der Ruhr
  • Villa Hügel, Essen
  • North Star Park, Gelsenkirchen
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein ( visitor center ) and coking plant Zollverein, Essen
  • Zeche Ewald, Herten (new in 2011)
  • Marl Chemical Park
  • Railway Museum Bochum- Dahlhausen
  • Henrichshütte, Hattingen
  • Centennial Hall Bochum
  • Substation Recklinghausen
  • German Mining Museum, Bochum
  • Zeche Nachtigall, Witten
  • Ship Henrichenburg, Waltrop
  • DASA, Dortmund
  • Hansa coking plant, Dortmund
  • Zeche Zollern II / IV, Dortmund
  • Hohenhof, Hagen
  • Open Air Museum Hagen
  • Lindenbrauerei Unna
  • Maximilian Hamm


In the Theme Route 25 landmarks and panoramas are described, which are often located on slopes or other elevated points. Some of them are designed as a new sign of the landmarks art. The 17 are important as " panoramas of the industrial landscape " particularly pointed out:

  • Stockpile Rheinelbe, Gelsenkirchen
  • Tippelsberg, Bochum (new in 2011)
  • Landscape Park High Ward (new in 2011) with the Halden Hoppenbruch / Hoheward
  • Stockpile Schwerin, Castrop -Rauxel
  • Large pile of wood, mountain Kamen
  • Kissinger height, Hamm
  • Television tower Florian, Dortmund
  • Hohensyburgstraße, Dortmund
  • Berger Memorial, Witten
  • Tiger & Turtle, MA
  • Stockpile Rhenish Prussia, Moers
  • Stockpile Pattberg, Moers
  • Alsumer Berg, Duisburg
  • Halde Haniel, Bottrop
  • Tetrahedron, Bottrop
  • Rungenberg, Gelsenkirchen
  • Schurenbachhalde, Food


In the Theme Route 19 numerous workers' settlements are listed. Of these, 13 settlements have been found to be particularly important:

  • Seam thickness Bank, Gelsenkirchen
  • Dahl Hauser Heath, Bochum
  • Teutoburgia, Herne Börnig
  • Old Colony Eving, Dortmund
  • Ziethenstraße of mine Prussia, Lünen
  • Long Riege, Hagen- Eilpe
  • Altenhof II, Food
  • Margaret, Essen
  • Settlement Rhenish Prussia, MA
  • Old settlement Friedrich -Heinrich, Kamp -Lintfort
  • Settlement Eisenheim, Oberhausen
  • Garden City Welheim, Bottrop
  • Schüngelberg settlement, Gelsenkirchen

Theme Routes

From the anchor points go from theme routes that provide background and insights into various aspects of the industry culture and history of the Ruhr area. The theme routes lead to more than 900 industrial and technical monuments, but give many more tips to even more locations:

After was first published in May 2013 with the route " sacred " for several years, a new theme route from RVR end of March 2014, there was another new to the topic of Bochum and the announcement of three additional new routes.