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Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen

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Address: Gelsenkirchener Str. 181 | 45309, 45309 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 201 246810
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Here's what to do with an old coal mine

Great place for a few hours visit. The tram drops you right outside and as it was sunny, we took the perimeter walk round the entire site. Amazing in the sheer enormous scale of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place for a few hours visit. The tram drops you right outside and as it was sunny, we took the perimeter walk round the entire site. Amazing in the sheer enormous scale of the coal washer and, later on, the coke-making plant. The Ruhr museum was interesting but frustrating in its layout. and if you want to find out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting, huge site and great history. This must have been an incredible place to see when fully working.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WE took a tour of the coal mine but it was in German since the English tours are only on the weekends. It was very interesting to see the complex. We had read up on it and we were able to ask questions of staff that did speak English. The tour was about 2 hrs long. There is now a... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Ok, I rarely get disappointed with a world heritage site. But this one! Lacks absolute minimum conditions for a tourist spot. 1- they don't have absolute minimum English information 2- you can't enter the main building without your guides and the tours are mostly offered in German. 3- there is no information on when such very rare English tours are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I went here as part of a business function. We booked a private guide and he was excellent in both information given and entertainment. It is a very interesting place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This tour was offered as an excursion & only a handful of people joined. The remaining passengers thought we were crazy for visiting a coal mine. Turns out to be a very informative & enjoyable day. Fascinating buildings and educational context of Germany during the industrial revolution through the 20th century. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We stay at 17.10.2016 at Zeche Zollverein - very competent guide - answer all questions very good. I was getting a good view into the production of coal und the related products. The whole areas has also a very interesting Architecture, which is quite unusual for this type of Industry. If you are in Essen do not miss to visit... More 

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Erlangen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

The visit of the world heritage place in combination of an company event of Siemens at the Zollverein Zeche is a must if you want to understand how Germany made its industrial comeback after WWII . Here you will understand.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

A huge area is recultivated. There are several places to visit. Main museum gives you the spirit of coal mining with huge monuments and machines but you get very interesting information about the history on the interactive exhibitions as well. Coffe bars, rest rooms are available. If you are intereested in how was the Ruhr terrirory/area don't miss thus place!!!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We spent almost the whole day there still not being able to do what we wanted. You can wander around, join organised tours, visit museum or go up to the top to see the panorama of the area. A great place to learn more about history of industrialisation, highly recommended.

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