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“Fascinating tour”

Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen
Ranked #2 of 78 things to do in Essen
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Highly recommend the tour. You need at least 2 hours here to see everything - probably four is better. Good car parking and there is a cafe. Not really suitable for those with disabilities as you can only visit the main floor. A tour involves a lot of stair climbing.

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

Had hoped to participate in an English-language tour, but our schedule did not allow it. But it didn't really matter since there is plenty to see here even if you can't read all of the exhibits. Gives a great insight into the industrial heritage of the Ruhr region, and hence also of the Industrial Revolution in general.

Thank PaulK1960
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

One of the most interesting places in Ruhrarea ! Used to be a coalmine but to day it is a wonderful Museum ,interesting architecture and the most beautiful restaurant.

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

Zollverein is a great place to get close to the industrial history of the Ruhr area. There are interesting museums and recommended tours that focus on different aspects of the work done here. The view from the top of Kohlenwäsche brings more interesting insights. Also there is decent gastronomy: Enjoy a couple of excellent local Pilsener beers Stauder from tap at the Zollverein Casino Restaurant&Bar after your visit...

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

The 'Über Kohle und Kumpel' (about coal and miners) guided tour is excellent. I had to go on a guided tour in German but on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays they have guided tours in English. During the tour, the guide explained all the processes involved in sorting and washing the coal they got from the mine. I thought it was really clever that they had animations projected onto the sides of the machineries so you can understand how each step works. They also let us touch some of the tools the miners used to mine coal. The site is well preserved and even if you are not on the tour, you can get close to all the machines. The whole tour lasts for 2 hours and costs 9.5 euros. The Ruhr museum's permanent exhibition explains the history and culture in the Ruhrgebiet. The displays are in both German and English. It's also interesting - but I think if you only have limited time in Essen you should do the guided tour as you can get a lot out of it. I also went ice-skating in the ice-skate ring next to the former coking plant - the ice-skate ring itself is very long (I think 150m) and the atmosphere is great.

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