Last weekend I discovered another of the many faces of Germany: the so called Ruhrpott. The Ruhr Area does not only shine by its meaty sayings such as “Mach’ es dir zur Lebensregel, jeden Abend drei, vier Schleg(e)l!” (sorry not translatable), but also by its unique industrial culture and nature.
Enthusiastic cyclists, such as me, should take a ride on the Ruhrtalradweg. The track runs alongside many attractions such as the Zeche Zollverein at Essen, the Henrichshütte at Hattingen or the Landschaftspark Duisburg. Due to the fact that the Ruhr Area is a high density area in Germany, many sights within the Ruhr Area are at close quarters. Thereby many landmarks can be visited by bike.
A special tip: Pay a visit to the most significant coal mining museum of the world in Bochum. Next to the ride into the model coal mine and to the winding tower with a wonderful view over the city, a visit to the ““Treasures of the Andes. Chile’s copper for the world” is equally worth while“. In addition to historical descriptions there is information about the mine accident of 2010 within a Chilean coal mine as well as on Chile’s biggest copper mine “El Teniente“.
More pictures can be found here.