Ruhr District Tour 29 Mining in Bottrop
Coal mining - that is the first what people associate with the Ruhr district. But nowadays you have to search to see some coal somewhere. There are still millions of tons underground but so deep that now mining in the former coal district is not profitable anymore. Some remnants that's all what's left.
Who really wants to see something of the once flourishing Ruhr area industry has to visit Bottrop. There is still a colliery (one of the last 5) and next to it a coking plant (one of the last 3) in operation where the black gold is hauled and processed to furnace coke for the large-scale production of iron and steel.
How coal mining shaped and changed the region, what is done with its legacy, how the colliers lived, you will experience at first hand on this walk which includes a visit to the only Malakoff shaft tower with built-in modern pithead as well as the fascinating panorama view from top of the Tetrahedron erected on an old pit heap.
You could do that tour also by bike. In that case visits to the heritage-protected remaining buildings of the former model colliery Arenberg-Fortsetzung and the garden city colony Welheim will be added.
Meeting-point: Malakoff shaft tower Prosper II, Knappenstr., or Bottrop main station, bike rental
Length: about 3,5 hours
What's included: Tour guide, visits at Malakoff shaft tower Prosper II and Tetrahedron
Dates: no fixed days, all the year round on request
Price: up to 20 persons 200€ (bicycle rental not included)
Special note: Please wear convenient and weatherproof shoes/clothing.