Route of industrial culture - Westphalian mining route

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The German Mining Museum Bochum

The Westphalian Mining Trail is a 16 theme route one part of the Route of Industrial Heritage . On it, the mining facilities typical of the Ruhr area , such as collieries, miners' settlements, operating devices and heaps from the Westphalian region, are presented.


In the course of the decline of the coal and steel industry ( colliery dying ) and the structural change in the Ruhr area, the face of the area has changed, mining has migrated further and further north, and afterwards the colliery also went north. The typical appearance was not completely lost, however, because many industrial monuments of the mining industry have been preserved, have been extensively restored and given new uses such as museums, technology centers or cultural institutions.

The anchor points of the route include the German Mining Museum in Bochum and the Nachtigall and Zollern collieries as the locations of the Westphalian Industrial Museum and the Nordsternpark in Gelsenkirchen. This also shows that the term "Westphalian" is quite broad and refers more to the cities belonging to the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association (LWL) than to the state of Westphalia.

Other points are the heaps heaped up from the overburden from coal mining, which have now been landscaped and artistically designed, the colliery colonies , which are largely listed , which were built for the miners close to their workplaces, and other mining facilities such as administrations, schools and processing companies.

The stations

Headframe Zeche Zollern II / IV


as well as these locations of the LWL-Industriemuseum :


Hammerhead tower of the Minister Stein colliery
Tomson-Bock headframe of the Gneisenau colliery
Nordstern colliery today: Headquarters of THS
An area of ​​the Nordstern colliery that was redesigned for the '97 Federal Garden Show
Sundial on the Schwerin dump

Heaps, parks and cemeteries

Typical house in the old colony of Eving

Colliery colonies

Tomb in the Ostenfriedhof in Dortmund

Other mining facilities


  • Wilhelm Hermann, Gertrude Hermann: The old mines on the Ruhr. Past and future of a key technology. With a catalog of the "life stories" of 477 mines (series: Die Blauen Bücher ). Verlag Langewiesche Nachhaben, Königstein im Taunus, 6th, expanded and updated edition 2008, ISBN 978-3-7845-6994-9 .

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