If they weren’t already aware of it, people in the rest of Germany certainly learned about the variety of the Ruhr’s cultural landscape when Essen was named the European cultural capital for 2010.
Brimming with culture in the Ruhr Region
The Industrial Heritage Trail
As a newcomer, you can get the best overview of the Ruhr simply by following the Industrial Heritage Trail.
This roughly 400 km route goes by the region’s most important industrial monuments that have left a decisive mark on the landscape and changed it enduringly over the course of its 150 year mining history.