(Contains advertising for the Ruhr area) What do you think about the Ruhr area? At industrial culture, collieries and heaps? Or gardens, open-air cinema, beach club and stand up paddling? All this I experienced with Carsten and our dog Buddy on a weekend in the Ruhr. We spent nice days in Essen, Duisburg, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Bochum. Here are eight great sights in the Ruhr area, in the cities and in the countryside.
Ruhrpott Highlights: City, Beach Green
We have almost 30 degrees, blue sky and sunshine. In the Ruhr area, we discover not only industrial heritage but also the green pages on this summer weekend. Because the Ruhr area is large, it covers approximately 4,400 square kilometers and has about 5 million inhabitants .
It is not far from our place of residence Mönchengladbach. And we have some connections there: my sister lives in Dortmund, we have acquaintances in Duisburg and for a while I worked in Essen.
So I already knew some cities before, a lot of industrial culture and of course Schimanski, drinking halls and fries with Currywurst (I love it!). I really like the down-to-earth nature and the dialect in the Ruhr area.
At the weekend we were thrilled, what we could experience everything. The offer of sights is great, there are also curios and free and the paths are never really far.
Romantic places in the Ruhr area: Garden City Essen Margarethenhöhe
Already on my first visit I was enchanted by this corner of Essen. Here you will find Margarethenhöhe, Germany's first garden city : ivy-covered houses, flowers in the front gardens and in the flower boxes.
In the historic Krupp settlement , I always feel a bit like being in the countryside. The clocks seem to tick slower here ... At the weekend market on Saturday , the locals meet at the stands.
We stayed at the Mintrops Stadthotel Margarethenhöhe . The 4 star hotel with its 34 rooms and the imposing facade is located directly on the market square.
Our car we parked comfortably in the underground car park. As the hotel is dog-friendly , we were able to pitch our dog bed in the room for Buddy. And in the morning we had breakfast for three outside, under one of the umbrellas .
The hotel was the starting point for the many excursions we took.
Top 8 Attractions Ruhr Area
1) Landscape Park Duisburg Nord with open-air cinema
I fell in love with the landscape park on the first visit. You can visit it for free . And many people accept this offer: it counts around one million visitors a year .
The blast furnace factory was founded in 1901 and I find the old buildings fascinating. In 1994 the park opened for visitors. He is on the "Route of Industrial Heritage". Here you can discover about 3,500 industrial monuments on 400 kilometers.
The Guardian has ranked the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord among the 10 best city parks in the world . U. a. next to Park Guell in Barcelona and High Line in New York. Absolutely earned, I think!
You can dive in the former gasometer, for example, you will find a climbing garden in the ore bunker complex and a high wire course in a casting hall. Or would you rather enjoy the view from 70 meters high from blast furnace 5?
My favorite spot and a great Instagram spot are the huge colorful turbines on the cooling unit. You see her in the photo.
On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays with the onset of dusk a light show takes place.
We were there once during the day, walking the dog on a leash and taking pictures. In the restaurant Hauptschalthaus we ate outside very well, Buddy got a bowl of water.
In the evening we visited the summer cinema in the casting hall of a disused blast furnace . You can order the tickets online. You just have to be fast because they are in great demand!
Before the movie Beach Bar mood prevailed. On the forecourt was heaped sand, on it were tables with umbrellas. You can meet with friends here, drink cocktails, eat burgers and listen to live music.
2) Baldeneysee Food with Beach Club Stand up Paddling
The Baldeneysee is the largest of the six Ruhr reservoirs. The foot and cycle paths extend around 14 kilometers around it. The lake is used by sailors, surfers, rowers or canoeists.
I'm a big fan of the "Seaside Beach Club" : There you will find a 250 meter long beach with more than 100 palm trees and four bars.
My perfect Sunday: first sunbathe and a swim in the lake, then order a cold drink at the bar.
It went even better, because I did a Stand up Paddling course with Pott Paddler . Do you know SUP or stand-up paddling? It's a lot of fun!
On this Sunday afternoon we were three surf instructors and 15 participants. The beginner's course costs around 1.5 hours and costs 49 euros. We started with the theory, learned a lot about the lake, the boards and paddling.
Then everyone let his board into the water. From the jetty, I climbed onto the board, kneeling on it. So I first paddled further with my group.
After getting used to it, the second step came: get up and keep your balance. I got up cautiously and stood - albeit a bit shaky. Also the paddling worked well ...
A short time later we were allowed to do all we wanted most: jump into the cool lake at 27 degrees. Pure refreshment!
At the end I got a certificate like the others.
I would love to come back to SUP Yoga or SUP Sundown Paddle - that sounds great.
3) Sights Ruhrgebiet: Tiger and Turtle (Duisburg)
What I also find exciting in the Ruhr area are the heaps. We saw the hills from afar. Below we parked the car and then walked up the winding paths.
We visited two heaps this weekend. It took us about 30 to 45 minutes each time to get to the top. Sneakers, something to drink and sunscreen I can recommend.
For a long time I wanted to Tiger and Turtle , the walk-in roller coaster (except for the loops) on the Heinrich Hildebrand height .
The sculpture by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth is about 20 meters high , it was opened in 2010. She looks like a tiger, but can only leisurely explore like a turtle.
We were there for the sunset , together with several lovers in love. Especially with the lighting, it is a great Instagram spot !
4) Attractions Ruhrgebiet: Tetrahedron (Bottrop)
The tetrahedron on the Halde Beckstraße in Bottrop has been around since 1995. The heap is 80 meters high, you can reach the summit via a serpentine path or via a nearly 400-step staircase.
The "Haldenereignis Emscherblick" (the official name) of Wolfgang Christ is 50 meters high . Which of the two heaps do you like best?
5) Grugapark Essen: Walking with a dog
With dog on a leash we strolled through the Grugapark , right at the fair. Here you will find many flowers, lawns, lakes and sculptures.
We particularly liked the Hundertwasserhaus : it is colorful, as one knows it from the artist. In 2005 it was built as a guesthouse of the neighboring children's hospital.
The Grugapark is great if you are looking for peace and relaxation. It is so spacious that the visitors are well dispersed. Here we also ate lunch - of course Currywurst .
6 7) Have a drink outside: Ruhrpromenade (Mülheim) Ziegenpeter (Duisburg)
It was very warm this weekend. So we ate a lot of ice cream and kept stopping for cool drinks.
Especially nice you can stop on the Ruhr promenade Mülheim an der Ruhr. Sit at one of the restaurants in the sun and look at the water.
For a sunset cocktail I can recommend you the goat Peter . The restaurant has a nice beach bar. Here you can sit in a deck chair, with your feet in the sand and look at the Rhine.
8) Museum visit to cool down: Gasometer Oberhausen
Another good place when the thermometer shows nearly 30 degrees? A cool museum like that Gasometer .
1927, the gas storage was built. Today it is the tallest exhibition hall in Europe. It rises about 117 meters in height , we could see it from afar.
You can take the elevator from the 3rd to the 10th floor. And the last meters to walk. The view is sensational!
The exhibition "The mountain calls" is very worthwhile. I found the gigantic sculpture of the Matterhorn, which hovers in the air, wrong. It is reflected in the area below.
In the dark, many visitors sat around on the steps. They watched in fascination as the change of day and season was simulated by light.
What are your favorite sights Ruhrgebiet?
Many thanks to Ruhr Tourism for the invitation! On the website you will find many other helpful information.
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