Zeche Zollverein in Essen

Winding tower at Zeche Zollverein, Germany

The Zeche Zollverein (Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex) is a former industrial site in the German city of Essen. Today, it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.


Red Dot Design Museum in Essen

Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany

The Red Dot Design Museum is located in the former boiler house of shaft 12 at the Zeche Zollverein. A good place for a design museum as the former industrial plant looks pretty ‘designed’ in its Bauhaus style. I just love the way how the red coloured steel trusses are also used as a decoration element.


Ruhr Museum in Essen

Inside the Ruhr Museum in Essen, Germany

The former coal preparation plant of the Zeche Zollverein – a coal mine inscribed as a World Heritage Site now – houses the Ruhr Museum. This museum tells about the history of the Zeche and the Ruhr area.