Panorama Zollverein
Panorama Zollverein

Some History

The industrial area of Zollverein was erected starting in 1847 by Franz Haniel. The area become the most important coal mining industry in Germany and was also important for the steel production. In the years from 1920 – 1930 many buildings in the new industrial architecture style are erected (Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer). The purpose was the integration of all mining and coking activities to a complex steering process. Today these buildings are architectural landmarks and worth a visit.

At the end of 2nd World War huge destruction took place. But nevertheless production started soon after war.

After end of production in 1989 and 1993 it was decided to conserve this industrial area. Now ZOLLVEREIN is a UNESCO heritage of mankind.


Today the area of Zollverein is used as Museum and Cultural Event location. Here you will find the “Ruhr Museum” with many industrial exhibits also mineral pieces and every day items of former times. The RED DOT Museum is showing Design Items medaled with the RED DOT Award. These items are showing the future design tendencies for industrial products.

Photo Impressions

First I will show you some architectural examples:

Also some photos showing museum pieces and industrial installations:

Visiting Zollverein

You will find the area of Zollverein in the City of Essen. But if you are in the western part of Germany it will take you no long time to travel to Zollverein. Its worth a visit.

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