In the Ruhr region, former coal mines and factories recall 150 years of industrial history. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen is especially well-known. In 2001, it was named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
No less than 41 sites - architectural and natural marvels - in Germany have been placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Each is unique and authentic as well as popular with tourists.
Germany from above: The Zollverein Coal Mine in Essen (North Rhine-Westphalia) has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.
June 4 is Germany's World Heritage Day. Here are some of the country's sites listed by UNESCO, and more on the process that led them to be selected among the prestigious World Heritage Sites.
Coal, steel and heavy industry all featured prominently in Essen's past. But now the reinvented Ruhr region hub is showing off its environmental credentials as 2017's European Green Capital. Samantha Early paid a visit.
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