Shaped by decades of coal mining, Germany’s Ruhr region is now at the heart of the country’s logistics and energy industries. We wanted to find out what effect the decline of traditional industry has had on the area.
A cosmopolitan approach to life in Cologne, industrial heritage in the Ruhr region, open countryside in Westphalia: North Rhine-Westphalia is a state of contrasts.
Over decades its disused coal mines and industrial plants have become museums and arts venues, wastelands are green again, and rivers blue at last. The Ruhr, Germany's biggest industrial region, has reinvented itself.
Agent 007 is definitely one of the most famous British fictional figures ever created. But according to some sources, he was actually born in the Ruhr valley. An exhibition in Bochum promotes the spy's German roots.
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