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.
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.
Industrial heritage in the Ruhr region, open countryside in Westphalia and a special outlook on life in Cologne: North Rhine-Westphalia is a state of contrasts.
On June 24, the Ruhr region is presenting Extra Shift: A Night of Industrial Culture. Former collieries, ironworks, spoil tips and railway lines become illuminated venues, bringing their beauty to light.
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