The Cultural Heart of the Ruhr Area

Zollverein – UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of change

UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein

A Place of Change

Hundreds of mines in the Ruhr region produced coal, but UNESCO designated only one as a World Heritage Site: the huge industrial complex of the Zollverein coal mine and coking plant is a technical and aesthetic masterpiece of mining architecture, but also a place of modernity and of transformation.

Unique Industrial Architecture

Bauhaus, New Objectivity, symmetry ̶ Zollverein architects Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer created “the most beautiful colliery in the world”.

World Heritage Site Undergoing Change

Always discover something new at Zollverein

Favorite places

A walk across the World Heritage Site with Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Noll, Chairman of the Board of Zollverein Foundation


Explore the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site from the air

How Art Can Transform a Place

Lasting Impressions

Slag Heap or Swimming Pool? How Art Works at Zollverein

The World Heritage Site is a place of inspiration