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Zollern Colliery

Zollern Colliery
Zollern Colliery, Dortmund

The Zollern Colliery is part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It was built at the turn of the 19th century as a symbol of the industrial strength of the then biggest mining company. When it was opened in 1898 it was regarded as a model coal mine. Abandoned in 1966, the colliery was reopened in 1999 as a museum of the social and cultural history of the Ruhr area. Permanent displays and special exhibitions in the restored surface buildings give visitors an idea of the work of a coal mine at the end of the 19th century. The coal loading terminal, the former mine train station and a pithead frame visitors can climb are some of the attractions. In the housing estate outside the colliery gates visitors can see how miners and their families used to live.

At first sight palatial redbrick facades and gables on artistically adorned buildings dotted around a grassy square are more reminiscent of an aristocratic residence than a coal mine. This was exactly one of the ideas behind the architecture. Today the mansion of labor in the west of Dortmund is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and impressive testimonies to Germany's industrial history. The engine house with its famous Art Nouveau doorway is already an icon. But the museum's outstanding industrial architecture is only one of many different attractive facets. The various sections of the exhibition will take you into a world of harsh working conditions, and the stories of the men and women who worked in coalmining during the 20th century will bring this vividly to life.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.

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Address: Grubenweg 5, 44388 Dortmund
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