Pits, furnaces, gasometers and shaft towers - no other region in Germany is dominated by the industrial era to such an extent as the Rhineland. In particular the Ruhr, the "Pott", and Bergisches Land still have numerous stations today that tell of the region's moving past - the technology, the social history, the production facilities and the houses of both entrepreneurs and workers. But these stations are by no means places of melancholy memories, but instead are living locations for diverse leisure-time activities.
Paddle past closed factories, climb into a former mill or go looking for clues at "Villa Hügel", the residence of the industrial Krupp family. The anchor points of the Route of Industrial Heritage are the focal point of many of the programmes and elements of the Duisburg Landschaftspark and Essen Youth Hostels. And not only that: the Duisburg Landschaftspark Nord Youth Hostel of Industrial Culture has been accommodated in the former Thyssen Hüttenwerke administrative building in the newly-designed Landschaftspark Nord. You can stay where the chimneys used to smoke - in a historical building with outstanding comfort and atmosphere.