The Ruhr Valley, where I live was/is known as the industrial heart of Germany. The area is famous for, and full of coal mines which are now all closed. Instead of tearing them all down, the government here preserved most of them, and have turned them into monuments and parks.
One of the most famous ones in the area is Zeche Zollverein, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Zeche Zollverein has been a running joke between the husband and I ever since I mistakingly read the name aloud in English, completly slaughtering the German pronounciation. We always said that we wanted to visit the site, and we finally did, spontaneously, yesterday evening.
The site is actually huge, with different buildings and exhibitions on display. Unfortunately, we arrived too late in the evening to check out any of the exhibitions or museums, but that just means we will have to go again.
I was so impressed by the massivness of the place, you can imagine how full it must have been when it was inuse. There were some beautiful spots for photos aswell, that being part of the reason we went as the husband cannot find enough things to take pictures of with his new lense. The mixture of old arcitecture and nature is also so interesting to see; many people use the site to walk dogs and as a jogging area. I’m looking forward to going again and exploring everything in more detail.