Guided Tour UNESCO World Heritage Zeche Zollverein
The Zollverein Foundation is responsible for running the Zollverein Museum along with the Rhineland Regional Authority and the Rhineland Industrial Museum.
Visitors to the museum can literally walk along the "path of coal". The museum trail - still in its original form - leads through the buildings of the disused separating plant and washing plant, past
gigantic machines and conveyor belts which vividly recall the every day experience
of working amidst noise and dust. Along the way there are models, films and installations depicting the
various processes undergone by the 'black gold' before it is loaded onto trains - all accompanied by authentic sound effects. The guided tours deal with a variety of themes from mining history to architectural history. They lead through the buildings above ground. Some of
them are conducted by former workers on the site who recall anecdotes from the past along the way. They are also actively engaged in the history workshop called "Zeche Zollverein e.V." which is based on the side.
On Wednesday the conference finishes at 17:00 and a bus transfer
starting from the parking area behind the Audimax to the guided tour
will be provided from 17:00 to 17:30. This will finish about 20:00 when the Dinner starts.
The tour is highly recommended since a hands on experience of the coal
industry is given which is impossible in a running plant. The tour will
have English speaking guides and will last for ca 1,5 hours.