Some hints for individual trips
Dortmund and the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet) have many interesting places worth to visit.
Here we give some examples if you are interested to see some unknown aspects of this area during or around the conference.
All the places are easy to reach by public transport, we give the details below.
Supplementary information will follow gradually.
Most of the proposed places are also part of the Route of Industrial Heritage (Route der Industriekultur). This route provides nearly 50 sights in the district: There are "anchors" (places of events and information), some panoramas provide (over)views, and different settlements show the housing developments in the Ruhr area. The Route has built up three main anchor points as visitors centers: the Zollern II/IV Colliery in Dortmund, the Zollverein Pit XII in Essen and the North Duisburg Landscape Park. All the three points are described below.
Dortmund has some musea and many parks (one of the biggest is the Westfalenpark, but there are some other places for a walk in the green nature - Dortmund has "49 % green").
You can start with the Dortmund triplet: Westfalenstadion, Westfalenhallen, Westfalenpark, lying directly at the city highway B1 (Ruhrschnellweg). From the university you have a brilliant view of this triplet: the yellow edges of the stadium, the television tower in the park and the rotating "U" on top of the biggest hall.
The famous Westfalenstadion, easy to find in the horizon because of its yellow scaffoldings in the edges, was built for the 1974 World Cup. As a pedigree football stadium, it ranks as one of the top sports addresses in Germany and, following its recent expansion, as one of the most modern football arenas in Europe.
(metro: U45 Westfalenhallen (the trains go to the station Westfalenstadion when we have football in the stadium))
Here we have also the "Westfalenhallen", a collection of several halls of different shape. Here we have great concerts, fairs and other events.
(Adress: Rheinlanddamm 200, 44139 Dortmund, metro U45 or U46 to "Westfalenhallen")
Dortmund largest park has been the venue for Federal Horticulture Exhibitions and is famous for its variety. Here you may find not only the German Rose Society with its large collection of roses (more than 3,000 kinds of rose), but also wide open spaces.
A special attraction is the 212 metre high radio- and television-tower called Florian. From the rotating restaurant you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views.
(Adress: An der Buschmühle 3, 44139 Dortmund. The park is easy to reach by public transport. (S-Bahn S1 to Dortmund main station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (HBF), the metro U45 or U49 to "Westfalenpark" (direction Westfalenhallen or Hacheney), follow the signs in the metro station and leave the station to the left hand side))
The Casino Hohensyburg in the south of Dortmund invites you for gaming and culinary delights.
In the park lying behind the Casino you can get an extensive view over the Ruhr valley:
"Between Hagen and Dortmund, north of the Hengstey reservoir, the ruins of Hohensyburg are located in the Ardey mountains. Around the year of 1100, the castle was built by the steep western slopes of the Syberg (242 m) in a formally strategic position. But it was already destroyed in 1287 by Count Engelbert III Von der Mark, since the lords of the caste used the favorable position as a basis for robberies. At the western edge of the mountain top the Emperor William Memorial is located. It is visible from far away, and it was unveiled in 1902. The emperor used to sit on a horse in front of a tower of 34 meters height, flanked by statues of Bismarck, Moltke, and the princes Friedrich Wilhelm and Friedrich Karl. In 1935, the monument was allegedly in a dilapidated state, which was used as an excuse for redesigning it according to National Socialist ideology. The princes were removed, the plaques with life data of William were replaced by the date of the establishment of the German empire. Plaques bearing the swastika and the date of Hitler's seizure of power were added. The Nazi additions had been removed, but the its original form was not restored during restoration works during the 90s. The Vincke Tower was erected within the castle ruins in 1857, in memory of Ludwig Freiherr von Vincke (1774-1844), the very popular first governor of the Prussian province Westphalia. From here, you can enjoy a panorama of the Ruhr valley, of the mouth of the Lenne into the Ruhr river, and of the Hengstey lake at the foot of the mountain. When weather conditions are favorable, you can see as far as the mountains of the northwestern Sauerland. At a short distance to the west, the facilities of the Koepchen works draw attention. They serve as pumping storage power plants, supplying the Ruhr area with power during peek hours."
(Adress: Hohensyburgstraße 200, 44265 Dortmund, from the main station starts the Casino bus 444 to "Syburg Casino")
The Dortmund Zoo (28 hectares of spacious parkland and long-standing copses of trees) was founded in 1953. More than 2,500 animals live here in the rich green parkland - over 360 different species, domestic and exotic, from all the different continents.
The main focus at Dortmund Zoo is on the South American subcontinent with its lavish fauna and flora.
(Adress: Mergelteichstraße 80, 44225 Dortmund, metro U49 (direction Hacheney) to "Hacheney" or directly from the university by bus 447 (direction Hacheney) to "Hacheney")
The Zollern II/IV colliery - "model mine" with art nouveau decoration - lies west of Dortmund in a suburb called Bövinghausen. In 1981 it was integrated into the Westphalian Industrial Museum.
Adress: Grubenweg 5, 44388 Dortmund
The museum is easy to reach by bus: starting from the university you take the bus 468 (direction Siepmannstraße) to "Kirchlinde Post", there you step into bus 462 (direction Marten Süd) to "Industriemuseum Zollern".
"The Zollern II/IV Colliery was opened by the Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks AG in 1898 as a model colliery. Its majestic architecture and state-of-the-art technology bear witness to the transition from the "historical" style to Art Nouveau, which finds its expression in the marble panels and doorway of the engine house. Since 1969 the colliery has been under a preservation order. It is now the headquarters of the Westphalian Industrial Museum under the aegis of the local authority (the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe). The colliery buildings have been restored and now house permanent and temporary exhibitions which give both young and old insights into the work in a turn-of-the-century colliery. If you visit the housing settlement in front of the colliery you can learn more about the living conditions of mining families at the time."
The Dortmund museums present different aspects, some examples are:
- the "Museum am Ostwall" with its comprehensive collection of 20th century art and the various special exhibitions,
(Adress: Ostwall 7, 44122 Dortmund, 15-20 minutes walking from the main station (Hauptbahnhof) or metro "Reinoldikirche" (U42, U46, 403,404)),
- the "Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte" (Museum of Art & Culture) whose primary aim is to throw light on the everyday culture of the last three centuries,
(Adress: Hansastraße 3, 44137 Dortmund, 5 minutes walking from the main station (Hauptbahnhof)),
see also the short presentation of the Dortmund Museums.
- the "Naturkundemuseum" (Museum of Natural History) documents the past 55 million years,
(Adress: Münsterstraße 271, 44145 Dortmund, metro U45 (direction Fredenbaum) or U49 (direction Brambauer) to "Fredenbaum"),
If you are interested in architecture and Art Nouveau or "the Hagen impulse", then you have to visit the Hohenhof and the Karl-Ernst-Osthaus-Museum.
Adresses: Villa Hohenhof, Stirnband 10, 65093 Hagen / Karl-Ernst-Osthaus-Museum, Hochstraße 73, 58042 Hagen
You can reach Hagen by some trains (S5, Volmetalbahn, and some other trains from Dortmund). From the main station in Hagen you take the bus 527 (direction Fuhrparkstraße) to "Stirnband". Taking the bus back to the station leave it at "Rathaus" in the city center and visit the Karl-Ernst-Osthaus-Museum, the first lodging of the Folkwang-Museum (cf. Essen).
The Hohenhof, built by Henry van de Velde in 1906-1908, is the museum of the "Hagen impulse". In the neighbourhood you can find some other villas in the street "Stirnband" (U-shaped street). Probably the Karl-Ernst-Osthaus-Museum is closed in March 2004 due to constructing works.
"The Hohenhof is one of the most significant buildings in Europe. It
was built between 1906 and 1908 by Henry van de Velde as a home for the
Osthaus family. The building is one of the few remaining "Jugendstil Gesamtkunstwerke".
Karl Ernst Osthaus wanted the Hohenhof to serve as the focal point for
the artists' colony in Hohenhagen, but this was only implemented in part.
After a turbulent history the house has been retained in its original
form and the rooms reconstructed to house the museum of the "Hagener Impulse".
A historic park is attached to the villa. The Hohenhof is a department
of the Karl Ernst Osthaus Museums in the town of Hagen."
If you are interested in modern paintings and in the history of living in the Ruhr area: The Folkwang-Museum and the Ruhrlandmuseum give you an impression of both.
Adress: Goethestraße 41, 45128 Essen (both museums)
From the main station in Essen, reachable by the S-Bahn S1 or many other trains, you take the metro U17 to Gemarkenplatz (direction Margarethenhöhe), follow the Kahrstraße, turn left to the Goethestraße.
"The permanent exhibition" Work and Everyday Life around 1900: the industrial and social history of the Ruhrgebiet" outlines the region's industrial past in an exemplary fashion. Rooms and spaces have been created with the aid of historic objects, photos, interviews with contemporaries and other material, thus presenting earlier times in the Ruhrgebiet from today's perspective. The exhibition deals with the main areas of life in the region as they existed in the boom phase of industrialisation around 1900. It provides scenes and images which sum up symbolically the life of the working population in the Ruhrgebiet, and also of the life-style of the upper middle classes."
The collection of the Folkwang Museum enjoys worldwide renown. From Caspar David Friedrich to Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, from Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann to Salvadore Dali and Andy Warhol, no significant name from the art history of the 19th and 20th century is missing. Specially worth seeing: the exquisite collection on the history of photography.
In Essen you can also take a walk in the "Margarethenhöhe", a settlement for mine workers and their families. (Take the U17 to "Laubenweg" (direction: Margarethenhöhe.)
Adress: Steile Straße (and neighbourhood), 45149 Essen
"We are now in one of the most well-known, most beautiful, and still today most popular housing developments of the Ruhr area, the Margarethenhoehe. This housing development, which is considered a prime example of a German garden suburb and which has been under monument protection since 1987, was created based on different prerequisites than the other Essen Krupp housing developments. This time it was not a male Krupp, but a female family member being the benefactor. Margarethe Krupp, the widow of Friedrich Alfred Krupp, announced the installation of a "foundation for housing services for the inferior classes" at the wedding of her daughter Bertha to Gustav von Bohlen und Halbach in the year of 1906. For the first time, about half of the residents of the community consisted of people not employed by Krupp. The principle of unity of work place and living quarters was broken here, and the idea of a class- and status-embracing community was born. The planning and land development of the garden city was assigned to the architect Georg Metzendorf. Touring the housing development Margaretenhoehe, which was named after its benefactor, one cannot help but notice the Southern German, romantic influence, which was shaped by Metzendorf's home region. This architectural style also drew criticism, as "the small town charme of Southern Germany" was conceived as being too ornamental and unsuitable for the region. This picturesque place was visited on August 8, 1912 by Emperor Wilhelm II on the occasion of the centennial anniversary of the Krupp company. The restaurant Margarethenhoehe is located at the Kleiner Markt. The marketplace is framed by pergola houses. At the front end of the market the building of the Kruppsche Konsumanstalt is located, which was reserved for employees of the Krupp company. The fountain, crafted by the sculptor Josef Enseling, is a donation by the City of Essen in honor of the founder of the community."
You can also visit the famous "Villa Hügel" where the Krupp family lived. From the main station in Essen you take the train (S-Bahn) S6 to "Essen-Hügel", you land above the "Baldeneysee" (lake Baldeney) and below the Villa and its huge park.
Adress: Hügel 1, 45133 Essen
"From 1873 to 1945 the Villa Hügel was the seat of the Krupp family and the representative building of their industrial firm. The Large House was once the family home. It now houses the Ruhr Cultural Foundation and is used for occasional concerts and major international art shows. An exhibition on Flemish landscape painting (1520-1700) is to be shown between the 23rd August and 30th November, 2003. The Small House contains exhibitions on the history of the family and the Krupp business, and also on the activities of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation-Stiftung, the owners of the villa. The spacious grounds are an ideal place in which to stroll and relax."
The minery Zollverein (UNESCO world industrial heritage) was one of the biggest minery and coking plants in the world. Now it is a main part of the "Route of Industrial Heritage" (Route der Industriekultur).
Adress: Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen
Coming from the main station in Essen, you take the tram 107 to "Zollverein" (direction Gelsenkirchen).
"Shaft XII of the former Zollverein pit was built between 1928 and 1932 by Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer, at the time the leading industrial architects in the Ruhrgebiet. The site was designed in the Bauhaus style and was regarded not only as the most modern but also the most beautiful colliery in the world. Now it is under a preservation order and has been turned into a vibrant artistic centre: The Zollverein Museum Zollverein (only accessible by guided tour), the North-Rhine Westphalian Design Centre in the old boiler house, the Zollverein "Art Shaft" 1/2/8. and the "Sensorama" hands-on exploration show on the site of shaft 3/7/10 attract many visitors from far and wide. The adjacent Zollverein Coking Plant is a venue for contemporary art. In the disused salt warehouse you can find the "Palace of Projects" a huge walk-around installation by Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. In December 2001 Zollverein was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list. In February 2002 the renowned Dutch architect and urban planner Rem Koolhaas unveiled his master plan for transforming Zollverein over the next few years. It foresees developing the 100 hectare site, which includes the coking plant, into a centre for design and the arts."
If you have close relation to water then travel to Duisburg. The Inner Harbour (Innenhafen) is a new and rebuilt district in the city center, and the German inland waterways museum (Museum der Deutschen Binnenschiffahrt) gives an impression from shipping on channels and rivers.
From the main station in Duisburg, which is also reachable by the S-Bahn S1 or many other trains, the inner harbour (Innenhafen) is in 20 minutes walking distance or reachable by tram 901 to "Rathaus" (direction Obermarxloh) or bus 932 to "Küppersmühle" (direction Hauptbahnhof via Innenhafen).
The inland waterwasy museum is in Duisburg-Ruhrort, take the tram 901 to "Ruhrort Bahnhof" (direction Obermarxloh), then you have to walk some minutes.
Adresses: harbour: Philosophenweg (and neighbourhood), 47051 Duisburg,
museum: Apostelstraße 84, 47119 Duisburg
"The German corn market grew up in the Duisburg inner harbour around 1900 and soon the banks were dotted with mills and silos. After the 2nd World War the inner harbour decreased rapidly in importance and the old silos were threatened with demolition. Now architects, artists and urban planners have cooperated to turn the inner harbour into a fascinating new residential, working and leisure area. It is made all the more attractive by the Küppersmühle Museum of Contemporary Art (the Grothe Collection), a range of restaurants, bistros and bars, the City Museum, and the starting point at Schwanentor for a boat trip around the largest inland harbour in the world. The Duisburg marina offers 133 landing stages, a yachting service, boat hire and other marine services."
"Duisburg is the heart and home of German inland waterway traffic. It not only boasts of having the largest inland harbour in the world, but also a special museum - the German Inland Waterways Museum, opened in 1998 and housed in a wonderfully restored old Jugendstil indoor bath in the suburb of Ruhrort. The exhibit which really catches the eye in the huge old men's bath is the "Goede Verwachting", a freight yacht under full sail built in 1913. The exhibition presents a lively and comprehensive review of the world of inland navigation from the beginnings, of work in the harbours and on the wharfs, family life on board and on land, and the effects of the industrial revolution. The museum caters for families, with a water engineering playground and a children's play corner. It also possesses the last remaining tractor wheel steamer on the Rhine. The "Oscar Huber" which dates back to 1922, is tied up next to the Schifferbörse."
Naturally you can find in Duisburg also a former steel and coal place: the famous Landschaftspark Nord (North Duisburg Landscape Park). Take the tram 903 from the main station and travel to "Landschaftspark Nord" (direction Dinslaken or Watereck).
Adress: Emscherstraße 71, 47137 Duisburg
"Industrial history, ecology, recreation, leisure and culture – the North Duisburg Landscape Park is something special. At its heart stands the former Meiderich Ironworks which were closed down in 1985. Many attractions have now sprung up on the 200 hectare site. There is a free-climbing zone amongst the old bunkers. A water-filled gasometer is now an underwater diving centre. Visitors can climb to the top of the blast furnace or undertake a guided tour of the site. This unusual site has made a name for itself as a special venue for concerts, films, shows and theatre. At nights the ironworks are lit up by a spectacular light show designed by the British artist Jonathan Park."
Ohter cultural events
There are also some possibilities for visiting theater or concerts in Dortmund and in the neighbourhood.
The lists below will be supplemented gradually.
Theater and Concerts: Some examples in Dortmund and Bochum
Theater Dortmund: Theater and opera in one house: opera, musicals, ballet, and drama (e.g. March 7, 2004: Nabucco (Premiere)).
Adress: Kuhstraße 12, 44137 Dortmund, metro station: Stadtgarten (every U-line)
Konzerthaus Dortmund: The new music hall in Dortmund (e.g. March 5-7, 2004: Barberschop Convention, March 8, 2004: Amadeus Kammerorchester "Mystischer Mozart", March 11, 2004: Theater Boulevard "Männer")
Adress: Brückstraße 21, 44135 Dortmund, near the main station of Dortmund (Hauptbahnhof) or metro station "Reinoldikirche" (U42, U46, 403, 404)
Theater Fletch Bizzel:
Adress: Am Alfons-Spielhoff-Platz/Humboldtstraße 45, 44137 Dortmund, coming from the city center take the metro U42 (direction Hombruch) to "Städtische Kliniken", otherwise 15-20 minutes walking from the main station (Hauptbahnhof)
Theater im Depot:
Adress: Immermannstraße 39, 44147 Dortmund, metro U45 (direction) Fredenbaum or U49 (direction Brambauer) to "Immermannstraße/Klinikzentrum Nord"
Theaterzwang: The 11th Dortmund biennial festival for off-theater will take place from March 5-13, 2004.
The Harenberg City Center often offers cultural events (mostly literature),
Adress: Königswall 21, 44137 Dortmund, near the main station
Adress: Königsallee 15, 44789 Bochum, from the main station take metro 308 (direction Hattingen) or 318 (direction Dahlhausen) to "Schauspielhaus", walking distance from the main station about 15 minutes
Lothringer Straße 36, 44805 Bochum, from the main station by metro 308 (direction Schürbankstraße) to "Gerthe Mitte"
Comödie Bochum: in march 2004 "Frische Luft"
Adress: Ostring 25, 44787 Bochum, 5 minutes to walk from the main station in Bochum
Adress: Prinz-Regent-Straße 50-60, 44795 Bochum, from the main station in Bochum take the bus 353 (direction Sundern) to "Knappenstraße"
Sports: Looking how people do sports
Borussia Dortmund will play on March 6th or 7th against VFB Stuttgart in the German "Bundesliga".
If you plan to stay a little bit longer: The World Figure Skating Championships 2004 will take place in Dortmund two weeks after the conference, March 22-28, 2004.
Social Program during the Conference: Links
Dortmund and the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet) have many interesting places worth to visit.
During the conference we organize some excursions and trips to give some examples if you are interested to see some unknown aspects of this area during the conference: Social Program.
The Working Group Data Analysis in Archaeology (AG Datenanalyse in der Archäolgie) offers a special excursion on friday, March 12th, 2004. One will visit the German Mining Museum in Bochum as well as the Archaeological Museum of Westphalia in Herne and some other interesting points in Dortmund and its neighbourhood: Archaeological excursion.
|If you have questions concerning the social program, please Magdalena Thöne (Deutsch, English, Nederlands).
Latest change: November 28, 2003 [M.T.]