ZollvereinSteig | © Diana Blinkert/EMG
ZollvereinSteig | © Diana Blinkert/EMG
Hiking in Essen


Hiking in Essen


If you hike the ZollvereinSteig, you will experience exciting contrasts. Here lush green parks meet unique industrial culture and lovingly tended allotment gardens meet imposing slag heap art. The trail takes its name from - of course - the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein, the only World Heritage Site in the Ruhr region. This is also where the route starts, which leads right across the north of Essen, past the Rhine-Herne Canal. Nowhere else in the city can you discover the successful structural change of the once industrial region so close to nature. The highlights, in the truest sense of the word, are the walkable slagheaps. From the proud landmarks, which were created by heaping up the mining rock, hikers can let their eyes wander and their souls dangle.

Route information

  • Length: 26.4 km
  • Length side view: 5.4 km
  • Metres in altitude (ascent): 321 m
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Physical condition: high (medium for half-day hike)
  • Family suitability: not in all sections
  • Landscape/nature: Varied hike through green belt, parks, industrial wastelands, allotment gardens, along the Rhine-Herne Canal and on elevations (slag heaps) in the north of Essen.
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