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Old September 4th, 2009, 04:14 AM   #21
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Very interesting pics. I've always wondered what the Rhine-Ruhr region looked like. I've been to Germany many times, but we Americans don't go there to tour industrial areas. I can see that at home.

It is not pretty, but I appreciate the pics just to get an idea of what this famous region looks like. Every (industrialized) nation has areas like this.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #22
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Bottrop is a city in west central Germany, on the Rhine-Herne Canal, in North Rhine-Westphalia. Located in the Ruhr industrial area, Bottrop adjoins Essen, Oberhausen, Gladbeck and Dorsten. The city had been a coal-mining and rail center and contains factories producing coal-tar derivatives, chemicals, textiles, and machinery. Bottrop grew as a mining center beginning in the 1860s, was chartered as a city in 1921, and bombed during the Oil Campaign of World War II. In 1975 it unified with the neighbour communities of Gladbeck and Kirchhellen, but Gladbeck left it in 1976, leading to Kirchhellen becoming a district of Bottrop as Bottrop-Kirchhellen.
Bottrop has the longest stretch of autobahn without junctions which is often used for testing vehicles at high speed, and is home to the famous Mercedes-Benz tuning company Brabus.

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Old October 7th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #23
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A few pictures made in the citycenter of Bottrop. The city itself is not very interesting or beautiful.

BOT 01) Bottrops cityhall.

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BOT 02) The cityhall once again.

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BOT 03) One of the few nice buildings in town.

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BOT 05) The Tetraeder is a 60 m tall pyramid structure on top of a 90 m tall slagheap. This structure is open for public and offers great views over the western part of the Ruhr area.

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BOT 10) Very enjoyable for those with a fear of heights!

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Old October 7th, 2009, 01:10 PM   #24
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The Ruhr area seen from the Tetraeder. Notice the amount of green in this urban area. Because of the low and middle high (building and population) densities you wouldn't get the feeling this is Germany's largest urban area.


BOT 11) View towards the west. We can see the citycenter of Bottrop and in the background the steelcomplex of ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg is visible.

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BOT 12) The same view, now with some more zoom. On the right the cityhall of Bottrop is visible, the church and tower in the center are located in Oberhausen (200.000).

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BOT 13) This view is more towards the northwestern part of the Ruhr area. On the right, in the background the coal powered powerplant in Duisburg-Walsum is visible, which is located at a distance of 17,5 km.

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BOT 16) A view towards the north.

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BOT 17) This is the view towards the north-east. The gigantic powerplant is located in Gelsenkirchen-Scholven and the chimneys are 300 m tall. The hill is Halde Oberhscholven, a slagheap with a height of 130 m. The city in front of the powerplant is Gladbeck (75,000).

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BOT 18) If we take a look futher to the east, we can see the soccer stadium Veltins Arena of Schalke'04 in Gelsenkirchen. This arena is located at a distance of 8 km from the Tetraeder.
Just right of the stadium the old winding tower of coalmine Zeche Ewald in Herten (63.000) is visible. More impressive the fact that the powerplant in Datteln, located at a distance of 30 km(!) is visible.

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BOT 19) A chemical complex in Gelsenkirchen and the powerplant in Herne (167.000). Notice the green area's.

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BOT 20) The citycenter of Gelsenkirchen (262.063 inwoners). The tower in the background is located in Bochum.

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BOT 21) Located in the south-east, the city of Essen (580,000) becomes visible. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is visible and is a large former industrial site in the city of Essen It has been inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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BOT 22) The Alpincenter, an indoor ski slope is also constructed on top of a slagheap (Halde). Behind the ski slope we can see Kokerei Prosper, a coke oven.

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BOT 23) Kokerei Prosper.

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BOT 26) The skyline of Essen in the distance.

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BOT 27) Essen viewed with a maximum zoom.

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BOT 28) Bottrop and Oberhausen.

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BOT 30) And we have viewed the western part of the Ruhr area clockwise, this is almost the same view as pic BOT11.

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Old October 7th, 2009, 06:22 PM   #26
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Awesome. Really really interesting, didn't know the cities were actually THAT close.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 11:49 PM   #27
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Many thanks!
Those last pictures show that Germany's centre of heavy industry comes along with lots of Green.
I remember when standing on top of the headgear of Bochum's Bergbaumuseum how amazed I was by the green galore surrounding me.
(btw: Is Bochum yet to come?)
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Old October 8th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #28
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(btw: Is Bochum yet to come?)
Thanks! Bochum is one of the cities which I still have to visit. It will come, but not in the near future.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 01:48 PM   #29
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Nice picturetopic, keep 'em comin! I just returned from my second trip to this magnificent area. Besides cities and industries you can find some nice parks here. Try Eschbachtalsperre near Remscheid for example.

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Bochum is one of the cities which I still have to visit. It will come, but not in the near future.
Bochum is one of the nicest cities in the Ruhr-area with a very interesting mining museum. So you saved the best for last.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #30
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Many thanks for all the commentaries helping us better understand this fascinating industrial region.



Again, thank you!
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