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From Coal Mines To Gold Mines In Germany's Ruhr

There was a time when people did their best to avoid western Germany's Ruhr region, best known as a decaying industrial area dominated by coal mines and blast furnaces. But now the area is enjoying a "green" transformation that is powering a tourist boom. A number of former industrial sites have been transformed into centers for business, entertainment, and tourism.

The Zollverein industrial complex in Essen
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The Zollverein industrial complex in Essen

A view of Shaft 12 at the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Germany's western Ruhr region, an iconic example of Bauhaus design
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A view of Shaft 12 at the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Germany's western Ruhr region, an iconic example of Bauhaus design

Another view of Shaft 12 at the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex
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Another view of Shaft 12 at the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex

The former cokery in Essen
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The former cokery in Essen

The former iron works in Duisburg
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The former iron works in Duisburg

A concert hall in the former iron works at Duisburg
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A concert hall in the former iron works at Duisburg

An outdoor cinema at the former iron works in Duisburg
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An outdoor cinema at the former iron works in Duisburg

An academy for civil servants at Mont Cenis, a former coal pit in the Ruhr region
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An academy for civil servants at Mont Cenis, a former coal pit in the Ruhr region

At the former Mont Cenis mine
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At the former Mont Cenis mine

A former coal mixing hall in Dinslaken, now used for large public events
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A former coal mixing hall in Dinslaken, now used for large public events

A cabaret at the former coal mine in Herten
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A cabaret at the former coal mine in Herten

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