With its imposing architecture, the Zollverein coal mine is viewed as one of the most significant industrial monuments of the 20th century. It was named as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001 – along with the boiler house, which houses the Red Dot Design Museum. Where once the energy for the impressive industrial complex was generated, a location has now emerged for events that promise an unforgettable experience.
In the mid-1990s, Lord Norman Foster converted the power house to create the Red Dot Design Museum. In doing so, the British architect created a visual and tangible contrast of disused materials like brick, rusty steel walls and metal pipes on the one hand and modern elements such as glass and concrete on the other. This mix of old and new makes the museum a location with an unmistakable atmosphere that provides a space for receptions as well as for product and company presentations, but also for workshops, conventions, banquets and much more.
Red Dot Design Museum Essen
Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site
Areal A [Schacht/Shaft XII], Kesselhaus [A7]
Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
GPS: N 51.447328 E 7.011423
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Travel by train
With Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) from Düsseldorf airport: ca. 30 minutes (36 km).
With tram line 107, exit at station “Zollverein”.
From Essen central station: ca. 15 minutes
From Gelsenkirchen central station: ca. 20 minutes
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Travel by car
exit “Gelsenkirchen Hessler/Essen-Katernberg” (towards Essen-Katernberg)
Coming from the direction of Duisburg/Düsseldorf: exit “Essen-Frillendorf Süd” (towards E-Stoppenberg)
Coming from the direction of Bochum/Dortmund: exit “Essen-Kray” (towards Gelsenkirchen-Rotthausen)
Follow the signs marked “Zollverein”.
The parking site A2 can be used free of charge.