Ex-industrial hub in Germany banking on tourism

The Ruhr region of Germany was once the nation's industrial hub but has fallen into decline. Now one of its major cities is capitalising on its powerhouse past and hoping that tourism can help recharge its economy.

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    The coal mines and steel plants in Germany's Ruhr region have powered the country for more than a century.

    But since the industrial hub fell into decline, Essen, one of its major cities, is now looking to tourism to recharge its economy.

    The Zollverein Coal Mine complex has been transformed into the Ruhr Museum, welcoming some 1.5 million visitors a year.

     

    Al Jazeera's Nick Clark reports from Essen, Germany.


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