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.

by

    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.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.