Best Western Parkhotel Engelsburg

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Augustinessenstrasse 10, Recklinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, 45657, Germany
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This picture (again part of...

by Bagillbaer

This picture (again part of the graffiti of Paul Sörter) shows the Ruhrpott's industrial background that is now lying on its deathbed - coal mining and steel manufacturing. I guess it did *somehow* influence our culture, only I'm not sure how. Definitely not 'good' _or_ 'bad', just somehow different ;o). People tend to be a bit reserved here, but be assured that doesn't mean that they don't like you *hehe*, I guess we're just not very used to people who come here for entertainment and not for work... and on the same time people here seem to have to get used to being entertained themselves without feeling awkward. The age of coal mining meant hard work, black dust *every*where, ruining your body for the work (back, lungs, eyes) and getting a low education (who needs this university stuff anyway? You certainly don't need it underground, son...). But things have begun to change decades ago, and externally everything's different now - *no* black dust *any*where ;o), a whole row of universities, one in almost every bigger city of the region (Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hagen, Wuppertal)... the industry's dying, service is the growing business. But many people living here were raised by coalminers or at least their parents were, and those people hardly ever had the chance to travel! So the tourism sector is very young, on the way out a bit less than on the way in, but I'm afraid I notice a certain lack of the 'backpacker spirit' among the people here *sigh*. It's all 'book a hotel and off to the warm South'... probably a result of always having worked so hard - so now other's shall do the work, while you're lying in the sun, doing nothing ;o).
What a long speech! *hehe*
What remains to be said in the end is, that people here are actually really nice and love having guests. They're just a bit careful, cause it's all so new to them, and many new things don't work (experience...). Once you got into contact with the locals and managed to convince them you're really a tourist and not someone who wants to pull their leg *lol*, you shouldn't find it difficult to chat with 'em. ;o)
Give us a chance! *hehehe*

Arena "Auf Schalke"

by MichaelFalk1969

The soccer club Schalke 04 in the city of Gelsenkirchen has one of the most modern soccer stadiums in Europe. Even if you are no supporter, it might be worthwhile to watch a game just to take in the athmosphere. The games are usually on saturdays, starting 3:30 p.m. Just 15 - 20 minutes from Recklinghausen.

ZOOM Zoological Garden

by MichaelFalk1969

The ZOOM zoological garden ist just 15-20 minutes from Recklinghausen by car, in the city of Gelsenkirchen. The city itself is absolutely not worth seeing - yet the zoo has been modernized and has some quite spectacular theme-oriented enclosures. The rebuilding of the zoo will be finished in 2009, when the South-Asian-themed enclosures will be completed. Today, the two main sights are the "Alaska" theme area with north american animals and the "Steppe" theme area with African animals. It is even possible to do a boat ride and view the African animals from an artificial river.

Westruper Heide

by MichaelFalk1969

The Westruper Heide is a beautiful heather area near the town of Haltern, and very popular for hiking. Once an army training ground, it has now been converted to nature.

You can find it if you drive from Recklinghausen to Haltern (Halterner Strasse) and take the exit to Lüdinghausen. Just a few hundred meters after the exit is a parking place where all hiking paths into the Westruper Heide start.

Observatory - Hohewards-Park

by MichaelFalk1969

This newly built observatory in a converted former coal mining area between Recklinghausen and Herten can be recognized from afar due to the the giant steel constructions symbolizing the meridian and the equator line. It was labeled the new "Stonenhenge", and several installations in the area allow to discover the laws of the movements of sun, stars, moon, and seasons. A very popular destination in the area, and several hiking paths around.

Location: Follow signs "Hohewardspark" in the town of Herten.


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Address: Augustinessenstrasse 10, Recklinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, 45657, Germany