I cycled to Gelsenkirchen from the adjoining city of Essen, where I had rented my bike at the main railway station.
Unlike most of the other cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Gelsenkirchen does not have a bicycle station at its main railway station, but I'm told that some of the bicycle shops in Gelsenkirchen do have bikes for rent, not only for sale.
Throughout the city of Gelsenkirchen there are well-marked bicycle routes, including several themed routes such as the Industrial Heritage Cycle Route, which also goes through Oberhausen and Essen.
Update: In June 2010 Gelsenkirchen was one of ten cities in the Ruhr District that started Metropolradruhr (“Metropolitan Bicycle Ruhr”), which they say is “the biggest bike sharing system in Germany”. The other nine participating cities are Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Hamm, Herne, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Oberhausen.
Gelsenkirchen main station is served by numerous local, regional and InterCity trains, typically twenty or more trains per hour.
There are no direct trains from Frankfurt am Main to Gelsenkirchen, but numerous connections involving only one or two changes of trains, for instance in Cologne (Köln) or Duisburg or Essen.
Second photo: Pedestrian zone behind the station.
51°30'17.34" North; 7° 6'9.05" East
Metropolradruhr bike stations 7601 and 7602.
For our 5-days "Tour of the Ruhr" trip we used cheap Germanwings flights from Zagreb to Cologne. On borders of the Ruhr region there are three large international airports (Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Cologne) so reaching it isn't a problem.
After landing at Cologne we rented a car from Sixt rent-a-car (you get a discount as Germanwings passenger - just show your flight coupon). It was definitely the easiest way to navigate this region.
If you depend on public transport only, you won't be lost in the Ruhr region. Public transport is fantastic, consisting of buses, express buses, city buses, trams, undergound trams, trams upgraded from strassebahn to stadtbahn, then local trains, regional trains, regional expresses.....
Anyway - there will always be some kind of transport available no matter where you are and where you want to go. Public transport company of Gelsenkirchen and Bochum is called Bogestra (Gelsenkirchener Straßenbahnen Aktiengesellschaft), and all their modes of transport are integrated into the regional transport network (VRR - Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr). Tickets are valid on all VRR lines, different fare zones rules apply.
Thanks to its excellent location, the park is easily accessible by car via the A31 (exit Kirchhellen-Nord).
- Aken 132 km
- Amsterdam 202 km
- Brussels 250 km
- Dusseldorf 60 km