The Gasometer originally was huge gas tank connected with the iron and steel industry of the city. Constructed in the end of the 1920s, it is the largest of its type in Europe, and certainly very impressive - a real landmark. It is 117,5m high and was used for storing gas. Today, you can go to the top by elevator to get a great view of the area!
Hit by bombs during World War Two, it was reconstructed 1949 but only a little later, there was no use for it anymore as more modern techniques replaced it. In the 1980s, its decommissioning began.
Now it is used as an exhibition hall, which is closely connected to the Ruhr Area becoming European Capital of Culture 2010. The previous exhibition was called "Out Of This World - Wonders Of The Solar System" and was really great. It displayed fabulous pictures of planets, galaxies and more, and a huge replica of the moon ("The biggest moon on earth"). Due to its size, the gasometer really is a great exhibition hall and a unique experience, as you wander around and take eveything in.
The new exhibition started on April 8, 2011 and is called "Magic Places - Natural and Cultural Monuments of the World". Doesn't that just sound great? :-)
Fees: 8€ for adults, 5€ concession, 17€ for a family.
You can see pictures of the exhibition in the travelogue!
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CentrO is the biggest shopping mall in Germany. It is like a city in itself - containing countless shops, cafés, restaurants and even a theme park. Close by is a SeaLife Aquarium which was home to the octopus Paul who got famous during the last Football World Cup. The Gasometer is also very close.
Originally, there was a big steel plant at this site, which was closed after iron and steel production ceased in the area. The city then decided to create the "Neue Mitte" (new centre), a totally new focus for the city, providing it with a new attraction and a new quality of life style. However, many locals don't like it that much as it is quite artificial.
I just had a short glimpse at the shops as this is not my type of thing, but I liked the restaurants at the edge of CentrO, where you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine!
Friedensplatz (Peace Square) is a square located in front of the train station. It is a nice square with trees and a rectangle pond and a fountain. It is dominated by straight lines but it still is a very nice place and, when I stumbled upon it after leaving the train station, I found it kind of surprising - I had not expected to find a square like this in a city like Oberhausen that is not that famous for being beautiful, but rather an industry town.
Most buildings around the square were constructed in the 1920s, the court house is from 1907.
If you are in or around Oberhausen then you should not forget to visit the Gasometer. This huge remain from industrial history is the largest cylindric gas depot in Europe and was built in the end of the 1920s. The Gasometer is a great place to have a far view over the region. Get on its roof with a glas elevator mounted in the inside.
But not just the Gasometer is drawing the attention of the people, but also the very interesting exhibitions which are set up here. The Gasometer offers great possibilities to exhibit large objects. So once I have seen the huge balloon with which Piccard tried to surround the earth and just now at the time I am writing ths tip there is an exhibition about the astronomy with the largest moon model on earth.
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- Historical Travel
On 1 August 1999, Oberhausen celebrated the 125th anniversary of its town charter within the framework of the park festival dedicated to the element “earth”. The “Neue Gärten Oberhausen” or New Gardens of Oberhausen was the last large-scale park project of the Internationale Bauausstellung (International Exhibition of Architecture and Construction) in Emscher Landschaftspark that extends from Duisburg to Hamm. In addition to that, another former industrial site that was closed to the public for many years was redeveloped at Oberhausen’s Neue Mitte next to CentrO. The former premises of the Osterfeld colliery and coking plant make up the core area of OLGA
Burg Vondern a significat North Rhine Westphalian late gothic secular building.
The mail building dates back to the baroque late 17th century.
This castel look very old and ancient and the ground around it is being restored.
Guided tours by arrangement only and can contact office hours at Burg Vondern: every Thursday, 6 to 7 PM in the manor house.
A guided tour is available every third Sunday at 11am ( free of charge)
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Gasometer was open in May 1994 as an exhibition centre. A glass panorama lift in the interior transports visitors to the top of the structure and for the external roof you can view the city. Or you can climb the 592 steps.
Entrance fee with no exhibition in 2005/2006
on weekdays : roof open:
2,- Euro, reduced* 1,- Euro
Weekends + public holidays : roof + interior open incl. audio guide.
3,- Euro, reduced* 2,- Euro, family ticket 8,- Euro (2 adults with max. 5 children under 17)
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The Schloss Oberhausen has classical architectural features. This Schloss gave its name to the station, built in 1846 in the vicinity and to the town itself.
The building of the Schloss was constructed between 1804 and 1818 to the plans of the architect August Reinking. This Schloss was built for Maximilian who was the Count of Westerholt-Gysenberg. It was acquired by the town only in 1992. A refurbishment was completed in 1998.
- Castles and Palaces
Now there is the seat of the Ludwig Gallery Schloss Oberhausen in the present building. The gallery brings together old and modern masterpieces of different periods and cultures.
Adjacent to this, the "Gallery for Popular Art" presents works of applied art like caricatures, comic art, photography, poster art and video. In the rooms belonging to the so-called "small Schloss", there are regular exhibitions focusing on regional themes especially those dealing with structural change.
The memorial hall which is housed in a side wing of the building is dedicated to the history of persecution and resistance during the Nazi era.
The CentrO Park
The CentrO Park is situated on eight and a half hectare site. It has many water features and man-made lakes. They advise to come there with the whole family and enjoy a day out.
When I was there the weather was not good for such things. It was raining and I could only watch attractions including the roller-coaster ''Speedy'' with its rotating seats, the giant swing-boat ''Pirate'', a 44 meter high ferries wheel, many more merry-go-rounds, a bungee-trampoline or the nostalgic eighty-year-old ''Cocks and Horses'' roundabout. I couldn’t even make photos because rain bothered much. The park's own catering service has a wide range of snacks and beverages on offer. But it’s good only in good weather!
Address Promenade 10, 46047 Oberhausen Tel +49 (0)208 / 45678-0, Fax +49 (0)208 / 45678-12 Email: email@example.com Web: www.centropark.de
The CentrO is unique because they say it is the largest shopping and leisure paradise in Europe. It’s also interesting because it is at the same time the biggest example of structural change in the Ruhr Region. We know how this region looked like in the XX century! Now it has just the opposite view.
The CentrO consists of various areas such as a shopping mall, a gigantic fast food area known as the Coca Cola Oasis and the Promenade. Over twenty different types of international eateries are situated there. The shopping mall has two levels with 70, 000 m2 of floor space containing approximately 200 national and international retail outlets. For visitors coming by car 10, 500 parking places are available free of charge.
Address Centroallee 1000, 46047 Oberhausen
Tel +49 (0)2 08 / 8 28 - 20 55 Fax +49 (0)2 08 / 8 28 - 20 06 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.centro.de
View from the Gasometer
A glass lift brings visitors to a viewing platform some 117 metres high. From the roof of the Gasometer, accessible by a glass elevator, visitors can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the Western Ruhr Area.
Oberhausen's Gasometer in the CentrO situated between the Rhine-Herne Canal and the shopping and event centre the CentrO. It is at the same time the town's new landmark and symbol of structural change in the Ruhr Region.
Gasometer - an "Industrial Cathedral" inside
Even without an exhibition or event going on, the Gasometer is still worth a visit. The inside of the Gasometer welcomes guests with an extraordinary atmosphere.
The dark and semi-glossy walls, the extraordinary steel structure and the eight-time echo turn the 75-years old building into an "Industrial Cathedral".
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- Museum Visits
Gasometer - an "Industrial Cathedral" outside
Gasometer is Europe's highest plate gas container. The Gasometer of Oberhausen is an outstanding landmark of the Western Ruhr Area and in particular of the town of Oberhausen. Other than that it is an impressive example for building history and a spectacular location for events.
Since 1994 annually changing exhibitions of impressive magnitude have turned the Gasometer into a successful cultural location within North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Wind of Hope
The current exhibition at the gasometer, and another fantastic one!
It's about Betrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the first men who flew around the world in a hot air balloon.
There is only one level of exhibition area. But as the building is almost 120 m high there is enough space - for the whole balloon!! There is spacy music in the background, everything dark, some lights pointing to the balloon. Mysterious, awesome really!
There is an elevator going to the top of the gasometer so you can enjoy the view on the roof. While on the elevator you come along the balloon, it takes your breath, you feel as if the balloon is sinking and you not moving at all. People in the elevator were speechless all of a sudden... Magic moments!!