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Castrop-Rauxel, town park
Schungelberg Housing Estate, Gelsenkirchen
Castrop-Rauxel, old town centre
Castrop-Rauxel, Erin trading estate
Old Henrichenburg Ship Lift
Schloss Beck leisure park, Bottrop
Jewish museum, Dorsten
Zollverein pit , Essen
 Zollern Colliery II/IV, Dortmund
Zollverein  Pit,  Essen
Stairway to Heaven, Gelsenkirchen
Sculpture wood, Gelsenkirchen
Lembeck moated castle
Monastery gardens at Kamp Lintfort
Rungenberg Mining Tip, Gelsenkirchen
Castrop-Rauxel, town park
Castrop-Rauxel, town park

The town park is within walking distance of the old town centre. It contains a disused open-air swimming bath which has now been refurbished as a bistro ("Parkbad Süd") and cultural centre. The old bath itself has now been changed into an open-air stage venue, and there is a "boules" area next door on the site. You can borrow "boules" free of charge in the bistro.
TOUR THE RUHR

Tour the Ruhr.
ISBN 978-3-88474-815-2, 256 pages, coloured photos throughout, paperback, 11.50 €.
Klartext Verlag, Essen. Fourth edition, July 2011

Tour the Ruhr 2011 The fourth updated and enlarged edition of "TOUR THE RUHR" has been on the market now for almost three years. As you can see from the picture on the left, it has a newly designed cover. So don't waste your money on any special offers for earlier editions. The new edition is not only updated and therefore considerably different, it includes towns not dealt with in earlier versions, thereby giving readers an almost complete coverage of the region.

Tour the Ruhr was first published in 1999 and has been universally acclaimed as one of the best travel guides on the market. For more, see the five star ratings on Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk. The book was updated and reprinted for the fourth time in July 2011. It covers 35 towns in the whole of the Ruhrgebiet, which is the third largest urban conurbation (after London and Paris) in the whole of Europe. As well as providing a short history of the area, the book gives detailed information on how best to use the public transport system, lists my top twelve attractions and covers such items as the Industrial Heritage Trail, museums and art galleries, parks and swimming baths, cafés, bars, restaurants and discos, theatres and opera houses, professional football venues and amateur sporting facilities from gliding to cycling, free climbing and water sports. All venues are assessed for wheelchair suitability. There are private and public transport directions to all the listed venues, as well as web sites, opening hours, admission prices, addresses and telephone numbers.
A fifth updated edition of "TOUR THE RUHR" was released by Klartext Verlag as an E-Book in September 2014.

READERS REACTIONS TO "TOUR THE RUHR"

Congratulations, dear Roy Kift. This is what a tourist guide should be like if you want to have the best possible holiday. It is the best guide which has ever fallen into my hands, not only about the Ruhrgebiet. No, worldwide. Ursula P

Your new guide is a joy to read and I hope my English friends, amongst whom I'm distributing copies at the moment, will feel the same way and laugh as much as I did, maybe even come and visit the Ruhr! … the guide is a marvellous idea and I hope there will be many more additions in the future, Bärbel Gross, Herten

Hi Roy, just a few lines to say thanks for your “Tour the Ruhr”. I got back from a fortnight in Dortmund last weekend. … for me, what's great about the book is its accessibility: in style, layout and treatment of subject. And with a lot of tips. My German friends were impressed to. They even went out and got their own copies, Richard Noice. (England)

Congratulations!.. I wolfed it down. … it's not only written in a very pleasant and entertaining way… it is very concise and thorough. Even I, having lived in this area free exactly 50 years, could learn some things I had not known, Axel H., Bochum

For a comprehensive selection of books on the Ruhrgebiet, take at look at the Klartext Verlag homepage

A good English language link on industrial monuments in the area (and the rest of Germany) is the homepage of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, ERIH:
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