Phoenix See

For 160 years, the district Dortmund-Hörde mostly produced steel. The name Phoenix stood for both the furnace plant on the property Phoenix-West and also the Oxygen steel plant Hermannshütte on the property Phoenix-East. With the regions structural change, this era drew to an end, and the steel and furnace plants were closed. By now, Phoenix – similar to the mythological creature – has risen anew from the industrial wasteland: a big, artificial lake was created on the grounds of the former steel plant, the Phoenix See (“Lake Phoenix”). At the lakes northern edge, the ecologically improved river Emscher flows its own way again; together with the Hörder creek, they form a new home for many animals and plants. The area has developed to a local hot spot for recreation and relaxing, and also a coveted residential zone.