Emscher Landschaftspark

Emscher Landscape Park is the central park of the Ruhr metropolis, offering a multitude of leisuretime attractions and fascinating insights into an exceptional landscape of industrial culture and landscaping: Visitors can look forward to breathtaking panoramic views, miles of leisurely cycling on the Emscher Park cycle trail, discovering the unusual beauty of wild industrial nature, climbing, diving, mountainbiking, picnics, and much more.

The regional Emscher Landscape Park consists of several individual parks, industrial naturescapes, and artificial landmarks. The individual parks are interconnected via hundreds of kilometres of leisure trails. The surprisingly green cityscape of the Ruhr metropolis can be experienced at leisure from the vantage points of defunct railway lines or riverside trails connecting the Landscape Park Duisburg North and the Tetraeder in Bottrop, or the path from Westpark with the ‘Jahrhunderthalle’ event centre in Bochum via the former ore train track to Emscher Island and the Hoheward landfill with its spectacular Horizon observatory in Herten/ Recklinghausen.

The Emscher Landscape Park spanning around 450 square kilometres and over 200 completed projects is the most developed regional park in Europe. Its projects have significantly and sustainably improved the quality of life of the people living in the area. As an attraction for city breaks or simply as a destination for a Sunday outing into nature – the area has become a leisuretime landscape complete with structures of deep symbolism.

As part of a strategy for the creation of new urban culturescapes, the park has become an international model for metropolitan development from scratch. Development efforts in the park are ongoing, and include projects in the new Emscher Valley and on Emscher Island. In keeping with the tradition of landscaping and landmark art, EMSCHERKUNST offers numerous current art objects, interconnected by the route of the Emscher Island Tour.

The Emscher Landscape Park is a joint venture project of Regional Association Ruhr (RVR) as the organiser of the park, the 20 municipalities Duisburg, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Oberhausen, Bottrop, Gladbeck, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Bochum, Herne, Castrop-Rauxel, Herten, Recklinghausen, Waltrop, Dortmund, Lünen, Bergkamen, Kamen, Werne, Bönen, and Holzwickede, the two counties Recklinghausen and Unna, the three government districts Münster, Dusseldorf, and Arnsberg, the federal state North-Rhine Westphalia, and Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband.
Additional information as well as a download of the Discovery Guide ‘Emscher Landscape Park’ can be found here:

Info Centre Emscher Landscape Park House Ripshorst
Ripshorster Strasse 306, 46117 Oberhausen
Tel.: +49 (0)208/ 8833483, Fax: +49 (0)208/8833486
E-mail: infozentrum-elp@rvr-online.de