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ERIH Network takes part in the Ruhr Night Show of Industrial Culture

"The ExtraSchicht – The Long Night of Industrial Heritage” welcomes visitors, for the 5th year in succession, to an exciting journey of discovery with cultural events and temporary illuminations to the Ruhr area. On 4th June 2005 the industrial monuments of the “Route of Industrial Heritage” open their gates for a varied programme between 18.00 and 02.00 o'clock.

Starting at four “hubs” visitors travelling by public transport can reach more than thirty events across the Ruhr region. The ERIH network takes part in the ExtraSchicht. At the ERIH Anchor Point and World Heritage Colliery of Zollverein in Essen, the ERIH project and its new launched website will be presented to the public for the first time. A professional agency has developed the presentation using state of the art projection and sound technology.

The ExtraSchicht is a mega event of the “Route of Industrial Heritage”, which was the model for the ERIH project. The route, opened in 1999, makes the industrial heritage of the Ruhr Area accessible on an approximately 400 km round course.

The signed main route links 25 of the best sites of industrial heritage such as coal-mines, blast furnaces, gasholders, manufacturers' mansions, industrial and social historical museums (See map). It leads through important workers´ colonies and to nine viewpoints offering impressive panoramas of the industrial landscape.

Approximately 1,500 traffic signs at motorways and local roads show the visitors from at home and abroad their way to the industrial heritage highlights. These are not only important witnesses of the 150 years industrial past of the Ruhr Area, but also have developed into “lively” industrial heritage areas and unique venues for events with special attraction for tourists.

Three anchor points represent the industrial history of the Ruhr area within the ERIH network: the World Heritage Colliery and Coking Plant Zollverein in Essen, the Landscape Park Duisburg-North and the Coal-Mine Zollern II/IV in Dortmund.

From these Anchor Points the "Route of the Industrial Heritage" leads into the Ruhr area, which is integrated as a Regional Route into the European ERIH structure.

Visit the websites for more information.

Press contact: Christiane Baum;
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