Shaft XII

The tours through the former, original surface facilities of the Zollverein colliery and coking plant as well as the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage site bring history to life.

Shaft XII, also known as Schacht XII, is a significant historical site located in Bottrop, Germany. It was part of the Zeche Prosper coal mine complex, which played a crucial role in the coal mining industry of the Ruhr region.

Shaft XII is renowned for its iconic winding tower, which served as the focal point of coal extraction operations in the area. Constructed in the early 20th century, the winding tower stands as a symbol of the industrial heritage of the Ruhr region and the toil of the miners who worked there.

Today, Shaft XII is no longer operational as a coal mine. Instead, it has been repurposed into a cultural and historical site, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about the region’s industrial past. Guided tours take visitors through the winding tower, showcasing the machinery and equipment used in coal extraction and providing insights into the daily lives of miners.

Shaft XII also serves as a venue for special events, exhibitions, and cultural activities, further contributing to its significance as a cultural landmark in the Ruhr region. It stands as a testament to the resilience and ingenuity of the people who shaped the industrial landscape of Germany’s Ruhr Valley.

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