The history of the Ewald colliery began in 1871. Three mining contractors in Essen, one of whom Ewald Hilger, gave his name to the pit, set up the colliery in the south of Herten. After a thorny start the colliery grew to become the most productive pit in the Ruhrgebiet, above all after the Second World War. For a time it boasted a workforce of over 4000 miners. Coal mining ceased here on 28th April 2000. The site is marked by a number of imposing buildings from different eras. These include the Malakov tower, the wages house and the trestle winding gear above the central shaft, no. 7, built in 1955 from a design by the Zollverein architect, Fritz Schupp.
The first new jobs were created here as early as 2002. Now the “Ewald Future Site” is a symbol of modern, sustainable structural change. Several international firms and the hydrogen competence centre have made their base here. In addition the Ewald colliery combines leisure and cultural activities in an entertaining and fascinating manner.
The colliery is part of the Hoheward Landscape Park, the centre of which is the largest spoil tip topography in the whole of Europe. Here the two curved steel arches of the spectacular “Horizon Observatory” make up another landmark that can be seen from far and wide.
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Hoheward Visitor Center
April to October:
Tuesday - Sunday 10am-6pm
November to March:
Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm
You can visit Hoheward Landscape Park at any time