Following the Corona hiatus: ExtraSchicht returns to the Ruhr

After two years of suspension due to Corona, ExtraSchicht is back in the Ruhr region. 43 venues in 23 cities will make the 20th Night of Industrial Heritage a major event for the entire region. Anticipation is high, shuttle buses and rental bikes are ready to transport an estimated 200,000 visitors criss-crossing the Ruhr.

The programme pairs brightly illuminated industrial monuments with a rich and diverse cultural programme featuring music, lectures, guided tours and rather offbeat events such as longboard dancing in the Bochum Centennial Hall. Pilsner and currywurst are part of the local flavour and must not be missed.

Once again, many ERIH sites will be involved. Here are a few highlights:

  • Zollern colliery in Dortmund invites visitors to take a virtual bike tour across the Ruhr region via a VR goggle that also provides some challenging tests of courage, including rides over deep gaps or trips up in the air.
  • Henrichshütte Hattingen has an augmented reality installation as well, interpreting the history and work at the ironworks in an artistic way. The music will be provided by "Kai & Funky" from the iconic band "Ton Steine Scherben".
  • World Heritage Site Zollverein will host exhibitions and live music as well as a water orchestra and the illuminated walk act "Ocho, the Octopus".
  • For those who haven't experienced it yet, the Oberhausen Gasometer will be attracting visitors with its first exhibition after its comprehensive refurbishment: "The Fragile Paradise", a visually stunning journey through the turbulent history of our Earth's climate.
  • Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park will entertain its visitors with cabaret, comedy and cabaret at its best in the foundry and, as a finale, provide a music parade to explore the opulent oeuvre of the Beatles.
  • Bochum's railway museum is focusing on a slower pace this year, combining beer garden ambience with illuminated installations centred on its rolling stock, accompanied by guided tours on the history of the former railway depot.

Extraschicht 2022 starts on 25 June at 5 pm and ends at one in the morning. Personalised tickets, which must be ordered in advance on the internet or purchased at ticket agencies, allow visitors to easily check in and out on site. If you plan well, you can soak up a lot of industrial heritage at former blast furnaces, collieries, breweries and gasometers from Waltrop to Hagen and from Unna to Moers - finally again!