A short update!
On Saturday we went to the Zeche Zollverein. Which is a large industrial facility in the northeast of Essen. It was formerly a coal mine, and coking plant. It was shuttered in 1986 and purchased by the city of Essen shortly thereafter. It was converted to a park/event space/industrial heritage site, and dedicated a world heritage site in 2001.
We went to visit, since it is one of the more famous places in Essen, and since Saturday was one of the best weather-days we’ve seen. It turns out it’s a really cool place and we had a great time wandering about checking out the sites. They have a “swimming pool” which is open seasonally. It turns out the swimming pool is two shipping containers welded together with a deck around them.
Apparently they also have a shallow pond used for ice skating in winter!
I, of course, took photos. And have included some of the better ones below.