Denkmalpfad Zollverein (Monument Path Zollverein) provides guided tours through the authentic buildings and machinery of the former coal mine and coking plant. Zollverein is presented through three lenses: technology; work and workers; and history and recent transformation. Since the 1990s, Denkmalpfad has offered and developed guided tours in diverse formats and languages. Since 2009, digitally animated sounds, machines in virtual operation, and illustrations help to understand Zollverein’s historic function at Shaft Site XII. Approximately 155,000 people attend one of the ca. 9,500 tours offered each year. Training is part of an ongoing qualification programme among the ca. 100 tour guides. From 2018 onwards, the Denkmalpfad will offer extended activities at the coking plant area.
Long-term perspective: The Denkmalpfad Zollverein uses its experience to broaden the range of attractions, not only for tourists but especially for locals and specifically local schools. The Zollverein Mittendrin project has become a part of the Denkmalpfad, to support these ongoing and future education activities in the adjacent districts of Zollverein.