The "IBA Emscher Park" (International Building Exhibition) initiated between 1999 and 2009 the conversion of former industrial zones into parks and gardens. The "Emscher Park" cycle path connects many projects of the route of industrial culture along the Emscher canal.
The lunar like landscape of the "Schurenbach-Halde" stands in contrast to the lush woodland, you pass through by climbing up the heap. With 250,000 new trees the base of the heap was reforested in the 1980s. Access from Emscherstraße.
The Rhein-Herne-Kanal was built in 1914 as coal transport channel and was transformed into a cultural channel in 2010, which promoted cultural and leisure projects along the canal. Since then, the channel is a popular recreation area.
The city park in Bochum was created in 1876 in the style of an English landscape garden. The hilly terrain with two lakes and a "Bismarkturm" from 1910, is a paradise for rabbits. The cute little rabbits can be seen everywhere in the park. At the city park is also a small animal park.
The former Thyssen steelworks has become an interesting cultural and natural experiment. The old industrial structures are slowly being overgrown by plants. You can walk through the remains of the former industrial plant. Now there are restaurants and Museums on the grounds.
The late-baroque garden for Ferdinand von Plettenberg was designed around 1725 by the architect Johann Conrad Schlaun. The "Venusinsel" and more than 300 sculptures, make the "Schlosspark Nordkirchen" a famous place near the industrial haert of Germany.