For those of us without cars, travel can sometimes be a challenge. Here are two interesting industrial monuments, the Zeche Waltrop and the Boat Lift of the Dortmund-Ems Canal. Both are located in Waltrop, which is difficult to get to without a car, but this hike connects both with a tour of the fading post-industrial landscape of the Ruhr, as its being reclaimed by nature.
The Hohe Mark is a nature park focused on the mixed forest and agricultural landscapes of Münsterland. Most of this hike takes you through the dense forests to the famous lookout tower, and on the way, you will visit several of the many palaces that dot the Westphalian landscape.
The flat plains of Westphalia around the city of Münster are colloquially referred to as the Münsterland. Despite the lack of serious topographic disturbance, the landscape is one of the wealthiest natural preserves in Germany. Visitors often remark about how alive Westphalia's natural landscape seems compared to other parts of Germany. This is just one tour of many that focus on the natural waterway of the Stever river.
This is more of a niche hiking experience, but one that could still prove interesting from various perspectives. The route travels up and around several slag deposits from 19th and 20th-century mining operations. Once upon a time, this region was so industrialized that finding any kind of vegetation was challenging. Decades later, though, nature is slowly returning.
A visual overview of the main things to see in Dortmund, a cityscape largely lost to the sands of time.