Hoheward - Top of the Ruhr

Welcome to the website of the Hoheward visitor centre. We are currently working on a translation of the complete site, until then you can find the most useful information about Hoheward – the landscape park, our visitor centre and the interactive permanent exhibition NEW HORIZONS – On the trail of time here. For further information please call us at the visitor centre, we will do our best to provide you with further information.


The Hoheward landscape park in the green heart of the Emscher landscape park consists of two tips - the Hoheward and the Hoppenbruch tip – and is the largest slag heap of Europe. Visitors can walk around on diversified hiking and cycling trails up to the top. Once you reach the highest platform of the Hoheward tip you can experience one of the landmark art installations of the Industrial Heritage Trail - the “Horizon Observatory”. It is made up of two great curving steel arches which can be seen from far and wide. Another highlight is the impressive horizontal sundial on the lower eastern plateau consisting of a 9 metre high obelisk telling the time with its shadow as former examples did in the roman age.

-> Further information about the Ruhr Metropolis, the Emscher Landscape Park and the Industrial Heritage Trail.

The team of the visitor centre.

Hoheward visitor centre

The Hoheward visitor centre offers many tips for leisure activities in the Ruhr Metropolis, information about the Industrial Heritage Trail and the Emscher landscape park as well as different maps of trails in the region for cycling and hiking. A souvenir shop with a variety of books and gift articles complete the portfolio. Ultimately we organize guided tours (also in English language) around the Hoheward landscape park and the Emscher landscape park – which is the Central Park of the Ruhr Metropolis.

Interactive exhibition „NEW HORIZONS – On the trail of time“

After a short film introduction you can experience how the themes energy, seasons, planets and ultimately the “Horizon Observatory” and the horizontal sundial correlate. Various interactive exhibits invite to get hands-on experience and find out about this mystery. 

Price 4,- €, reduced price 2,50 €, family ticket 10,- €

Photo: RVR / S.Schejok

A picture of the exhibition

Contact & Information

Hoheward visitor centre
Werner-Heisenberg-Straße 14
45699 Herten

Fon: +49 (0) 2366 / 1811-60
Fax: +49 (0) 2366 / 1811-618



The terrain of the Hoheward landscape park & the Ewald Colliery is freely accessible any time.
Opening times visitor centre and exhibition:

April - October:
Tue – Fri 10:00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m.
Sat - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 01.00 p.m. & 01.30 p.m. - 06.00 p.m.
(Last admission to the exhibition is at 05.00 p.m.)

November - March:
Tue – Fri 10:00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
Sat - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 01.00 p.m. & 01.30 p.m. - 05.00 p.m.
(Last admission to the exhibition is at 04.00 p.m.)

Driving Directions

Motorway  A2, exit „Herten“, A42, exit „Herne-Wanne“ or A43 exit “Recklinghausen-Hochlarmark”, follow the signs

Public Transport

From the main station "Wanne-Eickel Hbf", direction Herne/Marl, or "Herten-Mitte", direction Wanne-Eickel Hbf, take the low-floor bus SB27 and get off at the station "Bergwerk Ewald ½".

From the bus station Marl-Mitte take the suburban train S9, direction Wuppertal Hbf, and get off at Gelsenkirchen Hassel Bf. Next get on the low-floor bus 212, direction Herten-Mitte and step out at the station "Herten-Mitte". Afterwards take the low-floor bus 210, direction Recklinghausen/Gelsenkirchen, and get off at the station "Herten Gelsenkirchener Straße". 

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Kontakt & Infos

Besucherzentrum Hoheward
zentraler Service
Werner-Heisenberg-Straße 14
45699 Herten
Telefon: +49 (0) 2366 / 1811-60
Telefax: +49 (0) 2366 / 1811-618
Besucherzentrum Hoheward - Infopunkt
Cranger Straße 11
45661 Recklinghausen