Hannover Colliery and Kiddies Colliery

Zeche Hannover
Zeche Hannover

In Bochum-Hordel is an impressive testimony to the era of coal mining: Hannover Colliery

Hannover Colliery was founded in 1857 very near to a farming community and it produced high-quality coal until it was closed down in 1973. The “Malakow” winding tower and machine-house, now part of the country’s industrial heritage, are all that remain of the imposing double-shaft mine. They are home to the LWL-Industrial Museum “Hannover Colliery”.

Join a guided tour and see the oldest steam winding engine on its original site in the whole of the Ruhr valley and climb to the top of the tower. You will also discover how the countryside changed with the arrival of heavy industry and urban development.

Temporary exhibitions on topics such as “Women in mining” or “Pit ponies” illustrate different aspects of mining life. A special attraction is the Kiddies Colliery which has a huge appeal for children. They can dress up in traditional miners’ gear and imitate all the activities of a real colliery using gravel –rather than coal! This is a hands-on lesson in history which makes it particularly interesting for school classes.



Hannover Colliery and Kiddies Colliery
Günnigfelder Strasse 251
D - 44793 Bochum
Phone +49 234 6100874



Opening Hours

from March 27th to November 1st 2015
Wed - Sat 14 - 18
Sun 11 - 18


368 – Public transport stop: Hannoverstrasse

Restaurant Car Parking Coach Parking Disabled Car Parking Guided Tours Toilets Limited access for wheelchairs Disabled toilets

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