Es lohnt sich / Es lohnt sich nicht #9

We traveled from Cologne to Hamburg by way of Essen. I realize they are European Culture Capital 2010, but I don't care. Verdict: Es lohnt sich nicht. Not worth it.

For better, or mostly for worse, Essen is in an industrial region that is past its prime. Its central attraction is the Zollverein, a gigantic coal-processing facility turned into a tourist attraction. (Looks a bit like a set for a sci-fi movie.) Info here.

It's just not that interesting. For those of you in Montana, this would be like designating Butte a cultural heritage site because it has a gigantic, polluted, abandoned copper pit.


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