Side Programme and Technical Visits

2017-09-13 - 2017-09-14
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The Essen Tourist Center will advise you to plan your personal visit programme.

EMG - Essen Marketing GmbH Ι Essen Tourist Center Ι Am Hauptbahnhof 2 Ι 45127 Essen, Germany

Side Programme - Our recommendations to explore the city to become acquainted

UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein

Stiftung Zollverein
  Jochen Tack

Even in times of operation the coal mine “Zollverein” was nominated as the »Most beautiful coal mine of the world«. Yet the industrial monument “Zollverein” is the only world heritage site in the Ruhr area. Visitors can discover history, design, architecture, and cultural activities daily in one of the most fascinating places of industrial history. The Ruhr Museum in the former coal washing plant presents several special exhibitions besides its permanent exhibition of displaying nature and cultural history of the Ruhr area.

Museum Folkwang

Museum Folkwang
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  Peter Wieler

The Museum Folkwang ranks among the most important art museums of Germany. It owes because of its outstanding collections of German and French painting and sculptures of the 19th century, different art trends of the 20th century such as cubism, abstract art and expressionism as well as the post-1945 art, the photography and the graphic arts. A special feature is the collection of works by old and non-European artists and the collection of the German Poster Museum, with over 350,000 sheets.

Villa Hügel

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  Peter Wieler

Villa Hügel is located in the midst of a 28-hectare parkland with a view over the Baldeneysee. Designed by the industrialist Alfred Krupp in 1868 and completed in 1873, it served as a residence for the Krupp family until 1945. Since 1953, the "Major House" of Villa Hügel has been used for sophisticated art and cultural history exhibitions. From 1953 until the death of Alfried Krupp in 1967, Berthold Beitz was his representative and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Krupp Foundation. He established the Kulturstiftung Ruhr from his private property in 1984, which has been responsible for the exhibitions since then.

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Technical Visits

Registration for the technical visit tours can be made using online with the regestration to the VGB Congress. All technical visit tours will only take place provided that the minimum number of participants is reached.

VGB PowerTech e.V. Ι Deilbachtal 173 Ι 45257 Essen Ι P: +49 201 8128 274 Ι Email:

Power plant Duisburg-Walsum block 10

Friday, 15 September 2017

  • 09:00 Meeting Point Atlantic Hotel Essen, Essen - Bus shuttle to Walsum
  • 09:50 Arrival at PP Duisburg-Walsum, gate adminstration
  • 10:00 Ensuing vesting and walking tour of the power plant block 10
  • 12:00 End of the visit and departure by bus to Essen
  • about 13:00 Arrival in Essen, Atlantic Hotel Essen

PP Duisburg-Walsum block 10

Steag KW WalsumPlease take note of the following guidelines:

  • The number of participants is limited.
  • The location asks for the wearing of solid footwear (if possible, safety shoes) and weather-proof clothing.
  • Helms are placed from the site.
  • For wheelchair users the area is unfortunately not aligned.

More Information: PP Duisburg-Walsum block 10

Garzweiler opencast mine and Neurath power plant
Day tour incl. lunch

Friday, 15 September 2017

  • 09:00 Meeting Point Congress Center West, Essen - Bus shuttle to Garzweiler
  • 11:00 Arrival at the Garzweiler information center, short introduction ensuing bus tour through the opencast mine
  • about 12:45 Drive to the Niederaußem power plant and joint lunch at the plant lunchroom
  • 13:45 Drive on to the Neurath power plant
  • 14:00 Arrival at the Neurath information center, ensuing vesting with PPE and walking tour over the power plant site
  • 17:00 End of the visit and return by bus to Essen
  • about 18:30 Arrival in Essen, Congress Center West

Garzweiler opencast mine

Tagebau GarzweilerThe Garzweiler opencast mine is located to the west of Grevenbroich and is moving into the direction of Erkelenz. The mine mainly touches the Rhein-Erft county, Rhein county Neuss and Heinsberg county. Lignite is deposited in three seams which altogether have an average seam thickness of 40 metres. The coal is some 40 to max 210 metres below the Earth's surface. It is used entirely to generate electricity in the nearby power plants.

More Information: Garzweiler opencast mine

Neurath power plant

KW NeurathThe lignite-fired power station with optimised plant engineering (BoA 2&3) is the most modern of its kind in the world. The system in Grevenbroich-Neurath, consisting of two units, backs innovative power-plant engineering. Optimisation of all process steps in power generation ensures higher efficiency, lower emissions and greater flexibility.

More Information: Neurath power plant