More like an industrial city, Oberhausen has a unique approach to art and artistic displays. While half of the city is adorned with a historic mill, a gas chamber, or a heavy industry, Oberhausen cleaned up well replacing all the rustic metal and gunk with fragrant flowers, stages for performances and art, and vast green spaces to enjoy German summers. A mix of culture, history, art, and nature, this city really knows how to clean itself up. You will surely be pleased with how the dilapidated factories and industries have been reshaped to something magnificent.
There is a lot of history, recent and archaic, to explore.
Imagine walking into a World War II gas holder only to see an incredibly magnificent display in a larger than life size! An industrial landmark, Oberhausen has been known for its exhibition on European industries, contemporary art, natural history, space exploration, and more. Till November this year, the museum’s exhibit titled ‘Wonders of Nature’ will celebrate the intelligence and beauty of the nature around us. The highlight of the new exhibit is the Earth itself. In the gigantic interior of the Gasometer, our blue planet is brought to life luminously: the round tour reaches its climax with the view of a 20-metre (65.6 ft) large globe hovering in the Gasometer’s 100-metre (328 ft) high air space. Gasometer is located in an absolutely pristine locality.
Address: Arenastraße 11, 46047 Oberhausen, Germany
They say, to explore a city’s true beauty, explore its greens. The Kaisergarten is Oberhausen’s gateway to its open fields. Surrounded by beautiful fountains, lush green grass, and tall trees, a picnic here would definitely give you a unique Oberhausen experience. The park’s sculptures, zoo, mini golf course, and parks are another reason why you should consider spending a Sunday here. While you’re here, make sure you visit the Oberhausen castle, it is massive, beautiful, and perhaps the highlight of this leisure park.
Address: at the Schloss Oberhausen, Konrad-Adenauer-Allee 46, 46049 Oberhausen
3. Legoland Discovery Center
The land of legos, where lego dreams come true! If you were a fan of building your own city, industry, and what not with yellow plastic bricks, you will love spending a day here to discover the mecca of all things Lego! Fully equipped with exhibitions, a food court, play area, and everything yellow, it’s one place where playing rules.
Legoland Discovery Center
Address: CentrO-Promenade 10, 46047 Oberhausen, Germany
Website: Legoland Discovery Center
4. Sea Life Center
Remember Paul the octopus? The octopus who predicted the winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup? He lived here! Well, Paul is no more but millions of fans visit his shrine at the Sea Life Center every year to pay their respects to the celebrity octopus. Not just that, the center is home to some of the most vibrant and diverse sea life from across the globe.
Sea Life Center
Address: Zum Aquarium 1, 46047 Oberhausen, Germany
Website: Sea Life Center
To see the cultural side of Oberhausen, the Ebertbad is a wonderful stage showcasing programs of various genres. Poetry, theatre, cabaret, or dance, the stage is open to a diverse set of audiences, speaking much about the art culture of this industrial city.
Address: Ebertstraße 4, 46045 Oberhausen, Germany
Part of the Neue Mitte or the new center, CentrO is Germany’s largest shopping mall. Need we say more? Everything from A to Z, from all across Germany is stocked in stores in this massive shopping complex, making this the perfect place for you to get your shopping groove on! If you like to shop till you drop, well, you will be challenged!
Address: Centroallee 1000, 46047 Oberhausen, Germany
Set atop a former colliery, OLGA park is more like a carnival with theme gardens, streets artists, jugglers, and park festivals. Despite its rustic look from the coking plant, the park cleaned up well, fully equipped with two large playgrounds for children, areas for concerts, industrial flower fields, and enchanting bridges. And to remind you that all this is in fact, beautification of iron and steel, the conveyor tower stands tall reminding you of the yesteryears of Oberhausen.
Address: 46117 Oberhausen, Germany
Website: OLGA Park
8. Rhineland Industrial Museum
A decentralized museum at six locations across the Rhine, they have everything from paper mills to a zinc factory and textile factory. The museum at Oberhausen is set up in a historic rolling mill, which was originally used to produce zinc plates. The museum will take you back in time, showing you heavy industries of the 19th century, explaining the steel crisis in Europe and displaying the transformation in the region.
Rhineland Industrial Museum
Address: Hansastraße 20 46049 Oberhausen
Website: Rhineland Industrial Museum
It’s not all just industries in this town. Though there is no beach in the proximity, the Aquapark makes up for it. Suitable for all ages, their swimming pool is clean and an absolutely fun place to hang out. Didn’t we say this place has it all?
Address: Heinz-Schleußer-Straße 1, 46047 Oberhausen, Germany
A blast from the past
A blast from the past, but a walk through a scenic park, that is Oberhausen for you. We love everything that Oberhausen offers. Whether you are a history buff, a theatre enthusiast, or an outdoor person who loves the waves and amusement parks, it’s all here. Steer away from the traditional tours in Germany and take a break from the beers and the castle to see the other side of Germany, one that fought, strived, and transformed to a beautiful picturesque city.
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