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Castrop-Rauxel City Guide

A long and impressive mining heritage and tourist attractions steeped in history make a city trip to one of the greenest cities in the Ruhr Valley, Castrop-Rauxel, a memorable holiday experience.

The former mining town of Castrop-Rauxel is situated in the densely wooded area near the Emscher river in the north Ruhr area and has evolved in recent years to be nicknamed “Europastadt im Grünen” (noteworthy European city and green space). The Emscher river and the Rhine-Herne canal pass through the north of Castrop-Rauxel. There are four canal ports in the city. The last mine, the Erin coal mine from 1867, was closed in 1983. Today, the mining tower and the hammerhead tower in the city centre are prominent industrial landmarks on the tourist Route of Industrial Culture and they keep the memories of the region’s significant mining heritage alive for both inhabitants and visitors to Castrop-Rauxel.

One of the most popular destinations during a mini-break in Castrop-Rauxel is the charming Bladenhorst moated castle in the Bladenhorst district. This stronghold in its picturesque setting was first documented in 1266 and was converted and extended in 1584 in late-Renaissance Period style. Wine festivals and various events such as recitals and talks often take place in the medieval setting of the castle courtyard.

The proud St. Lambertus Church in the district of Henrichenburg in the north of Castrop-Rauxel has a long history to look back on. The north aisle of the 13th-century church was integrated into the newly built Neo-Gothic basilica in 1890. Visits to the church are not just for culture connoisseurs, rather, every visitor to the city of Castrop-Rauxel will appreciate its greatest treasures: the 1516 tabernacle with its impressive branch-like construction and ornate late-Gothic monstrance.

 Don’t miss out on a visit to the old 1899 Henrichenburg Ship Hoist during your short trip to Castrop-Rauxel. Here, ships up to 70 metres long were carried 14 metres up or down the Dortmund-Ems canal in a hoist. Today, this striking industrial landmark is one of eight sites in the LWL Industrial Museum. Just past the outer harbour of the canal, impressive historical ships entice travellers to visit. Among them you will find a steam tugboat, a steam tanker (the only one in Europe) and slipway facilities with an historic slewing crane. There are often interesting special exhibitions in the harbour buildings.

The municipal gardens stretch to the outskirts of the old town of Castrop-Rauxel. This is a popular spot for both inhabitants and visitors to relax. Shady linden, sycamore and beech trees, an enchanting rose garden, a pond with gondolas, ducks and geese and a small waterfall invite you simply to relax.  Watch out for herons and kingfishers catching their prey. In the middle of this diverse garden with its shrubs and forest, the statue of nature poet, Hermann Löns, captures visitors’ attention. In the former “Parkbad Süd” (public park swimming pool), there is a popular cultural and leisure centre to attract visitors today.


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EuroStar Hotel

EuroStar Hotel

Bahnhofstraße 60, Castrop-Rauxel
4.1
of 5, from 16 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Castrop-Rauxel, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Westphalian State Theater and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bodelschwingh Castle and LWL Industrial Museum. Henrichenburg Boat Lift and Kletterhalle Bergwerk are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£71
Vienna House Easy Castrop-Rauxel

Vienna House Easy Castrop-Rauxel

Dortmunder Str. 55, Castrop-Rauxel
4.1
of 5, from 39 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Castrop-Rauxel, this romantic hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Westphalian State Theater, Bodelschwingh Castle, and LWL Industrial Museum. Kletterhalle Bergwerk and Henrichenburg Boat Lift are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£66
Hotel Raj Mahal

Hotel Raj Mahal

Europaplatz 3-11, Castrop-Rauxel
3.2
of 5, from 8 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Castrop-Rauxel, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Westphalian State Theater and within 6 mi (10 km) of LWL Industrial Museum and Bodelschwingh Castle. Henrichenburg Boat Lift and Kletterhalle Bergwerk are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Your "residence", Complete. Furnished, 70 sqm Apartment in the Center of the Ruhrgebiet

Your "residence", Complete. Furnished, 70 sqm Apartment in the Center of the Ruhrgebiet

120 Hubertusstraße, Castrop-Rauxel
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this historic apartment is within 3 mi (5 km) of LWL Industrial Museum, Bodelschwingh Castle, and Kletterhalle Bergwerk. Westphalian State Theater and Dortmunder U are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£60
Select Hotel Handelshof Essen

Select Hotel Handelshof Essen

Am Hauptbahnhof 2, Essen
3.9
of 5, from 51 reviews
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Located in Stadtkern, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grillo-Theater, Philharmonie Essen, and Essen Cathedral. Old Synagogue and Aalto-Musiktheater are also within 10 minutes.

£34
Novum Hotel Excelsior

Novum Hotel Excelsior

Lange Straße 1, Dortmund
3.8
of 5, from 137 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Dortmund, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dortmunder U, Thier-Galerie, and Dortmund Opera House. Theater Dortmund and Hansaplatz are also within 10 minutes.

£56
Novum Hotel Unique Dortmund Hauptbahnhof

Novum Hotel Unique Dortmund Hauptbahnhof

Hoher Wall 38, Dortmund
3.9
of 5, from 315 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Dortmund, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dortmunder U, Thier-Galerie, and Dortmund Opera House. Theater Dortmund and Hansaplatz are also within 10 minutes.

Schloss Hotel Holzrichter

Schloss Hotel Holzrichter

Hohenlimburger Str. 15, Nachrodt-Wiblingwerde
4.6
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Nachrodt-Wiblingwerde, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Hohenlimburg Castle, Dechen Cave and Cave Museum, and Hohenhof Villa. Markischer Golf Club and Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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