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Hattingen is a city in Ruhr. Known for its medieval core and abandoned steel mill it has a population of about 55,000.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

Hattingen was first mentioned in 990 as Hatneggen, followed by the founding of the town in 1396. In 1554 the town was recognised by the Hanseatic League, and its location helped the textile trade to flourish.

Henrichshütte steel works

In the 19th and 20th centuries, coal mining with several collieries and steel production became important factors in the town's development. From 1854, Hattingen became an important industrial location with the founding of the Henrichshütte steelworks. Alongside the historic Altstadt old town, the Henrichshütte blast furnace is the town's main attraction and can be visited. Guests are taken on a tour throughout the entire manufacturing process, from raw material to end product. The labour struggle of the 1980s, the closure of the plant from 1987 onwards and the subsequent structural change have left their mark on the town to this day, with Hattingen managing their transfer to service economy better than many comparable places. Most of the sprawling former industrial complex was demolished and is now a commercial estate, but you'll find old remnants if you walk around.

Christmas market on Untermarkt square

The historic old town was threatened with demolition after war damage and decay in the post-war period, but besides the southern part of the core which is where a large supermarket now stands, this was largely prevented. Walking around gives you a good taste of how a typical small german city centre before bombs and concrete boxes looked like. Several festivals throughout the year invite locals and visitors alike, with the historic Christmas market from the end of November to Christmas as the highlight, drawing people from near and far.

The surrounding area is green and ideal for spending time outdoors. The Ruhrtalradweg runs through the city along the Ruhr River.

Geography[edit]

Hattingen is a collection of settlements in a hilly area, with the Ruhr River running through the north of it, near the city centre.

Hattingen proper is roughly oval shaped. The centre of the historic core is St Georg's church. Heggerstraße is the main shopping street and slowly rises up in elevation from the plateau of Hattingen Mitte as you go north.

In clockwise-order the smaller settlements are:

  • Welper, a garden suburb featuring a lot of greenery. Originally build for the workers and their families of the nearby steelworks. Stores and eateries can be found along "Marxstraße" and "Thingstraße".
  • Blankenstein, small and formerly an independent town before 1971, it offers Burg Blankenstein, a small core with historic buildings and a great vista over the Ruhr Valley.
  • Holthausen, a suburb developed in multiple stages since the 1960s, not much of touristic worth can be found here, location of rehabilitation clinic.
  • Bredenscheid, small village, lies on cycle path to Wuppertal. Accomodation, two eateries and a 'Sparkasse' ATM can be found here. South of it mostly nature.
  • Niederstüter, small settlements inbetween nature, great area for walks and hikes, 'Wodantal' valley is a popular road for motorbikes on weekends.
  • Elfringhausen, basically the same as Niederstüter but to the west, focused along 'Felderbachstraße' road. No public transport lines serve it directly.
  • Niederbonsfeld, private single-family houses between horse stables and fields. No facilities except petrol station on "Kohlenstraße", near the south end of "Tippelstraße"
    St. Mauritius church in Niederwenigern
    Niederwenigern, more affluent town above the Ruhr Valley, large catholic cathedral and hospital, shops of daily needs along "Essener Straße"
  • Winz-Baak, another 1960s era suburb, mix of single- and multifamily buildings, above Ruhr meadows.
  • Rauendahl, similiar to Winz-Baak but with more diverse population. An 'Aldi' market and a couple shops for daily needs can be found at the entry to the neighbourhood.

Tourism information[edit]

  • 1 Tourism Office (Touristeninformation), Haldenplatz 3 (From shopping centre walk to left of 'Kaufland', turn right at corner and left at second street, use right alley), +49 02324 204 3095, . Mon-Fri 9-13 14-16 Sat 10-13. Gives information about city.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports are

  • Düsseldorf Airport [1], 40km away.

By car: Take A44 follow signs for Velbert, take exit 38 'Langenberg', right, left at first traffic light, follow signs for Hattingen

Public transport: Take skytrain to Airport station, board regional services RE1, 2, 5, 6 or 11 to Essen Hauptbahnhof, take S3 to Hattingen Mitte (S) station.

  • Dortmund Airport [2], also about 30km away.

By car: Take B1/A40 westbound towards Essen, change to A43 at Exit 38 Kreuz Bochum, exit 21 Witten-Herbede, follow signs for Hattingen.

Public Transport: Take the expensive shuttle bus to Dortmund or use Bus #490 for Aplerbeck U, change to U47, change at Dortmund Hauptbahnhof, use RE1 or 6 to Bochum, use Bus #SB37 or Subway 308 to Hattingen.

By train and public transport[edit]

1 Hattingen Mitte (Busbahnhof/ ZOB). Central bus/tram/train/taxi station. If you arrive by those in Hattingen, it'll likely be here.

Long-distance train services stop in nearby Bochum and Essen, both of which can be reached by public transport in 25-30 minutes from Hattingen.

When arriving from Essen by rail, sit on the right side for this view

Suburban railway S3 connects Oberhausen and Hattingen via Essen and runs every 30 minutes. The S-Bahn terminus is underground so if you require the lift and its out of order, take the train back to "Hattingen (Ruhr)" station, it'll have level boarding or staff-operated ramps. Use services 308,359 or 554 at the top of the small hill to get into the centre 1km away.

Light Rail service 308 goes to Bochum and runs every 15 minutes Mon-Sat, every 30 minutes on Sun- and Holidays. Both terminate at the transit hub "Hattingen Mitte" at the southern edge of the historic centre, which also serves local bus routes.

See the website of regional transport authority VRR for specific schedules, fares and further information.

Coaches on booked trips will drop you off next to a large ww2 bunker across from Reschop-Carree centre.

By car[edit]

Autobahn A43 from North: Exit 21 Witten-Herbede, follow signs Hattingen, keep following main road past Blankenstein, turn off short dual-carriageway, left, at second light (large building straight ahead) left, up the hill and follow signs.

From South: A43 Exit 22 Sprockhövel, follow signs for Hattingen, park at Reschop-Carre.

Get around[edit]

Map of Hattingen

Walking is the primary mode of transport in the historic centre. People with mobility issues are advised that the pavement in the historic centre can be a little difficult to navigate at certain spots and several alleys are only accessed by stairs.

Low-floor buses serve Hattingen and cost 2,80€/ Ride (1,70€ for up to 4 stops) or 6,00€ to Essen and Bochum per VRR fares.

On fri-, saturday and holiday nights, hourly night express service NE4 connects to neighbouring Bochum.

See[edit]

  • 1 LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte, Werksstraße 31-33 (Bus: "Henrichshütte" 350,SB37 / "Industriemuseum" 554), +49 2324 9247140. Tues- Sun 10am-6pm, last admission 5pm, closed Mon and 31 Dec/1 Jan. Old defunct steel works turned museum, blast furnace open for visitors.
  • 2 Historic Town Centre (Altstadt). Historic town centre, half-timbered houses, cobblestone alleys, ruins of old defence wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hattingen on Wikipedia
  • 3 Burgruine Blankenstein (Burg Blankenstein ruins), Burgstr. 16 45527 Hattingen ("Burg Blankenstein" 350 or "Museum/Klinik" SB38, 350). Partially reconstructed ruins of medieval castle, great vista over Ruhr Valley. Location of granting Bochum's town rights in 1321. Today it houses a restaurant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blankenstein_Castle on Wikipedia
  • 4 Bismarck Tower (Bismarckturm), Schulenburgstr ("Schulenburg" Bus 359). 11m tall stone 'tower' build in 1901 to honour former Reichs-Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Key can be borrowed from nearby Schulenburg restaurant.
  • 5 Isenburg Castle Ruins (Burgruine Isenburg), Am Isenberg 2 ("Isenberg" 331, 141 or "Isenberger Weg" 647). Ruins of late 12th/early 13th-century Isenburg castle, ruins dug out 1969-1989 by local school club, great view over Hattingen and Ruhr, small museum open Sun/Holiday afternoons.
  • 6 Haus Kemnade, An der Kemnade 10 ("Haus Kemnade" 350 or "Steinenhaus" SB38, SB67, 320, 350). Medieval water castle next to Ruhr, houses an instrument exhibition of Museum Bochum gallery aswell as a restaurant and marriage chapel. de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haus_Kemnade on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • 1 Christmas Market, inside city centre ("Hattingen Mitte" station). Christmas Market annually, 21 Nov - 22 Dec 2021. Food, drinks, souvenirs between half-timbered houses. Covid19 Vaccination or negative test required free.
  • 2 Ruhrtalradweg. 240km bike path along River Ruhr, Winterberg - Duisburg. de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruhrtalradweg on Wikipedia
  • 3 Skatepark Hattingen, along Ruhr, at the end of "Ruhrdeich" ("Ruhrallee" Bus 554, Runs Mon-Fri only). Open 10-22. Small skate park next to Ruhr River in commercial estate.
  • Enjoy the Ruhr Meadows, 112 (emergency). On sunny days you can find locals enjoying the meadows besides the Ruhr, but you should never attempt to swim in it, drowning victims are sadly an occurence almost every summer.

Buy[edit]

  • Reschop Carré, Reschop-Carré Platz 1 (next to Hattingen Mitte transit hub), +49 (0) 23 24 / 68 65 435. 9.00h - 20.30h. Shopping centre. Clothes, food and electronics, public library and toilets.
  • Wochenmarkt (Farmers Market), Rathausplatz/ Große Weilstraße. Tuesday 9-15.00 / Saturday 7.30-13.00. Farmers market twice a week, fresh bread and produce. Tuesdays on "Große Weilstraße" infront of 'Kaufland' Supermarket, Saturdays on "Rathausplatz", near new city hall. .

Eat[edit]

Most restaurants can be found in the historic centre, surrounded by Martin-Luther-Str / Schulstraße / Augustrastraße and August-Bebel-Straße. Besides that, eateries and restaurants can be found throughout most of the city.

  • 1 China Express Van Loi, Kreisstraße 11 (from city centre walk west on Bahnhofstr, turn left on Kreisstr. Tram 308 "Bahnhofstr.), +492324593110. Tue-Fri 12-15 & 17-21, Sat-Sun 16-21. Asian restaurant with seating area hidden away, access difficult for mobility-impaired. .
  • 2 Pizzeria Tonino, Kirchplatz 3 (next to St Georg Church), +49232452267. 12.00 - 22.00. Italian trattoria/pizzeria.
  • 3 Richie's Diner, Kleine Weilstr. 16, +4923246852022. Thursday-Sunday 17-22.00. Small restaurant serving American burgers, fries, etc. €€.
  • 4 Restaurant Haveli, Johannisstr. 8, +4923243916158, . Tue-Thu 12-15 17-22 Fri&Sat 12-15-17-23 Sun 12-15 17-21.30 Closed Mondays. Indian Restaurant, small but genuine.
  • 5 Asia-Palast (Mongolisches Grillrestaurant Asia-Palast), Wittener Str. 8 ("Burg Blankenstein" 350), +492324687989. Mon,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat 12-15 17-22.30 Sun 12-22.30 Closed Tuesdays. Asian Restaurant opposite Burg Blankenstein, dine-in or take away (call before), Buffet starting 10-17€, casual.
  • 6 SIDE Döner, Langenberger Str 3 (corner between Kaufland supermarket and 'Reschop Carree' shopping centre). Sun-Thursday 10-22, Fri&Sat 10am-4am. small Döner Kebab place, take away only, long opening hours on weekends. .

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Barney Kirnan's, Keilstraße 3, +49232423401. Sun-Thurs 17.00 - 01.00 Fri&Sat 17.00 - 3.00. Irish pub located in half-timbered house, cozy. €€.
  • 2 Torkelkeller, Kirchplatz 4 (entry via Haldenplatz), +491702838690. Fri/Sat/night before holidays 22.00 - 4.00. Small cozy bar hidden away. Good atmosphere.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Campingplatz Ruhrbrücke in Hattingen, Ruhrstraße 6 ("Hattingen Ruhrbrücke" 308/359, cross under Bridge), +49 2324 80038, . From 8€/night.
  • 2 Zur alten Krone (Hotel/ Wirtshaus Zur alten Krone), Steinhagen 8 (right in the middle of the centre), +492324506771, . Friendly hotel. Lower floor has restaurant of the same name. TV, free WiFi, secure bike parking, car park at nearby public garage.
  • 3 Hotel Birschel-Mühle, Schleußenstr 8 (Hattingen (S) S3,359,554 / Bahnhofstr 308, cross railway on 'Bochumer Str.' bridge, use ramp on left side (northbound), cross under main road), +4923249100871, . Small hotel in old mill building next to Ruhr River, awarded by German Cyclists Assoc. , Restaurant closed due to flood damage. single room from 60€/night.
  • 4 Avantgarde Hotel, Welperstrasse 49 (Bus stop "Hüttenstr" 350, walk down Welperstr.), +49232450970. Hotel north of centre, free wifi and cycle storage, rooms slightly dated but clean, restaurant. 10-15 min walk into centre.
  • 5 Ruhr Inn Hotel & Sauna, Eickener Str 41 (From centre: walk west between tower blocks, across small pedestrian bridge. From Ruhr: onto "Kreisstr." at McDonalds, left after LIDL, after 150m left again), +49232439567100, . Check-in: 14-20, check-out: 8-11. Hotel, spa, conference rooms, located 500m west of centre, secure bike storage, free wifi, hotel bar open 5-10pm. ,single room from 72€/night.

Connect[edit]

Post service[edit]

2 Deutsche Post (Post office), Moltkestr. 6 (Bus 350 "Hüttenstraße", enter pedestrian street and right at first cross street). Mon-Fri 9.30-13.00 14.00-17.00 Sat 9-13.00. Post office.

Hattingen's postal codes are 45525, 45527 and 45529. If in doubt just use 45525, it all goes through the same grumpy post office anyways.

The telephone area code is 02324.

Internet[edit]

Public wifi is spotty but available, as alternative the McDonald's (Kreisstr. 29a), west of the centre, offers free wifi. During its opening hours the public library on the 3rd floor of the Reschop-Carree has wifi and public PCs against a small fee.

Newspaper[edit]

The two local and regional papers are Stadtspiegel and WAZ, which won't be of great use if you don't speak german. The former one has birth and death announcements in it.

For international news you'll have to use the internet like normal people or make use of the book store at e.g. Essen central station.

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