It's beautiful in the valley of the Ruhr. So much green. So much water. We ride on the Ruhr Valley cycle path
through a varied nature. We experience a lot of sports and in many places also a piece
Ruhr area history. The Ruhr Valley Cycle Path
has received many awards. We're going the second half from Hagen. We continue to the center of the
Ruhr area to Essen and Mülheim all the way to Duisburg. * Music * What exactly is on the agenda? We discover in the Muckental
the cradle of mining and want to get some new
Family secrets of the Krupps at Villa Hügel. Of course we're going to the
nostalgic corners of the route, but also to spectacular
modern buildings. The Ruhrtal valley offers a lot of
Recreational fun. On our route there are always
dreamlike water worlds again. At the river and also at the
many lakes there are. * Music * Here we go. We're going to cycle on the
Ruhr from Hagen to Duisburg. * Subtitles: WDR mediagroup Ltd.
on behalf of the WDR We're on our way again.
– I'll say.
Not just on the water,
but also on the water. We would be pleased if you would contact us
cycle on the Ruhr Valley cycle path. We'll make some good knots,
we are happy. That was a close one. Honestly,
we can't sail. We're learning it now. We're super glad that Ingo
is with us, our teacher, because we sit the first time
on a sailing ship. And follow the instructions here. Without you it would be…
– …Holla, the forest fairy. Now Ingo explains us,
how to make a turn. First tighten the lines,
to keep the sail in the wind. Solve on command. The wind then blows the sail
in another direction. And the boat
is picking up speed again. * Music * Sail away.
– Now I have to
change sides. It's not that easy, but it's also a lot of fun,
when the wind really blows.
Everything's all right on the boat. On Lake Hengstey
is not only sailed, but also rowed
and canoeing. 6 water sports clubs have joined forces
around the reservoir. Just swimming,
I'm afraid you can't come in here. * Music * Behind Lake Hengstey
lies another Ruhr reservoir: Lake Harkort. Then we'll go by weather. * Music * There's our date waiting.
– Hi. Hi. Hi. I'm glad to see you again. Long time no see
and yet we want you back. That's nice. How are you, man?
– I'm doing great. Some bike kilometers
I've got the whole thing behind me again. And now you're going the second part. We wonder all the time, we're
know the first half, so to speak. How different is the second half? If you look behind you, mainly,
there's a lot more water.
The Ruhr has become wider,
and all the reservoirs follow. We met last time.
on Lake Hennesee. Now there are many more reservoirs to come. We'll find each other right, too? Absolutely,
but I brought this. Look at this.
There's a sign for you. And you'll also have to find your way
you will find, it's well signposted. But you also have a few
Hints, what you
in the surrounding area. That's what I'm talking about: water, water,
blue and very green. Ruhr valley cycle path à la carte.
Sort of. That way?
– This way. Can I get you the…?
– No, I'm used to grief. Wow, it's heavy, the map.
– It's got the whole dysentery in it. * Music * The Ruhr Reservoirs Hengstey-
and Harkortsee were created at the beginning of the 20th century, to get the dirty river water
to clean naturally. * Music * That here in the area 2 reservoirs
were created, has a clever reason. The Harkortsee at a lower altitude is a compensating basin
for Lake Hengstey, whose water level fluctuates strongly
because of his pumped storage power plant.
The Koepchenwerk is the oldest
Pumped storage power plant in Germany. It went into operation in 1930
and generated electricity for 60 years. A large amount of water
initially stored and later drained via turbines. And only at peak times,
when the need was particularly great. Whenever a lot of electricity is needed
was in the Ruhr area, there used to be a lot of
power plants, or one failed, the Koepchen power plant
in operation. But it was also possible in operation at exciting football matches
on TV. Or when at noon
the housewives started cooking. The storage power plants was made after its builder
Arthur Koepchen. After a malfunction and damage
at the pumps was decided at the end of the 1980s,
to close the old Koepchenwerk.
It's supposed to be
be torn down. But since 2016.
it is regarded as an industrial monument and can be visited. Electricity at Lake Hengstey
but still generated. Right next to the old the new pumped-storage power plant
Herdecke built. It works
according to exactly the same principle. * Music * Hagen was once known for
its important steel industry and experienced its heyday
at the beginning of the 20th century. And that was the time, too,
as one of its inhabitants the city becomes a cultural centre
in southern Westphalia. The speech is
by Karl Ernst Osthaus. This is the magnificent villa
in Hagen-Eppenhausen, the industrialist's son,
Bankers and patrons and bought art. The house, called Hohenhof,
was founded between 1906 and 1908 by the famous art nouveau architects
Henry van de Velde. It was supposed to be
of the client become a total work of art. Because Karl Ernst Osthaus thought
about the Folkwang idea, after art and life
should merge with each other. For this he got
many famous artists here. * Music * Every room in the house Osthaus left
styling down to the last detail.
In such an ambience one could splendidly
about art and life. At this desk, he's got
and sat his network developed for his art- and
cultural policy projects. And has thought up his initiatives
and welcome his guests, with whom he's had much discussion, how he has transformed art and society
I want to reconcile. Karl Ernst Osthaus
was only 46 years old and in the garden of his house.
buried. When his museum at the Hagen Centre
was opened in 1902, it wasn't "Karl-Ernst-Osthaus".
Museum" like today. But the Folkwang Museum according to its
Art and philosophy of life. After his death
his heirs sold the art collection
and the rights to the name after Essen. The building in Hagen
was converted into offices. Not until after World War II.
was created in the spirit of the art visionary and his wife Gertrude
I've rebuilt an art collection.
Through donations a restoration of the
for an Art Nouveau facility. * Music * In the 1990s. Karl Ernst Osthaus'
Folkwang Verlag revived, by using the fonts of the
of the museum's founder. In 2009, a new building was erected next to the Osthaus
Museum is a supermodern new building. Dedicated to the Hagen painter
Emil Schumacher and other modern artists. In Hagen comes the great son of the
I've finally come to honor the city. Osthaus was the one who was in a
City on the edge of the Ruhr area to an extent
as a folk trainer. I.e., he wanted to use aesthetics
provide some kind of clarification for the population,
for a broad population. These are ideas that have given us today
I'll still be thrilled. That impulse,
he gave us was important, and we're guided by it. * Music * On our next stage it goes from weather over Hattingen
until after dinner. * Music * The Harkortsee begins at the viaduct. There it shall
a special outdoor pool, which is run by volunteers
Let's take a break. * Music * There's the energy back.
Attention, oncoming traffic. Two outdoor pools, please. 4 euros.
– Four for both of them? Yes, for both of them.
– Per person? Oh, after-work rates,
That's a snap. That something like this still exists. Great, we got lucky.
Thank you. Thank you. That's crazy.
It's the same size. The natural swimming pool in Wetter
is something special. The bathers
come from all over the Ruhr area, because the water is not chlorinated. The swimming pool
is a citizen project. Twenty years ago.
can be closed. That's what the citizens of Wetter wanted.
forbid and formed a club, who since
is the bearer of the outdoor pool. And so the place stayed, where many kids can't
summer holidays. It's really nice here.
The view of Lake Harkort, and everything modern
and beautifully renovated. The water is treated with a special
Filter system cleaned and environmentally friendly
and used again. About the city and the EU there was a
Start-up financing for the project. Then the local clubs started. Fire Brigade, DLRG
and canoe club ahead. They repaired and rehabilitated. Work at the cash desk of the bathroom
almost exclusively volunteers. That's good for now. I used to eat that myself.
We're leaving, aren't we? It was nice.
– Great. Now we're going
on the Ruhrtal cycle path barely 20 min through the urban area of Wetter
in the district of Wengern. There's the famous cookbook.
Henriette Davidis was born. Besides, it's really supposed to be
be pretty. We are curious. * Music * You can come with me. Here you have to,
I think we should get off, too.
It's idyllic here. Henriette Davidis Museum. I'd say target reached.
That's what it is. Here we are
at the right address. There it is again.
– Hello, there.
– Hi. Hi. Hi. Lord of the house. Eckehard Methler
has been waiting for us. The Henriette Davidis Museum
has a special story. It's just a family project. The Methlers work
for more than 35 years, that a great Wengen woman
in honor of the king. That was the world of their success. Henriette Davidis,
Born 1801 in Wengern, for almost a century. as the most famous cookbook writer
Germany. She wrote recipes down
and instructions, how to combine the food with the
of that time. When she started it,
it was something new. Recipe books existed before
only for professional chefs in high-ranking houses.
Thanks to Davidis, it was now also available for the bourgeois housewives
of the 19th century. To the priest's daughter Henriette,
who never got married, they're pretty proud here. Her stove was not far from her
Birthplace walled in. And then in the 1980s.
the Methler family into the game. After we have finished our collection,
about books, had more or less completed,
there was, of course, an idea, maybe a little
Henriette Davidis still on her personal way
as a cook. Then we have the
different cooking utensils collected, have always looked,
what Henriette wrote in her books. to purchase it. That's what we were looking for,
to search for and collect that. There had been a whole giant
Collection arrived at our home. First in our living rooms. And then one day.
the opportunity, this house, popularly known as "Mühlchen".
to acquire the company.
This house, if you want
looks at the foundation stone, was built in 1801. And that's exactly the year of birth.
of Henriette Davidis. House and Henriette Davidis are
was born here in the same year. The Methler family
bought the house by the church, and Wengern had his museum. The memory of Henriette Davidis
to keep the world alive, her life and her books
to explore, has become a family task
…and I've become a part of it. Methler Senior,
who was a priest himself, the museum has together
with his wife. His son Eckehard,
by profession teacher, later bought the house,
where Henriette was born. It became an archive
and to the library in honor of the famous Wengen woman. That's an original letter, the Henriette Davidis
to her publisher. He's had her his whole life.
I've been taking advantage of you. Cause even though her first cookbook
had over 20 editions in his lifetime, she had to stay in the
in modest circumstances, because she was involved in the success of her
Books never financially involved.
* Music * We can't leave it alone. Now we want an original recipe
and then we'll cook it up with Davidis. What are we going to do? We've got ourselves a chocolate pudding.
I made it up. It helps… – …when you have
reads the original. Excuse me. The writing must be
I'll decipher it first. "Before each use, the form will be with a dry cloth
"I've rubbed it all out." This is all still preparation. "After use.
it's a main thing, that the shape is not negligent
I put it there, but with newsprint.
properly cleaned and in a dry place
"that I am preserved." The Davidis pudding is turned off: Chocolate and butter,
grated white bread and ground almonds. Shall I get started?
10 pieces, are you serious? And 10 eggs, you separate them. The chocolate is grated. 200 grams of sugar. The protein is beaten. * Music * It's a pudding form, like the one she used to make.
Henriette Davidis. She's buttered.
and swung out with breadcrumbs, so it doesn't bake. Did you ever do anything like that?
This shape? The form is actually identical
just like I did then. Oh, yeah. It should work.
– Looks great. Now we have here still
a little almond. Now the other ingredients
and we're gonna have a little relationship. That was my inner heat.
You're allowed to stir that now? Now stir properly,
that everywhere… Stefan, here you come.
– You pour, I'll lift. * Music * Lids closed and, attention,
into the water bath. It takes 1 hour to make the pudding,
until it's cooked. Do we have to somehow overthrow him? Best with a little trick. Now, without closing your fingers.
– Can we help? That's the pro here. What's that?
– It smells good. Oh, it smells delicious. We'll do it like we used to,
we'll do it.
– Like Davidis. Whoa, look at the shine on that one.
– Juicy. – Yeah, totally. I think,
Davidis would be proud of us. The shape is
is already imperative. Which is not absolutely necessary,
is a water bath. You can also do it in the oven.
I'll do it.
– Works. That would be great, of course. Our spectators
have almost everything there. I mean,
Sugar, chocolate, almonds. But no form.
We understand each other.
Tada. If they're in the
red backpack fits. We'll make room for that, the cake.
is out, though, get eaten before. The form comes clean and tidy
in the backpack for you. Henriette Davidis would be delighted.
– That's it. * Music * 1/2 h on the bike, and we're
already at the entrance to Muttental. Here was already in the Middle Ages
Coal mined. The peasants took themselves,
what they needed. Because the seams of coal
Muttental to the surface.
When the digging started here,
the landlords of the nobility business
I tore it under the nail. * Music * The Nightingale Colliery once belonged to the most productive
Mines in Westphalia. Here, in the 1830s.
even with civil engineering. A truly historic place. Today the area is a museum and
belongs to the mountain hiking trail Muttental. Here we are in the dressing rooms. Now we will turn you
real miners do. You can't go to a nightingale
only all sorts of equipment from the historical mining industry
look at it, but also the "mining of galleries"
to get to know the other.
There's a draft here.
That's intense. – Ice chamber. It's freezing. Please, please. Gross. Thank you. Thank you. * Music * The mining of galleries
is the archetype of the mine. 130 m deep
it goes here into the mountain. It's cold, narrow and low. Until the 20th century.
by hand with pickaxes. Such a pneumatic hammer
did not exist until 1910. At the same time
like electric conveyor belts. Previously, the coal had been
Muscle power transported upwards. Here you can
a little more upright. Not quite now. Now it will be
a little tighter. Here we have the coal at 1.50 m. What we have outside at 35 meters,
we've got the money right here. You have to go in here.
You can't go in there. You have to crawl in here,
on all fours. If you win the dough upstairs,
then you win them, by doing that lying down. It needs to be pushed over. and then onto this gutter,
then get in the car. Dangers without end. No one was older than 50 here.
Years, that was Methuselah.
The strain on the body
was too great and also the dangers. How deep are we now?
underground? We've got, like, 35 yards of mountain.
about us. You don't notice it. We could start
to retreat. But claustrophobia?
– No. You can look at the mountain.
– We can do that. Yes. But the greatest danger to the
Miners were the firedamp, the methane gas explosions. Mostly
triggered by the light, the open flame
in the miner's lamp. The miner saw from the flame, if too much methane gas
was in the air. How's that?
– Yes, the lamp was held higher. Methane gas is lighter. And when the flame gets bigger and bigger.
and became slightly bluish, then there was too much methane gas
in the air. And that meant danger.
– Get out of here, get out. If the flame became smaller and smaller.
too little oxygen in the air. That was just as dangerous. The miners could fall asleep
and die. * Music * Beautiful, warmth. That's lovely. That's good for now.
– Awesome. Where we're standing,
this is the cradle of the Ruhr area Without this place.
the Ruhr area did not exist.
There's "outcrops" here.
Behind me, I see the outcrop. The coal bites its way through
to the outside. How the worm bites the apple,
the money's biting its way out of here. There's a legend
from the swineherd. Who made a fire,
and that didn't go out. He's probably going to be in this room.
Area somewhere I'm sorry I burned your dough,
the outcrop. And then you're the money
I ran after him. Or as the miner says,
you just stroke it afterwards. I thought driving. Nah, it's a paint job. Thank you very much, sir.
– Totally impressive. blaze of luck Lucky up.
– You, too. I'd love to do it again. Maybe
I'll see you again. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Lucky up.
– Lucky up. Thank you. I'll take care of it.
Bye. Bye. Look at this. We have something else for you.
acquired by purchase. In this shop.
– The other way around. Nightingale Colliery.
– A kitchen towel. Which has to be said, that the miners didn't consider this
I've used a kitchen towel. Nah, it'd be weird. They've dried themselves with it,
when they take a shower. After the hard work underground.
that was the towel.
But it's from around here. Woven close by.
– Yes, at the textile museum in Bocholt. It's going in our backpack.
We learned everything. You gotta help carry it.
– I'd be happy to. On the mining trail there is also a historical prayer house
of the miners. Where there's a cafe today, among other things.
and restaurant. Here?
– Yes, it is.
The house is almost 200 years old. and the only one of its kind
in the Ruhr area. Here we are with
Matthias Bohm's meeting, that has brought the mining tradition to its
I've never seen him do any of his life's work. There he is.
– Unmistakable on the T-shirt. Hello. A mining hero.
– Lucky up. Lucky up. We've done that before.
learned. I'm glad it worked out. That's why I've been telling you
I'll get you some drinks.
– That's nice of you. Did you find it good?
– Yes, it is. It's super signposted. We were just wondering:
Prayer house? It really used to be a prayer house,
now it's a cafe and smithy. It's been a while.
This was founded in 1830. It's been a few years.
– Have you been a miner? Nah, I'm not from the mountains. But I'm
have a little family connection. My grandpa was a miner. My grandpa has
in port operations, put the money on the rail. I come from the Ruhr area.
– Right in the middle of it. This is the DNA of our region here.
Everybody's got family ties to it.
I think it's our duty,
in the generation, where Daddy's not a miner anymore, this story
to let you not forget. Also beyond 2018, beyond the last
I'd like to tell you more. And to achieve that,
Matthias Bohm had a few years ago,
to develop a fashion brand. He called them mining heroes. And used for
his clothes were the material, of which also the work clothes
of the miners. In his store in Gladbeck.
you can buy the stuff, and developed on the floor above it.
his team will build the prototypes.
The Mining Topic
is always present. The T-shirts will be
named after a coal mine in the Ruhr area or other mining terms. Also the details of the garments
remain true to the mining theme. No wonder,
that in the fashion company Grubenhelden also some of the real heroes
from underground. These two are building a van.
into a company mobile. To a rolling presentation room
for the fashion line. * Music * There is no greater praise
for us as a team, when former and active miner
comes to us. And thank you for that,
that someone's finally going there and its history
with all due respect. Goose pellet. You don't need more motivation. I believe that the subject
isn't just this story. But also these values, which can be set via
have been mediated for decades. Who have shaped us
here in the region. When it comes to honesty,
Cohesion. This is the best example
of integration. At some point, they were all black.
underground, it didn't matter, what language you spoke,
no matter what color skin you were.
You had to get to grips with each other.
can leave. You've ridden enough bikes. That butt hurts a little too. Let's leave the legs
I'd like to talk to you a little bit. We hike a little here.
– That's a great idea.
– Let's do this. Before we take the mining trail.
take a closer look, Let's take another look.
in the prayer house. Where the miners used to live for a while.
safe return from the mountain prayed or gathered, gave
it was already a smithy at that time. Where the pickaxes and chisels
for the next shift underground repaired, hardened
The city of Witten
brought her back. After registration interested parties can under the wire
of an experienced blacksmith get to know the old craft
and practice it yourself. And in the backpack.
a greeting comes from Witten in the form of a cup
from the miners' prayer house. * Music * It's wildly romantic here today. Right in the middle of industrial monuments
from back then. There are 2 dozen stations at
the Muttental mining trail. The objects on display are either
original or reconstructed and everything is shown with display boards
Also a historical place.
– Full. We had a little
at times over 660 small collieries. The climbers have been in such
Cabins, not regular buddies, They were in the cabins.
secluded and have their normal work
made reports. What happened underground. If there were any casualties. It's in
happens to these huts here. There was a lot going on and here.
– You can still look around here. It's a little
historically built from the very beginning
until modern times. Here we have the new stamps,
that were used underground. This is where
History of the past. It's so idyllic today.
It didn't matter at all in the old days. Hard times
were completely different times. Today we stand
and think, beautiful, green. There wasn't any
so beautiful blue, the sky. Smoking the chimneys nice. That's a nice change.
here, too. Oh, thank God for that. We're going any further?
– Sure, let's go.
* Music * What have we got here?
– What do you think? This has something to do with mining.
– It's a reel plant. The first miners have been
with the buckets. At some point, she tried to make it
to make oneself easier and lever systems are installed. There were miners up here,
have filmed. The coal with buckets
to promote the high. So the miner didn't always have to
with his full bucket up. He's been sent to the
Leverage down. The boys up here
cranked it up.
It definitely went faster. So the first winding tower was born. Only in small version.
– It almost looks like it. At least he resembles
a light double buck. Shall we go on?
– Yes, it is. * Music * It was nice.
– I thought so, too.
– Thank you very much, sir. Cool stories. The T-shirt also held up
on our hike. Do you just make clothes?
– Not only
Clothes, also accessories. That's a nice cue.
I got something for your backpack. This is a dream.
A toilet bag made of original
worn trouser legs. There's still the butt pocket. But together
with a workshop for the disabled we do the stuff. And I'd like to introduce you
I'll put it in my backpack. Are you packing at my place?
– Thank you so much. Thank you so much. It's limited,
very few of them.
We're happy. Thank you very much, sir. You go in the back.
– Perfect. Perfect. But we must now
back to the bicycles. I'll take you there.
We'll walk down here for a while. Let's do this.
– Perfect. Perfect. – Great. We walk back to the prayer house
and from there it goes to dysentery. In total we have 1/3
of our tour behind us * Music * On Hardenstein the invisible
the dwarf king Goldemar. A kitchen boy left him on peas.
to see him. Goldemar cursed the noble family
and disappeared forever. Nice and scary. * Music * There's only one ferry on the Ruhr. And it runs around here.
of Hardenstein Castle. The Ruhrtal Cycle Path Continues
on the opposite bank.
Since there's no bridge here, there's a big rush here,
when the ferry is in operation. Hello, can we still go up?
It still fits. Sure, I'm sure. Great. There you go. It works with donation. We don't have to pay anything,
but we don't have to. I've already got a few coins here.
ready. – Perfect. Perfect. I think there's the box. This is where it has to go. We'd love to.
– Absolutely. Donation box. You support a project,
kind of good. – Top. How much do we save now?
you know that? – 3. If you don't use the ferry.
it's two or three. * Music * Bye. Bye. Great. Thank you very much, sir.
– Have a good trip.
* Music * Come on, let's have a look here…
We earned it. But it's lovely here.
– Under the tree. There's a non-alcoholic cyclist. Then I'll take one.
– Elder, please. Is that a spritzer?
Perfect, that's the one. Beautiful, isn't it?
– Lovely. Here's to us.
– To dysentery. Here's to peace. The peace and quiet of the Ruhr. I think it's
not exhausting at all. Is totally relaxed
driving. – Because it's so flat. You have corners everywhere,
where to stop. Feels like it,
you're not left alone.
It's very established. And it seems
I'm sorry to have gotten around to you, that here
I can ride a bike very well. * Music * We are in Hattingen at
of the famous Hendrichshütte, which today is a museum. Founded in 1854, it was 130 years old.
a world-class steel mill for a long time. Despite demonstrations and
human chains the plant was shut down in 1987.
The blast furnace was dismantled.
and sold to China. But the myth Hendrichshütte lives. You can feel it, when you're talking about the exhibition
of the industrial monument. * Music * * Music * Do you hear the silence? We are in the middle of the Ruhr area, but on the Ruhr Valley cycle path
you are far away from noise and hectic. * Music * Our next stage from Essen
Baldeneysee to Kettwig. * Music * (boy) All four together. Now something else. We meet here at the Ruhr
Sabrina Hunke her sons and her husband Steffen Daun. The family likes being here, but they have something to report,
we're very interested in. There they are.
– It's them. You've been hiding well.
– Hello, there.
– Hello, there. These are the right ones. You are heavily active
in terms of nature conservation. Yeah, we're not just talking about the
Children on the road again and again on the Ruhr either
on the water with the boat or by bike or on foot. We also have
further ideas and projects, we're going through. That was very modest. Because what the family can do with friends
and neighbours in their district Essen-Fulerum
in the world, that's something to be proud of.
On a fallow land
all together on their own initiative a meadow orchard. 2016 they have come together and later
founded an association. 30 active members
he's counting by now. One of the first initiatives: the procurement of living
Lawnmowers. The sheep of Sebastian Scholz
stay all summer long as animal landscape maintainers
on the property. * Music * Fabian has learned beekeeping,
thanks to the new orchard. And of course with the help of the
Beekeepers' Association, who explained everything to him in detail. and to him in the construction of the hives
that helped me.
* Music * Here you can see honey in the combs
and also pollen. Are the slightly darker combs. That's Polle in there. Here you can see the
I'm doing pretty well again. Is there honey in there?
– Yes, it is. Here is the Queen
with the red dot on it. Is also bigger than the others
Bees. – I recognized them. Meanwhile, his
orchard honey certified by the association and a glass of it
is now coming into our backpack. 6.000 sqm the association has in Fulerum
leased from the city. Meanwhile, the project has
so much sensation, that the club
another meadow was offered. What did you say to that, Sabrina?
– I was just thinking, oh, God. Nobody wants that,
I can't do that.
When we moved there,
he said relatively quickly, here you could
a meadow orchard out of it. I think that's cool. Only old, regional fruit varieties
were planted. 45 high family trees: pear, cherry
Mirabelle plum and of course apple. * Music * On part of the meadow.
Flowers and herbs planted. Very important for the wild bees. That's how the fallow became,
which in the meantime only as a dog run,
a friendly biotope. * Music * Because it's so beautiful: In the
Flower seeds are still coming in the backpack, who love the bees,
once they've risen.
There's the spell:
Think globally and act locally. I think it's important,
that people think about about the climate crisis,
Keyword Friday for Future. Or the possibility of being politically
to intervene. But if I'm not
wants to change the world, I have to start at the front door. * Music * You almost feel like you're
as if by the sea. Little story on the side. When the reservoir in the
built in the 1930s, you were on a few plots of land
to the Krupp family. But Gustav Krupp agreed at first,
when he was assured, that he will take the lake from
of his villa hill. * Music * Already in the founding year the White Fleet sailed
on Lake Baldeney. He's been a popular
Water sports and leisure area. Good day to you.
– Hello, there.
– Hello, there. We're going to the rowing club.
at Lake Baldeney, because we have
I booked a training session.
– Thomas, hi.
– Stefan. We have an appointment,
we want to row, right? On the lake?
– Right, on the lake. You can use
on the edge there.
– Okay. (laughs) Exactly, there's a metal edge
on the bottom. Let's just push it.
into the water. You can do that?
– Yeah, swim.
– It's floating. The Kingfisher. How often are you on the water? I'm coach here, I'm
almost every day on the water. Try then always 3, 4 h
to be on the water for the athletes. The athletes also have land training and are 4 to 5 times a week
on the water. They have different colors.
I'm afraid that means something.
Port red, that's the land side,
That's where we start. Starboard to
and put it on the starboard side. Anne's doing real good,
I'll put the port scull in first. Also screw tight?
– That's right, screw it up once. What's important about rowing is that we
always hold the handles in your hand. Then we can't tip over,
and the boat won't tip over. Don't you let that go.
– Did he say topple over? Then you can, the way I do, on this sliding seat.
sit on it. You tie your feet. We'll be in the rowboat by then.
– Great. Rounding looks very simple. Get the leaf out of the water. Then we'll go first.
with your arms forward.
Then we'll roll forward,
put the leaf in the water. Then kick your legs.
and then pull your arms. It's not just about strength,
but also coordination. And most of all, that you two
that does together, that's important. Teamwork.
– Teamwork, that's right. Step on it.
– The oars in your hand? Push your rudder out of there. Wonderful. Push these cuffs.
all the way through there.
– Okay. (laughs) Now you can go with the right hand at best
to the ship's side.
Now you can just
the butt on the sliding seat. Zack. Wonderful. Professional.
– Almost like a bicycle saddle. May I, please?
– That's right, you may. No problem. No problem. Oh, rowing with a backpack? Go.
– Are you making a wave like that? Yeah, I'm doing some… I'll have to get used to it,
that we're reversing. It's different when you ride a bike.
– I have the same thought. Now I'm getting started…
– We're already ashore. On the water. Tell me again one at a time,
what I have to do. No, I'm fine.
– A lot at once. I'm glad you asked. I don't know, I don't know, I don't know,
if I'm gonna start with my butt in front or my arms in the back.
You've already stretched your arms,
Now you come rolling towards me. Put the leaves in the water,
both leaves into the water. Then I cut my legs first.
and then your arms to you. In front and through. Very good. Here comes the new 2-man world champion.
on Lake Baldeney. But now I'm out of rhythm.
– Then you'll get hooked up. You have to, Stefan,
Stay patient behind. I've got to go first myself.
I'll be able to do my coordination. Rowing's pretty heavy,
I wouldn't have thought. Legs forward,
into the water, then pull through. You always bump your fingers into each other.
– You gotta make room. I've got the right one.
always against the knee. You'll have to kneel first.
and step down, then cross your arms. Straight on the way forward stretch one's arms first
before you roll forward. Things are better now. * Music * You know what we're gonna do?
We'll stop here and by the tree. It's dry here. And then we watch
once on the map. So, look out.
We are… Heisingen's here. Now we'd have to, station. We should be here.
– There's Villa Hill, right? But we're going to have
turn right. That's probably the one on the front.
Shield. – Let's keep going. * Music * Is free? That should go up there, right?
– I think so, yes. We're going to make a little detour
up to Villa Hill, the magnificent building of the Krupp family. Can you always be
to look at it anew. First of all, the beautiful park. * Music * That's a forecourt. (Anne) Shall we go in? 8,000 square meters. 269 rooms. And what rooms. Time began,
in which not only nobles, I had locks to show for it. The Krupps had made it, and daughter Bertha inherited
all this at the age of 16. * Music * What was she like?
the big Bertha Krupp family? Let's ask
a direct relative of hers.
It's nice to meet you.
– It's nice to meet you. Thank you for your time.
– I'd love to. Nice to meet you, too,
To show you something. In this beautiful weather,
we'll go to the sparrow house. That's the children's house.
played my mother, too. She said a lot about that. That's nice.
– This wasn't your home here? No, I was born in 1944.
the hill hasn't been inhabited since. But my mother has a little
lived and lived until 1942 until her wedding. She got married here too. If there was an extra nursery,
then there were lots of kids. Yeah, well, that was different. Bertha had a total of 8 children,
one died as a baby, so 7. That's why it was worth it. Over there's the sparrow house,
the children's house to play in. That's very sweet.
– It's sweet. The hill was always busy,
have always been strangers, was an awful lot of staff. The children had to
I'm always behaving, couldn't play child-friendly. The children's house was round. But in the sparrow house,
it was fully functional.
The future housewife was able
learn how to make tin cakes. You really learned something. Back then, you always had
everything will be useful. When you're in a family group.
is getting big, who's been sent to so many social
is bound by constraints. The house was always
full of non-family. People used to live on that hill, that have nothing to do with the family.
but with the company: Suppliers, customers
including family members.
But the family has only
on the first floor. Then this was the perfect
A place of retreat for the children. It would be nice now,
if we take a look inside. I'd like to go inside.
– We can look inside. Through the window. * Music * At the very beginning
here next to the sparrow house a lot of farm buildings,
Pavilions, seating furniture and sculptures. When the villa
after the Second World War from the Krupps
was no longer inhabited, it was decided in the 1960s the park in the style of an English
to remodel the landscape garden. And him to the public
to make it accessible. One big step, attention.
– Thank you. I'll take care of it.
Diana Fritz takes us with him to a
She loves that place. She loves the artist's sculpture.
Albert Hinrich Hussmann. The Bronze Horse has been more
more than 100 years an eye-catcher and one of the very few
of the remaining sculptures in the park. By the way, it has
shiny ears. Now I'm doing something completely forbidden,
I stroke the auricles. But as you can see.
not the only one, they all do. It's supposed to bring luck.
– That's supposed to bring luck. That's a beautiful little horse. That reminds me.
is also a funny story: My mother and her sister
have spent their lives Horses bred.
I'm a great horsewoman too. I rode,
before I walked. None of the boys ever wanted
to get back on a horse. There you see
the consequences of upbringing. The boys had to,
the girls were allowed. The men didn't want to,
they'd rather have cars. The Krupps have taken the region
and shaped. Even through their labor-
and employee housing estates like the famous Margarethenhöhe. Less known:
the settlement Altenhof II. Developed in 3 construction phases
between 1907 and 1938 Houses for the workers
of the Krupp companies. Style and design of buildings still largely correspond to the
the original plans. That's why since 1991 they've been
under monumental protection and are part
of the Industrial Heritage Route.
* Music * It's part of the Krupp family.
social policy. A special part, though. The first residential buildings,
that were created, were for ordinary workers. Because you needed a lot of things.
as a core workforce. And then this patriarchal
But the welfare system goes on and on. It was built like a little village. The idea of the cottage style
from England. Garden city, winding paths,
village-like character. As a counter-project
to the grey everyday life. The garden city idea, Settlements with pretty houses
and a lot of greenery to build, still works today. These buildings are 100 years old, too.
after their emergence still very much in demand. It started raining. But we don't want to take a break,
to wait for the shiver. To get to Kettwig,
we'll just take the train. Railway station Hügel,
That sounds good to me. I think so too, especially under cover. Shall we draw a ticket? Do you have any money?
– I've got change. That's great.
– Tell me that's not true.
Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
– Oh, shit. Oh, it's hard. Ojemine, no ramp, no elevator. The e-bikes are heavy. Come on, I'll help you. It doesn't just look that way,
it's really so hard. (Anne) Well, that's incredible.
– Anne, I'll help you. Do you have this with one hand?
– I got it. That's too high.
– Too high? Attention. Push it.
– Yes, it is. What is this?
bike-friendly platform? Yes, sorry, but… Is expandable.
– Sports day today. Come on, let's sit over here. Do I hear a train?
– No. (Anne) Here he comes.
– Yeah, no. I think so,
we've got to get to the front.
(Anne) Here, ne?
– I'll just open one up. (Anne) Here again. Boah ey. I'm getting out the next one.
– Is that okay? Ah, okay. (announcer)
Next stop: Become-Eat. I also find pleasant,
especially when the weather does not play along. How many stations are
I guess now? – Three or four. Are all
I was surprised by the rain. There's a lot of them with shorts. It was only two stations. And in only 7 minutes we are already at the
Destination, the station in Essen-Kettwig. The rain's stopped, and we're going to go to the
Ruhrtal Cycle Route. All right, let's move on with the bike. That way, isn't it?
– Yeah, I'd say so, too. Nice station, isn't it?
– Here comes the bus. – Attention. * Music * We drive smallest
of the many reservoirs of the Ruhr, Lake Kettwig. * Music * I got 20 centimeters left. Kettwig was until 1975
an independent city, in the centuries of weavers and
Tuchmacher did their business.
Because that's not
was a decisive industry in the war, the pretty place remained
in the Second World War from the bombing
as far as possible. food chain wig
is today a half-timbered jewel and a joy for the visitors. Around the market church the Kettwiger once let himself
the bourgeoisie. Today it is the place
with the most beautiful houses in town. * Music * From Essen-Kettwig it goes the next one
Tomorrow via Mülheim to Duisburg, where the Ruhr flows into the Rhine. This is our last stage.
on the Ruhr Valley cycle path. There she is,
and the ship is still there. Hi.
– Hey. Hey. Hey. – Hi. Hi. Hi. It's good to see you. Good morning, oh,
what did you do? Ironically, a bicycle accident.
You can't be serious.
– Broken. But I drive 4,000 km a year,
you have to reckon with something like that. I'm glad you came anyway. I won't ride a bike with you.
but we can go boating. What luck. From Kettwig Underwater
to Mühlheim an der Ruhr one can comfortably
the White Fleet. The bicycles are also allowed. * Music * * Music * Great. There are people,
they order a hot drink. Yeah, why not?
– Thank you. Thank you. I think it's nice that we're
not only the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route, but also
I could do a lot on the dysentery. Straight on the play,
here we see it right now.
There's going to be an awful lot
and dredged and made. The nature of the Ruhr
remains a big issue. Which has changed, through this structural infrastructure,
we had: The whole former railway line
from the industrial culture were converted into cycle paths. I.e. one can get here from the Ruhr
into the cities connect everything to cycle paths. That's partly what it says,
what a way that used to be. You drive completely car-free,
few crossings. That's really awesome. What do we need to see?
where can't we get past it? We drive from Kettwig to Mülheim. Mülheim is famous for having
a lot of millionaires. There are even
the millionaire street. You'll have to look at them.
– That's a good idea. The millionaire street.
– We will. * Music * You love. We'd like to be
a little bike ride.
I would have liked to have gone further. We'll have to reschedule.
– Get well soon. – Yes, it is. Get some rest. Next time
we're back with three wheels. Have a good time.
Have fun in Mülheim. Thanks for the tip.
– Absolutely. Let's have a look now. See ya.
– I'll see you soon. Bye. Bye. Maybe I'll meet
A millionaire. * Music * Mülheim an der Ruhr
was granted city rights in the 11th century. and has always been
a prestigious town with a monastery and a castle. There was a textile
and leather industry and also some collieries early on
and metal workshops. * Music * But really round
it was here in the 19th century. Coal and steel, of course. August Thyssen has here 1871
started building his empire. Not far from the centre
Friedrichstraße begins, also called
the millionaire street.
We're meeting Bettina Vaupel,
that can explain to us, who in these fantastic buildings
once lived here. They were industrialists, bankers. It was the nouveau riche. It had become, this is now
I didn't mean that in a negative way, it had become
a new economic elite. But actually it was,
that there was some competition. They really had to
assert socially towards the nobility
and the already established bourgeoisie. And they could do that very well
with the help of such villas. There were private architects, which is based on this construction task
were specialized in. And that of the new economic elite
built, what they do for self-expression.
Elegant Wilhelminian design, Villas that were split up
like mansions. The Krupp family in Essen
has pretended to be. And just like their villa.
also here the splendour inside with an exquisite selection
of materials, elaborate wood panelling
and stucco elements. Some of it
is still preserved, even if the houses
used in a different way today. * Music * Many houses are inside
have now been split quite differently. This great construction task
Entrepreneur's villa, that was with the First World War.
It's over. That was the turning point. And the houses,
that have just been preserved, then many times
the individual floors. They have multi-party houses.
made it so. Or did it
into condominiums. Partially
they're also company headquarters. Or there's law firms in it.
Because the facades
are still working. You represent something,
when you live or work here. Very impressive in any case,
today. I didn't know it existed,
the millionaire street. But thank you very much.
– Learned something again.
– I'd love to. * Music * In the south of Mülheim
there's another piece of jewelry. The Villa Urge, in which from 1913 on. the stone-rich leather manufacturer
Coupienne lived there.
His wife let it happen
in the neo-baroque style. Then the Mülheim family bought it.
Stinnes, whose ancestor Mathias Stinnes with coal trade
and ship transports the foundation stone for the fairytale-like
I'd put in my family's fortune. His son Hugo
had 4 sons and 3 daughters. And one of them led
a truly spectacular life. Clärenore Stinnes, born 1901,
already drove car races at the age of 24 and then collapsed.
with her husband, the photographer.
And was a filmmaker,
with two cars on a world tour. For two years.
across the Balkans through the Gobi desert all the way to Beijing. The filming with all the troubles
and her husband made some mishaps. and thus created one of the most exciting
Film documents of the 1920s. * Music * After 46,000 km, Clärenore returned to his home.
back to Berlin. * Music * From Mülheim
we're going to Duisburg now. It'll be about 10 km by then. Here in the Park an der Ruhr,
at the Mülheim water station, everything's still nice and green. That's gonna change a little bit.
After a short time we reach the Duisburg city limits
and foothills of the inland port. The Ruhr Valley Cycle Path
leads over the Ruhr weir from the lock in Duisburg
past the Kasslerfeld. There we cross the Ruhr. * Music * Ruhr estuary 2.5 km. Now we're already very close
at Duisburg Harbor, the largest inland port in Europe
by the way.
over 20,000 ships. Where the Ruhr flows into the Rhine, was founded at the beginning of the 18th century.
the first port facility. Then shipyards were built here. And, of course, the evacuation
of coal and steel one of the most important driving forces for
the success of the Duisburg location. Today there are 250 companies here
is located in the port area. 36,000 jobs
depend on these farms. We are now first of all
I drove past the harbour, to a former slagheap
in the south of Duisburg. Even from a distance you can see
something really spectacular. * Music * Stark, isn't it?
(Anne) Great. – Really impressive. (Anne) I got a message right away.
the feeling of funfair. – It's true. Hello.
– Hello. How do you do? You photograph here? Hello.
– Hello, there. We didn't want to disturb you.
– You'd better take it easy…..
I'm shooting a series:
"Touched Landscapes. When you stand here like this
and turns around, there is hardly a place here
in the entire field of vision, that somehow aren't human-
– Lots of chimneys. They're all man-made.
– Changed. I'll say. It's interesting that you're so
somehow gets a feel for it, when you're standing somewhere:
Has that really been the case? Maybe someday. Or is it just everything
designed by man? Alone where we stand.
The slagheap is… It's been piled up. Yeah, great. Well, thank you very much. The already existing illustrated book
by Uwe Kreikenbohm is now going in the backpack.
And, of course, we also enter
the grandiose work of art, which was built in 2011. "Tiger and Turtle Magic Mountain"
it says. For whatever reason. You can walk anywhere on it,
except for the looping, of course. Very impressive. * Music * Back again
Direction Hafen Duisburg-Ruhrort. 180 ha water surface, 1.5 million sqm
There's storage space here. * Music * And now we're steering
a very interesting museum. This really looks like
like from the museum. That's the way it is. I think old ships are great.
– Steamship. A little Titanic. But I think
and here we come full circle. Because mining, without shipping.
would have been unthinkable. The money's got to be somehow
out into the world. The Oscar Huber is a
Side wheel tugboat from 1922. She pulled the barges for more than 40 years.
with their cargoes into the port. Today it belongs to the Duisburg Museum
of German inland navigation. Let's take a closer look.
With such flat-bottomed ships. for centuries the estates of the
on the Rhine. Tjalk was
called the Dutch model, that even with low water in shallow channels
could be used. Even these flat ships,
the "Ruhraaks", drove to Duisburg,
to transport coal. According to their measurements.
the dysentery floodgates. Until 1860 the transport volume increased
is always on. Then the railroad
the end of Ruhr shipping. Because the railroad
was more comfortable and safer. The Duisburg Museum also tells the following story in general the history
of inland navigation. Like sails or ropes.
were made. The most different boats will be
in the permanent exhibition. Besides there are always
Special exhibitions. * Music * Oh, yeah. Once a year.
in the port of Duisburg. We also want to
the harbor festival.
It all started in 1994 with a little concert
of the Duisburg Harbour Choir. Over the years, the festival, which usually takes place in August,
bigger and bigger. Planning
an association was founded specifically for this purpose, the Ruhrorter Hafenfestverein. Today, the Duisburg Harbor Festival
a huge event, a big funfair with noisy
Fairground rides and colourful stalls. But also with live music and a ship parade
with illuminated boats. And of course there's a climax.
and fireworks. What a beautiful graduation for
our tour on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path. Wow. One thing's for sure:
You can't miss that, can you? The end of the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route
is very clear to see. It's a work of art. It's huge. In fact, the Ruhrtal Valley
Cycle track, the cycle track, here, of this work of art,
a nice play on words. Because what you see back here, this shade is called pure orange,
here: Rhine orange with "h". My highlight is real.
sailing at the beginning. Hammer. Then the gusts came,
and there it went.
Pure action. You were screaming a lot.
– Mmm. Yes. We were rowing,
we played badminton. And you know what? I think if you'd let us have
want to cycle after and want to reenact,
I'll be there, By the way: Backpack red colour,
is coming in here, too. Your highlight? My highlight was quite honest
culinary kind, the pudding. I'm afraid I can't do it anymore.
in the backpack, we're out. Highlight for you could be:
You win that one. Write to us,
which, in the course of our journey. along the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route
has wandered in here. * Music * We keep our fingers crossed for you and say thank you very much for watching.
and have fun cycling. We have to go all the way back.
– Yup. So long, thanks for watching.
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