Bergwerk Westfalen

Built: 1901

Abandoned: 1999

Visited: 2016

Ahlen, Germany

Bergwerk Westfalen is a coal mine that first drilled for coal in the early 1900s. In 1911 two shafts were put in use, one 1087 meters deep, the other one 1052 meter. The deepest shafts in Germany at that time. In 1920 14 miners died during a serious mining accident at shaft 2.

During the Second World War, foreign workers and prisoners worked here. In 1944 the mine was bombed. In the attack, 193 people were killed and 250 injured, about 600 lost their homes. While already numerous coal mines in the Ruhr area were shut down, the drilling of the shaft 6 began in September 1962.


The owner Ruhrkohle AG announced in 1991 that the coal mine will be closed in 1999. In 1994 the already closed shafts 3, 4 and 5 were demolished. The remaining slots 1, 2, 6 and 7 were filled in 2001. The surface facilities and shaft 6 were also demolished that year. In 2004, Projektgesellschaft Westfalen mbH bought the Lohnhalle and Waschkaue building and converted it into a newly-used commercial center.

Photos of Bergwerk Westfalen

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