Gelsenkirchen is a city in the western part of Germany located on the north of Rheine-Westphalia. The population of the city estimates approximately 270 thousand of people.
Earlier Gelsenkirchen was an industrial center of Germany because of a rapid development of coal industry. However, after World War II all plants were destroyed and the city dived into severe unemployment.
Later old plants of Gelsenkirchen turned into concert halls and ice palaces; old railroad was turned into roads for bicyclists. Today in Germany as well as in other countries of the world Gelsenkirchen is known as a motherland of a famous football club “Schalke 04”.
Gelsenkirchen is a well-developed transport junction – you can reach almost any region of the country by bus or automobile with ease. In the borders of the city there are also many buses, trams and trolleybuses. 40 and 90 km away from the city are located 2 airports from which visitors can arrive to Gelsenkirchen by trains.
Among main and most known sights of Gelsenkirchen are Berge Castle that often holds various concerts, Zoom Erlebniswelt zoo, and city’s parks with playing areas for children, gardens and ponds.
Northern Star Park is founded on the place where once was located coal mine “Northern Star”. Today the park exhibits a collection of railway-related goods in miniature sizes.
Veltins Arena Stadium was built in 2001. Today this is the most modest stadium of Europe that has retractable roof and football field. The stadium often holds football matches, concerts of popular musicians, opera stars and even motorbike races. Here you can also visit the museum of the football team Schalke 04.
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