Heaven On Earth

Heaven On Earth | © Jens Stachowitz |

It is a bicycle ride of about one hour from my home to where the people from Waltrop enjoy what they have: A little harbour at the Dortmund-Ems Canal and a place to sit and relax.

Marina Rünthe in Bergkamen

Marina Rünthe in Bergkamen © Jens Stachowitz

The Marina Rünthe is a marina on the Datteln-Hamm Canal in Bergkamen. The port was built in 1939 as a loading port for the Werne colliery. After the mine was closed, Klöckner Bergbau Königsborn-Werne AG continued to use the port as a works port, handling hard coal, building materials, grain and mineral oils. In 1995, the conversion for the leisure area took place and the area was prepared as a marina.

Industry at the river Rhine

Coking plant Schwelgern at the river Rhine @ Jens Stachowitz

There still is heavy industry in the Ruhr Area and part of that ist this coking plant that supplies the nearby blast furnances. This photograph was taken from the other side of the river Rhine in oder to picture the whole very large plant and the beautiful reflections of the lights at the blue hour.