Sprockhövel — Cute Nirvana At The End Of A Black Hole?

Sprockhövel is not actually Nirvana. The German comic book writer Jamiri was just kidding around when he had his spaceman come out the end of a black hole to discover he wasn’t wandering through heaven… just Sprockhövel.

Yet all kidding aside, the writer appreciated the charms of the town and you will as well once you get here.

It’s not a nightlife capital or major entertainment zone. As part of the Ruhrgebiet, Sprockhövel is blessed with thick tree zones and medium-sized mountains. Tons of trails criss-cross the countryside, accommodating everyone from casual trekkers to Nordic Walkers.

Many are doing one of the “Trace of the Coal” trails. There are several, but each one offers something a little different. They are built around Sprockhövel’s now tiny but once dominant coal mining operations.

The town is considered the birthplace of Ruhr area mining. The coal veins here ran close to the surface, and locals often made a second farming income with personal coal mines. The official trails lead through popular dig sites, old stone works, filtered streams and scenic overlooks so that visitors can get a sense of how coal shaped the region.

But coal powered fans weren’t the only thing pushing air around in Sprockhövel. The town has a surprising number of youth and adult wind ensembles, including the largest symphonic wind band in the Ruhr area. After trekking around all day, you can usually locate some kind of performance in the evenings to help you unwind.

If you can’t find a good show, you can always settle for a good meal instead. There are several good restaurants in town, offering both regional specialties and haute cuisine. Try the Tante Anna for local fare or the Eggers Hotel restaurant for more pan-European offerings. Both restaurants also offer seasonal event dinners and wine tastings of the locally grown wines.

 

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