• Hourly connection from Basel SBB taking 4 hours 45 minutes with one change.
  • One daily direct connection from Zürich HB to Essen by Eurocity taking 7 hours.
  • Children under 16 travel for free when accompanied by a passenger aged 16 or over.
  • Get to Essen, Dortmund, Duisburg, Bochum and other destinations in comfort and ease.


Around 3,500 industrial heritage sites remind visitors of the lively history of the Ruhr. 

They also now provide striking backdrops for leisure and cultural activities. Whether you go high wire climbing amongst abandoned blast furnaces, go diving in a former gas holder or go ice-skating amongst impressive coke ovens and high chimneys – discover and be fascinated by the Ruhr.

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