The coal mines and steel plants in Germany's Ruhr region have powered the country for more than a century.
But since the industrial hub fell into decline, Essen, one of its major cities, is now looking to tourism to recharge its economy.
The Zollverein Coal Mine complex has been transformed into the Ruhr Museum, welcoming some 1.5 million visitors a year.
Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark reports from Essen, Germany.
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