Trip along the River Ruhr
On August 16th, Bart and René flew to Paderborn-Lippstadt, returning the plane to base that Veleda and René had used for trips from July 27 until August 15. We first flew in a straight line to Duisburg, and from there we followed the River Ruhr upstream to Neheim. From there we followed the river Möhne to the Möhne reservoir. From the Möhne reservoir we flew to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport, where we made a straight-in landing runway 06.
Along the route there are lots of places of interest. The Innenhafen (Inner Harbour) in Duisburg is connected to the Rhine River. It is the largest inland port in the world. Since the 1990s, the Inner Harbour has transformed into a district combining employment, housing, culture and water-based leisure activities.
River Rhine, mouth river Ruhr
Mülheim an der Ruhr is the only city whose centre lies directly on the River Ruhr. The city is home to many companies, especially in the food industry. Between Mühlheim and Essen lies the Airport Essen/Mülheim, used for VFR flights. It is an official airport since 1925.
The City of Essen is located in the heart of the Ruhr Area. The Zollverein World Heritage Site is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, and probably the best known industrial monument in the Ruhr Area. Another important attraction of industrial heritage is the Villa Hügel by Essen's Lake Baldeneysee, the former residence of the Krupp family.
Villa Hügel in Essen is where the Krupp family made its home from 1873 to 1945. It was built by Alfred Krupp as a residence. After World War 2, the Villa Hügel has housed the offices of the Ruhr Cultural Foundation, as well as an art gallery and the historical archive of the Krupp family and company. We visited the Villa earlier in April 2016.
The house has 269 rooms, and overlooks the River Ruhr and the Baldeneysee. The Villa Hügel provided the stately frame for representation, receptions and festivities. Emperors and kings, international businessmen, politicians and heads of state visited the Villa Hügel.
Rene at Villa Hugel
Veleda in Villa Hugel
Bochum is a cultural centre of the Ruhr region. The German Mining Museum in Bochum explains the history of mining, and uses a replica mine to impressively demonstrate how underground work in the pits once looked, and how it looks today.
South of Bochum the River Ruhr flows through the Kemnader See (Lake Kemnade), a popular excursion destination. Further upstream are the Ruhr lakes Hengsteysee (Lake Hengstey) and Harkortsee (Lake Harkort). These are attractive areas for water tourism, especially for canoe holidays.
Herdecke Railway Viaduct
The City of Dortmund is located at the eastern edge of the Metropolis Ruhr. It is the largest city by area and population in the Ruhr Area. The Westfalenstadion in Dortmund is Germany's largest football stadium. The city is known as Westphalia's "green metropolis". Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces.
The River Ruhr flows through Schwerte, the old Hanseatic city, for nearly twelve kilometres. Schwerte's historic old town with its narrow lanes and half-timbered houses and the old mill is a popular excursion destination.
Herdecke pumped-storage power plant
Nature reserve Bahnwald east of Geisecke
Further upstream the River Ruhr flows through a countryside landscape, passing the towns of Fröndenberg, Menden and Wickede. On high terrain south of Wickede the airfield of Arnsberg-Menden is located.
At Neheim, the River Möhne flows in the River Ruhr. Following further the Möhne upstream to the Möhne reservoir, the towns of Niederense and Günne are passed. The Möhne dam is located near Günne. From there we flew direct to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport.
Möhne dam, Günne
The Möhne reservoir (Möhnesee) is an artificial lake formed by the damming of two rivers, Möhne and Heve, and with its four basins stores as much as 135 million cubic metres of water. The Möhne dam (Möhnetalsperre) was built between 1908 and 1913 to help control floods, regulate water levels on the Ruhr river downstream, and generate hydropower. Today, the lake is also a tourist attraction.
During World War II in the early morning hours of May 17, 1943, the Möhne dam was severely damaged by a British bomb attack. Although the impact of the attack on the German war production was minimal (as the British scientific advisers had predicted), the pictures of two broken dams (the other dam was the Eder dam) proved to be a propaganda and morale boost to the British.
René with the Möhne dam in 2013
Dams Raid in the press
Landing runway 06 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Piper Archer in the hangar