Halde Haniel in Bottrop, the second highest mining heap in the Ruhr area, just behind the heap Oberscholven, lies at about 128 m/419 ft above sea level in the vicinity of Oberhausen, offering some thrilling opportunities for practicing extreme sports.
The expansion of the trail reaches at about one-third of the height of Eiffel Tower, and is also the highest ever accessible heap in the Ruhr. The Heap Haniel is also known as pile Franz Haniel or Prosper-Haniel slag heap. The tailing comes primarily from the neighboring Prosper-Haniel I / II.
At the part that is addressed to the public, you will come face to face with religious, mystical, technical and cultural sculptures and objects. The summit offers a breathtaking view, something that along with it makes the stockpile a destination that should take dumps, photo and nature lovers. The spot is absolutely suitable for various extreme sports and especially motocross.
The starting point is at the bottom of the heap at the south of the Cross with 15 stations placed in zigzag on the uphill to the summit. This is one of the most convenient ways to ride along this huge man made mountain. The gravel trail is placed at the top along densely forest slopes while the growth on the top is quite low.
The trails are also available during the night so don’t miss the opportunity to ride through the night lights. If you want to walk at some point, bear in mind that due to the large amount of the very coarse gravel switchbacks to the summit, it is essential that you are in a good physical condition. You should bring water with you.