Motorcycling in Halde Haniel, Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany

Starting Point:
At the bottom of the heap
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 heap Haniel is also known as pile Franz Haniel or Prosper-Haniel slag heap. While expanded, it reaches at about one-third of the height of Eiffel Tower, and is also the highest ever accessible heap in the Ruhr. The neighboring Prosper-Haniel I / II primarily offer the tailings.

On the shared for the public part, there are religious, mystical, technical and cultural sculptures and objects. When you reach on the summit, you will face an amazing beauty of the offered vistas, something that makes the stockpile a destination that should take dumps, photo and nature lovers. It is a hot spot for various extreme sports and especially motorcycling.

You can start your two wheel adventures at the bottom of the heap at the south of the Cross where 15 stations are placed in zigzag on the uphill to the summit. It is the most convenient way to climb this giant man made mountain. The growth on the top is still quite low, so the gravel trail is placed at the top along densely forest slopes.

Try to ride your motorcycle at night and enjoy the breathtaking view in a totally different prospective. Due to the large amount of the very coarse gravel switchbacks to the summit, if you plan to walk, it is essential that you are in a good physical condition. You should bring water with you.