(c) Jörg Brüggemann / Ostkreuz

Maschinenhalle Zweckel, Gladbeck

The impressive machine shop or Maschinenhalle of the former coalmine Zweckel in Gladbeck was built in 1909. It served as the coalmine’s ‘electrical centre’ and contained compressors, generators, and converters to produce compressed air and electrical energy. The high esteem in which the machinery was held is reflected by the representative decoration of the interior. The walls were originally covered with decorative panels and ornamental friezes, and the design of the gallery is especially impressive, flanked by sweeping stairways and with wrought-iron balustrades.

Frentroper Straße 74
45966 Gladbeck

Public Transit

From “Gladbeck West” Bus Line 188 (direction Dorsten) as far as the stop “Maschinenhalle Zweckel”, approx. 3 minutes walk.


A free bus transfer runs on the 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd of August to the events of ,Kirina' and on the 14., 15., 16., 19., 20. of Septembre to the events of ,No president. A Story Ballet of Enlightenment in Two Immoral Acts'. Busses run from Essen main station (departure 18.00, stop in front of Haus der Technik) to Maschinenhalle Zweckel and back.

Please reserve a seat at +49 (0) 221 28 02 10. A seat reservation is possible at the latest by 15.00 the day before the event. Unreserved seats can be directly booked at the bus (but there is no guarantee of a free seat).


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