Ensdorf Slag Heap
located in the Saar Valley, part of the slag heap has been reclaimed, extensively replanted and transformed into a publicly accessible recreation area. Its hilltop is a popular launching-off point for hang gliders. The slag heap is surrounded by a hiking trail (approximately 1 km in length) on which you will come across two sculptures: a steel arch and a wooden stairway to heaven. Evidence of an industrial past, the slag heap is also known as Halde Duhamel, named so after the adjoining coal mine. With a surface area of almost 50 hectares and a height of almost 330 metres, this slag heap is one of Germany`s largest, towering far above the neighbouring headframes and all the elevations in the Saar Valley. Halde Duhamel was formed in the 1960s from an originally pointed-cone-shaped slag heap. In the 1980s, it assumed the truncated cone shape it has today. On its south-facing slope, you will find a small vineyard with 99 vines.