Laufwasserkraftwerk Hengstey

Laufwasserkraftwerk Hengstey

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Recommended by 959 out of 1036 cyclists


  • Stephan

    The Hengstey run-of-river power plant was built between 1927 and 1929. In addition to the generation of energy, it serves to regulate the river, improves the self-cleaning of the Ruhr and, last but not least, creates high recreational value through the pent-up Hengsteysee.

    The power plant's three turbines generate around 11 million kWh per year, enough for around 3,000 households.

    The Hengstey run-of-river power plant is part of the Industrial Culture route:

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    • February 8, 2018

  • Michael

    Hengsteysee - Hengstey run-of-river power plant near Herdecke / Hagen-Boele

    The Hengstey run-of-river power plant is a hydropower plant at the end of Lake Hengsteysee in the course of the Ruhr, right on the city boundary between Herdecke and Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia; the power plant building is on the Hagen side.

    The run-of-river power plant was realized as a combination system with a roller weir in the 1920s. After construction, the Ruhr water was then dammed up to Hengsteysee. Since then, the river water and the height difference of about 4.6 m have provided the continuous basis for renewable electricity generation.

    For hikers, runners and cyclists there is the possibility to cross the Ruhr directly over a pedestrian bridge at the power plant between Herdecke and Hagen. From here you have a great view of the roller weir and the Kaplan turbine houses. As with many bridges, the fashion of the "love locks", which now decorate the bridge, did not stop. Care should be taken for cyclists with the rails in the middle.

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    • May 28, 2018

  • Christof🚴‍♂️

    Interesting hydroelectric power station on Hengsteysee

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    • June 11, 2019

  • Angel

    Many good recreational opportunities cycling, hiking and inline skating.

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    • January 5, 2017

  • Winhold

    Here at the western end of the Hengsteysee the power plant dams up the Ruhr to the Hengsteysee. From here you can see the Koepchenwerk on the north shore well. If you like a longer break, you can stop in the restaurants or have a rustic picnic.

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    • June 10, 2019

  • Sebastian

    The Stauhöher is really impressive.

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    • April 28, 2018

  • Edwin

    Nice power plant and great bike path

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    • May 4, 2019

  • Micky 66

    You should push your bike over the bridge

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    • July 16, 2019

  • Rui


    • April 14, 2019

  • Efdal Akyüz

    A beautiful old bridge. And the area is just gorgeous

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    • July 27, 2019

  • Philipp

    Impressive to see. Nestled in the recreation area, beautiful bike path

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    • June 24, 2019

  • Lamperze

    Comfortable bike path that you can ride well with children. There are enough meadows and shore places for picnicking.

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    • June 30, 2019

  • Rui

    One should push too thin tires could get stuck

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    • September 9, 2019

  • Michael

    A very special industrial monument.

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    • May 29, 2020

  • Totti

    I haven't seen that anywhere an artist :) where the rails are really dangerous

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    • October 10, 2020


    Nice tour around Hengsteysee

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    • June 24, 2020

  • Mo

    Attention, the bridge teeters a little, but is worth crossing because you have a good view of the power plant.

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    • July 25, 2020

  • Udo

    The interaction between the Köpchenwerk on the one hand and the weir systems below, with the machine house, where the power of the Ruhr generated the energy to operate the pumps to fill the storage basin 160m higher, and that in 1930 is already impressive. I found out afterwards that the energy of the flow generator was not enough to operate the pumps that pumped the water into the upper basin, this also required energy from the power grid.

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    • August 27, 2020

  • Hiffo

    Very nice - also with catering to take a break

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    • August 28, 2020

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Location: Herdecke, Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, Ruhr Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


  • Elevation110 m

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