The World: Club Ruhr

It is a swampy, flat, coal-coated zone of smokestacks and smelters. But there are those who love it and want to share it. In May, the Local Residents' Organization (L.R.O.) of the much-maligned Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr region) will offer its first tourist "adventure" through West Germany's industrial heartland. The idea, says the L.R.O.'s Dietrich Springorum, is to shed the region's grimy stereotype and show "that it is not only fascinating but has its beauty spots too."

For a bargain $110 per person, including hotels, meals and guides for a week, groups of 40 tourists...

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