Bottrop is a city in western Germany, on the Rhine-Herne Canal, in the Ruhr area. Formerly a coal-mining center, Bottrop is now a major center of the German steel industry.
The city is also noted for its annual Karneval celebration. The main square is the Stadtplatz, with the Gothic-style City Hall (13th century). The Christuskirche (Church of Christ, 1889) is a notable landmark. The city is also the home of the botanical garden and the Bismarck Tower.