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Aerial View Over Essen. Photo Dr G Schmitz
Aerial View Over Essen. Photo Dr G Schmitz
Aalto Opera House, Essen. Thomas Robbin
Aalto Opera House, Essen. Thomas Robbin
Lichtburg Cinema, Essen. Andreas Praefcke
Lichtburg Cinema, Essen. Andreas Praefcke
Schloss Borbeck. Photo by Schloss Borbeck
Schloss Borbeck. Photo by Schloss Borbeck
Hauptbahnhof-Train Station. Stefan Baguette
Hauptbahnhof (Train Station). Stefan Baguette
The Bergbau Museum at Night in Essen
The Bergbau Museum at Night in Essen
Saalbau Essen, Germany. Thomas Robbin
Saalbau Essen, Germany. Thomas Robbin
Stadtwaldplatz Frankenstrasse in Essen
Stadtwaldplatz Frankenstrasse in Essen

Essen Information

Essen is a large German city located in the heart of the Rhur region. Essen dates back to the Germanic people of Marasi, Bructeri and Chatti that inhabited the area before the birth of Christ. In 1810 the Krupp family iron works were founded in Essen and today ThussenKrupp AG still exist and is one of the world’s largest steel producers.

More history on the Krupp family can be found at Villa Hugel, an opulent manor built by Afred Krupp in 1873. The estate contains a major art collection and the Krupp family archives which many tourists find fascinating.

The city has been labelled the European capital of culture with many great tourist attractions to see throughout the city. The Zollverein Industrial Complex is one of Essen’s most famous landmarks and tells the tale of the city’s coal mining history. The Ruhrland museum is another great place to see housing a historical collection on Essen and the North Rhine-Westphalia.

For history and architectural brilliance the old town of Kettwig is the place to go. Situated next to the Ruhr River the area displays medieval history with the tower of Market Church dating back to the 14th century. Other great sights to see in Kettwig include Schloss Hugenpoet, The Church St Peter and the Kattenturm watchtower.

The Aalto Theatre opera house in Essen is another great attraction in particular for those who love music and performing arts. The building is mainly used for opera and ballet performances and was designed by the Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto.

Museum Folkwang is the oldest art museum in Essen dating back to 1902. Each year more than 800,000 visitors come to marvel at a major art collection including the adjacent Deutsche Plakat Museum (German poster museum).

Nature and exercise in Essen is best at the botanical gardens of Grugapark. The park includes a leisure and sport centre with some excellent holiday activities like volleyball, table tennis, rollerblading, minigolf, swimming, outdoor chess and even a low rope course for small climbers.

Hotel Handelshof in Essen, Germany. Photo by Baikonur
Hotel Handelshof in Essen, Germany. Photo by Baikonur
Christmas Lights in Essen, Germany. Photo by Noebse
Christmas Lights in Essen, Germany. Photo by Noebse