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EssenGermany

A city in the heart of the Ruhr region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Essen is one of the largest cities in Germany and the 2010 European Capital of Culture.

Founded in the 9th century, Essen grew as an industrial town focused on the iron works of the Krupp family. The town swiftly developed into a city, becoming one of Germany’s most important centers for coal and steel all the way until the second half of the 20th century.

Visit Zeche Zollverein, one of the shining beacons of the city’s industrial heritage, described as the most beautiful coal mine in the world and now established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today the building, famed for its Bauhaus style, plays host to cultural and artistic institutions from museums to a design center. Elsewhere you can explore the Villa Hügel, which was once the family chateau of the city’s Krupp family, a 269-room mansion which now serves as an art history museum and concert venue.

Elsewhere, the Folkwang Museum provides a great day out, with exhibits spanning the long history of photography and with a gallery bringing together paintings from many different periods. The Aalto Theater and opera house is another fine venue and an architectural marvel not to be missed.

Take a trip to Essen Minster and enjoy this great piece of Gothic architecture made from light sandstone. Inside you’ll find precious exhibits such as the Golden Madonna of Essen which is over a thousand years old and the oldest known free-standing Madonna sculpture north of the Alps.

A rather more modern religious building, constructed in 1913 as the New Synagogue (now known as the Old Synagogue), was the central place of worship for the Jewish community in Essen before the war. It is still renowned as one of the finest examples of Jewish culture and architecture to be found from pre-1930s Germany.

Head to the south of the city to explore the boroughs of Kettwig and Werden which have preserved their traditional and iconic local character, with buildings dating back thousands of years, including the church of Werden Abbey, St. Ludgerus, which was designated a papal basilica minor two decades ago.

Though undoubtedly an old industrial city, Essen has been rejuvenated with thriving modern culture.

Where to stay in Essen

Ruettenscheid as well as a large group of people

Ruettenscheid

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

The bars and museums are just a few things visitors like about Ruettenscheid. Grugahalle and Grugapark Botanical Garden are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Martinstrasse U-Bahn or Messe Ost-Gruga-Halle U-Bahn to get around the larger area.

Ruettenscheid
Just 20km northeast of the Düsseldorf airport lies a quaint historic town called Kettwig. It is part of the city, Essen, in western Germany, situated next to the Ruhr river. Here you will find many boutique shops, cafés, bistros, biergartens, and wine bars alongside houses dating back to the 1600s.

Kettwig

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Historic sites and restaurants are just a few features Kettwig is known for, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Essen Kettwig S-Bahn or Essen Kettwig Stausee S-Bahn.

Kettwig
Bochum featuring signage

Innenstadt

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Innenstadt is well-liked for its museums and churches. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Zeiss Planetarium Bochum and German Mining Museum are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Bochum Rathaus U-Bahn or Deutsches Bergbau-Museum U-Bahn to get around.

Innenstadt
Silence 
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Altstadt I

3.5/5Good!(2 area reviews)

While you're strolling through Altstadt I, you may want to check out the restaurants and gardens. If you want to see more of the area, hop on the metro at Von-Bock-Strasse U-Bahn or Gracht U-Bahn.

Altstadt I
Superb stadium. Good team and no segregation between the home Schalke 04 supporters and those of us that support Arsenal.

Erle

Travelers enjoy Erle for its restaurants and sporting events. Consider checking out Veltins-Arena while you're in the area.

Erle
Buer, Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Buer

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Even though there aren't top sights in Buer, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Veltins-Arena. Jump on the metro at Gelsenkirchen Buer Nord S-Bahn to see more of the city.

Buer

Top Hotels in Essen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Oberhausen
Holiday Inn Express Oberhausen
3.5 out of 5
Centroallee 266, Oberhausen
The price is $70 per night

Located in the heart of Oberhausen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Konig Pilsener Arena and CentrO. Sea Life Oberhausen and Alpincenter Bottrop are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (238 reviews)
The best around Centro

"Good Hotel, nice, clean, friendly. I have tried all Hotels around Centro and this is my preferred choice"…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Oberhausen
the niu Cobbles
the niu Cobbles
3.5 out of 5
Friedrichstraße 43, Essen, NW
The price is $58 per night

Located in Holsterhausen, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Folkwang Museum and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Messe Essen. Aalto-Musiktheater and Grillo-Theater are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (80 reviews)

"The reception and lounge area were spacious and comfortable. The rooms were a bit small but manageable. Not enough lights in the room so was a bit dark. The staff was excellent and so very helpful and always with a smile and friendly. Breakfast was nice and plentiful. The kitchen was closed during ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

the niu Cobbles
GHOTEL hotel & living Essen
GHOTEL hotel & living Essen
3.5 out of 5
Hachestrasse 63, Essen
The price is $56 per night

Located in Westviertel, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Messe Essen and within 9 mi (15 km) of Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site and Alpincenter Bottrop. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (283 reviews)

"Great breakfast, staff are nice and helpful, good food in restaurant"…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

GHOTEL hotel & living Essen

Popular places to visit in Essen

Veltins-Arena
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Veltins-Arena

4/5(10 reviews)

Catch an event at Veltins-Arena during your trip to Gelsenkirchen-Ost. Experience the area's theater scene or attend a football game.

Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site
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Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site

Explore a complex described as the most beautiful coal mine in the world to find captivating museums and learn about Essen’s fascinating industrial heritage.

ZOOM Erlebniswelt
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ZOOM Erlebniswelt

5/5(1 review)

Enjoy an outing to ZOOM Erlebniswelt during your stay in Gelsenkirchen. Experience the area's theater scene or attend a football game.

Top things to do in Essen

Düsseldorf : Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight
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Düsseldorf : Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight

$186
Per adult
The transporter
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The transporter

$22
Per adult
Düsseldorf Old town - guided tour
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Düsseldorf Old town - guided tour

$250
Per adult
Altstadt Old Town Tour
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Altstadt Old Town Tour

$15
Per adult
Panoramic Düsseldorf Tour (3h, max 5 ppl, chauffeur, guide)
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Panoramic Düsseldorf Tour (3h, max 5 ppl, chauffeur, guide)

$764
Per adult
Transfer in Private Vehicle from Dusseldorf Airport to City
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Transfer in Private Vehicle from Dusseldorf Airport to City

$120
Per adult

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