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Essen
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Essen

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.

Motel One Essen
Motel One Essen
3.5 out of 5
Kennedyplatz 3, Essen, NW
The price is CA $95 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Stadtbezirke I, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Essen Cathedral and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Messe Essen. Grillo-Theater and Colosseum Theater are ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (260 reviews)
English is the international language, not German
"Very good hotel. Shame all documents and information was sent in German. I requested a copy in English and never received it. How can international travellers accept conditions in a local language they don’t understand? Very annoying"

Reviewed on Mar. 5, 2020

Motel One Essen
IntercityHotel Duisburg
IntercityHotel Duisburg
3.5 out of 5
Mercatorstraße 57, Duisburg
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $83 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Duisburg City Center, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Theater Duisburg and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Duisburg Zoo. Mercatorhalle Duisburg and Silberpalais ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (353 reviews)
"It was good staying there"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2020

IntercityHotel Duisburg
Hotel Maximilians
Hotel Maximilians
3.5 out of 5
Manfredstrasse 10, Essen, NW
The price is CA $96 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Ruettenscheid, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Messe Essen and Grugapark Botanical Garden. Folkwang Museum is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Messe ...
4.3/5Excellent! (68 reviews)
"Great service, comfortable. Highly recommend it!"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

Hotel Maximilians
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Schacht34
Schacht34
3 out of 5
Grevenstraße 34, Oberhausen
The price is CA $85 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
This family-friendly Oberhausen aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Oberhausen Congress Centre and LVR Industrial Museum. ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Sehr sauber und sehr gut ausgestattet.Ruhig ,Personal professionell ..alles bestens."

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

Schacht34
Arthotel ANA Living Oberhausen
Arthotel ANA Living Oberhausen
3.5 out of 5
Paul-Reusch-Straße 40, Oberhausen, NRW
The price is CA $74 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
Located in the heart of Oberhausen, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Konig Pilsener Arena, Kaisergarten Park and Zoo, and CentrO. Gasometer and Colosseum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
"Amazing new hotel in the middle of the center.Large rooms with a really nice light interior and great view.The shopping street around the corner is also worth taking a look at!"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Arthotel ANA Living Oberhausen
a-domo Apartments Mülheim - Apartments, Lofts & Hostel Rooms - short or longterm - single or grouptravel
a-domo Apartments Mülheim - Apartments, Lofts & Hostel Rooms - short or longterm - single or grouptravel
3 out of 5
Cäcilienstraße 7, Muelheim an der Ruhr, NRW
Located in Broich, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Broich Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Duisburg Zoo and Messe Essen. Colosseum Theater and ...
3.7/5Good! (3 reviews)
entral placering
"Billig overnatning i Ruhr distriktet. Forholdsvis central placering. Trænger til en hovedrengøring. Stor leglighed med mange sovepladser"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

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