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.

Select Hotel Handelshof Essen
Select Hotel Handelshof Essen
4 out of 5
Am Hauptbahnhof 2, Essen, NW, 45127
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $80 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Essen. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the property condition in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (973 reviews)
Great Stay at this hotel
"The hotel is located right across the street from the train station. The room was enormous. Two walls had windows with views of the city. However, the AC in the hotel was not working at the time of my stay. I got a fan from the front desk, opened the windows and the comfort of the room was just fine. ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2022

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Mercure Hotel Plaza Essen
Mercure Hotel Plaza Essen
4 out of 5
Bismarckstr. 48-50, Essen, NW, 45128
The price is CA $97 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Essen. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (498 reviews)
"A very nice hotel with good staff, however there is no restaurant and the swimming pool and fitness facilities were not available when visited due to COVID restrictions. There are plenty of eating places just one street away from the hotel so the lack of restaurant should not be a problem to ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2022

Mercure Hotel Plaza Essen
Moxy Essen City
Moxy Essen City
3.5 out of 5
GILDEHOFSTRASSE 10, Essen, 45127
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $85 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Essen. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and breakfast. Popular attractions Grillo-Theater and Old Synagogue are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (40 reviews)
"EXCELLENT staff, super friendly and helpful. Lovely interior and perfect location."

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2022

Moxy Essen City
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Suite Bizarre SM-Fetish Apartment Apartment
Suite Bizarre SM-Fetish Apartment Apartment
Stadtbezirke IV, North Rhine-Westphalia
Stay at this apartment in Essen. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Popular attractions CentrO and Erlebniswelt Grusellabyrinth NRW are located nearby. ...
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Petul Apart Hotel Residenz
Petul Apart Hotel Residenz
3 out of 5
Essener Straße 69, Essen, NW, 45141
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Essen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (42 reviews)
not your traditional hotel
"I stayed a week and at first was a little shocked when I arrived since it was not your traditional hotel. Except for the cleaning staff, there is no physical person on sight. Except for a grocery store, there was no access to restaurants or food. There was a microwave and fridge which I used or eating ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2018

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limehome Essen Kettwiger Str.
limehome Essen Kettwiger Str.
3 out of 5
Kettwiger Str. 27, Essen, NRW, 45127
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Essen. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Grillo-Theater and Essen Cathedral are located ...
limehome Essen Kettwiger Str.
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