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.

the niu Cobbles
the niu Cobbles
3.5 out of 5
Friedrichstraße 43, Essen, NW
The price is CA $50 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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! (103 reviews)
"Nice quit different place with nice and kind employees, wich all the best to them❤️"

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2021

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Select Hotel Handelshof Essen
Select Hotel Handelshof Essen
4 out of 5
Am Hauptbahnhof 2, Essen, NW
Fully refundable
The price is CA $61 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Located in Stadtbezirke I, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grillo-Theater, Essen Cathedral, and Philharmonie Essen. Old Synagogue and Aalto-Musiktheater ...
4.2/5Very Good! (872 reviews)
"Great location - right opposite the station, which is why I come back to the Handelshof. The rooms are of a decent size. Harry's Bar is good for pre and post dinner drinks. However, there are a couple of negative. Firstly I've had several rooms where the air-conditioning is annoyingly loud - and ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

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Mercure Hotel Plaza Essen
Mercure Hotel Plaza Essen
4 out of 5
Bismarckstr. 48-50, Essen, NW
Fully refundable
The price is CA $83 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Located in Stadtbezirke I, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Folkwang Museum and Aalto-Musiktheater. Philharmonie Essen and Grillo-Theater ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (441 reviews)
"Staff was super friendly. When they saw it was my birthday they gave us a voucher for 2 drinks at their bar. Room is spacious. Restaurants are close."

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2021

Mercure Hotel Plaza Essen
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Reiners Alm
Reiners Alm
3.5 out of 5
Nöckersleite 66, Kupferdreh-Byfang, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
The price is CA $80 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Byfang, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Burg Altendorf, Ruhr, and Kunsthaus Essen. Isenburg Castle and Alfried Krupp Hospital Steele ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Ruim appartement met ruime slaapkamers. Een grote keuken met alles erop en eraan. Echt een aanrader."

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2021

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Suite Bizarre SM-Fetish Apartment Apartment
Suite Bizarre SM-Fetish Apartment Apartment
Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Located in Essen-Borbeck-Mitte, this romantic apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Duisburg-Essen, Sea Life Oberhausen, and Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum ...
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Petul Apart Hotel City Premium
Petul Apart Hotel City Premium
3 out of 5
Henriettenstrasse 1, Essen, NW
The price is CA $122 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Stadtbezirke I, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Philharmonie Essen and Grillo-Theater. Essen Cathedral and Old Synagogue are also within ...
3.9/5Very Good! (136 reviews)
Petul Apart Hotel
"Good hotel for short break/business trip."

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2019

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