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city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Essen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany.

Winding tower of "Zollverein" pit—Essen's most iconic landmark

UnderstandEdit

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

Nearby airports include:

By carEdit

Essen is located on Autobahn 40.

By trainEdit

Essen can be reached quite easily by train. There are many express connections to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt as well as many other major German cities. You may reach many neighboring cities in the Ruhr metropolitan area by regional trains. There are also multiple international connections per day to Bruxelles and Paris via the Thalys trains.

  • 1 Essen Central Station.    

By busEdit

Essen is part of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr bus and train system.See also Mülheimer Verkehrsgesellschaf

  • 2 Long distance bus station (Fernbusbahnhof). Most long distance buses start near the railway central station

By boatEdit

The Rhine river transportation system can be reached via the Herne Kanal. Weiße Flotte Baldeney operate ships on the Ruhr river.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Essen

Essen has a extensive Stadtbahn (light rail), tram, bus and night bus system. You can find more information about fares and a journey planner at the VRR website.

SeeEdit

  • 1 Zeche Zollverein, Arendahls Wiese, +49 201 2 4 6 8 10, . Grounds 6AM-4PM; Visitor Center/Museum 10AM-6PM. Called the most beautiful coal mine in the world (in fact, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Zollverein nowadays hosts diverse cultural highlights including an outstanding design center and several museums. It is also famous for its Bauhaus architecture. Museum+special exhibits €10.    
  • 2 Red Dot Design Museum, Gelsenkirchener Straße 181 (just beside Zeche Zollverein). Collection of 2000 exemplary pieces of product design  
  • 3 Museum Folkwang, Goethestraße 41, +49 201-8845000. Known for the exhibits covering the history of photography as well as paintings from all eras.    
 
Aerial view of Villa Hügel
  • 4 Villa Hügel, Hügel 15, +49 201-616290, fax: +49 201-6162911, . Krupp family historical chateau, art history museum and concert venue. After visiting the chateau, have a nice stroll or a boat tour across the Baldeney lake    
  • Kettwig Historical District featuring 17th and 18th century streets and buildings.
  • Synagogue and Jewish Museum
  • 5 Historic city of Werden. Nice historic city center with small shops and restaurants. From the historic city center it's just a couple of meter to the Werden Abbey, which was founded end of the 8th century    
  • 6 Grugapark. Open all year round from 9.00 am until nightfall. Botanical garden (including playgrounds, waterfall, park railroad, look-out tower, various animals, restaurants, ...) 3€ (note that some of the parks attractions may have shorter opening hours and additional fees).    
  • 7 Aalto Opera House (Aalto Theater), Opernplatz 10, 45128 Essen, +49 201 81 22-200. Interesting piece of architecture by Alvar Aalto (Finland)    
  • 8 St. Ludgerus Basilica.  
  • 9 Essen Minster Cathedral (Essener Münster). 14th century cathedral and treasure museum    
  • 10 Hespertalbahn. Historic train between Kupferdreh and Haus Scheppen.    

DoEdit

 
View of Grugapark botanical garden from a tower inside the park
  • International Christmas Market from late November to early December the streets and historic allies of the city center are filled with over 200 arts and crafts stalls.
  • Essen Light Weeks.
  • Enjoy Essen ("Essen genießen", this is a word play since "Essen" translates to "food" as well). Gourment Highlights in autumn.
  • 1 Lake Baldeney (Baldeneysee) (Essen-Hügel and Essen-Kupferdreh stations). Boat rentals, sailing, canoeing, gastronomy.    

Theater/ConcertsEdit

ArtEdit

Small, but vivid: the art scene in Essen. Galleries allocate on the whole city region, with a concentration around the Museum Folkwang:

CinemaEdit

  • Behind the shopping centre Limbecker Platz there is a Cinemaxx-Kino, with 5.370 seats the biggest Multiplex-Cinema in Germany.
  • Essener Filmkunsttheater. Group of various smaller cinemas: filmstudio, Eulenspiegel, Astra-Theater, Galerie Cinema, with ambitious programs.
  • 4 Lichtburg, Kettwiger Str. 36, 45127 Essen, +49 201 23 10 23. With 1.250 seats the biggest and oldest cinema hall in Germany.    

Spa and MassageEdit

LearnEdit

The University of Duisburg-Essen is part of a consortium of three universities in the Ruhr-area (University of Duisburg-Essen, Bochum, and Dortmund) and Germany's largest academic hub. [1]

WorkEdit

If you are working for a place that is easy going for digital nomads, have a look at

  • 1 KaBü anna Rü, Annastr. 51 (located at one of the liveliest places in Rüttenscheid, Annastraße at Klarastraße). during roughly on working days during daytime. This is a cafe combined with a coworking space, in the nice district of Rüttenscheid.
  • 2 Unperfekthaus. both has a permanent coworking place and offers day tickets within its house  

BuyEdit

Many shops are located in the city center pedestrian zone. A big shopping-mall "Limbecker Platz" in the western part of the city centre opened in summer 2008. Also pay attention to the "Rüttenscheid"-district with lot of small boutiques.

  • 1 City center pedestrian zone.
  • 2 Rüttenscheid district. Probably Essen's trendiest district, with lots of smaller specialised shops, cafes, restaurants etc. mainly along the main shopping and strolling promenade, Rüttenscheider Straße.
  • 3 Limbecker Platz. Large shopping mall    

EatEdit

BudgetEdit

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 3 Mintrops Stadthotel Margarethenhöhe - Restaurant M, Steile Str. 46 (U-17: Laubenweg), +49 201-43860, fax: +49 201-4386100. 12AM-2:30PM and 6:00PM-10:30PM. Asian.
  • Gummersbach, Fürstenbergstr. 2 (Tram 105: Heißener Str), +49 201-676464. W-M 5PM-10:30PM. French; reservations recommended (ECcard accepted).
  • 4 Capobianco, Rottstr. 7, +49 201-226603. Mon-Sat 12AM-3PM and 5:30PM-midnight, Sun 12AM-midnight. Classic/Italian. Vegetarian options. Reservations recommended.
  • 5 Hülsmannshof, Lehnsgrund 14 a (U 17: Laubenweg), +49 201-871250. 11:30AM–2:30PM and 5:30-10PM.. Home cooking.
  • Stop-Club vis à vis, Schmiedestr. 5,, +49 201-235453. Mon-Sat 5-11:30PM.. Reservation recommended. International. Vegetarian options.
  • 6 Lukas, Prinz-Friedrich-Str. 1,, +49 201-848353. Daily 6-11PM. Indian (accepts ECcard).
  • 7 Ange d'Or Junior, Ruhrtalstr. 326 (S6: Kettwig), +49 2054-2307. Wed-Sun 6:30-10:30PM. Italian. Vegetarian options.
  • La Cena, Haumannplatz 32 (Tram 106: Landgericht), +49 201-2790269. Mon-Sat 12AM-3PM, 6-11PM. Italian.
  • 8 Landhaus Schnitzler, Nöckersberg 65, +49 201-848140. W-F 12AM-3PM, 6-10:30PM, Sat 6-10:30PM, Sun 12AM-9PM.. Italian, German, International.
  • L'Opera, Theaterpassage/Hirschlandplatz (U11/17/18: Hirschlandplatz), +49 201-239124. Daily 12AM-11PM. Italian.
  • Oase Due, Rüttenscheider Str. 189 (U11, Tram 101/107: Martinstr), +49 201-790640. Mon-Sat 12AM-2:30PM, 5:30-11:30PM. Italian.
  • Cavallino Rosso, Velberter Str. 126, +49 201-404977. Daily 12AM-2:30PM, 5:30-11PM.. Mediterranean.
  • 9 Gummersbach, Fürstenbergstr. 2 (Tram 105: Heißener Str.), +49 201-676464. W-M 5-10:30PM Reservation recommended.. Mediterranean, accepts ECcard..
  • 10 Hannappel, Dahlhauser Str. 173 (S1: Essen-Eiberg or RE 14 / S 3 / S 9 / Tram 103 / 109: Essen-Steele, then Bus 164: Breloher Steig), +49 201-534506. W-M 5:30-10PM. Mediterranean. accepts ECcard,.
  • 11 Jagdhaus Schellenberg, Heisinger Str. 170a, +49 201-437870. Mediterranean.
  • 12 Casino Zollverein, Gelsenkirchener Str. 181 (Tram 107: Zollverein), +49 201-830240. Tue-Fri 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30-10:30PM, Sat-Sun 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30PM-midnight.. Nouveau cuisine.
  • 13 Mintrops Landhotel - Mumm, Schwarzensteinweg 81 (SB 15: Burgaltendorf Burgruine), +49 201-571710. 12AM-2PM, 6-11PM.. Nouveau/international cuisine. Vegetarian options.
  • 14 Parkhaus Hügel, Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 209 (S6: Essen-Hügel), +49 201-471091. 11:30AM–10:30PM. Nouveau/International cuisine.
  • raum.eins, Rüttenscheider Str. 154, +49 201-4553747. Mon-Thu 12AM-2:30PM, 6-10:30PM, Fri 12AM-2:30PM, 6-11PM, Sat 6-11PM.. Nouveau/International cuisine.
  • Résidence - Püree, Auf der Forst 1, +49 2054-95590. Tue-Fri 6:3010PM. Nouveau/International cuisine.
  • 15 Schloss Hugenpoet - Hugenpöttchen, August-Thyssen-Str. 51, +49 2054-12040. 12AM-11:30PM. Nouveau/International cuisine.
  • 16 Kockshusen, Pilgrimsteig 51, +49 201-3601166. W-M 11:30AM-10PM. Regional. Accepts ECcard.
  • Kölner Hof, Duisburger Str. 20, +49 201-763430. Wed-Sun 12AM-2PM, 6-10PM.. Regional, dogs not welcome. accepts ECcard.
  • Landhaus-Knappmann - Frankenheim-Brauhaus, Ringstr. 198, +49 2054-7809. M-F 4-12PM; Sat/Sun 11AM-midnight.. Regional.
  • Schote, Emmastr. 25 (U11, Tram 101/107: Martinstr), +49 201-780107. Tue-Sun 6-11PM.. Regional.
  • Landhaus Schnitzler, Nöckersberg 65, +49 201-848140. Wen-Fri 12AM-3PM, 6-10:30PM; Sat 6-10:30PM; Sun 12AM-9PM. Seasonal.
  • 17 Der Löwe, Kopstadtplatz, 13. Kopstadtplatz. Bavarian-style restaurant.

SplurgeEdit

  • 18 La Grappa, Rellinghauser Str. 4 (Tram 105/106: Aalto Theater), +49 201-231766. Mo-Fr 11:30AM–2:30PM; 5:30- 11:30PM; Sa 5:30-11:30PM. Italian/nouveau cuisine.
  • Schloss Hugenpoet, Nesselrode, August-Thyssen-Str. 51, +49 2054-12040. Th-M 6:30-10PM. International food. Dogs not welcome.
  • Résidence, Auf der Forst 1, +49 2054-95590. Tu-Sa 6:30-10PM. Nouveau cuisine.
  • Schloss Hugenpoet-Nesselrode, August-Thyssen-Str. 51, +49 2054-12040. Th-M 6:30-10PM. Nouveau cuisine. Dogs not welcome.

DrinkEdit

  • Rüttenscheider Hausbrauerei, Girardetstr. 2 (U11, Tram 101/107: Martinstr. or Tram 105: Rellinghausen Rathaus or SB15: Annental or S6: Kettwig, then Bus 142: Girardet Haus), +49 201-790060. Reservation recommended.
  • Isenbergplatz, Isenbergstraße 12. 9AM-2AM.. Five bars around a big playground. Meeting place for students, families, punks and managers. Urban culture center of Essen
  • 1 Daktari, Juliusstraße 2 (located 5 minutes away from main station), +49 201-2698595. 7PM-4AM. small bar with large and delicious cocktails & long drinks

SleepEdit

BudgetEdit

Out of the cityEdit

  • Das Park Hotel, Emscherinsel, Bottrop-Ebel (S9 stop Bottrop). Completely automated (i.e. only bookable online) concrete drain tubes with beds inside, you book and you're given a code for the door. Honour based system; contribute as many € as you wish to the project. The project may have been discontinued as their booking webpage is gone. Honour system, contribute as many € as you wish to the project.
  • Zimmervermietung Ruth Schläger, Am Wildbach 7, Kettwig, +49 2054-971648, fax: +49 2054-971649, .

Mid-rangeEdit

  • Europa, Hindenburgstr. 35, +49 201-232041, fax: +49 201-232656. From 70 Euro/night.
  • Jägerhof, Hauptstr. 23 (S6: Kettwig or SB 19: Werdener Markt or Tram 110: Mülheim Wilhelmstr. or Tram 102/104/112/901: Mülheim Stadtmitte or RE1/2/6/11, S1/3, U18: Mülheim Ruhr Hbf or U11: Messe West/Süd / Gruga or Tram 101/107: Martinstr. or Tram 105: Rellinghausen Rathaus or SB15: Annental, then Bus 142/151/190: Kettwiger Markt), +49 2054-84011, fax: +49 2054-80984.
  • 5 Mintrops Landhotel Burgaltendorf (Schwarzensteinweg 81, SB15: Burgaltendorf Burgruine.), +49 201-571710, fax: +49 201-5717147, . Nice and calm place, but in the bushes
  • 6 Mintrops Stadthotel Margarethenhöhe, Steile Str. 46 (U17: Laubenweg), +49 201-43860, fax: +49 201-4386100. Hotel in former villa of the Krupp family. Nice & calm & good breakfast
  • Résidence, Auf der Forst 1, +49 2054-95590, fax: +49 2054-82501, . (S6: Kettwig or SB 19: Werdener Markt or Tram 110: Mülheim Wilhelmstr. or Tram 102/104/112/901: Mülheim Stadtmitte or RE1/2/6/11, S1/3, U18: Mülheim Ruhr Hbf or U11: Messe West/Süd / Gruga or Tram 101/107: Martinstr. or Tram 105: Rellinghausen Rathaus or SB15: Annental, then Bus 142/151/190: Ringstr.) No dogs.
  • Ruhr-Hotel, Krawehlstr. 42 (Tram 106: Zweigertstr), +49 201-778053, fax: +49 201-780283.
  • Scandic Hotel, Theodor-Althoff-Str. 5 (U11: Messe West/Süd / Gruga or U 17: Margarethenhöhe or Tram 101/107: Bredeney or Tram 101/107: Martinstr. or S6: Essen-Werden or SB19: Werdener Markt or Tram 105: Rellinghausen Rathaus or SB15: Annental or SB66: Velbert Willy-Brandt-Platz, then Bus 142/169: Sommerburgstr), +49 201-7690, fax: +49 201-7691143.
  • Top Hotel Essener Hof, Teichstr. 2 (stop: Essen Hbf), +49 201-24250, fax: +49 201-2425751, . No dogs.
  • Top Rema-Hotel Essen, Viehofer Platz 5 (Tram 101/103/105/109: Rheinischer Platz), +49 201-105610, fax: +49 201-236685.
  • Villa Vogelsang, Antonienallee 1, +49 201-8536600, fax: +49 201-8536605, . (S1: Essen-Eiberg or RE 14, S3/9, Tram 103/109: Essen-Steele, then Bus 164/184: Carl-Wolf-Str.).
  • 7 GHotel. Central located, just beside the Essen Central station. You can watch the train passing by from your window, yet calm due to good isolation

City CenterEdit

  • 8 Unperfekthotel, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 18 (from U/tram Berliner Platz this is located "behind" the big shopping mall), +49 201 47 09 16-0, . a hotel run by a creative project, having a nice rooftop terrace
  • 9 Mövenpick Hotel Essen, Am Hauptbahnhof 2 (stop: Essen Hbf), +49 201-17080, fax: +49 201-1708173.

Messe/Gruga area (around trade fair center) and RüttenscheidEdit

SplurgeEdit

  • Holiday Inn Essen City Centre, Frohnhauser Str. 6., +49 201-24070, fax: +49 201-2407240.
  • 11 Mercure Plaza, Bismarckstr. 48-50 (U11, Tram 101/107: Philharmonie/Saalbau), +49 201-878580, fax: +49 201-87858700. Hotel just beside the Folkwang museum. Business style with good breakfast
  • Schloss Hugenpoet (August-Thyssen-Str. 51, RE1 / RE2 / RE6 / RE11 / S1 / S3 / U18: Mülheim Ruhr Hbf, then Bus 132: Am Biestenkamp, then Taxi which should be reserved in advance.), +49 2054-12040, fax: +49 2054-120450.
  • 12 Sheraton, Huyssenallee 55 (U11, Tram 101/107: Philharmonie/Saalbau), +49 201-10070, fax: +49 201-1007777.
  • Welcome Hotel Ruhr Residenz, Schützenbahn 58 (Tram 106/107: Viehofer Platz), +49 201-17790, fax: +49 201-1779199, .
  • 13 Atlantic Hotel, Norbertstraße 2a (just beside Essen congress and fairs center), +49 201 946280. Place for proms (and wannabes), but best breakfast in town

ConnectEdit

  • 3 Essen Tourism Office Im Handelshof, Am Hauptbahnhof 2, +49 201-19433. Mon-Fri 9AM-5:30PM, Sat 10AM-1PM. Closed on Sundays and bank holiday..

Stay safeEdit

Despite it's impressive economy, Essen has a surprisingly high crime rate by German standards. The poor northern suburbs of Essen (especially Altendorf, Altenessen and Karnap) suffer from occasional, potentially armed, robberies at night. Be aware of pickpockets on the Christmas Market and watch your bags in crowded bars and near the train station. Aggravated assaults have also been reported heavily in recent years.

CopeEdit

Religious services

Holy mass in Catholic churches at the centre:

  • Hohe Domkirche, Münster, An St. Quintin 3 (5-10 min north from central station). [2] Sat 6:30PM; Sun 7:30AM*, 10AM, 4PM*, 7PM; (*in the Anbetungskirche: Mon-Fri: 7AM, 10AM, 5:30PM (except Sat)).
  • St. Engelbert, Fischerstraße 12 (10 min south from central station). Sat: 6:15PM; Sun: 9:45AM, 2PM (engl.); Mon 7:30PM; Tue 9AM; Wed 9:15AM; Fri 6PM.
  • St. Ignatius, An Sankt Ignatius 8 (10 min southwest from central station). [3] Sat 9AM, 5PM; Sun 11:15AM, 6PM; Tue/Thu/Fri 7PM.

Index of Catholic churches in the Diocesis of Essen: [4]

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