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Visiting Essen – A City Guide
An industrial powerhouse in the middle of Germany’s Ruhr Valley, Essen was long known for its coal mining, steel plants and steam-engine production. It is now a cultural centre and design hub, with museums, concert halls, grand parks and historic villas built by those made wealthy by its industry.

Essen: city layout
Essen’s city centre is anchored by Essen Hauptbahnhof, the main train station, at one end and the University of Duisberg-Essen at the other. In between is the Essener Dom, the city cathedral, also known as Essen Minster, plus the modern Rathaus or city hall.

The modernised centre contains compact pedestrian shopping streets and larger shopping centres like the Einkaufszentrum Limbecker Platz and the Rathaus Galerie. Outlying areas like Rüttenscheid and Stoppenberg offer museums, music halls and a laid-back, residential vibe.

Historic towns like Werden and Kettwig have been fully integrated into Essen. With their largely preserved pre-war architecture and intimate restaurants and pubs, they are a great way to catch a glimpse of another era and commune with locals.

Top attractions in Essen
The first stop for many in Essen will no doubt be the Zeche Zollverein, a massive, 1850s coal-mining complex northwest of the city, now a museum. Nearby, the Ruhr Museum documents the history of the region in a former coal-washing plant. The central Museum Folkwang is home to an impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century art.

To the west is the Colosseum Theater, built into a brick industrial building. South of the train station, Südviertel features the Stadtgarten or City Park, home to both the Philharmonic Hall and the Aalto Theater, designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

The southwest district of Margarethenhöhe is a one-time miner’s housing estate. The nearby Botanical Gardens of Grugapark are home to Messe Essen, the city’s conference centre.

The concierge recommends…

  • Taking a ferry ride on Baldeneysee, a lake to the south with majestic Villa Hügel on its banks.
  • Hiking on the banks of the Düssel, a tributary of the Rhine River.
  • Visiting the Alte Synagoge, a moving memorial to prewar Jewish life in Germany.
  • Learning about 21st century product design in the Norman Foster–built Red Dot Design Museum.

Hotels in Essen
Essen’s hotels suit every budget, from luxury stays in former castles to grand destinations in the city centre. Some so-called “aparthotels” have bigger rooms with kitchenettes for longer stays.

Leisure and business travellers alike will find amenities close at hand in the city centre or the area around Hauptbahnhof, while the quieter, residential streets of the Westviertel (West Quarter) and Ostviertel (East Quarter) offer a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere.

Those looking to let their hair down will enjoy a stay just south of the university and in the Nordviertel. Many of Essen’s top bars and clubs cluster here, catering to a vibrant student population.

Business travellers may prefer to choose a hotel in the Südviertel (South Quarter) or Rüttenscheid, where they’ll be close to Messe Essen, the city’s main conference centre. There are even more options in nearby Düsseldorf, a large city only 30 minutes away by rail, as well as smaller neighbouring cities like Gelsenkirchen, Duisburg and Bochum.

Eating Out in Essen
Essen offers restaurants and cafés at all prices, as well as weekly outdoor markets in every neighbourhood. Bakeries sell classic German breads and cakes, while some traditional restaurants have an attached Biergarten perfect for enjoying a sunny drink.

A reliable mix of well-known chains and local establishments, like the vegetarian- and vegan-friendly Zodiac and Sattgrün, dot the city centre. For more upscale dining, explore the restaurants and cafes of outlying neighborhoods like the Südviertel or Rüttenscheid, where eclectic establishments cater to diners on their way to a show at the Grugahalle or Philharmonic.

The Fünfmädelhaus, literally the “Five Girls House,” makes for a perfect pit stop after a visit to the Zeche Zollverein. In addition to traditional German fare and beer, it also serves black “coal bread” with every meal, in honour of the Zollverein’s past as a coal-mining complex.

The chef recommends...

  • Himmel und Erde: This classic North Rhine–Westphalian dish, which translates as “Heaven and Earth”, consists of mashed potatoes and apple purée served with blood sausage.
  • Eier in Senfsoße: Often served with potatoes, but also alone as a quick pick-me-up, these hard-boiled eggs with piquant mustard sauce fill you up quickly – and clear out your sinuses.
  • Schnippelbohnensuppe: This hearty stew is made with smoked speck and green beans and topped with sour cream.
  • Reibekuchen: Literally “grated cakes”, these potato pancakes are a German classic, often served in the Ruhr Valley with root vegetables mixed into the potato and apple sauce on top.

Shopping in Essen
Essen’s city centre features pedestrian shopping streets opening up to large plazas. The centre is bookended by the modern shopping complexes Einkaufszentrum Limbecker Platz in the west and the Rathaus Galerie in the east, next to city hall. Budget clothing brands like Primark and Peek & Cloppenburg surround the central square Kennedyplatz.

Running south from the Stadtgarden, Rüttenscheider Strasse is home to charming boutiques and concept shops selling everything from textiles to kitchenware to local art. VIOLAS’ is a colourful shop for fine foods and ingredients, while Wohngemeinschaft is a forum for local designers.

Just west, the Holsterhausen neighbourhood offers hipster wares like vinyl, vintage and antique furniture in charmingly ramshackle spaces. The in-house shops at Essen’s many design museums, like the Ruhr Museum and the Museum Folkwang, are great places to find design books, jewellery and unique homewares.

Concept shops in Essen

  • Tiipula: This cute little shop showcases prints, photographs and paintings by two local designers.
  • Dear Goods: This distinctly German brand of eco- and animal-friendly clothing and products already has shops in Berlin and Munich, but this shop is the first in Essen.
  • 3-Zimmerküchebad: Based on a local blog of the same name, this shop offers loads of adorable homewares with a Scandinavian vibe.

Culture & Nightlife in Essen
Essen’s multitude of theatres, opera houses and museums garnered the city its 2010 title of Europe’s Cultural Capital. Aside from the Philharmonic, Esseners can enjoy music at Grugahalle, theater at the Colosseum Theater and opera and ballet at the Aalto Theater.

Visitors can delve into Essen’s industrial past at the massive Zeche Zollverein complex, a former coal-mining plant, and the nearby Ruhr Museum, with exhibitions on the entire region in a former coal washing plant. Landscape Park Duisberg-Nord is built on the site of an old ironworks outside the nearby city of Duisberg.

To delve even more deeply into the culture of the Ruhr Valley, explore the Route of Industrial Heritage, which connects Essen’s industrial sites to those of neighbouring cities like Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund.

Design museums and cultural centres in Essen

  • Museum Folkwang: Known for its 19th- and 20th-century art, this museum’s German Poster Collection, spanning the 1880s, Weimar Germany, the GDR era and post 1989, is a real treasure.
  • Red Dot Design Museum: Set in the former boiler house of the Zeche Zollverein, this museum explores culture, innovation and civilisation through the design of everyday objects used around the world.
  • Unperfekthaus: In a modern high-rise, this arts and culture centre encourages creative collaboration with a co-working space, a hotel, a restaurant, and the Unperfektakademie, a think tank for creatives.

Visiting Essen with a Family
Surrounded by the streams, trails and valleys of the Ruhr, and within a half hour’s train ride of several other popular cities, Essen is a great base for a family vacation. Its parks, gardens and lakes make for leisurely day trips, and many of its central cafés, restaurants and even beer gardens are family-friendly.

If you’re making a visit to the Zeche Zollverein, Essen’s coal mining complex, make sure to take the children for a ride in the sky with the Sonnenrad, a gigantic Ferris wheel with views over the complex and the city beyond.

Half an hour’s drive south, the city of Wuppertal has an enormous zoo with nearly 500 species including lions, elephants, apes and penguins. In Essen’s southwest, Grugapark offers a smaller zoo with flamingos, parrots and ponies, plus the OKtoRail, an exhibition of model trains wending their way through miniature versions of Essen’s buildings.

Child-friendly destinations in and around Essen

  • Baldeneysee: Take a ferry ride across this artificial lake and look out for grand homes like the Schloss Baldeney and the Villa Hügel, the one-time residence of the Krupps, Essen’s industrial royalty.
  • Landscape Park Duisberg-Nord: Children can clamber across meadows and gardens in this park north of Duisberg, created from the former Thyssen ironworks. Climb to the top of Blast Furnace 5 for a great lookout, follow disused train tracks, or take your children to Ingenhammshof, a small working farm.
  • Neanderthal Museum: This museum was built in the valley where the first Neanderthal man was discovered (the word “Neandertal” means “Neander Valley”). Its engaging exhibits include an exploration of the valley, the story of human evolution, and an interactive Stone Age workshop for children.


Latest Essen Hotel Reviews

great service
By Peter80zz
normally I don't write reviews.. but this time I made exception.. not only very new hotel, but service and staff is just amazingly excellent. overall communication was perfect. the gym could be [More] better equipped, but there is big park close to the hotel enough for joggers. [Less]
Great service and good food
By Andy120
Staff members were very helpful and made you feel welcome. Food was good and value for money. Room was very comfortable [Less]
Holiday Inn
By Mike
Telephone in the room did not work and was not fixed after I had complained. Otherwise it was excellent. [Less]
Comfortable bed and great service.
By Phil
Consistent to the IHG principles. You always can rely on this [Less]
Nice transit hotel
By EmilieNL
The hotel is nice yet be careful that you know what you book because you might have surprises upon arrival. [Less]
Convenient location
By Ron UK
The hotel is located close to the local transport and there are excellent walking trails nearby. [Less]
1st stay in Düsseldorf
By Nazzo
Lovely hotel with very helpful and friendly staff would recommend this hotel most definitely [Less]
Peaceful and high quality stay
By mister.c.
Nothing to grumble about my stay. From the booking through to leaving then everything was to our satisfaction. Lovely room on the 6th floor overlooking the quiet back of the property. Early check in, [More] which was appreciated after a very early flight. A Nice modern clean hotel, within walking distance of Dusseldorf. Will be back! [Less]
Boutique experience in the heart of Dusseldorf
By EuropeDude2016
This property exceeded my expectations. It was my first stay at an Indigo-branded property, and the staff were beyond professional. We were greeted promptly and IHG Rewards Club status was [More] acknowledged, and the front desk staff were quick to bring up a crib for our newborn. The location can't be beat; it's convenient to all the major attractions and shopping outlets as well as public transport or car parks. The restaurant was a little bland, but the beer selections were quite nice and a change from the standard styles of German beers. The bed was huge and incredibly comfortable. Nice views into the garden, too. Overall, we would readily return to this property the next time we are in Dusseldorf. Well done! [Less]

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