Watch stunt crews in action on the Hollywood Street Set at Movie Park Germany, 28km from Holiday Inn Essen City Centre. Thrill-seekers love the Bandit, a 70km-per-hour wooden rollercoaster, and dizzying 360-degree spins on the Crazy Surfer ride.
Visit the coal mines at Zeche Zollverein, a UNESCO World Heritage site just north of Essen. Monumental, Bauhaus-style coal shafts mark this unique attraction's industrial heart. Take the guided tour before relaxing in landscaped Zollverein Park.
Shopping at the glitzy Limbecker Platz shopping centre, home to over 200 shops boutiques and food outlets, all just 200 metres from Holiday Inn Essen City Centre. Stores are open until midnight for 'mitternachtsshopping' evenings one Friday each month.
Stay at Holiday Inn Essen City Centre in winter to enjoy the festive Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas market, just steps from the hotel in bustling Kennedyplatz. The square transforms to become a giant open-air ice rink from January-March.