City Name: ESSEN
Direction from City Center to Hotel: West
Closest Convention Center: Messe Essen / Gruga
Distance from Hotel: 2.49 MI/ 4 KM South
Golf: 12.43 MI/ 20 KM South
A 15-minute stroll from the hotel brings you to Essen’s largely pedestrianised city centre. Essen Cathedral was originally built in the 10th century and retains medieval architectural elements including a cloister and crypt. Rare artefacts in the treasury include the famed Golden Madonna, a gilded wooden sculpture dating from the late 10th century, and a sword that belonged to Otto the Great.
A 30-minute drive from the city centre, the palatial Villa Hügel was built in the late 19th century by local industrialist Alfred Krupp. The 269-room mansion hosts art exhibitions in its ornate interior, as well as occasional classical concerts. After a stroll in the grounds, head to the nearby man-made Lake Baldeney. In summer, you can enjoy a drink in the Seaside Beach club or take a boat tour.
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The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is an area highlight. Learn about the industrial legacy and Bauhaus-style architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage site on a guided tour. The old coal-washing plant houses the Ruhr Museum, tracing the region’s natural, industrial and cultural history. The Red Dot Design Museum showcases contemporary pieces in a boiler house converted by Norman Foster.
On a visit to the vast Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, look out for contemporary sculptures dotted around the grounds. During summer, you can even take a dip in the “Works Swimming Pool” installation in the former coking plant. The complex also hosts temporary exhibitions, and is a venue for the annual summer ExtraSchicht festival, hosting an exciting night of performing and visual arts.