Essen Travel Guide

Essen is a city in Germany located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the Ruhr region.

The city is home to many industrial organizations and offers several interesting options of museums and attractions.

Things to do and see in Essen

Baldeneysee Lake

Baldeneysee Lake Essen

The Lake Baldeneysee is the largest lake in Essen. It is an artificial lake formed after the construction of a barrier in 1993.

The lake is 8 km long and it is one of the busiest tourist spots in the region.

Baldeneysee Lake

Villa Hügel

Villa Hügel Germany

The Villa Hügel is a mansion built in 1873 for the Krupp family. Set in a park, the mansion houses an excellent art collection.

Hügel 15, 45133

Alte Synagogue

Alte Synagogue Essen

The Alte Synagogue was built in 1913. It is one of the most well preserved Jewish cultural sites that survived World War II.

Schützenbahn 1, 45127 



The Grugapark is a public park established in 1929, enlarged in 1952 and 1965. It is located a short walk from the center of Essen.

It has an observation tower, old fountains, restaurants.

Virchowstraße 167a, 45147

Essen Cathedral

Essen Cathedral

The Essen Cathedral originally built to be a monastery in the 9th century, is one of the oldest cathedrals in Germany.

It was founded in 1958.

Kettwiger Str. 42, 45127 



Kettwig is a district located in the southern part of Essen next to the river Ruhr 14 km from the center.

The Schloss Huegenpoet located in Kettwig has been renovated and transformed into a hotel.



Altstadt Germany

The center of Essen is a nice place to spend time and to be explored. The area is full of shops and restaurants.



The Kreuzeskirche is located in the city center. It is a church built between 1894 and 1896.

I. Weberstraße 12, 45127

Zollverein Complex

Zollverein Complex

The Zollverein Complex is one of the main attractions of the city. It occupies a part of an abandoned industrial area and it was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2001.

The Ruhr Museum is the regional museum of the Ruhr Area. In its permanent exhibition the Ruhr Museum presents, with over 6,000 exhibits, the fascinating history of one of the largest industrial regions of the world.

Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309

Where to stay

Mercure Plaza Essen

Mercure Plaza Essen©Mercure

The Mercure Plaza Essen is located 1 km from the Central Station.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, work desk.

The hotel has a swimming pool and a sauna.


Bismarckstraße 48-50, 45128

Holiday Inn Express Essen

Holiday Inn Express Essen©Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express Essen is located close to the Berliner Platz Station and 500 meters from the ThyssenKrupp Business Park.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, coffee maker, work desk.


Thea-Leymann-Straße 11, 45127

Sheraton Essen

Sheraton Essen©Sheraton

The Sheraton Essen is located close to the Phillarmonie/Saalbau Station.

Rooms are modern and equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk.


Huyssenallee 55, 45128

Malls and Department Stores

Galeria Kaufhof

Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.

1A, Kettwiger Str., 45127

Limbecker Platz

The Limbecker Platz is one of the largest malls in Germany. It has more than 200 stores in an area of 70,000 square meters.

Brands: Bench, Betty Barclay, Bonita, Cecil, Diesel, New Yorker.

Limbecker Platz 1a

Plan your Trip

Essen has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Düsseldorf, MünsterDortmund, Cologne, Bonn.


Düsseldorf – 35,4 km

Dortmund – 37 km

Cologne – 72,7 km

Bonn – 93,9 km

Münster – 96,8 km

Frankfurt – 249 km

Koblenz – 181 km

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