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City of Essen

The City of Essen is the centre of the Discovery Area RUHR Art & Creativity, and is located in the heart of the Ruhr Area. As an ideal destination for a short holiday, Essen is one of the top destinations for city breaks in Germany.

The Zollverein World Heritage Site is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the highlight of the Ruhr Area. What was once the most beautiful and biggest colliery in the world enthrals tourists from around the globe. During a guided tour of Zollverein, visitors learn a great deal about the significance of mining for Germany and Europe. Together with the Ruhr Museum and the Red Dot Design Museum, and the exceptional range of restaurants, visitors to Zollverein experience grandiose elements of a city break in the Ruhr Area.

A further highlight is the new Folkwang Museum in the centre of Essen, presenting the finest modern art and extraordinary special exhibitions. The spectacular range of options for cultural breaks is completed by the Philharmonie Essen, the Aalto Theatre, the Grillo Theatre and the Essen Cathedral Treasury.

Another important tourist attraction of industrial heritage is the Villa Hügel by Essen's Lake Baldeneysee, the former residence of the Krupp family.

With its attractive pedestrian precinct and the new Limbecker Platz shopping centre, Essen is a great place to shop.

Further information

EMG - Essen Marketing GmbH
- Tourist information -
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
45127 Essen
Tel.: +49 (0)201 19433
Fax: +49 (0)201 8872044
E-Mail: touristikzentrale(at)essen.de

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


World Heritage Site Zollverein, Kohlenwäsche (Schacht XII, [A14])
Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
45309 Essen
Tel.: +49 (0)201 246810
E-Mail: besucherzentrum(at)zollverein.de

Opening hours:
daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.