Grugapark Essen – a leisure gem with an eventful history

A gigantic garden in the middle of the industrial area? Still a spectacular idea at the beginning of the 20th century, in 1929, millions of people marveled at the "Great Ruhrland Horticultural Exhibition" (Gruga). The blooming splendour did not last long and was largely destroyed in the war. Yet the people of Essen rebuilt their green jewel. And in 1952, Grugapark invited Essen to a new horticultural exhibition, now with a new landscape concept: Geometry gave way to designed landscapes with lawns, lakes and woods.

Horticulture, culture and art

Botanical highlights remain the main attraction of Grugapark Essen: Seasonal extensive plantings, the plant show houses and the landscaping show the blooming side of the park. Several times a year, you can visit plant markets and at all seasons there are numerous guided tours and excursions for those interested in botany. Sculptures of famous artists can be found throughout the entire park. Regular concerts take place in the music pavilion.

Building art in and around Grugapark Essen

Don't miss out on the Hundertwasser House: Built in 2005 according to one of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's last designs, the colourful building serves as a guest house for the neighbouring children's hospital. The Romanesque House in Grugapark Essen dates back to the Middle Ages. You want to see the area from above? The Gruga Tower turm offers a wonderful panoramic view. Today, the buildings of the Orangery house the park information office, a restaurant and the OKTORAIL miniature railway.

Family fun at Grugapark Essen

Besides the horticultural part, Grugapark Essen has even more to offer. From toddlers and active athletes to senior citizens, everyone will find something to enjoy here. The Grugabahn train, playgrounds, pony rides, the petting zoo, sports fields and sunbathing lawns are just a few of the facilities available. Grugapark Essen is a popular recreation destination far beyond the city limits – when will you come and visit it?

Important information at a glance

Grugapark Essen
Norbertstr. 2
45147 Essen
Tel.: +49 201 88 83 106
E-mail: info(at)

Opening hours and entrance fees can be found on the website of Grugapark Essen.