Essen starts its history in 800 AD, from the moment of the foundation of Verdun Abbey. It was the abbey which gave birth to this city. Essen is widely known for its exhibitions that are almost continuously conducted in a modern exhibition center. Besides this Essen is the location of central offices of a large number of well-known companies.
However, Essen is certainly attractive not only for businessmen, but also for tourists. The internationally famous Essen Cathedral got its popularity due to an ancient vault of the 10th century found on the territory of the church. Inside the vault were found the objects of incredible value. The most famous of them are the oldest known sculpture of the Virgin Mary and the lost crown of Otto III. The museum, which is called "Folkwang Collection", features works of famous artists such as Renoir, Eduard Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh and others.
Inexplicable and unexplainable charm of the pedestrian street of the city, Kettwiger Strasse, attracts visitors to the city despite a bizarre and discouraging mix of ancient and modern, sublime and ridiculous, and everything else that is hard to put together. Perhaps, the hidden philosophy of Essen lies here.