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Essen City 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.
Essen is the largest exhibition center in Germany; every three days, there are various interesting exhibitions. The cultural life of the city is very rich and diverse. No matter for how long … Open
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. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Essen is a major industrial and exhibition center, business travelers are main guests of the city. Anyway, it is quite attractive for ordinary travelers. Essen was badly damaged during the … Open
In Essen, there are quite unusual attractions. An excellent example is the old Zollverein Mine. It was founded in the 19th century. In the mine, hard coal was produced. When the deposit had been exhausted, the mine was closed. Several years ago, it was decided to turn it into an interesting attraction. The mine has a lot of unique features that let it become the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The oldest district in the city is Werden that will definitely impress hikers. Here, you can walk across the old beautiful streets that have remained unchangeable since the Middle Ages. During the Second World War, the district wasn’t damaged severely. Here, you can see a lot of fascinating buildings and squares aged over 500 years.
Exhibitions are not the only entertainment in Essen. The ideal place for a relaxing stroll is Kettviger Strasse street, which is home to the most popular shops. The street starts at the … Open
Exactly in this district, there is the Werden Abbey that is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in the city. On its territory, there is the preserved old Church of St. Ludgerus. It is famous for its religious artifacts and unique decorative elements. The abbey and the church were built in the late Roman style. The buildings are distinguished by their fascinating facades.
One of the most unusual attractions of the historical district is Haus Heck. The first references to it date back to the 14th century. The exact date of its construction is not known. The Knight’s House attracts with its magnificence and impregnability. Its main architectural feature is a high round tower that has been preserved in its original form since its construction.
1. The main train station in Essen is one of the most advanced in Germany, so you can get to almost any city in the country from it. Tourists who expect to visit nearby towns are recommended … Open
In the district of Kettwig, there are also a lot of historical attractions. Fortunately, it wasn’t damaged severely in wartime. Today, one of its main constructions is the old market where you can buy the most popular products of the local production and choose interesting memorable gifts. You can see picturesque historical streets with half-timbered houses near the market. You also can see the beautiful church built in the 13th century here.
Schloss Ippenburg, Bad Essen Fans of history should certainly visit the old Hugenpoet Castle. It is a large and fascinating complex of buildings. The first strengthening construction was built in the 8th century here. The castle you can see today was built in the late 17th century.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Essen
♥   Shopping area ' Kettwiger Straße' Essen, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Essen
♥   Castle 'Hardenstein Castle' , 20.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Schloss Bladenhorst' , 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Schloss Burg near Solingen' , 36.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Hückeswagen Castle' , 40.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Schloss Cappenberg' , 42.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Essen
♥   National Park 'De Maasduinen' , 65.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Meinweg' , 72.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Groote Peel' , 85.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Veluwezoom' , 95.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Hoge Veluwe' , 107.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Essen and around
♥   Art museum 'Museum Folkwang' Essen, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Von der Heydt Museum' Wuppertal, 23.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'museum Kunst Palast' Düsseldorf, 29.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen' Düsseldorf, 30.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Essen from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Kolner Rathaus

From the series “Famous Buildings of Renaissance Architecture”
During the reconstruction of the basement there were found ruins of the ancient Roman buildings. Today all rebuilt elements of the historical buildings are open for everyone. Another peculiarity of the Kolner Rathaus is the musical instrument that makes wonderful melodies with the toll. It has appeared in the town hall in 1958. This construction has 45 bronze bells. A lot of people come to listen to the sound of them.  … Read further

Kolner Dom

From the series “The Most Iconic Temples in the World”
The well-known architect Gerhard has worked at the Domprojekt. As the legend tells, the devil helped him. This was the only way to explain the construction of such a grand architectural project. Every day, more than 20,000 people visit the Cologne Cathedral, which is to be graced by its magnificent interiors and the golden sarcophagus with its main sanctuary. The latter is a real masterpiece of jeweler art. For the decoration of the sarcophagus thousands of precious stones were used. In the cathedral there are also other sanctuaries - the Gerokreuz and the Milan Madonna, a unique statue from the 13th century. All those who are interested can climb up the Domgipfel and enjoy the panorama of Cologne, for which only 509 steps have to be overcome. … Read further
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