10 Tips Essen




10 Tips Essen

With just under 589,600 inhabitants, Essen is the fourth largest city in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolis. There are not only many shopping possibilities, but also in the areas of leisure, sport, food and culture everyone gets their money’s worth. With the 10 following informative tips, a visit to Essen will be remembered for a long time to come.

View over Essen

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Tip 1, downtown

Essen city centre is just the right address for an extensive shopping tour. There are boutiques, smaller shops and well over 700 department stores where you can find everything your heart desires. In Limbecker Straße and Kettwiger Straße there are some extraordinary restaurants and department stores. Today, Essen’s city centre is mainly a pedestrian precinct, so that one can fulfil one’s shopping plans undisturbed. There are also plenty of opportunities to take a break before or after shopping. At Kennedyplatz and Kettwiger Straße there are several bars and restaurants that invite you to linger. In downtown Essen there are over 5,500 outdoor seating areas for restaurants and cafés. This gives the city centre a very special charm.

It is also easy to reach by bus, car or train. In addition, there are a total of 25 multi-storey car parks with around 12,000 parking spaces. Shops in the city of Essen are open until around 6 pm on Saturdays. For the most part, department stores even invite shoppers to shop until 8 p.m. or midnight. The whole thing takes place under the slogan “Food is open”.

Every year there are many events like the beautiful Christmas market, the city festival “Essen.Original” and the Essener Lichterwochen.

But shopping is not only possible directly in the City Essen. Other districts such as Altenessen, Werden, Steele or Rüttenscheid also offer beautiful shopping miles.

Tip 2, the Limbecker Platz

If you are still not fully occupied after shopping in downtown Essen, the “Limbecker Platz” shopping center offers many other shopping opportunities. It’s on its way to the imperfect house. Here you can shop to your heart’s content on about 70,000 sqm or enjoy a delicious meal, because the gastronomy is very varied here. It is one of the largest shopping centres in Germany. Among the numerous shops is also the MONKI clothing store.

For shopping lovers who otherwise have to work longer or simply want to organise a shopping marathon, a “midnight shopping” takes place here every first Friday of the month. The shops are open until 24:00 on this day.

The shopping centre has its own multi-storey car park with around 2,400 parking spaces. So you don’t have to worry about where your car will be during the shopping tour. The parking fees for this car park are affordable.

Tip 3, Unperfekthaus Essen

It is located directly in the centre of Essen next to the Limbecker Platz and is ideal for a trip in bad weather. Different rooms with different activities are offered here. For example, you can rehearse for concerts, paint pictures, play table tennis, sell jewelry, hold meetings, or even sit comfortably by the fireplace and enjoy the time. If the sun does show up from time to time, there is the possibility to sit on the roof terrace.

Here you can spend a nice day and the entrance fee even includes all non-alcoholic drinks.

Tip 4, Lake Baldeney

This lake is located in the south of the city of Essen and is the largest Ruhr reservoir. Today it is particularly popular for sports enthusiasts and as a local recreation area. In summer many ships sail here. Among other things, there is a landing stage near Villa Hügel, built by Alfred Krupp between 1870 and 1873, which can also be visited. Another one is on the south bank, where there is also a motorcycle club.

On the northern shore is the former outdoor swimming pool, which is now known as Seaside Beach Club. There is a sandy beach, a cocktail bar, beach volleyball, palm trees and meadows that give you a holiday feeling.

Around the whole lake you can also meet many walkers, cyclists, skaters or other sports enthusiasts. There are also many sailors and anglers.

Villa Huegel in Essen (Krupp mansion)

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Tip 5, the Lichtburg Essen

It is Germany’s largest film palace and offers the largest cinema with 1,250 seats. The historical cinema is located in the centre of Essen and was opened for the first time in 1928 under the name “Lichtburg”. The building has been a listed building since 1998.

The screen of the cinema can be rolled up and is located in front of a stage. The hall can also be used for concerts, theatre and other events.

Tip 6, Zollverein colliery

It is known as the “most beautiful colliery in the world” and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, among other things, because it is unique and completely preserved in the mining architecture. This colliery was an active coal mine from 1851 to 1986.

Today you can visit the colliery and take part in guided tours. The area also offers much more. There is a lot to experience for art, culture, museum and exhibition lovers. On 20.01.2018 the dance centre PACT opens on the premises. In the future, much will be on view here in the areas of dance, media and theatre.

The LA PRIMAVERA is also located on the site and was at that time a boiler ash bunker. This building is to be entered only individually, because it should serve for the self-discovery. One enters an empty white room, where the light enters the room through a narrow gap alone.

A tour to this colliery is definitely worthwhile. Among other things, cafés and restaurants will cater for your physical well-being.

Zollverein colliery in Essen

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Tip 7, the Colosseum Theatre

Today’s theatre is the 8th Mechanical Workshop built at that time by Friedrich Krupp AG. Today it is used as an event hall. The reconstruction of the hall took place in May 1995 and lasted until December 1996. Until 2010, the theatre was operated purely as a musical theatre.

Tip 8, the Essen Motor Show

It takes place annually on the exhibition grounds in Essen city and offers everything the heart desires around the car tuning. Here the approx. 500 organizers offer everything for car lovers every year in 15 exhibition halls on over 100,000 square meters from sporty vehicles to tuning parts and classic cars. It was held for the 50th time in 2017.

For 10 days visitors can admire many differently tuned cars of well-known names in different price ranges as well as purchase tuning parts. But not only automobiles can be admired here. You can also admire some pretty ladies next to pretty cars. The gastronomy also offers visitors a wide variety of dishes.

The Essen Motor Show also offers daily live action in the motor sports arena. There the fans can experience drift rides with squeaking and smoking tires. Well-known personalities – such as JP Performance – can also be found at the motor show.

A visit to this event is definitely worthwhile.

Tip 9, Park lights and Gruga Park

Next to the exhibition grounds is Gruga Park. This is a botanical garden with many flowers, meadows, pavilions, small woods and even barbecue areas. This park is perfect for enjoying the weather in Essen in sunshine.

Also in winter there are activities in the Gruga. In good weather you can admire the so-called park light here in the evening. At the beginning of each year, lights are installed here to immerse the park in a colourful fairytale world. A very recommendable change for the otherwise dark and grey season.

Gruga Parc in Essen

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Tip 10, Nightlife and other events

Besides the city centre, Essen-Rüttenscheid is the ideal district to enjoy the nightlife. The Rüttenscheider Hausbrauerei, the popular Irish Pub, bars, clubs, restaurants and pubs are located here. The atmosphere and the whole atmosphere are perfect for going out in the evening.

The city also offers open-air festivals in summer. From fee required to free of charge, everything is included. The Smag Sundance Festival is certainly the best known. At the Seaside Beach Club well-known DJs play there again and again.

In the Stadtpark you can also relax every summer under the motto “Parksounds” for one week every evening to melodies arranged by the Philharmonie Essen. It is also a great place to grill, eat and drink. Deck chairs and beanbags are available. A wonderful experience, which is also free of charge.

A visit to Essen is worthwhile in any case, because this city is varied and there are many activities for every taste.

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