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Visiting Essen for ....

24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours in Essen.

Exploring Essen’s diversity is always a good idea. The first 24 hours alone offer incredible possibilities. And things are rarely so unrestricted: here, more really is more. So spend 48 or even 72 hours here. Even this much time is just enough to take in the main attractions, the characteristic flair of the city or to discover one or other culinary delight.

day 1. 24 hours. Culture, history and design.

morning

Visit the Essen Cathedral treasury

  • Sacral exhibits of priceless value
  • The Golden Madonna – the oldest sculpted figure of Mary in the West

Old Synagogue – Jewish cultural building

  • The eventful history of the building as a mirror of the times
  • Exhibitions, events and special offers

Break for lunch

afternoon

Guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein/Zollverein Mine XII
(2 hours)

  • Bauhaus-inspired architecture - »the most beautiful coal mine in the world«
  • Unique museum - a place for art, culture and design
  • Great architectural ensemble - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ruhr Museum

  • Fascinating history of one of the largest industrial regions of the world
  • Modern and popular design

or

red dot design museum

  • the world's largest exhibition of contemporary design
  • 1,000 Red-Dot -winning products from around the world
  • within the breath-taking architecture of the former Zeche Zollverein complex

evening

  • Dinner in one of the city’s restaurants
  • Evening event according to own plans

Day 2. 48 hours. Culture and living.

morning

Museum Folkwang

  • oldest 19th and 20th Century collection in Germany
  • Star architect Chipperfield designed the new building

City Tour of Essen / visit Margarethenhöhe

  • one of the finest examples of the garden city concept
  • listed settlement

Lunch

afternoon

Villa Hügel with a walk through the park

  • The former home of the Krupp family
  • Great art and cultural history exhibitions
  • Tour of the historical residential areas and the extensive park

or

Werden (historic town / St. Ludgerus)

  • one of the most important late-Romanesque churches in the Rhineland

Kettwig historic town

  • The picturesque old town centre of Kettwig with its charming half-Timbered architecture (17th–19th Century)

evening

Essen’s Arthouse theatres

  • Four nostalgic cinema theatres in the city, some are listed buildings
  • Outstanding annual programme

Further information and contact:

Essen Marketing GmbH
Tourist Information Office
Im Handelshof
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
D- 45127 Essen

Telephone: +49 201 19433 or +49 201 88 72333
Fax: +49 201 8872044
E-Mail: touristikzentrale@essen.de

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm

golden statue of the virgin Mary

Old Synagogue

UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein

Ruhr Museum

red dot design museum

Museum Folkwang

Essen-Margarethenhöhe

Villa Hügel

Essen-Kettwig