Top Choice Museum in Essen

Ruhr Museum

The former coal-washing plant provides an edgy setting for the Ruhr Museum. Exhibits span the history of the Ruhr Region in an easily accessible and engaging fashion. Just as the coal was transported on conveyor bel…
Top Choice Museum in Essen

Museum Folkwang

A grand dame among Germany’s art repositories, the Museum Folkwang has sparkling digs designed by British star architect David Chipperfield. Galleries radiate out from inner courtyards and gardens of the glass-front…
Church in Essen

Basilika St Ludgerus

Werden’s main sight is solid-stone St Ludgerus (1175), a beautiful late-Romanesque church named for the Frisian missionary buried here. It has an impressive exterior as well as a commendable treasury housed in the o…
Synagogue in Essen

Alte Synagoge

East of the cathedral, the grand Alte Synagoge miraculously survived WWII largely intact. A memorial site since 1980, it is a Jewish cultural centre.
Cathedral in Essen


Essen’s medieval Dom is an island of quiet engulfed by the commercialism of pedestrianised Kettwiger Strasse, the main shopping strip. It has a priceless collection of Ottonian works, all about 1000 years old. Not t…
Mine in Essen

Zollverein Coal Mine

Themed public tours (€4.50 to €15) zero in on the complex’s industrial heritage, its architecture and its art, but for now they’re in German only.Tram 107 travels to Zollverein from the Hauptbahnhof.
Museum in Essen

Red Dot Design Museum

The Red Dot Design Museum is in the stoker's hall, creatively adapted by British architect Norman Foster. In a perfect marriage of space and function, this four-storey maze showcases the best in contemporary design …
Viewpoint in Essen


Feel like a coal miner as you climb dozens of steps up from the Ruhr Museum to the summit of the coal-washing building, where a large viewing platform lets you ponder the vast scope of Zollverein, with the Ruhrgebie…