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Top Choice Museum in Essen

Ruhr Museum

The former coal-wash plant at the Unesco-listed Zeche Zollverein provides a suitably atmospheric setting for accessible and engaging exhibits on the history, nature and culture of the Ruhr Region. Just as the coal w…
Top Choice Historic Building in Essen

Zeche Zollverein

A key site along the Ruhr area's Industrial Heritage Trail, the former Zollverein coal mine was a marvel of efficiency while in operation from 1932 until 1986. In 2001, Unesco declared the Bauhaus-style complex a Wo…
Top Choice Museum in Essen

Museum Folkwang

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

Red Dot Design Museum

Part of the Zeche Zollverein colliery-turned-cultural centre, this museum showcases the best in contemporary design in the former stoker's hall, creatively adapted by British architect Norman Foster. In a perfect ma…
Cathedral in Essen

Dom 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…
Cafe in Essen

Miamamia

This feel-good cafe is beautifully situated in an old house and quite possibly serves the best coffee in town. Join the locals as they indulge in deep conversation over breakfast, drop by for a salad or light lunch …
Church in Essen

Basilika St Ludgerus

Werden’s main sight is the 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 t…
Turkish in Essen

Orkide Döner

People come from all over, passing a lot of other doner kebab places on the way, to enjoy Orkide's piquant goodness. Germany's favourite fast food is given great treatment in an appropriately casual setting. The sau…
Live Performance in Essen

Zeche Carl

The machine hall and washrooms of a former coal mine have been restyled as an alternative cultural centre with live concerts, parties, cabaret, theatre and art exhibits. The cafe has a beer garden plus a wide range …
Cultural Centre in Essen

Alte Synagoge

The grand Alte Synagoge served as the hub of Essen's Jewish community between 1913 and 1938 and miraculously survived WWII largely intact. A memorial site since 1980, it now harbours the House of Jewish Culture with…