Welcome to Essen
It’s taken a few decades, but Germany’s seventh-largest city has mastered the transition from coal and steel powerhouse – spearheaded by the Krupp empire – to post-industrial city of commerce and culture. Visitors will be richly rewarded on their stopover. A visit with Van Gogh? Go to the Museum Folkwang. Emperor Otto III’s gem-studded childhood crown? Head for the cathedral treasury. A Unesco-listed Bauhaus-style former coal mine with a fabulous museum? Look no further than Zeche Zollverein. Add to that a verdant green belt and half-timbered medieval quarters and you may find it hard to believe you're in the Ruhrgebiet.