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  • RIchard035
    Northwood, UK1,316 contributions
    Zollverein is a huge former industrial complex that has now been converted into a number of museums about the industrial heritage of the site and the area. You could easily spend a whole day here. There are also walks around the vast grounds. You can get here easily by S-Bahn from the centre of Essen. There is at least one cafe on the site.
    Written January 17, 2024
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  • Rachelle Ann E
    1 contribution
    As a girl who loves museum Folkwang is a safe haven. Free of charge but everything is so classy. The place gives you a classic and stylish vibe. Had a great day together with my fam! 🥰
    Written March 26, 2023
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  • Jim W
    Sindelfingen, Germany2,917 contributions
    I was finally able to return to Essen, Germany for an annual conference that was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID. I deliberately chose the hotel I did because it was right next to the amazingyy peaceful garden of Eden. When I was here in 2019, my wife had to remain in the states to care for her ailing father. He died right before I arrived in Essen. I was so torn up that I walked through this park in an absolute downpour for several hours trying to come to grips with not being able to be there for my wife. Life is that way. I was now able to walk through this park on a warm, sunny day with a different perspective even though we are all still facing COVID. This is literally one of the most beautiful places to simply enjoy the wonderful creations of flora and fauna. This time they had a wonderful exhibit called Fearless Women. Spend time with nature and you will leave here in a peaceful, easy feeling...if I can quote the Eagles.
    Written September 12, 2021
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  • wuschof
    Essen, Germany2 contributions
    Every visit with another programm was really fantastic. The theatre is cozy and nicely decorated. The service i very good an as well as food and beverages. I would visit the GOP Variete Theater always again.
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • NemoTraveler
    Aarhus, Denmark682 contributions
    Villa Hügel was the residence of the Krupp Family from 1873 until after WWII. It is beautifully located on a hill (Hügel in German) in a green park about 7 kilometers south of downtown Essen.

    Today it is possible to visit the Main Building, which was the residence of the family, and the Guest House. The latter now serves as a museum, housing an extensive historical collection of exhibits from the Krupp companies. Everything has been beautifully restored and the museum gives excellent insight into the industrial and political development in Germany in this period of time.
    Written July 20, 2022
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  • Stefanie M
    1 contribution
    Great staff that provides an exiting experience, very child friendly.

    A lot to learn in a fun way. We've been there at least five times.
    Written December 29, 2023
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  • Doctor_When
    Droitwich, UK119 contributions
    A fantastic museum related to mining, industry, and the local environment, with good English-language support and awe-inspiring architecture. The museum is housed in a massive structure, with much of the equipment and switchgear still intact - it reminded me a little of Magna in Sheffield for the sheer scale of the buildings. Fascinating exhibits of art, artefacts, and historically significant items abound. It's really quite diverse and interesting - I could have easily spent all day here. The café is also pretty good, and not too expensive. Sadly, the Design Museum was closed when I visited, but I am assured this is also impressive for those interested in form and function. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
    Written December 13, 2023
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  • Magdalena
    Velbert, Germany30 contributions
    It's a really nice place for a peaceful walk with the family - both along the river and in the old town. There are information signs next to the particular interesting objects in the old town but unfortunately only in German.
    Written March 27, 2021
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  • JXXXR
    United Kingdom4,898 contributions
    The Baldeneysee is a large area of water located around 10 minutes on train from the centre of Essen. This is not a must however it's a fantastic spot for a nice walk on a warm day. Only the photo's can do it justice.
    Written September 30, 2020
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  • Starelle2014
    York, UK36 contributions
    We watched the amazing Aalto Ballett perform two ballets last week in their wonderful theatre and loved both of them. The first ballet ''Rock Around Barock'' was such fun and the dancers performed with the rock band Mallett who were great musicians. The theatre never ceases to surprise us when a huge screen appeared just before the interval. The second ballet was ''Don Quixote'' with its fine scenery and sets that made you feel like you were in Espania together with the wonderful costumes. I would love to go back to Aalto Theatre to see Aalto Ballett perform these two ballets again.
    Written June 4, 2019
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  • PaulB
    Maastricht, The Netherlands3,127 contributions
    The 'Limbecker Platz' shopping mall is one of the better and one of the largest in this part of Germany.
    It's spacious and bright and includes a department store (Karstadt), almost 200 shops shops and a dozen of restaurants.
    Car park is also available.
    Written January 29, 2020
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