The Region

Essen – Heart of the Ruhr District

Essen with its population of 570,000, European Capital of Culture 2010 and verdant metropolis located along the river Ruhr, is not only the largest and economically most powerful city of the Ruhr district, covering a total area of more than 210 square kilometers. Despite a total of 3.7m square meters of office space and its impressive skyline, Essen ranks among the greenest big cities in Germany, offering great quality of life.


Business + Essen

International corporations and some of the most powerful German companies, an impressive array of universities and colleges, international tradeshows and congresses, renowned shows, sports and recreational events – Essen is well-known and well-liked by managers, students and event audiences alike


Culture + Essen

Gruga, Folkwang, the philharmonic concert hall, Zeche Zollverein, numerous castles, theatres, stages and museums, galleries, art, literature and entertainment … Essen is full of creative surprises and always on the move.


Shopping + Essen

Excellent shopping opportunities for every budget and every taste make Essen attractive for youngsters and Best Agers alike. Whether at Limbecker Platz, Kennedyplatz, at the “Centro” in nearby Oberhausen or in one of the many arcades: chic small and large shops are inviting to browse and shop. There’s practically nothing you cannot find in Essen – start your discovery tour now!


Dining + Essen

In German, “Essen” is the same word as “eat, dine”. Not surprising then, that Essen offers many culinary treats. You can find Michelin star decorated cuisine and a great number of pubs and restaurants of all nationalities, fulfilling every dining wish. The only problem: what to choose from this great selection.

Enjoy your meal in Essen!


Living + Essen

Living in Essen means enjoying a lifestyle that’s both modern and cozy, central and small-town, sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time. Essen with its 50 neighborhoods can offer the right ambience to match most every taste.

The many parks and recreation areas offer peace and quiet even amidst hustle and bustle for inhabitants and visitors alike. Some 90 square kilometers of landscaped parks and open spaces are inviting to stroll, relax, play, jog or simply meet other people outdoors.


Traffic + Essen

Essen is located at the intersection of international long distance routes. The highest motorway density, the largest public transport system, the widest channel and harbor system in Europe as well as several airports assure optimum access and fast connections.


Sports + Essen

Rotweiß Essen, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04, VfL Bochum, Fortuna Düsseldorf – the Ruhr district is a soccer realm in its own right. But other sporting disciplines are prevalent as well. Essen offers a wide array of different types of sports, from “normal” to “exceptional”, of course also comprising preventive sports, rehabilitative sports, sports for the handicapped, special programs for kids and youths, and for the 50+ generation.

Whatever your sportive heart desires – you will surely find it in Essen.

     Essener Sportbund
     Essen...eine Stadt lädt zum Sporttreiben ein

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