Welcome to the heart of the Ruhr area, home of the centuries old Krupp family iron works. While there was a time when the Krupp premises were bigger than the rest of the city, things have moved on and the modern city of Essen has now evolved into something very different. You will be captivated by the charm of the Burgplatz and its surrounding buildings, which include the Johanniskirche (St. John the Baptist's Church), Essen Cathedral (a landmark of the city and parts of which date back to the 10th century), the stone Baedeker house and the legendary Lichtburg, Germany's largest cinema, renovated in 2003. Essen Cathedral is noted for its treasury which, among other things, includes the Golden Madonna, considered the oldest free-standing sculpture of the Virgin Mary in the Western world. Take the time to tour the exhibitions in the Villa Hügel, the stately mansion that was once the family home of the Krupp family and take a stroll through the lush green parkland surrounding the nearby idyllic Baldeneysee (Lake Baldeney), a man-made reservoir that was completed in 1931. Essen also offers a wealth of leisure and sports facilities and boasts many (world) champions in a wide range of disciplines, such as canoeing, American football, inline hockey and ice hockey, volleyball and, of course, football, with its home-grown football stars – Oliver Bierhoff and Jens Lehmann. Discover Essen and learn more about this city and its great history. As always, our low budget Motel One design hotel offers a comfortable night's sleep at an excellent price. Located directly on Kennedyplatz in the city centre, it is the perfect base for exploring this fascinating city. We look forward to welcoming you!