Schacht 3/7/10: Fancy a picnic with a phenomenal view? How about on this 35 metre former mine shaft tower? Click here to book. If you suffer from vertigo, you can also enjoy your picnic UNDERNEATH the mine shaft tower.
Red Dot Design Museum: As a Motel One guest, you clearly appreciate good design... So why not stop by the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design? What began in 1955 as ‘Ständige Schau formschöner Industrieerzeugnisse’ (‘Permanent Show of Elegant Industrial Products’) in Villa Hügel is now the Red Dot Design Museum, with 2,000 international products on display in the former boiler house of the Zollverein mine.
... TO THE GREEN SOUTH
Margarethenhöhe: This southern district is now an upscale neighbourhood with unique character. In the past, the houses here were used as residential buildings for city officials and employees of the Krupp works. At its centre is the Margarethenhöhe settlement, which was initiated as the first German garden city by Margarethe Krupp. The 115 hectare settlement, which grew between 1909 and 1939, is considered an example of ‘modern and healthy’ living and is a particular highlight for architecture fans, who can explore this ‘living monument’ on a guided tour or at their own pace (approx. 15 min by car/20 min by public transport).
Villa Hügel: This villa, where the Krupp family lived from 1873 to 1945, complete with ornate rooms and an extensive park, has become a symbol of the age of industrialisation in Germany. It is now open to the public (approx. 20 min by car/35 min by public transport).
Grugapark: Pay a visit to one of Essen’s top green areas, its Botanical Garden, complete with a petting zoo, aviaries, an observation tower and more! (Approx. 11 min by car/20 min by public transport.)
Lake Baldeney: This lake, originally designed as a water reservoir, is now a popular recreational area, which visitors can explore via a 14 km circular walk or on one of the boats of the Weißen Flotte.
Werden Old Town: Unfortunately, there’s no longer any Old Town to speak of in Essen – but the Old Town in Werden makes up for it! Here, you can enjoy a lovely stroll through historic buildings (approx. 20 min by car/30 min by public transport).
Heidhausen: Hiking in Essen? Of course! There’s a wide range of hiking trails to choose from – in the district of Heidhausen, for example, you can discover the highest point of Essen.
The Ruhr Valley Cycle Path combines (industry) culture and nature on a fun 240 km trail. You can get on to the cycle path in Essen – for example, at Steele, Bergerhausen or Lake Baldeney – and follow it at your own pace. Here’s an overview.