Essen is a big number in terms of shopping and coal mining. Throughout this huge city, you’ll find symbols and stores all over the place representing its significance in these two areas I just mentioned.
First off, the Zollverein Coal Mine industrial complex is a symbol of trade style and used for artistic purposes. This is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here, you’ll get a chance to see the conveyor machine, tipping hall and boiler house.
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Essen Cathedral consists of segments of Abbess Theophanu’s medieval Ottonian basilica. The cathedral reserves contain one of Europe’s most precious collections of church treasures, plus precious religious objects from every epoch.
It further encompasses scores of works of art such as the Golden Madonna, the oldest full-relief Madonna statue in the West.
Old Synagogue (Alte Synagoge) is a domed building which was consecrated by the Jewish community in 1913 and was designed by architect Edmund Körner. In this restored building, you can see a memorial and lots of exhibitions.
Villa Hügel is another tourist site which was built at the end of the 19th century by industrial magnate Alfred Krupp. Now it frequently houses temporary art exhibitions and music concerts.
The City Hall is probably Germany’s highest city hall which was built from 1971 to 1979. Here, you can view from the 22nd floor, overlooking the city from 100 m above ground!
RWE Tower is located crossways street from the Aalto theater and is the 2nd-highest skyscraper in North Rhine-Westphalia. This site contains headquarters of the second largest electric power company in Germany.
Lake Baldeney (Baldeneysee) is a 14km extensive basin formed in the Ruhr river in 1931. It was particularly created to offer a leisure area for residents, and to purify the water in the river. Nowadays, it is still an extremely admired place for visitors, and numerous yachting and rowing clubs function on the lake.
Along with it, you could also find Weiße Flotte pleasure boats operating on the lake, which can prove an excellent outing in fine weather when you visit this shopping city. :-)
Last but certainly not least, it might interest you that this city has a regional airport, the Essen/Mülheim Airport [ESS], which is being used mainly by business travelers.