Gelsenkirchen attractions are a varied and impressive bunch. Whether you are marveling at an old castle, drinking liters of the local brew or cheering the local soccer club, this city is sure to please.
1. Visiting The City’s Chief Landmark Schloss Berge (Berge Castle)
This Gelsenkirchen attraction is perhaps its most famous. The Berge Castle is the backdrop of many festivals and one of the city’s best landmarks. The trees and gardens provide an oasis in a busy industry capital. Whether you want to delve into the history of architecture, have a picnic on the grounds or simply take a leisurely walk, there are few better destinations in Gelsenkirchen than its lovely Berge Castle.
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2. Getting A Taste For The International With Gelsenkirchen’s Restaurant Scene
There is a wide variety of international foods that you will find here. With Germany’s large Turkish population, you can also bet on getting some of the world’s best kebabs during your stay in Gelsenkirchen. The city also offers Spanish tapas, Italian pastas, and Mexican nachos.
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3. Celebrating At The Schlossparkfest (Castle Berge Summer Festival)
Every July, the Castle Park Fest is a popular Gelsenkirchen attraction. The venue is the famous Schloss Berge (Berge Castle). The fifty-year tradition brings throngs of guests to this always-popular spot and culminates in a huge fireworks display.
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4. Gaining Knowledge At The Gelsenkirchen City Museum
This Gelsenkirchen City Museum boasts around 1,300 exhibits and is THE museum in town. This Gelsenkirchen attraction features mainly works of art from throughout the centuries. From classic art to contemporary, to kinetic art, constructivism and graphic art, you will be treated to a feast for the eyes at Gelsenkirchen City Museum.
The best fact of all is that visitors to Gelsenkirchen can experience all this knowledge and the interesting exhibits for absolutely nothing — admission is free!
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5. Going Shopping On The Hochstraße
Hochstraße is the High Street of the city and it’s where you’ll find the best of the best of shopping. This pedestrian paradise features great boutiques, specialty stores and a fine selection of restaurants to wind down in, after a long day of retail therapy.
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6. Sampling The Local Brew At Brauhaus Hibernia
The Brauhaus Hibernia serves up the best in local beers, most notably the Grubergold brew. Grubergold is like a cross between a lager and a weiss, both cloudy and light and quite different from other local brews.
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7. Cheering On The Fan Favorites FC Schalke 04
Gelsenkirchen’s premier soccer club is FC Schalke 04, one of Germany’s most popular teams. They play their matches at the Veltins-Arena one the venues of the 2006 World Cup and one of the most technologically-advanced stadiums in the world.
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8. Contrasting The Old And New At Nordsternpark
What was once an industrial colliery is now an oasis of nature in Gelsenkirchen. The former heavy industry structures of Nordstern have been completely transformed into the tranquil Nordsternpark. There are new bridges and walking paths for leisurely strolls through a natural environment.
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9. Reliving History At Haus Lüttinghoff (Lüttinghoff House)
With a history dating back to 1308, the Lüttinghoff House is the oldest monument in Gelsenkirchen. You’ll see a moated castle set among a nature park with 300-year old oak trees with several small ponds and gardens.
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10. Taking In The Sound Of The New Westphalian Philharmonic
The New Westphalian Philharmonic is widely regarded as one of the very best in the region, and with good reason. Each year, there are nine new symphonies in addition to many different concert events.
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