Essen theaters and music are a huge part of the city’s culture. With its many theaters and venues, you can always catch a musical performance, an opera, a ballet or a play whenever you choose.
This historic mansion (Frankenstraße) with its 269 rooms was built by the industry King Alfred Krupp. Since the 1950s, Villa Hügel has been used for concerts and other artistic exhibits. Some past attractions have included exhibits on the international art of Korea, Prague, China and St. Petersburg.
The Colosseum Theater (Altendorfer Straße 1) is true to its name as the Colossus of local culture. This Essen theater is a beautiful architectural marvel, in addition to a great venue to check out the latest musicals.
Essen Philharmonic Concert Hall
For music lovers, the Essen Philharmonic (Huyssenallee 53) is a must-see (and hear). Everything from chamber orchestras to major symphonies, organ performances and modern music can be heard in this Essen music theater.
The Aalto theater (Opernplatz 10) is the go-to venue for opera and ballet performances. Designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, the architecture of this building is an attraction in itself.
Named after another famous industry captain, Friedrich Grillo, the Grillo Theater (Theaterplatz) is a good bet for a great variety of performances. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic piece of drama, or a modern story-telling performance, the Grillo Theater is likely to have it.
An unforgettable place to see in Essen and an cultural event is the Zeche Carl (Wilhelm-Nieswandt-Allee 100). This former coal mine is now a gold mine for cultural performances in Essen. The Zeche Carl features musical concerts ranging from pop, rock, punk, blues and jazz. There’s also the occasional comedy show, and exhibitions and lectures.
Casa Nova (Rathenaustraße) is an Essen theater that caters to a younger crowd, but still offers modern plays and musical performances.