Lake Baldeney: An artificial water reservoir, today used as a secluded
recreation area in the
south of Essen. People spend their time here
walking around the lake,
cycling or inline skating. Near the
lake are some (expensive)
restaurants from which you can watch some rowing-
and sailing boats or you
may explore the lake yourself on a boat of the
"Weisse Flotte" (ticket-costs:
from €3 up to €8).
Folkwang is the most famous museum in Essen. Its
collection includes among other things paintings and
sculptures of the 19th
and 20th century. Furthermore it is well known
because of its temporary
exhibitions like the "Vincent van Gogh" and the
"Paradise lost" exhibition
with works of Paul Gauguin.
Gruga Park: The park with its 700,000 m2 is one of the largest
European recreation parks.
There you can enjoy long walks through its superb park landscape and admire the many exotic animals and plants along the way.
Gruga Stadium: Essen's largest indoor-stadium, used for sports-events as
well as pop concerts.
Meteorit is a design project of Andre Heller
sponsored by the RWE AG. He
used light and sound effects to create his
installations and give the visitor a
feeling of calmness and amazement. It's also meant
as a theme park about
energy and the environment.
The "Alte Synagoge" was build in 1913. It provides
room for 1400
persons and is therefore one of the largest
synagogues in Germany. It is a
memorial place for the Jews who died in the Second
World War and the Nazi
regime. It contains exhibitions about the 3rd Reich
and the NS-System.
The Villa Hügel is located near Lake Baldeney. It's
a large private residence
built in the 19th century by Alfred Krupp. He was
the most powerful
industrialist in Essen (or may be even Germany at
that time) and this
residence has been the representative domicile of
his family. It is possible to
visit the Villa and the guesthouses where the
historical "Krupp Collection" is
The last remaining Essen colliery. It was shut
down 1986 and since
then most of it's very large area has been used as
an "exhibition space"
showing the historical way of coal production.
Furthermore the Design
Centre "Nordrhein-Westfalen" and a restaurant are
located there. (A Social
Event for the attendees takes place at this
Restaurant, called Casino)