The City of Essen, located in the so-called Ruhr area of Germany with approx. 6 millions inhabitants, is an ideal location for the RE conference.
While its traditional industries coal and steel are almost completely shut down, the Ruhr area is transforming into a region providing ample opportunities for software companies.
The Ruhr area offers a dense public transportation system.
Essen and its surroundings offer some interesting recreational features. Below you'll find some links related to various opportunities in the local area, worth a half day trip
or full day trip in different categories as well. In addition, one can find here some information about Essen and the Ruhr District.
Be sure to have a look at the "Requirements Engineer's guide to Essen" (view directly as PDF) as it contains lots of interesting information on just a few pages.