Best Things To Do in Essen, Germany

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One can never run out of sites to visit and feast eyes on in Essen.

There are many sites to visit and a lot of things to see in La Plata, to satisfy visitors from all walks of life.

  • Botanical garden Grugapark: This is a popular site with most visitors- featuring playgrounds, waterfall, park railroad, a look-out tower, various animals and restaurants. It is open to visitors all year round from morning until night time. This is a great site when travelling with children.
  • Zeche Zollverein: It is also called the most beautiful coal mine in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It now hosts various cultural highlights in the city, including an outstanding structure- the Bauhaus architecture and several museums.
  • Folkwang Museum: The museum is well known for its exhibits covering the history of photography as well as paintings from different eras in German history. It is famous and a hit with most travelers.
  • Villa HugelHugel: This is one of the historical sites in the city. The building is the Krupp family historical chateu, which also houses art history museum. The building is also a famous concert venue in Essen.
  • The old town of Werden: This is one of the oldest towns and oldest German sites in the whole of Germany. It is highly recommended as a must see site in Essen.


  • Daktari: This is a small cocktail bar offering great cocktails. It is primal located just 5 minutes from the main station. It is a favorite hangout for visitors and locals alike and stays open from 7:00 pm until 4:00 am.
  • Capobianco: This is a great meeting place for students, families, mangers and punks and consists of 5 bars round a big playground. This is the urban culture centre of the city.
  • Ruttenscheid"-District: The best shopping experience can be experienced here. The shopping centre in this district has many shops from your grocery stores to high fashion outlets. There are various eateries also in the mall which offer great food after an afternoon of shopping.
  • Nightlife: Visitors can enjoy walks in the streets of Essen, tour guides and sight-seeing. The city has many sites both historical and modern for visitors to explore. Nightlife is also quite vibrant. The city is quite safe for walking around even without company.

Below we have a list of things to do in Essen and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Essen getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Essen with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Essen

Here is the list of things to do in Essen and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Villa Huegel

    4.5 (1167 Votes)
    Villa Huegel

    Historical Site, Entertainment, Concert, Exhibition

    This beautiful mansion is located in Bredeney , that now belonged in the modern city of Essen. It was built by Alfred Krupp and had been the residence of the Krupp family (the famous industrialists) from 1873 to 1945. At present, it house the offices of the Kulturstiftung Ruhr (Ruhr Cultural Foundation). You can visit around the furnished private quarters of the main building that are open for ...Read more
  2. Museum Folkwang

    4.6 (1125 Votes)
    Museum Folkwang

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum

    Established in 1922, Museum Folkwang has some of the finest art collection belonging to the age of 19th and 20th century. The museum was founded in 1902 by Karl Ernst Osthaus in Hagen. After its foundation, soon the museum developed as a significant museum of modern art in Germany. At present, the museum has been recognized as one of the famous museum of art of Germany. Take a view into museum ...Read more
  3. The Baldeneysee

    4.6 (1109 Votes)
    The Baldeneysee

    Restaurant, Water Sport, Lake, Boating

    Completed in 1933, it is one of the six largest reservoirs of Ruhr, lies on the southern part of Essen. It is also said to be the largest lake of Essen. This artificial water body as now turned into a paradise for recreational activities and water sports. The well developed circular path around the lake offers a great space for bikers, skaters and pedestrians to take a stroll along the lake. On...Read more
  4. Aalto Theatre

    4.6 (181 Votes)
    Aalto Theatre

    Entertainment, Theatre, Concert

    Visit the famous opera house of Essen that has been an important destination for major performing arts, till date. The house was designed by Alvar Aalto (a Finnish architect). You can guess from where the opera house got its name. It was opened back in 1988 with the famous opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, by Richard Wagner. In 2008, it was awarded with the title of the Opera House of the y...Read more
  5. Essen Cathedral Treasury

    4.4 (233 Votes)
    Essen Cathedral Treasury

    Religious Site, Cathedral

    Also known Essen Minster (in Germany), was established in 1958. Since its established it was considered as the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Essen. It was built in honor of Saints Cosmas and the Damian and the Bless Virgin Mary. The cathedral is located right at the center of the city. However, the present building you see had been reconstructed after it faced heavy damage during World W...Read more
  6. Abteikirche St. Liudger

    Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Exhibition

    If you are visiting Werden Abbey, you cannot miss its famous highlight, i.e. Abteikirche St. Liudger. It is a beautiful late-Romanesque church and was named after the Frisian missionary was buried here. Visit the church to check the brilliant exterior architectural design of the church. The primary highlight of the church is the Treasury. It is around 240 square meter area of exhibition space d...Read more
  7. Capobianco
    This is a great meeting place for students, families, mangers and punks and consists of 5 bars round a big playground. This is the urban culture centre of the city. Phone number :- +49 201 226603
  8. Wohnraum Im Unperfekthaus
    This is another great eatery in Essen offering great Mediterranean, nouveau and vegetarian cuisine. Unfortunately credit cards are not accepted. The restaurant is open from 10am until 10:30pm. It usually gest crowded over weekends. The restaurant offers vegetarian and classic Italian dishes and is quite famous for its mouthwatering dishes. It offers a great dining atmosphere and the service is ...Read more
  9. Daktari

    Bar, Food And Drinks, Adults

    If you are looking for a combination of great atmosphere with cocktails, then head to Daktari in Essen. One of the city’s popular bar, Daktari offers a perfect nightlife setting for a perfect dine-out session with family or friends. With an African décor and a friendly serving team, at Daktari you can choose from an array of cocktails from its huge menu. The cocktails are priced re...Read more
  10. Atelier Klaudia Possemeyer-tepper

    Art Gallery

    This art gallery of Klaudia Possemeyer can be a place of interest if you are into painting or love to see the artworks of others. The genres that she paints in are landscapes, people, still life and portraits. She continuously tries to create new things with new ideas about her painting and you will be mesmerized by seeing the outcome. It’s located in the southern Alternessen, her studio...Read more
  11. Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex

    Mine, Unesco Site

    Once the largest and still considered as the most beautiful coal mine of the world, this famous industrial complex has been an ideal example of heavy industry of Europe. In 2001, this complex was recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Since 1986, the complex had been rebooted as a cultural hub, equipped with museums, artist studios, spaces for performances, a fine restaurant and a unique p...Read more
  12. Essen - Gruga

    4.6 (1340 Votes)
    Essen - Gruga

    Garden, Botanical Garden, Valley

    This famous botanical garden was established in 1927. The primary am behind the establishment of the park was for recreation, education and research work for the botany subject. However, some parts of the park got destroyed during World War II. Later on, in 1965 the government recreated the damaged parts of the park. At present, the park is divided into sections like. Alpinum – trees lik...Read more
  13. Red Dot Design Museum

    4.4 (228 Votes)
    Red Dot Design Museum

    Museum, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Visit this unique museum that holds largest presentation of contemporary design in the world. Nearly 160,000 international guests turn up to visit this awe-inspiring museum, named Red Dot Design Museum. At present, the museum house around 2,000 contemporary designs in the exhibition area. Some of the designs are inspired from the daily lifestyle and some you may find in your house, already in u...Read more
  14. Ruhr Museum

    4.5 (239 Votes)
    Ruhr Museum

    Museum, Mine, Historical Site, Archaeological Site

    Located within former coal washing plant of Zollverein Coal Mine complex, this museum is one of the top places of interest within the industrial complex. At present, the museum has an extensive collection of historical, archeological and geological information that were collected by the former Ruhr land museum of Essen. In the permanent exhibition section of the museum, you get to see exclusive...Read more
  15. Alte Synagoge

    4.5 (234 Votes)
    Alte Synagoge

    Art And Culture, Religious Site, Historical Site, War Memorial

    Popularly known as the Old Synagoge, it was founded in 1980 and has been a cultural center and meeting place for the Jewish community. The strangest part of the Synagoge is, it miraculously survived the impact of World War II. The striking feature of the Synagoge is its architectural design. Today the building preserves some of the important testimonies of Jewish culture from the pre German war...Read more