Hotel Zum Deutschen Haus
Kastanienallee 16, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, 45127, Germany
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Grillo-Theater, modern facade
Church of St Johann, interior
Margarethenhöhe street view
Travel Tips for Essen
New ThyssenKrupp Headquarters
I spotted this almost scary ensemble by coincidence from the tram on the way to Borbeck. It is still a construction site but close to completion (August 2010), the offices seem to be already in use.
ThyssenKrupp is a fusion of the two moightiest coal and steel empires from the early times of industrialization. The group have extended their activities to other branches but these two names are forever connected with mining and steel and capitalism in the Ruhr District. They are building their new headquarters here in Essen.
The complex of office buildings surrounds a wide water basin. Dimensions are as huge as the enterprise, more intimidating than inviting.
The main building shows the most interesting architecture. The cubic block has a big square hole in the middle, only closed by transparent glass walls. Bridges connect the floors on both sides. There seem to be some groups of chairs and flower pots; I wonder if these are used for business meetings and such.
An older, probably 1920s or 1930s office block of ThyssenKrupp is still standing on the other side of the road. Quite a difference in size and style.
Note the monument by the road. The bronze relief shows scenes from work in a steel mill, the work the company is based upon.
How to get there: Tram 101, 103, 105, 109 to "ThyssenKrupp", one stop behind Berliner Platz, thus not far from the city centre, should be walkable from there.
Aalto's wall sculptures
I keep reminding myself that Aalto designed these abstract wall sculptures in 1958, along with the rest of the building. I don't know if he had anything particular in mind, perhaps having curved forms that reach up towards the sky, or perhaps organ pipes.
To me, though, they look like those famous photos of the remaining girders that were left over after the World Trade Center in New York was destroyed on 9/11. But since Aalto died in 1976 he couldn't have known what would happen a quarter century later in 2001.
Second photo: The wall sculptures as seen from the third balcony.
Third photo: The three balconies of the Aalto-Theater.
My List of Must See Activities in a Nutshell
The giant wheel at X-mas time
River Ruhr & Lake Baldeney
Carnival of the Cultures
Domschatzkammer - the cathedral's treasure chamber
Villa Hügel: big, beautiful house with a great park around, bits of art and technology, loads of sweet chestnuts in autumn
Shopping: in this activity, you take pretty coins and slips of paper and swap them for shiny things
Zeche Zollverein: an old colliery area, very spacy, the ideal place for playing hide and seek and getting lost forever in deep holes (jookiiing! Or no? *harhar*). Officially listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site since December 2001.
District Margarethenhöhe: This garden city quarter was literally designed to make its inhabitants a happy bunch, a beautiful place to wander through.
The Giant Wheel: Watch the city from above during X-mas market.
Grugapark: Essen's botanical garden and leisure time hanging-out-in-the-green-place.
River Ruhr & Lake Baldeney: Essen's natural pearls... well, the lake's not natural, it was built, but it's very pretty and at least it's fed by a natural river ;o). The banks of both river and lake are surrounded by woods, meadows and ways to walk, bike and skate on.
Essener Lichtwochen: In winter Essen's streets are lit up by thousands of li'l lights arranged in pictures. The motives run under a different motto each year (e.g. movie scenes, countries).
The Carnival of the Cultures: International party and shopping event - loads of pretty costumes to look at, food from all over the world to try out, music, art performances and a bazar full of colourful stuff.
District Kettwig: Kettwig has a very cute historic town centre with Fachwerkhäuser and schist tiled houses that are (or were) typical for this area.
Domschatz: A semi-big collection of glistening treasures from various ages - very fine works, tiny tiny details and amazingly jointed glass jewellery.
Werden: The Treasure Chamber of St Ludgerus
The treasure chamber of Werden Abbey at least equals the one of Essen Cathedral in quality, aage, and uniqueness of exhibits. It shows several pieces that are said to have belonged to Saint Liudger himself, although this has been proved wrong in most cases because the item in question is two or three centuries younger, but still early medieval. The little portable altar, however, is really from the 8th century and might indeed have been his.
The small golden "Chalice of St Liudger" is one of the oldest preserved communion chalices. The earliest known nativity scene in Germany is depicted on an ivory pyxis (container for hosts) dated to the 5th/6th century. The bronze crucifix, early Romanesque, is another important piece of medieval art.
The opening hours are limited - Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00-12.00 and 15.00-17.00. Planning your visit accordingly is herewith recommended, the treasure chamber is worth it.
Essen my Hometown
I live here in Essen and also I am born here. All my life I stayed here in this town of hard work and great storys and history of Krupp and steal and coalmines. Ehem, not all my life Ilived in Essen. I lived for 3 years in Schleswig Holstein in Hansühn, a very small village in the north of Germany.
I love this town because it has a character of a town and also a character of a village.
Sometimes I am very angry what happens or not happens here. There are not enough places for young people, for example clubs, discos, and bars.
Essen isn't a tousistic place but I hope I can change´it with this page. Also I wanna show you more about the Ruhr area and North Rheine Westphalia. Check it out and have fun. When you have questions please let me know.