OK, there are many places you...
OK, there are many places you must see when you visit Essen. For example Zeche Zollverein (coalmine) It's an old coaldmine.
The lake Baldeney.
GRUGA, a botanical garden.
Sure there are more places you can visit in Essen but I can't remember all these places. Because I live here in Essen I have many memorys of Essen. It's really cool to sit with friends in a park on a warm summernight and have fun.
Make a picnic on the Brehminsel (island), in the Ruhr. Not far from Werden.
Benefactor of Margarethenhoehe
Margarethe Krupp, the widow of Friedrich Alfred Krupp, was the benefactor of Margarethenhoehe (hence its name). She announced the installation of a "foundation for housing services for the inferior classes" at the wedding of her daughter Bertha to Gustav von Bohlen und Halbach in the year of 1906. The principle of unity of work place and living quarters was broken here, and the idea of a class- and status-embracing community was born. The planning and land development of the garden city was assigned to the architect Georg Metzendorf - he came from souhern germany and may notice the influence of that region in his designs here.
Dom: Crypt and Grave of St Altfrid
The convent and the town of Essen were founded in 852 by Altfrid, the fourth Bishop of Hildesheim. After his death in 874 he was buried in the crypt underneath the altar of the church, and later sainted. The grave of Saint Altfrid is a pilgrimage destination.
The crypt is one of the oldest preserved parts of the church. It is open to visit but meant for prayer and silence, so please keep quiet. Access is down the staircases beside the choir; I only found the door on the right side open.
A modern bronze statue in the corner between church and treasure chamber shows Saint Altfrid in the ornate of a Bishop, holding a model of the church he founded.
The Synagogue is now a memorial place. Again you see the Synagogue after you announce youself over Telefone. But you don't have to see it from inside. The architecture of this building is very nice. It's a pity that there are anymore jewish devine services.
Center of the Ruhr Area Industrial Complex
"Business and Industrial Powerhouse"
Historically, the city of Essen is best known as an important coal and steel center in the Ruhr area led by the Krupp family. Today, it is a city with approximately 580,000 residents which makes it the 7th- or 8th-largest city in Germany. Also, the economy is more diverse now than in earlier years when it was dominated by Krupp. Today, Essen is home to 13 of the 100 largest German corporations and seat to several of the region's authorities.
"Great center city pedestrian zone"
Essen has a large center city pedestrian zone with many shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, churches, theaters, town squares, and other attractions. On the day of my visit, VTer Daniela (mickybleck), a native of Essen, was kind enough to give me a tour of the downtown pedestrian zone. It is a pleasure to take a stroll in a city center without having to be concerned about automobile traffic. During our stroll, we made a brief stop in the Münster Essen (Essen Cathedral) which has a treasury consisting of many important church relics, including the Golden Madonna dating back to the year 980 A.D.
"Named European Capital of Culture for 2010"
The EU Commission has named Essen as a European Capital of Culture for 2010. Essen applied on behalf of the entire Ruhr region. Hopefully, this designation helps to draw more tourists to this wonderful city.