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Essen International Christmas Market From 23rd November to 23rd December 2017

45th Essen International Christmas Market

The Christmas market on the Kennedyplatz and surrounding pedestrian zones features some 240 stands and is one of the largest and most beautiful in Germany. Efforts to find original gifts or Christmas decorations will be disrupted by a stop at one of the numerous refreshment stands and speciality huts, in which culinary treats from all over the world are on offer.

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Essen Illumination Weeks From 29. October 2017 to 7. January 2018

Essen Illumination Weeks

When the Essen Illumination Weeks begin in the autumn, the city centre takes on a festive gleam for nearly three months. What began in 1950 with a couple of lit-up Christmas trees and strings of lights has long become Essen’s trade mark, whose radiance has long extended far beyond the city limits.

European Green Capital – Essen 2017

How the city of Essen has become "European Green Capital 2017"

The city of Essen is the first city of the mining industry in the history of the European Green Capital that won the award. The successful 150-year transformation story, from a city of coal and steel to the greenest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, is a role model of structural change for many cities in Europe. The city of Essen was particularly able to convince in the environmental criteria "Waste Water Management" and "Integrated Environmental Management System"..

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New in Essen? Service for new residents

Welcome to the heart of the Ruhr Area

This is somewhere you want to live. Citizens of Essen know that living in the centre of one of the most interesting regions in Europe not only makes you feel good because it is a capital of culture, but it also lets you enjoy life to the full at all times.

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Museum Folkwang

Museum Folkwang

All epoch-making art periods from the romantics to the modern avantgarde are represented in the Folkwang Museum by excellent exhibits: paintings, graphics, and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, a first class collection on the history of photography, antique ceramics and some examples of Far Eastern and African art.

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Zollverein

Zollverein

The plant, built in 1932 in the style of the 'new objectivity', was once the most modern colliery in Europe. Today, the 'Zollverein' is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a vibrant location for contemporary art, culture, architecture, and creative industries. Visitors are immersed in both the past and present of the Ruhr region and its culture. Whether you'll come to take a tour of the impressive monument, go to an exhibition, concert or theatre performance: The Zollverein Foundation offers a cornucopia of cultural and leisure activities all year round.

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Old Essen Synagogue - a house of Jewish culture

Old Essen Synagogue - a house of Jewish culture

The former Essen synagogue, completed in 1913 by master builder Edmund Körner on behalf of the Jewish community, is the only free-standing major synagogue structure to have survived - at least externally - the Second World War. Today, it constitutes a unique cultural and architectural monument. The future House of Jewish Culture is, however, presented not as a museum and historical site but rather as a meeting place where people can come into contact with Jewish culture and the Jewish way of life.

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Essen Fair

Messe Essen

At international trade fairs and public shows and exhibitions, Essen Fair welcomes over 14,000 exhibitors and up to 2 million visitors each year.

Tourist information

Discover Essen

Information on city tours, sightseeing, hotels and congresses from the Essen Tourist Office.

Town Hall

Town Hall and Service

Mayor, city council, city offices, service for citizens and more about the town hall