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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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71st German Jurists Forum will take place in Essen

71st German Jurists Forum from 13 to 16 September 2016

Since far more than a hundred years, the association intends to give on a scientific basis and with political and ideological neutrality impulses for the development of the legal system in all fields of law and to offer a forum of discussion for all jurists. For this purpose, since 1860 the Association of German Jurists organizes the German Jurists Forums (Deutsche Juristentage), which are held every two years in a different city in Germany. These important conventions with between 2.500 and 3.500 participants are open for any interested person.

Further information on the Association of German Jurists

Essen wins European Green Capital 2017

Essen has won the European Green Capital Award for 2017

The award was presented by Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, at a ceremony on June 18th 2015 in Bristol, UK, which currently holds the title. Essen was singled out for its exemplary practices in protecting and enhancing nature and biodiversity and efforts to reduce water consumption. Essen participates in a variety of networks and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to improve the city’s resilience in the face of climate change.

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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.

Further information on Museum Folkwang

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.

Further information on Zollverein

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.

Further information on the Old Essen Synagogue

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