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International Christmas Market Essen from 16th November to 23rd December 2018

One of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany

A trip to the heart of Essen from 16th November to 23rd December is truly a must for anyone wishing to experience the magic of the holiday season. There you"ll find the International Christmas Market Essen – one of the country"s most beautiful markets, featuring over 250 festively decorated stands that will sweeten your days in the run-up to Christmas. This market is truly one-of-a-kind in Germany thanks to the Essener Lichtwochen (Essen illumination weeks) by using cutting-edge and elaborate lighting technology among many other things.

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"Uncannily Real", Sept. 28, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019 at Museum Folkwang

Italian Painting of the 1920s

The major autumn exhibition Uncannily Real presents more than 80 paintings from Realismo Magico, an Italian art movement from the 1920s which remains largely unknown here in Germany. After the First World War, there was an increasing desire for calm and order, and from 1918 themselves in European and North American art.

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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