Villa Hügel

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keeweeset keeweeset
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19th century mansion built by the Krupp family Apr 06, 2017
I would recommend visiting the "kleines Haus" (small house) and its permanent exhibition first as it explains the history of the Krupp Company, the family and the villa. Like that the visit to the main house might make more sense.

The main wing is really quite impressive with a huge entrance hall and life-size portraits of different generations of the Krupp family. The decorative wooden wall panels, ceilings, decorations and wall paintings are quite impressive. It's just a bit of a shame that there is not much information given on the artists and craftsman that created all these impressive objects.

The main hall upstairs is still used for concerts and has beautiful wall paintings depicting the seven liberal arts. Right next to it is a temporary exhibition "Humboldt dankt, Adenauer dementiert. Briefe aus dem Historischen Archiv Krupp" showing historical letters from the Krupp Archives. I totally geeked out when I saw the letters from Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It's amazing how far the family's connections went since there are letters from many important historical figures.

So, if you're in the area I would definitely recommend visiting the Villa Hügel and the surrounding park. Lake Bredeney is also a few minutes away from the villa. From the Central Station you can take the S6 train to Essen Hügel. From the main road (walking the opposite direction of the lake) you can take the bus, with one change, to the Siedlung Margarethenhöhe.
Main hall upstairs with the wall p…
Entrance hall main house
Tapestry main house
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FK27 FK27
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Home of the Krupp family Aug 11, 2015
Villa Hügel was the private residence of the Krupp family.

Villa Hügel consists of two wings: a big wing and a small wing. The small wing serves as a museum dedicated to the history of Krupp, while the big wing contains the representative rooms and the art collection.

Alfred Krupp (1812-1887) became a wealthy monopolist after the invention of seamless wheels and steel cannons. Between 1870 and 1873, his new private residence has been built in the southern suburbs of Essen. It was the only private residence in Germany with own railway station, thanks to the high number of famous visitors.

After 1945, this mansion was used by Allied occupation agencies and later, in 1952 returned to Krupp family. Since 1953, this mansion is accessible to the public. Since 1967, it is owned by the Krupp foundation, which keeps the memory of Krupp alive, even if Krupp's successor company ThyssenKrupp is struggling with Chinese competitors.

Entrance fee for park and mansion is 5 EUR, which can be paid at the gate. Parking lots are available at the mansion.
Villa Hügel, view from garden
Villa Hügel, park
Villa Hügel, small wing
Villa Hügel, small wing
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Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Villa Hügel and Its Park Aug 26, 2010
Villa Hügel, the „villa on the hill“ above Baldeney Lake, is the world of Hedwig Courths-Mahler's novels come true. It is hard to imagine how incredibly rich that Krupp family must have been. The home they had built for themselves is a palace.

The state rooms of the villa on the ground floor and first floor are accessible to the public. They are furnitured with all splendour money can buy.

I would love to have a desk like the one in Mr. Krupp's office... Approximately 3 metres long and 1,5 metres wide, that's a desk with enough space to work on.

The villa is surrounded by a huge park with beautiful old trees and wide English lawns. Go for a walk. It seemed to me that most visitors just see the villa and don't venture further. The park was totally quiet.

An entrance fee is to be paid at the park gate. It includes everything: the park, the villa, the exhibition.

How to get there: S-bahn S6 to „Essen Hügel“
Villa Hügel
Entrance to the park and cash desk
Mr Krupp's Office
Villa Hügel, park
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