Villa Hügel Essen Reviews
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.
Part of the list Route der Industriekultur
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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“
Part of the Travels in the Ruhr District travel blog