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Updated November 5, 2017
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  1. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Essen, Germany
    Essen's modern opera house is not only a top class theatre but also a masterpiece of architecture. The history of its design and construction begins in 1959 when the city of Essen ran a contest which was won by one of the best European architects of …
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    The little water palace in the suburb of Essen-Borbeck belonged to the convent of canonesses in Essen until 1803 and served as residence of the abbess. Its origins are medieval but the present appearance was shaped in 1744, when Prince Abbess Franzis…
  3. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Dortmund, Germany
    In Dortmund it's all about soccer. Borussia Dortmund, or BVB 09, is one of the top teams in the Bundesliga. In the season of 2011/12 they won both the championship and the DFB cup, a rare double. About everyone in town, it seems, is raving about them…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Dortmund, Germany
    The main catholic church of the city is not just a parish church but the central church of a Propstei (church district). From its foundation around 1300 until 1816 it was the abbey church of the Dominicans (Black Brethren, hence the street name „Sc…
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Dortmund, Germany
    Reinoldikirche is the main church of the city. Its tall steeple with the onion-shaped baroque spire is a landmark, visible from many street corners and helpful to find your way. The steeple can be climbed and must offer a great view over the city and…
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Dortmund, Germany
    Two churches, both protestant, stand side by side in the very heart of the city. The „little sister“ of the large Reinoldikirche is Marienkirche, in former times the church of the city council. Seen from the streets they look almost equally sized…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Dortmund, Germany
    Petrikirche is the first church you'll encounter if you arrive by public transport because it is located very close to the central station. The gothic church was built in the 14th century. Unfortunately I could not enter because like the other churc…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    Essen's history begins in the middle of the 9th century, 1000 years before the industrial revolution. Around 850 a convent of canonesses was founded here in a location by the Hellweg, an important trade route that leads along the Ruhr river. The conv…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Passau, Germany
    Not much is left of the cloister by the cathedral. The arcaded passages around the courtyard are long gone. This one is not as impressive as other cloisters. Nevertheless entering is worth it for two reasons: First, the view onto the side facade of …
  10. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    The treasure chamber of the cathedral contains the precious art works and liturgical devices that are now owned by the bishopric and the cathedral chapter. The core of this collection is the medieval treasure of the convent of canonesses. Medieval ch…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Dortmund, Germany
    „The Dortmunder U“ is a landmark of the city, not far and clearly visible from the station and from passing trains. It used to be the main building of a big and popular local brewery, Dortmunder Union. When the brewery closed down, the building w…
  12. Free! "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Essen, Germany
    During the darkest season of the year Essen's city centre has extra illuminations that have nothing to do with Christmas. The Essener Lichtwochen (Essen Weeks of Light) take place from late October to early January. Each year one European country is …
  13. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Essen, Germany
    The varieties of tickets on offer by the public transportation network is a jungle and the VRR website is not exactly user-friendly. There are day tickets for different zones, for certain parts of the Ruhr districts, for the entire Ruhr district... …
  14. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    Werden is now a suburb of Essen but it is older than the city, even 50 years older than the canonesses' convent in Essen. The core of Werden is a Benedictine abbey that was founded by Saint Liudger (Ludgerus) in the year 799. Liudger's family belong…
  15. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Essen, Germany
    Essen was the first city in the Ruhr District to have a theatre building. Compared to the old cultural centres, though, this happened rather late. In 1887 the local businessman Friedrich Grillo promised to donate the money to have the theatre built. …
  16. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Essen, Germany
    Hotel Korn is a middle-class hotel with friendly and attentive service, small enough that staff remember their guests. I liked this place a lot. It is not a faceless and impersonal chain hotel. The place belongs to a rare if not endangered species of…
  17. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    The little church is ocated in the very heart of downtown Essen, a few steps further down Kettwiger Straße from the Dom. It almost disappears among the much larger post-war shop and office buildings. In recent years it received a new chapel opposi…
  18. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    Museum Folkwang is one of the leading museums in Germany for late 19th and 20th century and contemporary art. Their new museum building has been opened in spring 2010. The halls and passages are wide, spatious and well lit, mostly with natural daylig…
  19. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    Essen's pre-war synagogue building is about 100 years old. In its times it was the largest synagogue within Germany. It was set on fire in the pogrom night of 1938 and was damaged but not deestroyed. Unlike most of Essen's city centre it was not smas…
  20. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    The newly installed exhibition halls of the Ruhrmuseum fill three floors of the coal washing plant below the visitors centre. They are based upon the collections of a much older museum. The Ruhrmuseum has been founded some 100 years ago as a museum o…
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    The park was installed more than 150 years ago. Wealthy citizens of the town donated money to create a green recreational area for the population. It is situated in the southern city between the central station and the suburb of Rüttenscheid. The Aa…
  22. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    The beautiful gilded angel on the roof of the bishop’s house is easily overlooked. The statue is standing on top of a side building just round the corner from the cathedral. A good zoom reveals its elegant curved shape. Does the outstretched hand m…
  23. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    I spotted this almost scary ensemble by coincidence from the tram on the way to Borbeck. In 2010 it was still a construction site but close to completion, the offices seemed to be already in use. ThyssenKrupp is a fusion of the two mightiest coal a…
  24. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    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. …
  25. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    This one is for enthusiasts about industrial history and industrial architecture. Zeche Carl has one of the oldest preserved Malakow towers in the Ruhr district. The ensemble of the mine buildings (Malakow Tower, machinery hall and casino) is now a p…
  26. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Essen, Germany
    The flagship of the Ruhr District's industrial heritage with the status of UNESCO World Heritage: Zollverein coal mine. The famous part is shaft XII, called „the world's most beautiful coal mine“ - designed in pure Bauhaus style by the architects…
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