Essen, the city, which strikes a fine harmony between Mother Nature’s bounty and cosmopolitan urban life, welcomes all to savor its potpourri of peppy places. From exploring the cathedrals and palatial mansions in the morning to strolling along the luscious lakes in the evenings, the city is a marvelous experience to indulge in. Shopaholics, nature lovers, spiritual seekers, gourmands- the city has something to gratify every type of taste. Take a glimpse at what Essen places before you to unravel to the core.
Essen Cathedral and Treasury
Begin your journey through the beautiful city of Essen by a visit to the Essen Abbey, which had once been proud of being the Collegiate Church, and is today the official throne of the Bishop of Essen. Propped up and strewn in light sandstone, this classic gothic styled hall stand with its head high amidst the city center. Although the church had been reconstructed, you can still behold the intricate west work and the crypt that dates back to the Ottonian era. Behold one of the finest piece of work and the most treasured possession of the church The Golden Madonna of Essen, the Essen sein Schatz. Among the other notable displays are the Christian Candelabrum, the Child Crown of Emperor Otto III.
It’s revolutionary housing endeavor of the country in the form of a lush garden city, the Siedlung Margarethenhohe houses 3092 homes along with 935 edifices. Formerly a part of the Ruttenscheid district the area was a gift that came was endowed by Margarethe Krupp on her daughter’s wedding. What makes this stunningly beautiful city stand out from many more of its counterparts situated in various parts of the world is the way the houses are built. You will not find any two houses that resemble each other in their looks and yet, surprisingly there are subtle uniformity in the style and way of portrayal of these edifices. In short, a visit to this place conjures up a highly sophisticated, luscious, well-planned neighborhood that is rarely seen anywhere else.
Zollverein Coal Mine
A World Heritage Site as acclaimed and applauded by the UNESCO, the Zollverein Industrial Complex is a one-of-its-kind in the whole of Germany. A look at this Bahaus styled edifice with a skyrocketing tower and impeccable architectural wonders, will tell you why the complex has been claimed to be the most beautiful and eye-catching of any mine on the globe. A visit to this spectacular site, a fine harmony of arts and science will reveal a number of attractions for tourists to behold and adore. One of the landmark things of interest on the grounds of the coal complex include the Design Zentrum NRW/ Red Hot Design Museum which encompasses an enchanting coal-washing facility.
The building that sanctified the Jewish spirit during the pre-war period and formed the major meeting center for them, the Old Synagogue still stands with its charismatic aura, reflecting its former gravity. Serving as an exhibition center for a long time after the war, the edifice is today re-consecrated to its former position as the cultural center, upholding the Jewish legacy.
A fine work of art and grandeur is witnessed in the form of the Villa Hugel, a palatial mansion embracing 269 rooms as well as the lush greenery and park that encircles the building. You will be amused to see the technical accouterments that the villa had been harnessed at those times, some of these being water as well as gas systems, centrally heating systems, telephone, electric telegraphic arrangements and the likes. Particularly, significant is the huge central clock that was the major reference clock for the Krupp’s family, who established their zone of comfort and home here.
In Close Communion with Nature
Finally, Essen’s natural surroundings beckon you to savor its enigmatic passion. A tranquil stroll along the Baldeneysee Lake or a relaxing boat ride with a quick visit to the innumerable beer parks will lend your soul with ultimate pleasure.