Flights to Essen
Essen is one of the larger cities in Germany, and is located in the western regions of the country, on the River Ruhr. Essen has a long history of mining and industry, which can be seen at several local tourist attractions.
The nearest airport is the Essen /Mulheim Airport (airport code: ESS) but the service is very limited. Therefore it makes more sense to plan your flights to Essen to arrive at the Dusseldorf Airport instead (code: DUS), which is only 20 minutes away by car. When flying to Dusseldorf, you can get a 1-stop flight with several airlines. South African Airways and Swiss Air both connect in Zurich, and Lufthansa makes their connection in Munich. KLM will take you through Amsterdam. Most flights to Essen are around 14 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Essen:
The Villa Hugel was once the private residence of the wealthy Krupp family, and today is still partially maintained as offices. Even so, you can explore the grounds and there is an art gallery here that’s open to the public. The home was built in 1873, and is a prime example of neo-classical architecture.
Originally a separate town, Kettwig is now really just a neighbourhood area in Essen. It’s a very old and historic part of the city, with many buildings that date to the 14th century. Much of the construction is traditional Tudor style, with narrow cobbled streets, making this a popular place to go exploring on foot.
More of an art gallery than a museum, the Museum Folkwang has a large display collection of 19th and 20th century artworks. Their holdings include pieces by Van Gogh, Renoir and Gaugin. More contemporary art is also included, and the Deutsche Plakat Museum (German Poster Museum) is also part of the facility.
Grugapark is a large park within Essen, with the Botanical Gardens in the heart of it. Within the gardens, you can find roses gardens, sculpted shrubs, a herb and farmer’s garden, and an Asian area too. The conifer area will make you feel like you’re walking through an Alpine forest. The rest of the Grugapark is also filled with flower beds and wandering pathways. There is also a small petting zoo and exotic bird aviary.
Essener Munster Cathedral
This impressive church has been dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and it stands in the centre of Essen. It’s a hall church, built in the Gothic style originally in 1275. Much of the building was rebuilt after WWII though. They have many historical items within the church, particularly the Golden Madonna statue that dates to 980 AD.
You might not think about visiting a coal mine, but this is a popular tourist spot in Essen. It’s known as the “most beautiful coal mine in the world” and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s been closed since 1993 and now is a museum to the mining industry.
When Should You Visit?:
The summer months in Essen are warm without being uncomfortably hot, but winters will drop to near freezing between December and February. If you come during the summer, it will be around 21C (70F) from June until the end of August. May and September are also very pleasant though a few degrees cooler during the day.