Holiday Inn Express Essen
Essen is the capital city of the Ruhr. Located in Germany's most powerful economic region, it is a premier commercial area, with worldwide business interests. The Messe Essen is a major new location for trade fairs and has one of the world's largest 'Photovoltaic' roofs.
Essen is no longer a heavily industrialized area; its focus is now on the production of machine tools. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen (Industrial Design Centre) exhibits a permanent display of industrial design. The Krupp family's impact on heavy industry throughout Germany is evident at the Villa Hügel. Built by Alfred Krupp in 1872, it is situated on the north shore of Baldeney Lake, and is used for art exhibitions. The Krupp Collection, documenting the success story of the Krupp family, is housed in a nearby pavilion.
Essen is an attractive city, with pedestrian precincts and wonderful shops. There is a musical theatre, the Colosseum, situated within the city centre. Essen has many pleasant suburban areas and its woods extend to the Baldeneysee. Points of historical and cultural interest include the Münster (cathedral) that dates from the tenth century and is one of the oldest places of worship in the Rhineland. The Folkwang Museum is filled with examples of German Expressionists, including the Brücke Group, the Blauer Reiter movement, and Bauhaus artists. There are also exhibits by Rodin, Minne, Chagall and some wonderful French Impressionist works.
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