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Essen city tour in a double-decker open-top bus

This tour in a brand new double-decker open-top bus will show you how Essen transformed itself from a centre of the coal and steel industry to a modern business, commerce and service metropolis in the heart of the Ruhr region. The trips are organised by Ruhrgebiet Stadtrundfahrten c/o Münsteraner Stadtrundfahrten GmbH.

Length: 60 or 120 minutes
Hotline: +49 201 857956070
Further Information www.ruhrgebiet-stadtrundfahrten.de

"The discover Essen City Tour"

Groups travelling with their own bus can enjoy our classic tour. Our city tour offers everything that makes Essen special. As well as the Zollverein UNESCO world heritage site, Lake Baldeney, the Old Synagogue and the Margarethenhöhe garden city, there are highlights such as the new Krupp belt or the Folkwang museum.

Length: 2 hours | Price on request
Your contact at EMG Tourist Office

Theme tours and sightseeing tours for groups:

Industrial Culture

Denkmalpfad ZOLLVEREIN®
Living history and moving present

Denkmalpfad ZOLLVEREIN®, in English "Monument Path", brings industrial history back to life. On guided tours through the originally preserved above-ground facilities visitors experience what it meant to be working at the once most efficient coal mine in the world and Europe’s largest coking plant. The participants follow the "path of coal" above ground, thereby gaining exciting insights into the work as well as the life of miners and coke oven workers. Furthermore, the tour guide explains descriptive details on architecture, industrial nature and the change of the Zollverein World Heritage Site into a modern cultural location.

30 different guided tour formats in up to 8 languages guarantee unforgettable experiences for all age groups. The offers of Denkmalpfad ZOLLVEREIN® also include the ZOLLVEREIN® round trips, which make it possible for visitors to comfortably and quickly explore the World Heritage Site by E-Bus. During the trip, a guide from Denkmalpfad ZOLLVEREIN® imparts interesting information on the history and architecture of the facilities. In passing, the participants get to know all important buildings at Shaft XII, Shaft 1/2/8 and the Zollverein Coking Plant.

Information and Booking
Visitors Service Denkmalpfad ZOLLVEREIN®
E-Mail: denkmalpfad@zollverein.de
Hotline +49 201 246810
(Mo – Sat 8. a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

EMG offers - Essen Tourist Office

Residential culture route.
"Where there’s a villa, there’s a way."

The rich industrial history of the region didn’t just leave us a multitude of significant industrial monuments but also with an impressive number of bourgeois villas. Discover the early entrepreneur villas in Horst and Werden, the Moltke quarter featuring the garden city and the Bredeney district.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price on request
Your contact at EMG Tourist Office

Home inside a colony.
Between the furnace and the hedge clippers.

Industrial factory housing characterised the living culture in the north of Essen for over almost a century. A unique mode of living was developed in the colonies, which were often designed according to principles of contemporary urban development at that time. We lead you from the oldest factory housing through the first garden city housing right up to the 1950s concepts.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price on request
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Structural change within the Krupp Belt.
Grey becomes green.

In virtually no other area within the Essen city limits can structural change be better experienced first-hand than in the new Krupp Belt. This was once the densely built-up core of the extensive Krupp Works. Today you will see new residential areas, service areas, and a 24-acre park on the 2.5 square kilometre area adjoining the new ThyssenKrupp Headquarters. The tour is ideal for school groups and student groups studying the topic of structural change.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Price on request
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Cradle of Industry.
Ruhr valley and Deilbach valley.

This excursion to the early centres of industrialisation presents 800 years of coal and metal processing. It is hard to conceive that the idyllic Deilbachtal and Ruhrtal were once the cradle of industry in the region. The medieval and early modern hammers and portals are only part of the historic treasures we can find there today.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price on request
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Culture

Art Encounter: The Folkwang idea.
The name Folkwang doesn’t just bedeck the museum and the Folkwang University, but a whole movement. The Folkwang idea originated in Hagen and didn’t arrive in Essen until the 1920s. But even before the First World War the Folkwang movement had influenced a notable number of significant building projects. The journey leads to the architectural witnesses of the Folkwang concept.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
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Strong women.
Fundation women, working women and bussiness women.

Women have left a definite mark on the history of Essen. Which other German city did women rule for almost 1000 years? But even after the dissolution of the foundation in Essen courageous and confident women have influenced the history of the city. This tour goes on a brief historical quest.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price on request
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En route over blue stones.
This culture trail on the south side passes the works of art displayed in open spaces. You will simultaneously be given an insight into the history and development of the city. The final station is the Folkwang museum. Afterwards: there is the chance to have a cup of coffee or to browse through the museum at one’s leisure.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price on request
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Mined gold and shaft towers.
Essen, once the largest mining town in Europe, has excellent historical evidence of a past in coal mining. On the tour we will not only see the different generations of mining but also the entire surroundings, characterised by the extraction of "black gold".
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price on request
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The Krupps before the Krupps.
Krupps and the city of Essen have a chequered relationship with its roots going back 225 years before the founding of the company in 1811. On this tour you will be taken on a quest into the past. We will also try to show the future prospects for both the city and the company.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price on request
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History

Sights in Essen.
A tour through the inner city shows that the city has a lot more to offer than its many shops and department stores: from the Handelshof hotel past the cathedral with one of the most valuable European church treasures, the old synagogue and the Essen town hall right through to the Colosseum theatre.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Price on request
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Understanding Werden.
Founded 1200 years ago by Frisian missionary Liudger, Werden is the oldest district in the city of Essen. The St. Ludgerus basilica with its famous treasure chamber, the abbey residence, today the seat of the renowned Folkwang University of arts, the Lucius church with wall paintings from the 12th century and the historic homes and alleyways give this area its own special charm.
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
Price on request
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Helmut-Rahn-Tour
The unforgettable football legend Helmut Rahn is deeply ingrained in the history of Essen. Born in the city, he learned his trade playing for local Essen-based clubs. But it was at Rot-Weiss Essen where he spent the majority of his career and left the biggest impression. On this tour, we retrace the footsteps and look back on the career of Helmut Rahn in the city. The journey concludes with a glance into Essen’s stadium. This tour takes place in cooperation with Rot-Weiss Essen.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price on request
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Leisure

Green magic
From the historic English garden to the industrial culture park, Essen boasts a great variety of outstanding park areas and gardens. No wonder it’s been crowned the "European Green Capital" of 2017. By taking a tour with an expert guide, you will get to see and visit a selection of these green areas.
Duration: approx. 3hours
Price on request
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Further information and contact:

Essen Marketing GmbH
Tourist Information Office
Im Handelshof
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
D- 45127 Essen

Telephone: +49 201 19433 or +49 201 88 72333
Fax: +49 201 8872044
E-Mail: touristikzentrale@essen.de

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm