Essen - Capital of the Ruhr Area
Essen has a population of nearly 590,000 and is an important industrial location. Well-known major companies such as E.ON have their headquarters here. With its museums, theatres and universities, Essen also plays an important role in art, culture and education. In 2017, Essen was awarded the title “European Green Capital of Culture”.

Essen - centre of philately
Essen is a well-known trade fair centre and IBRA 2023 will also be held at Messe Essen. The International Stamp Fair has been held regularly in Essen since 1976 and in 2009 IBRA was hosted for the first time.
Essen has numerous attractions directly on site and in the immediate vicinity.
Essen itself offers numerous attractions and is rich in local recreational areas. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (www.zollverein.de), Villa Hügel (www.villahuegel.de), the Folkwang Museum (www.museum-folkwang.de) and Lake Baldeney (www.baldeneysee.de) are certainly worth mentioning here.

There are many great attractions in the immediate vicinity of the Ruhr region, including Dortmund with its football stadium and the German Football Museum (www.fussballmuseum.de) or the Ruhr harbour in Duisburg (www.duisburg.de).

Tourist destinations in the vicinity are Düsseldorf (Königsallee, Old Town), Cologne (Cathedral) and Aachen (Palatine Chapel of Emperor Charlemagne dating from 803).

So, Essen is not only worth a trip because of IBRA.

Staying overnight in Essen
Essen has numerous hotels. The easiest way to book is via online portals. You can find more information at www.visitessen.de.

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The Cologne Cathedral
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Die Kö – The Königsstrasse in Düsseldorf is one of Germany's top shopping streets
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The Zeche Zollverein – Coal and steel have shaped the Ruhr area for many decades.
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Aachen Cathedral – the Carolingian rotunda in the core dates from the year 803
Photo: Stadt Aachen/Jörg Hempel
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