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The population of this area of Ruhr is approximately 600,000.
Berlin, the national capital, is situated 280 miles east of Essen, while Velbert lies 9 miles to the south.
Hang out with the kids at the Movie Park Germany and the Cranger Kirmes. For more fun with the family, head onwards to AQUApark Oberhausen and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Oberhausen.
At Sea Life Oberhausen, you and your family can learn about the mysteries of the sea while standing safely on land.
You'll see a range of beautiful creatures at the Kaisergarten Park and Zoo and the Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum. Combined with a zookeeper visit at the ZOOM Erlebniswelt, you're sure to have a fabulous day.
From beautiful plants to long and winding garden paths, the treasures of the Bochum Botanical Garden are just waiting to be explored. The Grugapark Botanical Garden and the Botanischer Garten are also worth taking the time to see.
Pack a picnic basket and take five in the lush surroundings of the Tetrahedon Bottrop and Landschaftspark. Berne Park and Nordsternpark are two more pleasant spots to while away the afternoon over a good book.
Feel like you need some rest and relaxation time? Enjoy the view, watch the seabirds and breathe in the fresh ocean air at Seaside Beach Baldeney.
See the world from a different perspective by spending some time at one of the area's intriguing cultural spaces. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the displays at the Folkwang Museum and Villa Hugel. Equally rewarding are the Ikonen-Museum and the Red Dot Design Museum.
Take the little ones to see many scientific artifacts, models and displays at Zeiss Planetarium Bochum, the most recognized science-focused museum around.
Our world is a weird and wonderful place. If you are prone to think otherwise, some time spent at the LWL Museum of Archaeology and the Ruhr Museum ought to change your mind. The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum also houses a terrific range of specimens.
A hub for art connoisseurs, this area boasts various gallery spaces in which amateur and professional artists exhibit their work. Soak up the hip atmosphere at the Kunsthaus Essen and the LehmbruckMuseum. If you have time afterwards, the Ludwiggalerie and the Quadrat Josef-Albers-Museum are also well worth checking out.
History nerds will love passing time at the Vestisches Museum, learning about the future by studying the past. To get a better feel for how things were before the age of the iPhone, why not also check out the intriguing exhibits at the Jewish Museum of Westphalia and the Museum Schloss Lembeck?
The Old Synagogue and the Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site are certainly worth planning a trip to, even if history isn't your forte. When it comes to bygone times, the stories are countless. Wittringen Castle and Isenburg Castle are two more insightful places to check out.
You'll feel like a knight in shining armor that's leapt from the pages of a medieval tale when you visit Beck Castle or Broich Castle. Burg Altendorf and Struenkede Castle are two more imposing historical monuments.
Whether you're spiritual or not, you're sure to enjoy a visit to Essen Cathedral and Basilica St. Ludgerus. You might also like to read up on Essen Luciuskirche or St. Lucius Church.
After a tour of the famous attractions in the Essen area, take a trip to discover Alpincenter Bottrop, the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen or the Light Castle.
You can find 44 Essen hotels by browsing Expedia's user-friendly Essen hotels guide.
At the more upmarket end of Essen's options, check out the latest Expedia deals at the Sheraton Essen Hotel, at Huyssenallee 55, or the Hotel Rhein-Ruhr, at Essener Str. 140. Alternatively, if you're trying not to break the bank, you'll be sure to find a bargain at the Motel One Essen, at Kennedyplatz 3, or the Hotel Palla Garni, at Eppinghoferstrasse 31.
Located in Stadtkern, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grillo-Theater, Philharmonie Essen and Essen Cathedral. Old Synagogue and Aalto-Musiktheater are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Grumme, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of RuhrCongress Bochum, Starlight Express Theater and rewirpowerSTADION. Zeiss Planetarium Bochum and Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Stadtkern, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Philharmonie Essen, Grillo-Theater and Essen Cathedral. Aalto-Musiktheater and Old Synagogue are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Oberhausen, this luxury hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Kaisergarten Park and Zoo and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from CentrO. Sea Life Oberhausen and Gasometer are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Oberhausen, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of LVR Industrial Museum and Oberhausen Congress Centre. Theater Oberhausen and Aquarius Water Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Holland, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Starlight Express Theater, Red Dot Design Museum and Ruhr Museum. Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site is 7.2 mi (11.6 km) away.
Situated in Oberhausen, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Kaisergarten Park and Zoo and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from CentrO. LVR Industrial Museum and Konig Pilsener Arena are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Brückstraße, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of German Mining Museum and Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul. Zeiss Planetarium Bochum and Bismarck Tower are also within 1 mile (2 km).