Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Save up to 17% by booking Flight + Hotel.

Search 321,000 hotels and 400 airlines worldwide.

Get the price Guarantee available for your trip.

Holidays to Essen

Essen is a major city at the heart of the Ruhr industrial area in North Rhine-Westphalia and was made European City of Culture in 2010. 

The city of Essen was founded in the 9th century and grew into an industrial town predominantly due to the Krupp Family Steelworks. Until the second half of the 20th century, Essen was one of the most important centres for coal production and steelwork in Germany.

The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, one of the shining monuments to Essen's industrial history, is considered the most beautiful coalmine in the world and is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pit, constructed according to the principles of the Bauhaus School, is used today by various cultural and artistic institutions. For example, the Design-Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Ruhr Museum are both found here. In addition, you can visit the 269 rooms of the Villa Hügel, which once served as home to the Krupp family, and has now been transformed into a museum of art history and concert venue.

On your city trip to Essen you should also not miss out on the Folkwang Museum which covers the long history of photography and houses a collection of pictures from many different eras. The Aalto Theatre is the city's opera house and worthy of a visit not just for its performances, but also because of its impressive architecture.

Take a trip to the Essener Münster, a Gothic cathedral built from lime sandstone. Here you will find magnificent exhibits such as the Golden Madonna of Essen which is over a thousand years old and the oldest free-standing Madonna figure north of the Alps.

A more modern religious building is the New Synagogue (known today as the Old Synagogue), constructed in 1913 and used as a place of prayer by the Jewish community in Essen before the war. Today it still counts as one of the most impressive examples of Jewish culture and architecture from pre-war Germany.

If you have planned a full week trip, you should also take a detour to the Kettwig and Werden districts found to the south of the city. Here the traditional and iconic local character survives to the present day. Here you will find buildings like the Werden Abbey, already over a thousand years old, and the Kirche St. Ludgerus, a church raised to the rank of papal basilica two decades ago.

Even though Essen is without a doubt an old industrial city, in the past few years it has been notably rejuvenated thanks to its blooming modern culture.

Guide to Exploring Essen

Top Hotel Deals

See all 155 Hotels in Essen
Select Hotel Handelshof Essen

Select Hotel Handelshof Essen

Am Hauptbahnhof 2, Essen
of 5, from 50 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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.

Jugendherberge Duisburg Landschaftspark - Hostel

Jugendherberge Duisburg Landschaftspark - Hostel

Lösorter Str 133, Duisburg
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Obermeiderich, this hostel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Landscape Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from DITIB Merkez Mosque. Mercatorhalle Duisburg and Theater Duisburg are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Novum Hotel Arosa Essen

Novum Hotel Arosa Essen

Rüttenscheider Straße, 149, Essen
of 5, from 60 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ruettenscheid, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Folkwang Museum and Messe Essen. Aalto-Musiktheater and Grillo-Theater are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Courtyard by Marriott Bochum Stadtpark

Courtyard by Marriott Bochum Stadtpark

Klinikstr. 43-45, Bochum
of 5, from 241 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a regional park, this hotel is steps from Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum and Bismarck Tower. Zeiss Planetarium Bochum and RuhrCongress Bochum are also within 10 minutes.

TRYP Centro Oberhausen

TRYP Centro Oberhausen

Centroallee 280, Oberhausen
of 5, from 286 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Konig Pilsener Arena and Metronom Theater. AQUApark Oberhausen and Kaisergarten Park and Zoo are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Novum Hotel Ambassador

Novum Hotel Ambassador

Viehofer Str. 23, Essen
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Stadtkern, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Essen Cathedral, Old Synagogue, and Grillo-Theater. Philharmonie Essen and Colosseum Theater are also within 15 minutes.

Welcome Hotel Essen

Welcome Hotel Essen

Schuetzenbahn 58, Essen
of 5, from 108 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ostviertel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Synagogue and Essen Cathedral. Grillo-Theater and University of Duisburg-Essen are also within 15 minutes.

Centro Hotel Korn

Centro Hotel Korn

Hoffnungstr. 19, Essen
of 5, from 71 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Westviertel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Philharmonie Essen, Grillo-Theater, and Essen Cathedral. Colosseum Theater and Old Synagogue are also within 15 minutes.

Top Flight + Hotel Deals

Top Deals on Flights

These prices were available within the past 7 days. Prices quoted are per person, return, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.