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It's an area of Ruhr that approximately 600,000 people call home.
The national capital, Berlin, is 280 miles east of Essen, while Velbert is 9 miles to the south.
Let the kids blow off some steam at the Movie Park Germany and the Cranger Kirmes. AQUApark Oberhausen and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Oberhausen are also great places to visit if you want to keep the good times coming.
Your family doesn't need to have gills and fins to be able to investigate the marine attractions at Sea Life Oberhausen.
You can take loads of photos of the leathery lizards and warm-blooded mammals at the Kaisergarten Park and Zoo and the Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum. Try out some of the educational programs at the ZOOM Erlebniswelt to flesh out your zoological triple play.
Spend a day looking at the diverse assortment of flora exhibited at the Bochum Botanical Garden. The Grugapark Botanical Garden and the Botanischer Garten are also worth a visit.
For some time outdoors, explore the area's much-loved parks and public gardens. There's nothing better than whiling away a lazy day at Berne Park, Nordsternpark or Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord.
Enjoy the fresh air, skip some rocks along the water and listen to the seabirds wheeling overhead at Seaside Beach Baldeney.
Broaden your horizons with some time at one of the area's fascinating exhibition spaces. The Red Dot Design Museum and the LVR Industrial Museum offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. The German Mining Museum and the Industry Museum Henrichshuette are also worth a visit.
Browse a great range of scientific artifacts, exhibits and models as you wander around Zeiss Planetarium Bochum, a celebrated science institution.
The natural world contains more riches than we could hope to see in just one lifetime. Fortunately, institutions such as the LWL Museum of Archaeology and the Ruhr Museum do us a favor by putting them all in one location. The thought-provoking collections at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum are also well worth taking the time to see.
Want to see some art? You'll be spoiled with galleries of all sorts here. Start your explorations of this creative paradise at the Folkwang Museum and the Ikonen-Museum. If you're feeling inspired, finish up your day at the Kunsthaus Essen and the LehmbruckMuseum.
History nerds will love passing the afternoon at the Vestisches Museum, where they can learn about tomorrow by examining the forgotten past. In addition to that, you might like to have a look at the items on display at the Jewish Museum of Westphalia or the Museum Schloss Lembeck.
Villa Hugel and the Old Synagogue are certainly worth taking a look at, even if you're not that into history. More tales from a bygone era are waiting for you at the Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site and Bismarck Tower.
You might not get to see any court jesters, but you may stumble upon a drawbridge or turret at Beck Castle and Wittringen Castle. For even more picturesque sights and historical stories, stop by Broich Castle and Isenburg Castle.
Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you'll be sure to have a pleasant time at Essen Cathedral and Basilica St. Ludgerus. You could also take a walk around Essen Luciuskirche and St. Lucius Church.
This region's most prominent tourist sights often overshadow its less renowned, but equally rewarding activities. Alpincenter Bottrop and the Tetrahedon Bottrop are two interesting options. If you've got more time to spare, also visit the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen and the Light Castle.
Situated in Oberhausen, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kaisergarten Park and Zoo, LVR Industrial Museum and Konig Pilsener Arena. Gasometer and Theater Oberhausen are also within 1 mile (2 km).
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 mile (2 km).
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 Westviertel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Colosseum Theater and Philharmonie Essen. Essen Cathedral and Grillo-Theater are also within 1 mile (2 km).
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 miles (3 km).
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.
Located in Dellviertel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theater Duisburg, Mercatorhalle Duisburg and Silberpalais. Duisburg Town Hall and Duisburg Salvatorkirche are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in a regional park, this hotel is steps away from Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum and Bismarck Tower. Zeiss Planetarium Bochum and RuhrCongress Bochum are also within 10 minutes.