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Accessible from local Autobahns and rail, Essen, Germany is a bustling city. To mitigate rush hour traffic congestion the city offers ride share programmes, which is handy for the longer visitor.
Despite being in Germany, you can still enjoy Italian fare at Miamamia near Grugapark Therme. Or enjoy traditional German and French delights at Raum.eins where patrons can enjoy small bites or larger meals. Pffefferkorn is located near many Essen hotels and offers meaty dishes; most notable is the steak and pork cutlets. Satisfy a sweet tooth with an ice cream treat in Mörchens Eiscafe.
A former coal mine, Zeche Carl is a popular small-concert venue in Essen. This location provides food, drink, and memorable evenings. Visitors can dance the night away at Ego Bar where live DJs spin popular hits, R&B, and rock favourites. Not far from larger hotels in Essen, those that prefer a classic night of entertainment can visit Colosseum, a musical theatre created from a 19th-century factory.
Evolving from an industrial city to one of commerce Essen, Germany is a mecca of culture. See works from Van Gogh in Museum Folkwang or feast your eyes upon Emperor Otto III's gem-studded childhood crown at the cathedral treasury. Lastly, visit a Bauhaus-style coalmine with a remarkable museum in Zollverein, a Unesco-listed site. The Ruhr Museum is easily accessible and engages patrons as it brings them up a conveyor belt, just as its coal washing history might suggest.
The Industrial Heritage Trail appeals to the tourist that likes to explore the true city off the beaten path. The tour explores the rich coal history of the region. Spots along the way appeal to photographers due in part to its industrial-chic and steampunk aesthetic.