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Old August 11th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Essen - Impression of a industrial city

Essen - Impression of a industrial city

Essen is a city in the central part of the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Located on the River Ruhr, its population of approximately 579,000 (as of June 30, 2008) makes it the second largest city after Dortmund in the Ruhr area. Formerly one of Germany's most important coal and steel centres and historically linked to the centuries-old Krupp family iron works, the city has developed a strong tertiary sector of the economy and (sometimes together with nearby Düsseldorf) claims to be the "desk of the Ruhr area". It is home to 13 of the 100 largest German corporations and seat to several of the region's authorities.


Well it was my first time in Essen, my girlfriend wants to shopping in the shopping mall "Limbecker Platz" and i had enough time for a little photo tour in the city. Before we starts the trip, i only know that Essen have a small nice Skyline and was heavy destroyed the WW2 because the had really important industrie like steel of Krupp or somthing like that.




Welcome in Essen




central Station Essen

definitely a unique feature is the area around the central station with a nice skyline and some nice old buildings.



the place around the Dom and the cinema "Lichtburg" is so much green and urban "gemütlich"





You may already have realized, but Essen not have a big Church like Köln,Düsseldorf or Dortmund. Thats strange because Essen is in almost the same manner old like the other cities in the Ruhrarea



Grillo Theater




the rest of the city is so so but see for yourselves



Alfred Krupp


Kennedy Platz







really charming, like the fifties


Area around the shopping mall "Limbecker Platz"








University of Essen-Duisburg




city center









another shopping mall
Town hall (101m)
























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I'm sorry to say in summary is the city of essen really disappointing, sure the place in the near of the central station and the "Dom" is nice but the rest of the city is a mixed of post-war architecture and modern architecture with a small standart. Furthermore i doesnt like the big shopping mall "Limbecker Platz" and "Rathausgalerie" the whole issue of urban live is compressed i two shopping malls, the rest of the city is extinct. Well my opinion is, compared to Dortmund or Düsseldorf is Essen a flop. But the skyline and the area around the "Dom" is a unique feature

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Old August 11th, 2011, 07:06 PM   #2
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It looks like a functional and liveable city despite being not particularly attractive per se. Its large pedestrianised area is very appealing to me given the lack of any pedestrian infrastructure in New Zealand and its good transport network makes it very accessible.

Nice pictures! Did you take the pictures during a quiet period or is Essen normally that quiet as the streets did seem a little empty?
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Old August 11th, 2011, 07:06 PM   #3
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wow I have to agree with you... what a drab and dreary city. definitely a place i'll probably never try to visit.

edit: the postwar modernists were just awful. the street with the trees and sidewalk posts does look pleasant enough though.

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Old August 11th, 2011, 09:18 PM   #4
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Essen changed a lot in the last time, and i have to admit in a positive way. Yeah it doesn´t have architectural gems but its a liveable city with awesome possibilties to shop.

Thank you for the photos.
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The skyline looks a bit sad. Every highrise seems to have this same dull grey colour. Definetly one of the worst cities in the ruhr area.

Dortmund is much better IMO.
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From your pics Essen looks very similar to Birmingham here in the UK. Thanks for posting
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nevertheless a nice walking tour you had there and thanks for the pics.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:21 PM   #8
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For sure is essen a liveable city, in the heart of the ruhrarea but compared to for example Dortmund is Essen bleakly and unlively. Certainly Essen has such beautiful places like

Garden City Essen

Villa Hügel

Zeche Zollverein

Museum Folkwang

but the general view of Essen isnt the best, the city is not harmonious like in other Ruhr cities like Dortmund or Bochum. For sure also this cities have bad areas! But the whole Ruhr area is in change, we wants to wait 5 or 10 years

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I took the pictures at Monday 13:00pm

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Old August 12th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #9
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Great shots there. Definitely a more brutalist sort of city but lively nonetheless.
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Great, very nice shots from the city of Essen
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nice mid-size city
abd the mid-rises are equally nice too.
I think only the RWE Tower have enough qualitiy, the rest is grey and mean so not very special for a City with a population of 600.000
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I once went to a concert in Essen. And my opinion of the town is confirmed by your interesting photo tour. A typical ugly Ruhr city. Then again I was born in an ugly city destroyed in the war so I do have sympathy for the town.
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A typical ugly Ruhr city. Then again I was born in an ugly city destroyed in the war so I do have sympathy for the town.
Well what is for you a typical ugly Rhur City? So i mean the Ruhr area has such nice cities like Unna,Dortmund,Hattingen or Wetter. For sure Dortmund is the only big citiy in the context but you know what i mean? Not the whole ruhr area is ugly and grey a quite a number of things are in change.
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Well what is for you a typical ugly Rhur City? So i mean the Ruhr area has such nice cities like Unna,Dortmund,Hattingen or Wetter. For sure Dortmund is the only big citiy in the context but you know what i mean? Not the whole ruhr area is ugly and grey a quite a number of things are in change.
Possibly. I can only tell from the towns I have been tho like Esssen and Oberhausen. Dusseldorf is the better looking place I recently visited (again for a concert). I guess that's not the Ruhr area any more.
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No Duesseldorf (and Cologne) are not part of the Ruhr area. They have always been more service oriented while the Ruhr area had the mining and heavy industries.

In cities like Essen all the worst comes together.

- not a beautiful city
- zero tourism
- high unemployment
- declining population
- poor image
- surrounded by much better places to live and work

Furthermore, there are no real future perspectives. Where will the city be in lets say 10 or 20 years? Most probably worse than today.
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No Duesseldorf (and Cologne) are not part of the Ruhr area. They have always been more service oriented while the Ruhr area had the mining and heavy industries.

In cities like Essen all the worst comes together.

- not a beautiful city
- zero tourism
- high unemployment
- declining population
- poor image
- surrounded by much better places to live and work

Furthermore, there are no real future perspectives. Where will the city be in lets say 10 or 20 years? Most probably worse than today.
It is contrary to popular belief is the Ruhrarea one of the most famous area for getaways in west germany, industry culture, football or theater are the tourist magnet. Furthermore i agree with you in point City,high unemployment and declining population. But where sorround are much better places? Oberhausen,Duisburg or Mülheim? I think the south of Essen is definitely livable. Do you mean thats the whole Ruhrarea has no future persprectives or only Essen?
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I was only talking about Essen.

And with surrounding area I mean cities like Cologne, Duesseldorf or Dortmund. All within commuter range. For young people such cities are way more attractive.
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