Welcome to Essen, a modern metropolis that’s also packed with historic landmarks and picturesque parks for you to discover! Whether you’re exploring exhibitions at the Museum Folkwang, taking a stroll around scenic Grugapark, or visiting North Rhine-Westphalia attractions like the UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, this exciting city in the Ruhr is ideal for cultural city breaks to Germany! And thanks to the central locations of our Premier Inn hotels in Essen, we’re an ideal base for getting the most out of your stay.
Hotels in Essen
Places like Essen
Take a look at our hotels in Wuppertal and our hotels in Düsseldorf.
Love Germany city breaks? Extend your next stay and explore other places like Essen nearby! Our Wuppertal hotels are close to popular places to visit in Germany like the Von der Heydt Museum, and shopaholics won’t want to miss exploring the Königsallee near our hotels in Düsseldorf.
Things to do in Essen
Visit cultural attractions
Culture-lovers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to fun things to do in Essen! Famous landmarks like the Villa Hügel mansion in Hügel Park and the Schloss Baldeney are must-see attractions in Ruhr, and art-lovers won’t want to miss the incredible collections on display at the Museum Folkwang. Plus, for a taste of the city’s historic charm, why not visit Kettwig, Essen’s Old Town?
Discover the city’s history
Don’t miss out on visiting the best galleries and museums in Essen – there’s a rich local history just waiting to be explored here throughout short breaks in Germany! Start off your stay with a trip to the Ruhr Museum to get a taste of local culture, before getting inspired with a tour of the Red Dot Museum nearby. Plus, days out in Essen wouldn’t be complete without visiting the UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, the city’s historic coal mining complex that’s now a World Heritage Site!
Sit back and relax
Take a break from visiting the best museums in Essen and start exploring the great outdoors! The city is home to some stunning parks and natural attractions, ideal whether you fancy spending a relaxing afternoon over at Lake Baldeney – or ‘Baldeneysee’ as it’s known locally – or stretching your legs on one of many hiking trails nearby. Plus, city breaks in Essen wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Botanischer Garten Grugapark – home to a zoo, an aviary and a beautiful botanical garden, it’s easy to see why the Grugapark is one of the most popular places to visit in North Rhine-Westphalia.
What are the nearest train stations in Essen?
Essen Central Station – or Essen Hauptbahnhof in German – is right in the heart of the city, just a five-minute walk from our Premier Inn Essen City Centre hotel and only 15-minute walk from the Limbecker Platz. Hopping on the city’s U-Bahn service is probably the easiest way of getting around Essen, so keep your eyes peeled for local stops throughout the city!
What are the best places to eat in Essen?
Wondering what to eat in Essen? The city offers a tasty mix of local delicacies and modern dishes. Meat lovers will be spoilt for choice on Germany city breaks – the blood sausage known as Oecher puttes is popular in the Ruhr, as is the Rheinischer Sauerbraten pot roast dish. Plus, trips to North Rhine-Westphalia wouldn’t be complete without trying a ‘Westfälischer Pickert’, the region’s famous potato pancake! Plus, when you’re after great places to eat breakfast in Essen, head straight to one of our Essen hotels and start your day off right!
What are the best things to do in Essen at night?
Nightlife in Essen has plenty to please. The city is home to all kinds of clubs and bars for party-lovers, and also hosts exciting live events in Ruhr at venues like the Grugahalle. Plus, if you fancy a quieter evening after exciting days out in North Rhine-Westphalia, then why not head back to the bar at one of our hotels in Essen for a few drinks?
What family friendly activities can you do in Essen?
You’ll find plenty of things to do with the kids in Essen throughout your family breaks to Germany. Kids will love the small zoo at the Grugapark, or why not hop on a tram over to the SEA LIFE Oberhausen? You’ll find several activity centres and theme parks near Essen too, like Planet Lasertag, Freizeitpark Schloß Beck and the exciting Movie Park!
What outdoor activities can you do in Essen?
Get out and explore the great outdoors throughout your city breaks in Germany! Picturesque Grugapark is one of the most popular places to visit in Essen, and with beautiful gardens and animals on site, it’s easy to see why! A tour of the incredible UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein is a must throughout your trip, and afterwards, why not visit Lake Baldeney for a relaxing afternoon?
What indoor activities can you do in Essen?
Whatever the weather in Essen, you’ll find plenty to discover throughout this historic city. Get inspired at the Museum Folkwang before exploring some of the most popular attractions in North Rhine-Westphalia like Villa Hügel. Plus, if you fancy shopping in Germany, bargain-hunters won’t want to miss visiting the Limbecker Platz mall – which is right next door to our Premier Inn Essen City Limbecker Platz hotel!