The City of Essen

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566.000 people live in Essen making it one of the biggest cities in Germany. In recent decades the city has made the change from the old coal-history to a new culture-orientated city. That gives you the chance to see old industrial culture like the former „Zeche Zollverein XII“ mine and the family seat of the Krupp dynasty called „Villa Hügel“. Supported by architects, artists and visionaries, the city became European Capital of Culture 2010.

But Essen also has a beautiful green side with a range of sports activities like hiking and climbing to offer. Fans of water sports or idyllic lakes can enjoy the Baldeneysee and its green surroundings. Essen’s central location in the Ruhr area and the excellent transport connections also gives you the chance to travel to other well-known German cities quickly and conveniently. The Ruhr area is inhabited by over 5 million open-minded people, who come from 140 different countries. The University of Duisburg-Essen itself is located close to the city centre with its new huge shopping centre, which opened in March 2008. The city also offers an exciting nightlife to provide some relief from your studies. Another attractive fact for students is, that Essen is a domicile for a lot of affiliated groups.

If you are interested in finding out more about Essen, visit the city’s official homepage

Ruhr metropolitan area

Essen is the centre of the Ruhr metropolitan region. The Ruhr region is the biggest conurbation, the most densely populated area and the largest industrial region in Europe. More than five million people live in the Ruhrgebiet’s 53 cities, which include Dortmund, Bochum, Essen, and Duisburg. The cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf are nearby, as are the vineyards of the Rhine Valley.

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Nowhere else in Germany you can see so many spectacular sights so close to each other. In this extraordinary location, you’ll certainly find a whole variety of things to see and do. It is full of life and full of contrasts. In a place where there are so many people, there’s always something going on. The towns and cities in the Ruhr region offer a number of exciting attractions, from Europe’s largest shopping mall, extraordinary exhibition venues, museums and theme parks to the glittering world of musicals, theatre and concerts. Because of its dense cosmopolitan character and its cultural liveliness, the Ruhr area has been elected ‘Europe’s Cultural Capital’ for the year 2010. Naturally, there’s also a wide range of sporting activities including football, ultra-modern action sports and even winter sports – indoors, of course!

The well-maintained metro network makes train travel a convenient way to connect with the whole area. As students are not charged on public transport, you can explore a large metropolitan area offering many exciting cultural amenities. You can find out more about the region by following the links below: