Things to do in Essen

Our most recommended things to do in Essen

Essen: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

1. Essen: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Travel by double-decker bus around Essen as you listen to commentary about the city. Take the north and the south routes and stop at any of the 10 stops along the way. The north bus route starts at the Haus der Technik and heads to the city center. Pass Kennedyplatz and Berliner Platz, where the Limbecker Platz shopping center is located. See the Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site. The bus route circles back and ends at Haus der Technik. The south bus route begins with the Folkwang Museum and leads to Margarethenhöhe. Continue to Grugapark, where you will have a view of the Baldeneysee. Next, the south route will head to the Essen exhibition center. The last point on the route is the Philharmonie before returning to the Haus der Technik.

Essen: Zollverein Mine Smartphone Game

2. Essen: Zollverein Mine Smartphone Game

Play your way through Essen's Zollverein Mine area on this smartphone app. Uncover facts, history, and stories about this UNESCO-listed site as you follow clues and solve riddles. Immerse yourself in a fun story as you become a trainee at the Sir Peter Morgan Academy. Find out what tasks Sir Peter Morgan has devised for you as you explore the industrial mine area. Marvel at the well-preserved industrial machinery and architecture from the railway lines to the miner's quarters. Learn about this thriving complex as you play numerous mini-games and enjoy the freedom to pause and resume the game whenever you want. Try it alone or challenge yourself by competing to complete the game first.

Essen-Mülheim: 1-Hour Airbus A320 Flight Simulator

3. Essen-Mülheim: 1-Hour Airbus A320 Flight Simulator

Be one of the first pilots in the brand new Airbus A320 flight simulator at Essen-Mülheim Airport. After a short pre-flight briefing before boarding, take the captain’s seat. The Essen-Mülheim flight simulator is particularly detailed where all the instruments, sounds, and functions are like the real thing. The simulator is located directly in the airport building, with an unobstructed view of the apron and the runway. Fly the plane from take-off to landing with assistance from your instructor. Choose to go through different emergencies and weather scenarios with a professional pilot helping you every step of the way. You can design your route and fly to any of the 24,000 airports worldwide. Invite up to 12 friends who will sit behind you in an actual passenger cabin and look over your shoulder as you embark on your virtual flight. Fun and realism are the priority of this flight simulation. Experience a unique 1-hour with your family, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. 

WelcomeCard Ruhr incl. Local Transport and Museums

4. WelcomeCard Ruhr incl. Local Transport and Museums

Discover the Metropole Ruhr in your own time with the WelcomeCard Ruhr. Each card is valid for either 24, 48 or 72 hours and includes two components: · • Local transport ticket: Each WelcomeCard includes a local transportation ticket that allows you to use public transport (bus and train). Depending on the option selected it will be usable for 24, 48 or 72 hours. **************************************************************** Details about attractions: All attractions are included, regardless of which option you select. You can visit some attractions free of charge, by showing your WelcomeCard Ruhr at the entrance. Others will grant you a 50% discount from the regular entrance price. Please see this list for details. Free of charge, single admission: • Aquarius Wassermuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Binarium, Dortmund • Camera Obscura, Mülheim an der Ruhr • DASA - Arbeitswelt Ausstellung, Dortmund • Denkmalpfad Zollverein, Essen • Deutsches Bergbau - Museum, Bochum • Domschatz, Essen • Gasometer, Oberhausen • Grafschafter Museum im Schloss, Moers • Haus Ruhrnatur, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Jüdisches Museum Westfalen, Dorsten • Kunstmuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Kunstquartier, Hagen • Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord - Tour de Ruhr - Hüttenführung, Duisburg • Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord - Tour de Ruhr - Hinter verschlossenen Türen, Duisburg • Ludwiggalerie Schloss, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs, Solingen • LVR-Industriemuseum Peter-Berens-Bau, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum St. Antony Hütte, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum Textilfabrik Cromford, Ratingen • LWL Römermuseum, Haltern am See • LWL-Freilichtmuseum, Hagen • LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte, Hattingen • LWL-Industriemuseum Schiffshebewerk, Henrichenburg • LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern, Dortmund • LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche-Nachtigall, Witten • LWL-Museum für Archäologie, Herne • Maximilianpark, Hamm • Mülheim erleben - Erlebnistouren, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Museum Kloster Kamp, Kamp-Lintfort • Nationales Naturmonument Kluterthöhle, Ennepetal • Nordsternturm, Gelsenkirchen • Red Dot Design, Essen • Reeser Personenschiffahrt, Rees • Ruhr Museum, Essen • Ruhrschifffahrt Weiße Flotte, Mülheim an der Ruhr • RVR Besucherzentrum Hoheward, Herten • RVR Naturforum Bislicher Insel, Xanten • Schalke Museum, Gelsenkirchen • Schloss Horst, Gelsenkirchen • SiegfriedMuseum, Xanten • Stiftung Eisenbahn Museum, Bochum • TerraZoo, Rheinberg • Tierpark & Fossilium, Bochum • Umspannwerk, Recklinghausen • Vroom.Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen • Zeiss Planetarium, Bochum • Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst in der Lindenbrauerei, Unna 50% Reduction on the original ticket price: • Movie Park Germany, Bottrop • Variete et cetera, Bochum • Stadtrundfahrten, Gelsenkirchen • GOP Variete-Theater, Essen • Theater im Depot, Dortmund • Geheimdepot, Dorsten • Salzgrotte, Oberhausen • Bochumer Symphoniker, Bochum

Essen: UNESCO Zeche Zollverein Smartphone Game

5. Essen: UNESCO Zeche Zollverein Smartphone Game

Experience the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein while playing a scavenger hunt game. Follow clues and solve mini-games sent to your smartphone to learn more about the former industrial site in the city of Essen. Download the Telegram app on your smartphone and head to Zeche Zollverein on your own. Start your outdoor escape game in Essen Stoppenberg, and use the clues to solve the puzzles sent to your phone. The story will take you along the puzzle rally in the area around the Zollverein colliery. During the game, you will explore a large area of the colliery. Learn about the history and uncover fascinating facts as you complete the scavenger hunt. You can start and pause the game at any time and spend some time on the site. Explore the place at your own pace while playing a fun game with your team.

Essen: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

6. Essen: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

Explore Essen through an unusual, but fun adventure. Take part in an interactive smartphone game with your partner that will help you get to know each other a bit better. Unlock clues to your next destination by taking on tasks and answering tricky and funny questions about each other. Begin your game in the city center and allow the app to guide you from there. You will receive funny instructions about how to move through the area and you can design your own route. Challenge yourself and your partner by acting as a team to solve even the trickiest questions and situations. Enjoy a special outdoor date and create long-lasting memories as a couple. Step away from mainstream areas and traditional tours to focus on creating your own adventure. Take advantage of the bonus tasks and riddles to keep playing even after the game is over. We recommend: Play this outdoor adventure only in a team of two persons.

Essen: Segway Tour Along the Baldeneysee

7. Essen: Segway Tour Along the Baldeneysee

Discover the wonderful area around the Baldeneysee on this Segway tour. On the banks of the Baldeneysee lies a bird sanctuary, used as a migration area for great crested grebes, cormorants, herons and other endangered birds. Many red-eared terrapin, once released by their owners, also inhabit Baldeneysee. They not only survive the German winters but continue to thrive here. After a short introduction, start your tour with the beautiful grounds of SeaSideBeach at Baldeneysee. Make your way around the whole reservoir and enjoy a tour through nature and along the water. Stop at the famous biker spot "Haus Scheppen" and enjoy a little pause for a snack.

Essen: Smartphone City Exploration Scavenger Hunt

8. Essen: Smartphone City Exploration Scavenger Hunt

Immerse yourself in an exciting game and explore the historic city center of Essen as you play. Guide yourself from landmark to landmark with the help of your smartphone. Have fun hunting for clues around the city in order to complete the scavenger hunt. Log onto the game platform on your phone and begin your adventure at the designated starting point. Make your way around the bustling streets of Germany's 3rd greenest city, surrounded by hiking trails and lakes. Solve fun puzzles to earn points and receive clues. Pass by iconic buildings, such as the Flkowang Museum, the Philharmonie, Villa Hüegel, and the Aalto Theater. Learn about the local coal mining past at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Zollverein. Take some time after the game is over to shop, eat, or simply explore the area.

From Mühlheim: Sightseeing Helicopter Flight over Essen

9. From Mühlheim: Sightseeing Helicopter Flight over Essen

Experience the city of Essen and its surroundings from a bird's eye view during a scenic helicopter flight departing from Mühlheim. Feel the thrill of flying, discover key landmarks from a new perspective, and admire aerial views of North Rhine-Westphalia. Board your helicopter in Mühlheim and get ready for take-off. From the air, look out over the many coal plants and industrial sites on the Industrial Cultural Route, including the Zollverein Coal Mine Complex. Gaze at the Essen city center, Baldeneysee Haus Villa Hügel, and the Duisburg Harbor. Look out over Essen and beyond, and savor the freedom of flying. Be sure to snap great photos to share with family and friends, and to help you remember this unique experience.

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What people are saying about Essen

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Overall, I found the smartphone game to be good; however, you have to have an interest in solving puzzles and thinking outside the box. For my boys (especially the younger ones; 11 years old) it was sometimes very tricky. I think it's good that you're on the move a lot through this game and get to know the very extensive terrain. I've been there a long time ago and mainly just spent time in the exhibition building. That's why the last visit brought me a lot further and provided interesting aspects.

Everything great

The guide explained everything very well to the newcomers about the Segway and the rod to everyone. I also really liked his offer to take photos of the people on the Segways. A great memory.

The journey was varied. The information from the tape was good. Our driver's comments actually got a lot better. All in all a very successful combination.

Wir hatten eine sehr schöne Zeit. Es hat alles so wie in der Beschreibung erklärt funktioniert.

Trouble-free stopover at Zeche Zollverein. Get back in later and continue to the city tour.