The "City of Lights" in the Ruhr: Essen

Essen is the central city in the Ruhr region, offering above all many museums, theaters and even a World Heritage Site in the form of the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex. Essen is one of the ten biggest cities in Germany, measured by its population. The city is not only the geographic center of the Ruhr region but also the focus of its cultural activities. The transformation, away from its former industrial character towards a place of culture, is clearly noticeable throughout the region. Between Folkwang and Lichtburg This is made particularly clear by the many offerings surrounding the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The central location of the IntercityHotel Essen means that the city center is always quickly accessible, for example for a shopping expedition. Because of frequent light shows in the shopping streets, Essen is also called the "City of Lights". Other highlights for visitors include the famous Folkwang Art Museum and the historic Lichtburg, Germany's biggest movie theater.


Parking garage

Costs: € 15/day


Essen Hauptbahnhof

Distance: 0.2 km

Estimated taxi fare: € 0

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Düsseldorf Airport

Distance: 28 km

Estimated taxi fare: € 60 (one way)

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FreeCityTicket in Essen

  • You are saving 29,10€ per day
  • The FreeCityTicket is valid in the Rhein Ruhr (VRR) fare area
  • The closest station is "Hauptbahnhof Essen"

In all our hotels' locations a FreeCityTicket is included. Your ticket is valid throughout your stay.