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Es­sen Mar­ket­ing GmbH


Es­sen Mar­ket­ing GmbH

ES­SEN.Is al­ways a high­light.

Hardly any oth­er Ger­man city has un­der­gone so much de­vel­op­ment over the cen­tur­ies as Es­sen has. It has gone from be­ing a me­di­ev­al set­tle­ment with a sec­u­lar mon­as­tery for ladies of the no­bil­ity, to one of the world's most im­port­ant centres for the min­ing in­dustry, to a mod­ern met­ro­pol­is where glob­al com­pan­ies from sec­tors such as man­age­ment, trade and ser­vices have made their home. But Es­sen is much more than all that. Es­sen is an in­ter­na­tion­al trade fair ven­ue, an ex­hib­i­tion space for the greatest artists of our time, a world stage, a cul­tur­al strong­hold, a centre for design, a party ven­ue, a sports ground, an amuse­ment park, a gi­gant­ic green space and, of course, it is still a fas­cin­at­ing monu­ment to in­dus­tri­al cul­ture. The true em­blem of the Ruhr area, the Zollver­ein Coal Mine In­dus­tri­al Com­plex (Zeche Zollver­ein) with the ad­ja­cent cok­ing plant was long ago lis­ted as a World Her­it­age Site by UN­ESCO. With it, Es­sen will once again step in­to the spot­light in 2014, as the Ger­man Na­tion­al Tour­ist Board has ded­ic­ated this year to the theme of UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Sites in Ger­many. But this is only the be­gin­ning of a very ex­cit­ing twelve months for the vi­brant Ruhr met­ro­pol­is. Es­sen has de­veloped it­self in­to a cre­at­ive centre thanks to the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Folk­wang Uni­versity of the Arts, which ad­vised on the city's ap­plic­a­tion to be­come a "UN­ESCO City of Design". With its design awards, suc­cess­ful com­pan­ies and ex­cel­lent de­sign­ers, Es­sen con­tin­ues to de­liv­er cre­at­ive im­pulses that have a last­ing ef­fect.

Ap­ply­ing for this EU title is merely a next lo­gic­al step, as the 'green met­ro­pol­is of the Ruhr' has long been set­ting the bar high in en­vir­on­ment­al stand­ards and en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion sec­tors. So, Es­sen is look­ing to the fu­ture in 2014, but also in­to the past. The spe­cial ex­hib­i­tion "1914 - at the heart of Europe", doc­u­ments the changes in so­ci­ety and the break­up of Europe in the mod­ern era, a de­vel­op­ment in which Es­sen played a sig­ni­fic­ant role.

Fi­nally, it is very im­port­ant to have a good cel­eb­ra­tion for an an­niversary. The Es­sen Phil­har­mon­ic will put on a grand con­cert to cel­eb­rate its 10th birth­day on 4 June 2014. Due to take place in one of Europe's finest con­cert halls, this prom­ises to be an­oth­er high­light. One thing is already clear: 2014 will be re­membered as a very spe­cial one in the event­ful his­tory of the city of Es­sen.

The Es­sen Tour­ist Of­fice is on hand to guide you when it comes to sight­see­ing tours, walk­ing tours and city tours. The staff would be pleased to ad­vise you, in your choice of ac­com­mod­a­tion for ex­ample, or could also put to­geth­er a per­son­al vis­it­ors’ pro­gramme for you.

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