Our most recommended things to do in Essen

Essener Stadtrundfahrten

Essener Stadtrundfahrten

Travel by double-decker bus around Essen as you listen to commentary about the city. Take the north and the south routes and discover Essen City. The north bus route starts at Akazienallee (near the Centralstation) 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 Akazienallee. 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 Akazienallee. Due to construction work on the new city railway, we can no longer use our “Haus der Technik/Hbf” stop. The new stop “Akazienallee (near main station)” is about 100 meters away on foot. It is located almost directly at the tourist information office on Kettwiger Straße.

Essen Zollverein Audio Rally by P.I. Sir Peter Morgan

Essen Zollverein Audio Rally by P.I. Sir Peter Morgan

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: Highlights of City Center Self-Guided Walking Tour

Essen: Highlights of City Center Self-Guided Walking Tour

This tour is only available in German. On this tour you will discover the wonderfully diverse highlights of Essen's city centre, which are always surprising. Even Essenians can become explorers here. Starting at the main station, the tour takes us around the pedestrian zone to hidden details in supposedly well-known places. We discover disappeared swimming pools, the old synagogue, modern art and historical traces. And an Unperfect-house. Passing the Colosseum Theatre and the Europahaus, we head back through the city centre towards the station. Entertaining tasks and exciting questions await you at the tour stops. Who knows, for example, who Cosmas and Damien were, what they mean for Essen and where they are now? Or where the probably most beautiful selfie spot in Essen is? Or the Speakers Corner for public speaking? Find out! The tour is a great way to get outside and discover new things with family, friends or on your own. It's like being shown Essen's city centre by a good friend. The tour can be started anytime and over and over again, on site or from home, in the browser of a smartphone. Have fun in Essen! *** Good to know *** You will receive the link to start the tour in an email directly after booking.

Essen: Self-Guided Outdoor Escape Game

Essen: Self-Guided Outdoor Escape Game

Experience a unique outdoor escape game right on your smartphone. Take on the role of a profiler who travels back in time to solve a tricky case. Complex challenges await you in this adventure that will lead you deeper and deeper into the swamp of organized crime. Some puzzles are location independent, so you can look forward to tricky and exciting tasks. But after each level, you'll learn interesting facts about the environment around you. While solving the puzzles of this thrilling case, you'll wander past some of Essen's most fascinating sights. Grab your smartphones and head to the starting point to get started. Whether you work together as a team or split into smaller groups and teams, you can expect an exciting walk with breathtaking sights and relaxing breaks. Solve tricky puzzles, combine clues, discover surprising facts about each location, and enjoy the freedom to walk at your own pace. This game is ideal for escape game enthusiasts and puzzle fans who are looking for a challenging challenge for their group and don't want to miss out on the city's interesting locations.

Adventure Darkness - Guided tour in the dark

Adventure Darkness - Guided tour in the dark

Equipped with a long cane, our blind or severely visually impaired guides will lead you through completely dark adventure rooms. A diverse and previously unknown world of smells and sounds. Typical everyday situations as well as special experiences are recreated, such as a sporting challenge or crossing a road. After approx. 60 minutes, you will arrive at the dark bar. There you can chat with your guide over a glass of fritz-kola, a cup of coffee or a cold beer and reflect on what you have experienced. As visual perception is not possible, the human brain reacts particularly strongly to the targeted stimuli. You are mainly addressed haptically and auditorily, but also olfactorily and tastefully.

Essen-Mülheim: Airbus A320 Flight Simulator

Essen-Mülheim: 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. 

Essen Crime-Trail: self-guided crime tour in Essen Kettwig

Essen Crime-Trail: self-guided crime tour in Essen Kettwig

If you are looking for the perfect mix between an outdoor escape game and a scavenger hunt, Crime-Trails are for you! Take over the investigation to find the culprit in a fictitious crime case. You will solve treacherous murders, crafty robberies, or shrewd kidnappings – the options are endless. Equipped with your smartphones, a case file, and a code for the arrest warrant, you and your family, friends or partner in crime begin the investigation at the scene of crime. It is up to you to decide which clues to follow first. Crime-Trails are designed for young as well as experienced hobby detectives from 12 years and up. 1. Purchasing a Crime-Trail After the purchase has been completed, you will receive a voucher code that gives you access to the case file along with a code to generate your arrest warrant at the end of the game. Once you have downloaded the case file, you can start the game whenever you like. There is no further preregistration needed. The case file includes an introductions as well as instructions to your mission. Note: Print the case file for a better overview during the game! 2. Locating the Scene of Crime To begin your investigation, find the location marked “scene of crime” in your case file. Once you arrive at the scene, familiarize yourselves with the case, scan the QR code on the crime file to get started and solve the first question. During the game you will communicate with the Crime-Trails headquarters to send out your answers to receive more and more clues as you move through the case. Note: All Crime-Trails can be played whenever you want to start your investigation! It does not matter when you purchase your crime file, it does not expire. 3. Starting the Investigation After you have solved the first question and established communication with the headquarters, you can visit the locations marked on the map in any order. Throughout the Crime-Trail you will stay in touch with the headquarters in order to receive further clues that help you solve the case. We do advice that you visit all locations, so you do not miss any important information. There will be no guide or organizer on site. In case you have any problems or questions, you can request a hint from the headquarters. Since the Crime-Trails are played outdoors and in individual groups, they are compatible with any Covid-19 restrictions. 4. Catching the Culprit Once you have solved all riddles and identified the culprit, you will be able to arrest this person and see weather you solved the case correctly or missed out any details.

Essen: Kettwig Old Town Self-guided walk

Essen: Kettwig Old Town Self-guided walk

This tour is only available in German. On this tour through the enchanting little town of Kettwig, discover traditional crafts and walk in the footsteps of the Kettwig clothiers. The 4 km tour takes you from City Hall through the town, often along the water, through small alleys and to impressive Wilhelminian villas of the Kettwig bourgeoisie. There are clues and hidden traces of the past everywhere. At the tour stops, there are entertaining tasks to solve and fun questions to answer. Who knows, for example, what a reed maker did? Or what a towpath is? Many refreshment stops and cosy places invite you to take a break again and again. The tour is a great way to get outside and discover new things with family, friends or on your own. It's like being shown Essen-Kettwig by a good friend. The tour can be started anytime and over and over again, on site or from home, in the browser of a smartphone. Have fun in Kettwig! *** Good to know *** You will receive the link to start the tour in an email directly after booking.

Essen: Self-Guided Sherlock Holmes Mystery Game

Essen: Self-Guided Sherlock Holmes Mystery Game

Experience the excitement of being a detective and join the thrilling Sherlock Holmes game with your team. While celebrating freedom at the Liberty Festival, a man named Balthazar, the head of Homeland Security, is found dead with a knife in his back. The police have apprehended four suspects and it's up to you to solve the case and uncover the truth. The Sherlock Holmes City Game is a self-guided tour that gives you a fun and interactive way to walk around the city. All you need is a phone with an internet connection. As soon as you book the game, we will send you all the information you need via email. By moving around the city, you will unlock assignments. Here you will find characters who are willing to help. But the information comes at a price! Solve their puzzles, take on hilarious photo challenges, chase down culprits and play along to get closer to solving the murder of Balthasar. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - Difficulty level: easy – also suitable for families with children - Duration: 2 hours - Tickets: You only need to buy 1 ticket per group (1-4 people) - Each group will play with 1 device. For groups of more than 4 people, you can buy 2 or more tickets. - To book this game you need to indicate a date/time, BUT you can start whenever you like. - NOTE: this City Game uses the city as an interactive playing field but DOES NOT provide any information about the city! HOW TO PLAY: Book the City Game, check the email we send you with the instructions, download the Loquiz App, and begin your gaming experience! Explore the city at your own pace while playing the Sherlock Holmes City Game, a self-guided tour that offers a lot of freedom and flexibility. You can play when, where and with who you want. Whether you want to play alone for personal excitement or with a group of people this is the game for you! Playing with more groups will turn into a competitive experience, perfect as a teambuilding activity. This game is a fun activity you can do while visiting a city with your family and friends or as a couple. Our City Game offers the maximum independence, you can play pause & continue whenever you want!

Essen Kettwig Old Town Audio Rally by P.I. Sir Peter Morgan

Essen Kettwig Old Town Audio Rally by P.I. Sir Peter Morgan

Transform your trip to the Old Town in Essen Kettwig into an adventure as you follow clues and solve puzzles to unlock facinating information about the area. See sights along the way like the Evangelical Church of Kettwig and Tuchmacherplatz.  Download the tour and make your way to the starting point in the Old Town and simply press 'Start' and listen to the introduction before getting your first task. Play by yourself or with a group a friends. Have the freedom to pause and resume the game whenever you wish.  Lose yourself in the winding cobblestone streets as you pass by well-maintained historical buildings like the Evangelical Church of Kettwig. Admire the old-fashioned houses as you stand in Tuchmacherplatz. Play your way through the city and once you have completed all the tasks, get a summary of your game and a code to collect your award. Compete with Sir Peter Morgan's other contenders on the leaderboard.

Frequently asked questions about Essen

What top attractions are a must-see in Essen?

The must-see attractions in Essen are:

See all must-see sights in Essen

Top Attractions in Essen

Things to Do in Essen

Cities in Germany

Other Sightseeing Options in Essen

Want to discover all there is to do in Essen? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Essen

Overall rating

4.7
(44 reviews)

Even though we weren't quite sure what we had booked due to the slightly misleading name "Hop-On, Hop-Off", this 2-hour city tour was more than worthwhile! We got a great overview and some interesting insights. The texts and the driver's additions were very well prepared! The mood and atmosphere were very (child-)friendly, the children were allowed to take the best seats. A real recommendation and rightly so highly rated and touted as a top tip!

We took the Essen city tour. It is recommended to take the first tour to Lake Baldeney, where you have a good two hours to go for a walk by the lake or stop off somewhere. You also have enough time to take a boat tour on the lake. Then you get back on the second bus tour at the same point. Of course you can do the same thing on Zollverein. (There with a guide). Both can be booked in advance as a combination ticket. Very interesting

It was really a great tour. Even though we are from the region we learned a lot of new things. It was really fun! However, this is not a hop on hop of tour but just a city tour. You can get off on the way, but then no other bus will come at the 12:30 lap.

The city tour in Essen was great. We got a good impression of the city, were driven safely and got a lot of interesting information from our driver and guide. Our heartfelt thanks go to him. We can definitely recommend the tour.

The guide was great. We felt very comfortable! The tour in the lake is fantastic! Thank you Mehmet