Essen

Europe's energy hub

Essen earned this status in the 19th century and has continued to develop it. Around 24,000 employees work in the fields of production, distribution and supply of energy, as well as energy technology. Leading international energy groups such as RWE, E.ON Ruhrgas, RAG and Evonik Industries have their headquarters in Essen, and the city’s expertise in this sector is complemented by a large number of small and medium-sized companies, as well as a wide range of education and research facilities, such as the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Haus der Technik event and seminar centre, the Gaswärme Institute and the Kraftwerkerschule power plant school. A number of important energy industry associations, such as VGB PowerTech e.V. and the Industrial Energy and Power Industry Association (VIK) are based in Essen, and the international energy exhibition, E-world energy & water, is held annually at the Messe Essen exhibition centre.

Germany’s environmental and water capital

Essen has developed into one of Europe’s leading locations for the environmental and water industries, its core competence focussing on water supply and wastewater management in conurbations. The major water industry associations, Ruhrverband, Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband, stand for a long tradition and first-rate expertise. Essen’s environmental industry sector concentrates on solutions for problems in areas such as soil conservation, the waste and recycling industry, clean-up operations, water pollution control and noise protection, with environmental technology another crucial sector.

A centre of design

The field of design has a long tradition in Essen. The courses in Industrial Design and Communications Design have been featured in the Folkwang design tradition once more since 2007, taking place shortly at the Zollverein, with 600 students. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen presents the present and future of design in the former industrial architecture of the Zollverein, a World Heritage site. One of the leading international design competitions is also staged here, the red dot design award. The focus of further developments is upon the establishment of a "creative village" for designers and design-related companies and the conversion of the historic buildings into office space, gastronomy and showroom uses. Since 2007 Essen has played host to the Initiative Deutscher Designverbände, an amalgamation of all significant German design agencies.

Cultural variety and high leisure value make Essen a pleasant place to live

Essen and the Ruhr district, one of the most densely populated and diverse cultural landscapes worldwide, have been nominated European Capital of Culture 2010. Essen’s Aalto music theatre is one of the best opera houses in the German-speaking territories. The redesigned Philharmonie at the Saalbau is not only the home of Essen’s renowned philharmonic orchestra, but has also seen concerts by globally renowned orchestras. The Grillo theatre has been staging acclaimed plays since 1892. Located in a listed industrial building, the Colosseum is a venue for musicals. The internationally renowned Folkwang museum and the Villa Hügel, former residence of the Krupp family, attract large numbers of national and international visitors with sensational exhibitions. Another highlight is the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage site. Lake Baldeney, the Gruga park, a large number of sports facilities, and Essen’s green southern districts provide a wide range of options for leisure activities.

Heart of the Metropole Ruhr

With its population of around 600,000, Essen is one of the largest cities in North Rhine-Westphalia and the whole of Germany. The high number of group headquarters makes Essen one of the leading decision-making centres for German industry. 9 of the top 100 and 20 of the top 500 strongest German companies by sales have their headquarters in Essen. It is the economic and administrative centre of the Metropole Ruhr, Europe’s third-largest conurbation after London and Paris. Around 140 million people live within a 500-kilometre radius of Essen. Essen is one of the leading office locations in Germany. Around 80 percent of employees work in the service sector.

Europe's energy hub

Essen earned this status in the 19th century and has continued to develop it. Around 24,000 employees work in the fields of production, distribution and supply of energy, as well as energy technology. Leading international energy groups such as RWE, E.ON Ruhrgas, RAG and Evonik Industries have their headquarters in Essen, and the city’s expertise in this sector is complemented by a large number of small and medium-sized companies, as well as a wide range of education and research facilities, such as the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Haus der Technik event and seminar centre, the Gaswärme Institute and the Kraftwerkerschule power plant school. A number of important energy industry associations, such as VGB PowerTech e.V. and the Industrial Energy and Power Industry Association (VIK) are based in Essen, and the international energy exhibition, E-world energy & water, is held annually at the Messe Essen exhibition centre.

Germany’s environmental and water capital

Essen has developed into one of Europe’s leading locations for the environmental and water industries, its core competence focussing on water supply and wastewater management in conurbations. The major water industry associations, Ruhrverband, Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband, stand for a long tradition and first-rate expertise. Essen’s environmental industry sector concentrates on solutions for problems in areas such as soil conservation, the waste and recycling industry, clean-up operations, water pollution control and noise protection, with environmental technology another crucial sector.

A centre of design

The field of design has a long tradition in Essen. The courses in Industrial Design and Communications Design have been featured in the Folkwang design tradition once more since 2007, taking place shortly at the Zollverein, with 600 students. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen presents the present and future of design in the former industrial architecture of the Zollverein, a World Heritage site. One of the leading international design competitions is also staged here, the red dot design award. The focus of further developments is upon the establishment of a "creative village" for designers and design-related companies and the conversion of the historic buildings into office space, gastronomy and showroom uses. Since 2007 Essen has played host to the Initiative Deutscher Designverbände, an amalgamation of all significant German design agencies.

Cultural variety and high leisure value make Essen a pleasant place to live

Essen and the Ruhr district, one of the most densely populated and diverse cultural landscapes worldwide, have been nominated European Capital of Culture 2010. Essen’s Aalto music theatre is one of the best opera houses in the German-speaking territories. The redesigned Philharmonie at the Saalbau is not only the home of Essen’s renowned philharmonic orchestra, but has also seen concerts by globally renowned orchestras. The Grillo theatre has been staging acclaimed plays since 1892. Located in a listed industrial building, the Colosseum is a venue for musicals. The internationally renowned Folkwang museum and the Villa Hügel, former residence of the Krupp family, attract large numbers of national and international visitors with sensational exhibitions. Another highlight is the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage site. Lake Baldeney, the Gruga park, a large number of sports facilities, and Essen’s green southern districts provide a wide range of options for leisure activities.