Welcome to the
Essen Christmas Market
According to its name, the International Essen Christmas Market offers you exotic products from all over the world: sculptures from Africa, craft from Russia, cheerful figures from Cuba, Greek lighthouses and x-mas gifts for all US fans.
The International Essen Christmas Market even takes you on a world trip, from a culinary perspective: Arabic Falafel, Polish Bigos, French Crepes or Dutch Poffertjes.
You as a guest will be spoilt for choice in the true sense of the word.
Another attraction is the Santa House where Father Christmases from all over the world describe Christmas customs and traditions from their own various different countries.
Essen was awarded the European Capital City of Culture for 2010.
Situated amidst the Ruhr area of Germany, a visit to Essen is without doubt interesting and worthwhile.
A sense of innovation permeates the city; the seismic shift from its industrial past to its new focus on services, learning, design and
healthcare is evident everywhere.
present, stories and history between steel
and Romanticism, old art and the culture of
tomorrow: not contradictions but aspects of
a new urbanity that makes the city a natural
point of attraction within the Ruhr region.
example of this is the Culture Trail: 372 blue
stones point the way to 82 'city attractions', including interesting
architecture, installations, light art, sculptures
Some of the highlights in Essen are the new philharmonic orchestra and the coal-mine “Zeche Zollverein”, which was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001.
The museum of Folkwang houses one of the most important art collections in Germany.
Essen’s traditional trade fairs, the top-quality opera productions, staged by the Aalto-Theatre and the musical productions at the Colloseum Essen are only some of its many other attractions.