Food is the second gray city of the Ruhr area and is centrally located in this metropolitan area. As the city of opposes, she combines the remnants of the heavy industry of the northern city parts with great half-timbered houses in Essen-Kettwig in the south of the city. Grounded around 800 and equipped with the city law since about 1400, Essen experienced the industrial upswing with the construction of the bill of collection and coking "Customs club" In the 1920s. At that time, food was the bigger mining town of Europe.
Requirement of the former Zeche Zollverein
In 1986, the Zeche Zollverein was closed from economic reasons and turned to one of the most attractive art and cultural centers in the region. On the free access to the former industry facility, among others, the Ruhr Museum, the Red Dot Design Museum and the dismissed cokingery with unique photocations.
In another highlight when visiting the "Zollverein": The Red Dot Design Museum
In the converted halls there are culture events and different exhibitions. Guides and rental borrowing complete the offer. Since 2001, the Zollverein can also be titled "World Heritage" the UNESCO pretty.
Street and architectural photography
For Street and Architectural Photographers, the trade fair, shopping and universities city of Essen offers a rich range of motifs. Based on the main train station, the Kettwig Straab can be reached as the city hall as the landmark of the city, the Burgplatz with synagogue and the Munster with the oldest Madonna form of the Christian Occident. Just in the near is a modern university center and the Limbecker Square shopping center, one of the nationwide bulks of its kind.
The Hundertwasserhaus in Grugapark is home to a social institution.
If you leave the train station in the south, you will find as a photomotive the Aalto Musiktheater, the RWE Tower, the city garden and the Grugahalle with the former federal garden show, the Grugapark. Here, in addition to a variety of plants from around the world, a socially used Hundertwasser house popular photo objects are.
The shopping center on Limbecker Square offers motifs for architectural photographers
Museum Folkwang and more
Immediately in the near the city garden is the Museum Folkwang. It houses an internationally important collection of German and French painting from the beginning of the 19. Century to this day. A special highlight of the museum is the photographic collection with more than 60,000 photographs of the 19. to 21. Century of about 1300 photographers. As one of the most influential photographers of the post-war period Otto Steinert was until 1978 at the Folkwang University as a lecturer. Andre Gelpke, Heinrich Riebeshl and many more today significant photographers.
More than 60.000 Photographs of about 1300 artists has the Folkwang Museum in his magazine. The thematic focus is on humans and architecture.
If you take the S6 direction Koln from the Essen Central Station, you have a good starting point for exploring the 7.8-kilometer Long Baldeneysee after a few minutes with the break point “Hugel”. This originated around 1930, Hierfur was the Ruhr with a weir in Essen-become storm. For nature lovers, the lake is a popular destination with its numerous wild vogels. On the other side of the lake is the well-known villa Hugel of the Coarut Industrial Krupp with its sighting park.
If you drive with the already mentioned S6 for another 10 minutes, you come in the district Kettwig. Here photographers find a well-preserved half-timbered city center with many motto cafes and pubs. Many attractions in Essen can be easily accessible by bus and train. In addition, the A40 motorway often continues without tunnel through parts of the urban area, so the residential buildings reach the glazed soundproofing until a few meters. A worthwhile photo project for social-critical photographers.
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