The Villa Huegel in the Bredeney district was built by Alfred Krupp and was the residential and representative building of the Krupp family of entrepreneurs from 1873 to 1945. The villa is enthroned above the Ruhr valley, has around 270 rooms, a living area of 8100 square meters and is situated in a 28-hectare park with a fascinating view of the Ruhr valley and Lake Baldeney. It is much more than the residence of a well-known entrepreneurial family – it is a symbol of the age of industrialization in Germany. A symbol that you can see, walk and experience, because Villa Hügel, with its unique architecture, art treasures and spacious park, is now open to the public. Influential personalities from the worlds of business, politics and society, artists and crowned heads of state have come and gone to the villa. A tour of the living quarters of the Krupp family and the Krupp exhibition in the so-called “Little House” offer an interesting insight into the life of the Krupp family and provide information on the history of the Krupp company.
The “Großes Haus” houses an excellent picture gallery, where you can experience changing art and cultural-historical exhibitions. The concert hall of Villa Huegel is also the venue of the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen and offers exquisite listening pleasure. Together with the extensive park and the nearby Baldeney Lake, Villa Huegel forms a generous recreational area in Essen. Group trips and bus tours head for this area, which is popular with families and art lovers. Villa Huegel is an absolute must for every Essen visitor! It can be reached by car in 8 minutes and by bicycle in just 15 minutes from the Hotel an der Gruga. If you would like to visit Lake Baldeney, a detour to Villa Huegel would be ideal. You can also take this really beautiful tour through the south of Essen with our free bicycles.
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